This time of year, we all want to believe in miracles. But are we expecting a miracle when we trust facial cream advertisements that claim “visible reduction in wrinkles after 14 days” or similar results?
Trusted German consumer product investigation organization Stiftung Warentest (Foundation for Product Testing) put the hopes of aging people everywhere (and aren’t we all aging?) to the test. Volunteers applied “miracle creams”, ranging from value-priced to high-end products (2.45 to 87 Euros, or US$2.65 to $93.30), to half of their faces for 4 weeks. On the other half they applied a normal moisturizer.
A series of detailed photographs documenting the evolution of the faces under treatment were evaluated at the end of the study. The results? The anti-wrinkle creams produced no visible reduction in wrinkles nor firmer skin. The current consumer report pronounces every cream tested “defective” (“Mangelhaft” if you know German).
The news should come as a relief to many of us aging hippies, who put our faith in healthy living and simple, natural skin products – but are plagued by doubts about how the years will weather us in a society obsessed with beauty.
In fact, Stiftung Warentest echoes our long-held beliefs. Young skin results from:
- drinking plenty of water,
- not damaging skin by smoking or exposure to the sun, and
- eating plenty of fruits and veggies full of anti-oxidants that protect our bodies inside and out from the ravages of time.
Dry skin can be replenished with simple moisturizers. Stiftung Warentest recommends aloe vera or allantoin (found naturally in acorns, wheat germ, and the edible dandelion relative black salsify). Or use these natural remedies for dry skin.