In the past month or two, we've asked women from across the country for their beauty faves. You might have seen our story on women and their favorite mascaras or our more recent article on must-have lip-glosses. We hope you've enjoyed these features. We've loved reading all your comments as well. This go-around, we're asking the question...
Every woman wants to take care of her skin, and wants the very best products to keep her skin looking young. Every woman is also looking for that miracle anti-aging product-- the one that removes fine lines and wrinkles, tightens skin and fights other aging skin problems all without drying the skin or leaving it feeling like a grease slick. Serious bonus points for the product that does all of this and doesn't do serious damage to one's wallet. Read on to see which anti-aging products got picked and how it worked for these women. The skincare gods would be proud--nothing's over $65!
Estee Lauder Idealist
Submitted by: Kasey Smith (Crofton, MD) What she said: "If I had to pick one product that I could never do without, this would be it. I LOVE it! It refinishes the skin and leaves it soft and smooth. It feels like liquid silk! Fine lines are gone and the tone of my skin is even. I have been using this product for about 7 years and nothing keeps me without it. When we moved to Crofton a few years ago and I wasn't sure if I would find a job right away, I actually made my husband promise that we would always find money for my skin care products! Thankfully, we never went hungry and I still have great skin. Try this product... I guarantee you will love it!"
Nivea Soft Submitted by Cindy Pierce (Frisco, TX) What she said: "The best product for aging nails! As we get older, our nails split, peel, thicken and sometimes turn a dull yellowish color. For a couple of years, I kept a small sample jar of Nivea Soft in my car to soothe my hands every morning as I drove into work. I always received compliments about my nails during this time. At one point, I was unable to find the Nivea Soft samples, so I bought another product and soon noticed my nails began splitting and peeling. I discovered the "cure" is in the combination of jojoba oil and Vitamin E, the exact ingredients found in this cream and two important ingredients for nail health. I immediately ordered two large jars. Within two weeks of going back to Nivea Soft, my fingernails (and toenails) went back to looking beautiful and healthy. No need for polish!"
Boots No7 Protect & Perfect Intense Beauty Serum Submitted by Lita World (Monte Sereno, CA) What she said: I read so much about this product before I tried it. I kept seeing information in magazines and online about how wonderful it works. The product is easy enough to find as it is carried at Target. I am currently on my second bottle. I love this serum. It doesn't feel heavy or greasy. It simply amazes me with how it's smoothed my skin, evened out my skin tone and lessened the appearance of my rather large pours. Also, I have experienced zero skin irritation while using this product. I'm in my early 40s and feel like I will be using this product for a long, long time!"
The Balm Time Balm Anti-Wrinkle Concealer Submitted by Sylvie Branch (Cleveland, OH) What she said: For years I have heard the phrase, "you look so tired" even when I thought I was looking pretty darn good. After one use of this concealer, my tired eyes magically disappeared. I simply warmed a small bit of the solid waxy balm between my fingertips. Then gently patted the creamy concealer under my eyes and on my cheeks to even out my complexion. It doesn't look mask like, chalky or shiny. Just another smooth, natural wrinkle-free beautiful face in Cleveland. This is all the face makeup I need now. I will never go back to anti-aging foundation and powder again--in an effort to cover up under eye circles, I often wound up looking years older with those products."
L'Oreal Advanced Revitalift Deep Set Wrinkle Repair Submitted by BB Lee What she said: I was about to give up looking for an inexpensive anti-wrinkle skin product, then I discovered this. There are formulas available for women to purchase: the Day Lotion and the Night Creme. I purchased both. The day repair goes on smoothly under makeup. And I must say a little dab covers the face completely. One thing I didn't like was that the creme burned my eyes and made them tear if it got too close. Both products lasted me for about ten weeks, which was plenty of time to notice smoother and softer skin, a vast improvement over my dry skin's previous tired look. My skin also has a healthy glow even without makeup."
Alpha-Hydrox Eye & Upper Lip Cream Submitted by Karen Crenshaw (
Murfreesboro, TN) What she said: Although I was able to achieve a lovely, smooth forehead through Botox, I still struggled with those fine lines appearing around my eyes and mouth. Two weeks after purchasing this, I have to say I'm thoroughly impressed. It has plumped and smoothed the wrinkles around my eyes, upper lip and even my neck. Easy to use, I apply the cream before applying make up in the mornings and again after I wash my face at night. I have never had any burning or irritation with this product and will continue to use daily. This $8.99 product has worked better for me than the $150 Prevage that I purchased from my doctor. This one gets five stars from me!"
Olay Regenerist Resculpting Cream Submitted by Andi (
Saint Louis, MO) What she said: I'm 34 now and have made a hobby out of trying every new-and-improved product--everything from $200 dollar department store "serums" to mail-order miracles that only 2 am infomercials can offer. I have very fair skin--the red-headed kind of skin that seems to cringe at the very thought of sunlight and wrinkles like tissue paper seemingly overnight. Two weeks ago, I thought I would take a chance on this cream. After only 2 days (and nights) of using this, I've seen a huge difference! My skin seems healthier, firmer, and lines around my mouth and eyes have all but disappeared. Even the texture is better. My skin is prone to breakouts. It has even helped with that. Even my pores seem smaller and less noticeable. I used to scoff at the idea of that little pink bottle of Oil of Olay on my mother's dresser. I hate to admit it but, now I know my Mom was right all along."
Korres Olive and Rye Night Cream Submitted by M. Fuchsloch (New York, NY)
What she said: A few months ago, I began to notice in photographs that the skin around my eyes was wrinkling as I smiled. Because moisturizers tend to clog my pores, I rarely use creams on my face. I'm also not a fan of using a lot of chemicals on my skin. After a lot of research, I discovered this night cream. Korres uses natural formulas to combat skin dilemmas based on Greek homeopathic remedies. The cream is made for maturing skin and works while you sleep. It's light, so it doesn't clog pores, and it's free of substances I prefer to avoid, such as parabens, sulfates and synthetic dyes. I am no longer concerned about smiling for the camera! It has made a dramatic difference in the condition of my skin."
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Patricia Wexler MD MMPi Skin Regenerating Serum
Submitted by Raiscara Avalon (Freedom, ME) What she said: "Why do I need anti-aging at 23? Being a smoker at the time, I had noticed a few frown lines here and there, yet they didn't worry me. I had no idea how much damage had been done to my face; that and the years of sun, not drinking enough water and the winter wait. After the first week of using this once a day with my regular face care regime, my skin felt smoother, tighter, and I had very few breakouts. Soon after that first week, I noticed a lessening in those frown lines between my eyebrows, and the small laugh lines I had around my mouth. I started getting carded to purchase anything for 18 and up. Never once did my face feel dry because of it, nor did it ever feel oily. It absorbs fast, usually before I can get my face moisturizer ready to be applied. While I haven't noticed any other dramatic improvements since starting, my skin has retained the same feel, and its been four years. It is indispensable."
Submitted by Michelle Basile (St. Louis, MO) What she said: I've noticed an increase of crow's feet under my eyes in the corners.This is the best anti-aging cream; best for wrinkles and around the eye. Over a matter of a couple of weeks, you can really see the difference! This product makes your skin look smoother and wrinkle free. There are three skin types offered. They are referred to as, "levels." I use Level 6 and it worked pretty fast. For me, it was important to have a product that didn't feel greasy, was cost effective and lasted quite a while. My lines appeared as if they were tightened. My friends have even noticed.