My theme for the week is “I’m getting old!”
I mentioned earlier this week that I picked up my new progressive bifocal glasses (see below for more details on the glasses), but I am also working on my wrinkles.
I mainly have wrinkles around my eyes at this point but I don’t think I am fooling anybody calling them “smile lines.” I usually use Clinique’s Dramatically Different Lotion for moisture but wasn’t really sure what to buy for wrinkles. I wasn’t sure if any of them actually worked and which would give the most bang for your buck. Luckily, The Good Housekeeping Institute tested wrinkle creams this summer, and I’ve linked to their report via The Today Show.
Here are the winners on The Today Show website. I decided to try their Gold Winner with SPF — the Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Moisturizer SPF 30.
“Facial Moisturizer With SPF 30: Gold Winner
The contenders moisturize and deliver ingredients like peptides and retinol to firm, plump, and even out skin while delivering broad-spectrum sun protection with an SPF of 30, in keeping with American Academy of Dermatology guidelines.
Testing time: 8 weeks
Gold winner: Trumping the competition, Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Moisturizer SPF 30 ($22 for 1 oz.) was a hit with testers, who reported that it improved skin tone, softened fine lines, and firmed skin. The rave reviews: “Hands down the best wrinkle cream I have tried so far.” “I like that my skin looks brighter and feels firmer.” “Until I tried this cream, I was doubtful that day creams actually worked as advertised. My skin looks younger — it’s firmer and has less visible wrinkles.” Lab tests confirmed that the retinol-infused day cream firmed and evened out skin while dispensing a dose of hydration.”
I truly trust Good Housekeeping so I went out the next day after reading the article in the magazine and bought the cream. I didn’t feel like I was wasting my money if GH recommended it. Also I thought $22 was reasonable, not cheap but reasonable, for a wrinkle cream.
I usually just focused on moisture and hadn’t tried a product with retinol before. I do have very sensitive skin so I was worried about it burning but in general I do OK with Neutrogena products.
It did “tingle,” dare I say burn a little bit when I first put it on. I notice that less now when I use it. I do think my skin looks firmer and the complexion looks pretty after I put it on. I don’t feel like I need to put on foundation or a BB cream after I use it. However I don’t really feel like my eye wrinkles look better. Maybe I needed the eye cream? Or just to keep using it?
I took some pictures and they are scary but I am willing to share so you can see the wrinkles around the eyes.
First one 8/16
Second one 8/27
So which is your favorite wrinkle cream? Have you tried this Neutrogena one? Have you used a retinol product before? Does the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval mean anything to you? Would it influence you to buy it?
PS. If you’re thinking about progressive bifocals I wanted to tell people they are not bad at all, and don’t be afraid to get them. (Other than the price! They are very expensive.) My vision got worse for far away and for close up. A couple of days in, I am still having slight headaches but it really hasn’t been a hard adjustment in using them. I really thought I would see a line of demarcation between the two types of lenses even if there were no “line” per se, but I really don’t notice the different corrections. You have to get slightly bigger frames when using a progressive lens. Overall it has been a good experience so far, and I am so happy to be able to see far away and read things!