What’s your favorite wrinkle cream?

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.

Here’s what the testers said:

“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

This shot was taken on Aug. 16 and is my before shot of my eye wrinkles.

This shot was taken on Aug. 16 and is my before shot of my eye wrinkles.

Second one 8/27

So here is my second shot taken on Aug. 27. The lighting is different because I was in the carpool line I don't really see a difference -- yet?

So here is my second shot taken on Aug. 27. The lighting is different because I was in the carpool line I don't really see a difference -- yet?

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!

34 comments Add your comment

jarvis

September 5th, 2013
9:44 pm

Cybill Shepherd has some good ideas about how a woman can remain looking young.

DB

September 5th, 2013
11:19 pm

I don’t use a “wrinkle cream.” I slap on some moisturizer and sunscreen and that’s that. I very rarely, if ever, use makeup, either, except for a bit of lip gloss if I remember it (and can find it in my purse!) In my mid-50’s, wrinkles are gonna happen, and I’m not going to waste any time — or incur more wrinkles! — worrying about it. I do get my hair colored regularly, and enjoy pedicures, so it’s not like I’m not vain, but wrinkles just don’t bother me. It is what it is. Who am I trying to kid? I’m not ashamed of my age, in fact, I’m rather proud of it — I’ve been around the block, and I’m wiser for it. I see some of the prices for all the fancy “age-defying” creams, etc. at the store and shudder.

A

September 6th, 2013
5:20 am

TWG–I don’t see any wrinkles in those photos so stop worrying. Wrinkles are a part of life. I’m about your age (early 40s) and don’t have wrinkles yet. I use a moisturizer with SPF during the day and a different one at night. Never tried retinol; if it burns, I don’t think I’d even try it. I’ve been using mostly natural products these days and they seem to do fine. Drink lots of water (great for the skin), get enough sleep, try not to stress too much and use decent (doesn’t have to be expensive or fancy) skincare, and you’ll be fine. BTW, I’m also falling into the “needs bifocals” camp. Not fun but again part of life.

Kat

September 6th, 2013
6:40 am

Teresa: You’re doing fine! If you feel you need a wrinkle cream, use it. I don’t see any evidence of wrinkles on you, but perhaps starting to use it now will ward many off in the future? I’ve used products with Retinol and after about a week, it goes away. They warn you that it might do that, so I don’t worry when it happens.

Denise

September 6th, 2013
7:43 am

You look fine! But if you are concerned, you have to give a product more than 2 weeks before you decide if a product works or not. Usually 2-3 months is the minimum.

RJ

September 6th, 2013
7:45 am

I use coconut oil and vitamin E oil. I don’t have wrinkles yet, but I know they’re coming. I hope to have gotten the genes from my mom. If so, I won’t have them for a very long time. I exercise, eat right, and try and take care of myself. Wendy Ida (Google her) is my inspiration for looking my best when I’m older. Her body is the truth. Plus, she looks at least 15 years younger than she is. Good luck to you:)!

A fool and her money...

September 6th, 2013
8:09 am

…are soon parted, or something like that…

sek

September 6th, 2013
8:11 am

I use Absolue by Lancome. Its uber expensive, but worth it. My mother in law gets me a jar for Christmas each year, and I can make it last almost 12 months. Its a moisturizer targeted at older women, but I am only 32. I have used it for several years and I love it. Goes on smooth, pleasant scent. I’m all about prevention when it comes to wrinkles. It also contains SPF. Try a sample today!

iRun

September 6th, 2013
8:35 am

So, I am 38 and have faint smile lines. But, hey, I’m 38. I think trying to prevent or reduce wrinkles is an exercise in futility, so I won’t bother.

But, one thing I don’t like that IS preventable is my skin on my face feeling like sandpaper. This only started happening in the past 2-3 years. Even after a good wash and scrub it feels rough. So, I use good moisturizers to get rid of it and they work great. Any face moisturizer will work, though. However, moisturizers with retinol seem to have greater carry over effect and that’s because it promotes the sloughing off process.

But, wrinkles? Whatever.

motherjanegoose

September 6th, 2013
8:38 am

Haha…I am with DB on the wrinkles and we are close in age. People do tell me that I have very few wrinkles, compared to others my age. . Not sure why as I have never used anything fancy…just regular moisturizer. I do wear light make up. My sister tells me my eyes are puffy underneath. That is probably because I am not sleeping well. She also tells me that woman with forehead wrinkles should wear bangs. I do have them yet. Who knew?

motherjanegoose

September 6th, 2013
8:39 am

do NOT have them yet…sorry!

ATL Born and Raised

September 6th, 2013
10:06 am

Water + SPF + moisturizer! I like to lay out in the sun, but I always wear a hat and slather SPF 60 on my face to keep the photo-aging at bay. No tanning beds! And I always have at least SPF 15 on my face day-to-day.

I like the roller ball eye treatments, but there’s no need to get the expensive ones. I use the tinted Garnier one during the day to camoflauge any dark circles, and the Olay one at night. I can tell a huge difference in how dark my undereye circles are. Keep them in the fridge for a nice, cooling sensation to cut down any puffiness and it helps the product last longer.

I also get facials semi-regularly. They’re a bit of a splurge, but they are so relaxing and make my skin look great. In between, I love my Clarisonic to keep my pores exfoliated. Also, keep your brushes clean and always take your makeup off at night. Your skin needs to breathe!

FCM

September 6th, 2013
10:49 am

sunblcok! Sun and suntanning will age the skin.

Bhorsoft

September 6th, 2013
10:56 am

They aren’t wrinkles, but “experience lines”. Not much you can do but moisturize, use sunscreen, get enough sleep and avoid smoking and similar bad habits.

Of course, plastic surgery can do wonder’s, too. You don’t think that some of our most “experienced” entertainers look so good just because of makeup, do you?

