Consumer Reports is a great resource for the real scoop on
everyday goods, covering everything from personal care products to
vacuum cleaners. In its May issue, the magazine turned its attention to
wrinkle serums to see how well they really work.
serums, ranging in price from $20 to $65 per ounce, were tested by 79
participants aged 40 to 56. Three sets of high-resolution images of the
testers' skin were taken: one before use of the serums, one 20 minutes
after first application, and one after six weeks of use. Experts then
examined the images to determine if, as nearly all of the manufacturers
claimed, they visibly reduced the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
out, the products don't live up to the hype, and none resulted in
significant wrinkle reduction. Consumer Reports also found that the
results varied widely from one tester to another--a serum that showed
slight benefits for one person didn't work at all for another--and that
price was no indication of effectiveness.
Naturally Ageless Intensive Repairing, which costs a pricey $56 an
ounce, was found to have the least wrinkle-fighting power, while
Neutrogena Ageless Intensives Deep Wrinkle, at just $20 an ounce was
one of the best.
As with all over-the-counter beauty
potions, serums have minimal effectiveness in the reduction of
wrinkles. However, that doesn't mean you should throw them away! While
it's true they won't turn back the clock, many serums contain
antioxidants like green tea and vitamin C, which are very powerful
tools in the prevention of wrinkles. I like iS Super Serum Advance Plus and Combray by Solenne.
Use these in combination with good sun protection and a prescription
retinoid, which is the only topical agent consistently proven to boost
collagen and minimize existing lines. Come to
www.skintypesolutions.com to find out which serum is the right one for
your skin type or tell me your favorties.