Friday, May 17th, 2013

Choose or Lose


How much do you believe an anti-aging product's claims?

  • Less than 50% of them (78%, 2,267 Votes)
  • 60% of them (12%, 348 Votes)
  • 70% of them (6%, 177 Votes)
  • 80% of them (3%, 101 Votes)
  • 90% of them (1%, 22 Votes)
  • 100% of them (0%, 5 Votes)

Total Voters: 2,920

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29 thoughts on “How much do you believe an anti-aging product’s claims?

  1. I can’t stand it when anti-aging products are celebrity endorsed but publicly admits on using fillers and botox (which does 90 percent of the heavy lifting)! Annoyed beyond belief!

  2. Haha, I wish there was an option for 0% because claims mean virtually nothing. I don’t even bother glancing at them. Instead, I go straight for the ingredients list–something that I encourage and recommend everyone to do. :)

  3. Yellowlantern

    For me it just depends on the brand and the precise claims. And also sometimes on the ingredients of the product.

  4. Mdb

    I just LOVE when they claim to build and repair collagen. Only a handful of ingredients can even do that, and only at very high amounts (copper, retinol, etc…). AND only when they reach the layer of skin below the epidermis, which no over the counter products can do. There is NO COLLAGEN in the epidermis folks! Ridiculous! I work in the skincare industry and every time I hear these ridiculous claims, I want to vomit.

  5. I only believe in moisture, SPF and exfoliating.

    • Avatar of Dee Dee

      I completely agree. I think these steps have the highest liklihood of keeping your skin looking healthiest as you age. When it comes down to it, a lot of how you age is based on your genes, which is out of our control. I know dermatologists can make miracles (along with plastic surgeons) but for over the counter, moisturizing, SPF and exfoliating are the key steps.

    • Avatar of Holly Holly

      Hear, hear.

    • Seconded! I don’t bother buying serums because I feel like all they’re going to do is give my skin a bit of moisture which it probably doesn’t need because I moisturize regularly anyway. I do use toner because I tend to be oily and the toner mattifies my skin, but other than that…cleanse, exfoliate, toner, moisturize, SPF before I go out (if I remember).

    • helen

      Along with lots of water and daily sunscreen – the only two proven anti-aging products.

  6. Avatar of Kathryn KEG

    If there was a product that had amazing results, everyone who needed it would be using it! It’s all about the ingredients and how deeply they can penetrate into your skin. Both factors have to be there for the product to work well

  7. I think almost every single visible benefit from anti-aging creams comes from just basic moisturization, instead of any special ingredient. Moisturized skin is happier skin, but it’s not younger skin. So you would probably get the same effect from basic, cheap face creams. I still buy them, though, just in case; I am such a sucker. :/

  8. Tinose

    I believe it only when I read the ingredients list and see ingredients that I know have some properties that help with some cosmetic aspect of the aging process. And even then, I don’t necessarily trust that they have the ingredients in sufficient quantity to actually do any good. Other than that, I assume they’re decent moisturizers (which is in and of itself somewhat anti-aging, but not generally what’s intended by the claims.)

    That said, considering my daily skin routine at the moment does have a secondary priority of anti-aging, I can’t say it’s something that I don’t pay attention to. But that’s things like nightly retinoid creams and good and reasonably priced and actually good quality anti-oxident serums to layer under my sunscreen, not…magically reduce your wrinkles by 90% in 30 days with this amazing new and barely studied rainforest oil! And 99% of what I see in the market is way closer to the second than the first.

    • I’m 25 and I have been into skincare for the past year. I don’t believe everything on TV or magazines that claim some type of anti-aging properties. I do use aqua glycolic face wash and tarte maracuja oil at night & recently started using their eye cream, then let that sink in and follow with a thicker moisturizer. In the morning I use a moisturizer w/ SPF. And I exfoliate 1 to 2 times a week. I think that taking care of my skin now will help me to have better looking skin as I get older. Like I said, I don’t believe everything but I am sure that are some great, clinical proven anti-aging products but none that will dramatically change your skin in a short amount of time.

