Thursday, May 9, 2013

Do Expensive Anti-aging Skin Care Products Work?

It's tempting to spend money on skin care products when you see those before and after pictures or clever marketing that promises a more renewed, youthful skin, or promises to eliminate skin problems such as acne or wrinkles. And the sad fact is that women spend hundreds of dollars on creams, serums, because they want to believe a "miracle in a jar" will reverse the signs of aging. And no matter how many times we hear it, from dermatologists and skin care experts that high end anti aging products only work topically, we still want to believe and will spend the money to give it a try.

"Most wrinkle creams are designed instead to plump up your skin by adding moisture. Don’t get the wrong idea, most of these miracle creams really will plump up your skin, but this is a temporary fix. While this of course makes your skin look better on a temporary basis, they are not taking your wrinkles away." (10 Myths About Skin Care

I'm no different than other women and any product that mentions anti aging or reduces wrinkles will peek my interest. So recently I tried my friend's anti aging night product.

The before and after pictures from the company's marketing brochures are impressive! It's hard to resist not trying their samples if you see these testimonials. I'm not saying these pictures are enhanced in any way but your first reaction is: does it work or is it hype?

After all, when it comes to skin care products, there are NO regulations with skin care/cosmetics unless it's a drug.

"The bottom line is that if these creams could accomplish the same thing as a medical procedure, they would be drugs and not cosmetics -- and that's what you have to keep in mind when deciding whether to try or buy," says Marsha Gordon, MD, vice chairman of dermatology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City. (WebMD)

After my experiment trying the anti aging product for nearly 2 weeks (only once at night), I did see an improvement after a few days. However, not as good as the before and after pictures in the marketing brochures or shared on the company Facebook page.

But I do think the product helped to smooth out my skin after a few days of using it even though the minor lines on my forehead are still there as well as other imperfections. The question is: is there enough value in the product to spend $80 member fee or $110 retail for this one product?

It all depends on the person and the value they experienced from using the product. For some people, maybe they saw dramatic differences- enough for them to justify the cost of the product. Remember that people will spend the money when they see the value and benefits from using the products. Women will spend money to solve a skin ailment.

In my experience from using high end anti aging skin care products I do think they work however the improvements in my case were minor. On the other hand, I've used products in the $30-$50 range and have experienced similar results and in some cases, actually better.

Skin care can be tricky and so personal and I always recommend trying free samples whenever possible and give it a week and play close attention to any changes.



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