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Not-so-fine lines

Wrinkles are a bummer, but don’t waste your money on expensive anti-aging products

Last reviewed: September 2011

I have a friend—and she knows who she is!—who loves to lie in the sun. If the sun is out, so is she, baking in those rays for hours at a time. I keep warning her that her face is going to look like a leather handbag in a couple of decades, but she doesn't listen. Maybe she's counting on some miracle product to erase her wrinkles, but she's going to be sorely disappointed to learn that none of the anti-wrinkle products we've tested do much of anything to minimize lines and wrinkles, for most people anyway.

In our September issue, on newsstands now, we also check in with our chemical guru, Urvashi Rangan, and asked her about what to watch out for in skin-care products. Terms like "natural," she says, really have no meaning because the claim is not verified and there's no standard definition. Also, watch out for ingredients like parabens and phtalates. The best way to make sure a product is good to go? Choose products without "-parabens" or "fragrance" on the labels. Parabens may show up as "methyl-," "ethyl-," "propyl-," and "butyl-parabens."

In past years, we've tested serums and eye creams, and this year we took a look at anti-wrinkle creams you apply all over your face. We tested creams that were $8 and creams that were $80. The results? Well, you'll have to get the September issue to find out, but here's a hint: Don't assume that higher prices will get you better results. Just sayin'.

To see what other products we tested and to learn more about our tests, plus some smart ways to prevent wrinkles in the first place, pick up the September issue on newsstands today!