Consumer Reports tested seven products, from $8 all the way up to $80. The creams included big names such as L'Oréal and Lancôme, as well as Equate from Walmart and the CVS store brand.
Consumer Reports used an outside lab and a total of 79 people. The people applied two different creams in the morning, one on each side of their face. The test took 12 weeks.
The lab took "before" and "after" photos. Then Consumer Reports' sensory panelists examined the results - more than 600 photos in all.
Panelists also evaluated the creams to assess how they feel on your skin and their smell. All of the products smelled pretty good and didn't leave much of a tacky residue behind, but they didn't make that much of a difference at removing fine lines and wrinkles.
After 12 weeks, one cream did a little better than the others - Garnier Nutritioniste Ultra-Lift, but it only helped about half of the people in the test, and the results were not very dramatic.
Consumer Reports ShopSmart says that with wrinkles, once you get them they're very hard to get rid of, so the best thing you can do is prevent them in the first place. To do that, stay out of the sun as much as possible and wear sunscreen, as well as a wide-brimmed, tightly woven hat, when you're in the sun.
Moisturizing your skin day and night is also important to keep wrinkles at bay, but you don't need to use expensive anti-wrinkle creams. Drinking plenty of water also helps keep your skin looking healthy.
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