  9. Avatar of Quinctia Quinctia

    Try 0%!

  10. I always pay careful attention to the science they use to back up their claims. Figures like “80% saw improved skin texture” are meaningless because they are subjective. It is perfectly possible to measure skin improvements- length and depth of wrinkles, changes in pigmentation, moisture in the skin- and I don’t believe any claims that don’t give objective (third-party, double-blind, placebo-controlled) scientific research as a back-up. Unfortunately, very few companies actually do this, so I mostly just ignore the claims and try things to see how they work.

  11. Katie

    0%. I concede that there are products that are kinder to the skin because they contain natural ingredients, and therefore make the skin look healthier; but as far as aging is concerned, just slap on the SPF, drink your green tea and vitamin c, thank mummy and daddy for good genes, and off you go.

  12. Janelle

    I believe in prevention…I moisturize use sunscreen and exfoliate. I have Retin A from the derm and I use it around my eyes. As far as products doing anything I think that only surgical intervention will do anything drastic

  13. Retinoids and sunscreen. Sunscreen and retinoids. Oh, and more sunscreen, higher SPF as tolerated.

  14. Avatar of ANTIGONE ANTIGONE

    High PPD sunscreens like La Roche Posay, Bioderma and Vichy provide the best UVA protection on the market.
    Retinoids and Glycolic Acid exfoliate the skin making it appear smother.
    Any Moisturiser provides hydration to the skin making it appear fuller, minimising wrinkles and the skin looks glowy and more youthfull.
    Dry skin tends to emphasize wrinkles thus looking older.
    It’s that simple !!!!!!

  15. Lark

    There is something called Science. It relies on provable facts. The anti aging industry plays really fast and loose with the facts, to the point of giant con job. But big companies make massive amounts of money pitting cream in pretty jars and selling ten products as a “regimen”. Why do we need to be regimented?

  16. Avatar of Carla Carla_N.

    I believe that exfoliating products, like the alpha hydroxyl acid products, can, if used consistently over time, improve the skin’s texture. And a good moisturizer can also give the skin a smoother appearance.
    But “take 10 years off” your age,” or “boost collagen production”? Not so much.
    And spare me from the products that are touted (or implied) to be able to alter DNA!
    First of all, it’s unlikely that a topical product could do that, and I wouldn’t want it to, anyhow! Chemicals that do that kind of thing are more commonly known as “carcinogens.”
    Yuck.

  17. I research any and every skincare product I buy. I dont have to believe in them. I KNOW. A wonderful resource for product and ingredient information is beautypedia dot com. There are amazing effective products out there, you just have to do your homework because most of the skincare lines are sadly lacking.

  18. Very little.

    I do read reviews and glance at the ingredients list when I buy a product, but tend to ignore the company’s claims entirely, especially if they’re extravagant. I believe in prevention (i.e. sunscreen, chemical exfoliators, prescription tretinoin, antioxidants), and there are certainly products that will improve the appearance of wrinkles, mostly through hydration, but nothing that would miracles on the cellular level itself.

  19. I go by ingredients not claims

  20. Avatar of Jen Jen

    The best research shows that “anti-aging” is basically replacing lost moisture, replacing lost collagen or hitching up the effects of gravity. The second two have to be done with surgery or injections, so basically “anti-aging” on shelf products means “moisturizing.” I sometimes buy stuff marketed as anti-aging because I believe it will be moisturizing, but I do not really believe any product’s claim to be anti-aging.

    Caveat: in theory, good moisturization should slow aging, which is good. I just don’t believe the “reduce fine lines” and “reverse the signs of aging” type claims.

  21. jkj

    As a medical student, I basically assume all anti-aging claims made by skin care products are false. The way they take one scientific fact and stretch and distort it to fit what they want to say about their product is horribly deceptive! It’s some of the worst kind of advertising. I get especially annoyed when brands say their product will influence your “skin’s DNA” somehow. Ummm no, there’s absolutely no research to support that! I agree with what everyone else is saying–SPF is probably the only sure-fire way to slow skin aging.