• BREAKING NEWS ABC shows live and on-demand -- Download the WATCH ABC app!

Wrinkle cream potions put to the test

April 29, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
Nothing betrays your age more than wrinkles. If you're determined to minimize crow's feet and laugh lines, there are plenty of potions and serums promising help. But does this wrinkle rehab really work? Health Specialist Denise Dador and Consumer Reports put them to the test. Skin damage can be hard to spot, until it's too late. There is now an instrument that can help people actually see the damage better than the naked eye. But is there any way to undo what's already been done?

"Americans spent roughly $1.5 billion on anti-aging face products last year alone," said Consumer Reports Deputy Editor Gayle Williams.

The smorgasbord of options now includes a growing number of anti-wrinkle face serums, which are thinner than creams and soak into the skin quickly.

Consumer Reports tested nine serums, including ones from Olay, Lancome, and Neutrogena. They cost anywhere from $20 to $65 and claim to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. One even promises a five-minute face-lift. Really?

Using an instrument with a high-resolution digital camera, testers photographed 79 participants before the test, shortly after the first application, and again after six weeks. This took longer than any of the tested serums said it would take to see visible results. Then the photos were evaluated for signs of improvement.

The results were underwhelming.

"None of the products we tested are the fountain of youth. Some did slightly reduce the appearance of wrinkles in some people, but the changes were very subtle," said Williams.

Burt's Bees Naturally Ageless Intensive Repairing Serum, one of the most expensive serums tested, was the least effective.

But if you're still interested in trying one, consider either the DermaSilk 5 Minute Face Lift, for $40 an ounce, or the Neutrogena Ageless Intensives Deep Wrinkle Serum, for $20 an ounce.