All Wrinkle Creams Fail in Consumer Product Test

This time of year, we all want to believe in miracles. But are we expecting a miracle when we trust facial cream advertisements that claim “visible reduction in wrinkles after 14 days” or similar results?

Trusted German consumer product investigation organization Stiftung Warentest (Foundation for Product Testing) put the hopes of aging people everywhere (and aren’t we all aging?) to the test. Volunteers applied “miracle creams”, ranging from value-priced to high-end products (2.45 to 87 Euros, or US$2.65 to $93.30), to half of their faces for 4 weeks. On the other half they applied a normal moisturizer.

A series of detailed photographs documenting the evolution of the faces under treatment were evaluated at the end of the study. The results? The anti-wrinkle creams produced no visible reduction in wrinkles nor firmer skin. The current consumer report pronounces every cream tested “defective” (“Mangelhaft” if you know German).

The news should come as a relief to many of us aging hippies, who put our faith in healthy living and simple, natural skin products – but are plagued by doubts about how the years will weather us in a society obsessed with beauty.

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In fact, Stiftung Warentest echoes our long-held beliefs. Young skin results from:

  • drinking plenty of water,
  • not damaging skin by smoking or exposure to the sun, and
  • eating plenty of fruits and veggies full of anti-oxidants that protect our bodies inside and out from the ravages of time.

Dry skin can be replenished with simple moisturizers. Stiftung Warentest recommends aloe vera or allantoin (found naturally in acorns, wheat germ, and the edible dandelion relative black salsify).

by Christine Lepisto, from Treehugger

73 comments

Siyus Copetallus
Siyus Copetallus3 months ago

Thank you for sharing.

Melania Padilla
Melania Padilla4 months ago

Don't use any :)

Patricia Dumais
Patricia Dumais5 months ago

I’m a young looking soon to be 60 year old who lives in a harsh northern climate. I know people my age who do not use moisturizer and they look older! I can understand that in warmer more humid climates you may not need any (except for sunscreen!) but our winters can really dry out skin and I could not do without my moisturizer!

Natasha Salgado

Wrinkle creams are nothing but BS.

Catherine S.
Catherine S.6 months ago

Who knows what to believe anymore?

Diane Wayne
Diane Wayne6 months ago

one thing that can minimize wrinkles is microdermabrasion. aslo if you are under 60 you can have a thermage treatment. it lasts about 1 year the thermage and works.

Jim Ven
Jim Ven6 months ago

thanks for the article.

Kamia T.
Kamia T.6 months ago

I used to swear by expensive moisturizers, but have found that plain coconut oil works just as well, frankly.

Kathryn Irby
Past Member 6 months ago

I use an Olay moisturizer twice a day; seems to have worked thus far! Thanks for posting.

Elena Poensgen
Elena Poensgen6 months ago

Thank you