Dennis

September 6th, 2013
11:36 am

Work from the inside…there is some evidence that high sugar (and things that burn like sugar) advance aging from the inside. Eating a diet with healthy fats and collagen rich foods could help slow aging.

elgrunir

September 6th, 2013
12:01 pm

Well said, Dennis.

Fats are necessary for lubricating skin, lubricating joints, and lubricating brain synapses. About 12 years ago I went “Atkins;” I lost 65 pounds (back to high school graduation weight of 180) and my skin got a lot better, too. I’m north of 50… my last girlfriend complained that my skin was better than hers–of course, she was all about avoiding fats.

S. Jones

September 6th, 2013
1:40 pm

This is eye-opening to me! (Pun intended.) I truly had no idea that wrinkle creams were a thing for most women, let alone favorite ones. The comments prove me wrong, though. Huh. I’ve made it past 50 without one, but maybe I should look in the mirror more often, lol!

Maryellen Stockton

September 6th, 2013
1:45 pm

Rodan and Fields Redefine eye cream-the best!

Tom

September 6th, 2013
1:53 pm

Beer seems to work pretty well. The more I drink the more faded my wife’s wrinkles seem to get.

motherjanegoose

September 6th, 2013
4:38 pm

@ Tom…I think that should be…the more my wife’s wrinkles fade away( from my sight)…haha!

Bisnono

September 6th, 2013
6:10 pm

Lancôme Renergie. A little goes a long way!

catlady

September 6th, 2013
6:44 pm

I don’t worry about it! Stay out of the sun, eat good food, breathe fresh air, drink clean water, think of others, move around some, enjoy your loved ones, worship if so inclined. You are still likely to get wrinkles (and freckles probably) but it really won’t matter!

Kat

September 6th, 2013
7:43 pm

@sek: You must have a wonderful relationship with your mother-in-law. If mine bought something like that for me, I would assume (rightly so) that she was sending me another message. Good on you!

Bee Hive Haired cashier at Dooleys Den

September 6th, 2013
9:40 pm

Your vanity is obscene $20 can buy a lot of food for a hungry family.

Bravo.

cdh

September 6th, 2013
11:13 pm

Cell Block C is the best by Beauticontrol..Regeneration® Tight, Firm & Fill® Extreme Eye Complex is great too..

Mayhem

September 7th, 2013
7:53 am

Lancôme Renergie and Lancôme Genifique. Very expensive but I’ve been using it for years.

However, I’m with DB on this one. I am mid 50’s, and don’t wear markup at all, except mascara and occasionally lipstick. Cosmetics are very expensive! I don’t color my hair, but I do get regular pedicures. Plenty of exercise, fresh air and lost of fresh fruits and veggies.

Quite obvious what is going on here.......

September 7th, 2013
9:38 am

The blog author is fishing for compliments.

Quite obvious what is going on here.......

September 7th, 2013
9:51 am

I don’t wear markup either…….I’m not sure how one would wear markup. Then there is the lost fruits and veggies….

me

September 7th, 2013
9:52 pm

I use Elizabeth Arden and I love it!!

Kat

September 8th, 2013
2:33 pm

@Quite obvious what is going on here…: You have nothing productive to add.

Quite obvious what is going on here.......

September 8th, 2013
7:48 pm

@Kat……And you do?

K's Mom

September 9th, 2013
11:33 am

I recently got a knock off clarisonic skin cleaning brush. It was $14 at Target. My skin looks better than it has in years. I stay out of the sun, use oil of olay moisturizer and now cleanse with this rotating brush. I highly recommend it.

[...] http://blogs.ajc.com/momania/2013/09/05/whats-your-favorite-wrinkle-cream/?cxntfid=blogs_momania. 27. My sister tells me my eyes are puffy underneath. About 12 years ago I went “Atkins;” I lost 65 pounds (back to high school graduation weight of 180) and my skin got a lot better, too. I don’t feel like I need to put on foundation or a BB cream after I use it. I do wear light make up. Who knew? motherjanegoose September 6th, 20138:39 amdo NOT have them yet…sorry! ATL Born and Raised September 6th, 201310:06 amWater + SPF + moisturizer! I like to lay out in the sun, but I always wear a hat and slather SPF 60 on my face to keep the photo-aging at bay. However I don’t really feel like my eye wrinkles look better. Never tried retinol; if it burns, I don’t think I’d even try it. I use a moisturizer with SPF during the day and a different one at night. Very expensive but I’ve been using it for years. BTW, I’m also falling into the “needs bifocals” camp. I see some of the prices for all the fancy “age-defying” creams, etc. 16 and is my before shot of my eye wrinkles. Jones September 6th, 20131:40 pmThis is eye-opening to me! (Pun intended.) I truly had no idea that wrinkle creams were a thing for most women, let alone favorite ones. Any face moisturizer will work, though. You have to get slightly bigger frames when using a progressive lens. Cosmetics are very expensive! I don’t color my hair, but I do get regular pedicures. Its uber expensive, but worth it. I’ve made it past 50 without one, but maybe I should look in the mirror more often, lol! Maryellen Stockton September 6th, 20131:45 pmRodan and Fields Redefine eye cream-the best! Tom September 6th, 20131:53 pmBeer seems to work pretty well Share this:TwitterFacebookGoogleLike this:Like Loading… Standard [...]

Ann

September 10th, 2013
11:47 am

People with zero wrinkles as they age don’t look natural or particularly attractive. A face should show that you’ve lived a full life, not cowering behind products. You may find, after decades of using a product, that it contains carcinogens or other harmful chemicals. Check the Skin Deep database for tons of information about ingredients in products. It rates the risk factors of each ingredient. The database covers makeup, shampoo, lotions and many cosmetic products. http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/