Facial Moisturizers: Ratings of Sources
Total of 22 Sources
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by Paula Begoun
Our AssessmentIn this online database, author Paula Begoun reviews and rates hundreds of makeup and skin-care products. Begoun, who includes medical journals, cosmetic industry reports and the Food and Drug Administration among her research sources, provides comprehensive information on the common ingredients found in moisturizers and other skin-care products. In her reviews, she discusses effectiveness, possible risks (such as skin irritation) and value. She lists dozens of top picks for every skin type. Given its scope, the website may be overkill for someone who simply wants to learn about facial moisturizers. In general, however, it's an excellent resource for regular users of cosmetic products.
Beneficial Use of Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream as Part of a Daily Skin Care Regimen for Individuals with Rosacea
by S. Laquieze, et al.
Our AssessmentA group of 20 individuals undergoing treatment for rosacea tested the efficacy of Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream in reducing sensitivity and increasing moisture levels. Cetaphil was applied twice daily to one-half of their face after applying topical medication to both sides. Results show that Cetaphil contributes to the restoration of the skin barrier and reduces dryness, roughness and skin sensitivity. The drawbacks of this study are the small number of participants and the fact that only one moisturizer was tested. It isn't clear whether other moisturizers would have yielded the same results. It is clear, however, that Cetaphil is appropriate for and beneficial to sensitive skin.
The Winners of Good Housekeeping's First Annual Anti-Aging Awards
by Leesa Suzman
Our AssessmentGood Housekeeping, along with 820 volunteers, tests 90 products that make anti-aging claims. Each product is used for six to eight weeks. The results are then rated by volunteers and analyzed with state of the art equipment. Fourteen winners and 12 honorable mentions are listed in several categories, including facial moisturizers with SPF, night creams, anti-aging serums, sunscreens, body lotions and more. Each product is given a brief description outlining the results, but nonwinning products aren't mentioned.
Wrinkle Creams: Miracle or Mirage?
by Editors of Consumer Reports
Our AssessmentConsumerReports.org tests seven wrinkle creams and one standard facial moisturizer (as a control) for effectiveness and overall tolerance. All of the products tested show results for some of the testers and none for others, but most results are barely visible to the naked eye.
Best of Beauty -- Skin Care
by Editors of Allure magazine
Our AssessmentAllure editors, along with cosmetics chemists and dermatologists, test thousands of products and choose 245 as the best in their categories. The downside is that none of the nonwinning products is identified. Recommended facial moisturizers include a mix of old and new products from Aveeno, Olay, Eucerin and Neutrogena, among others.
The 2012 Shape Beauty Awards
by Amber Kallor
Our AssessmentThis is the ninth consecutive year that Shape magazine has rated beauty products. Readers, along with staff and beauty experts, weigh in on beauty products in several categories. Products from Clinique, Prevage and Shiseido earn the top awards in the facial moisturizers category. The weakness of this review is that products that didn't win are not identified.
Best Beauty Buys 2012: Skin
by Editors of InStyle
Our AssessmentInStyle editors list top beauty picks based on industry experts' favorites. The winning moisturizers are categorized by skin type, and a brief description is given for each. Most categories include a night cream and a daytime moisturizer with SPF. Top picks include products from Olay, Burt's Bees, Cetaphil and CeraVe among others. However, editors don't say which moisturizers didn't make the cut.
Health's Beauty Awards 2012: Face
by Editors of Health magazine
Our AssessmentHealth magazine editors list the top beauty products for 2012. Each product listing includes a description detailing its benefits. The judging criteria are unclear. Facial moisturizers from Olay, Garnier and Origins make the list.
Top 25 Products of 2012
by Editors of Better Nutrition magazine
Our AssessmentEditors of Better Nutrition magazine recommend several natural and organic skin care products -- including moisturizers and serums -- for their annual beauty awards. Top products are paraben- and phthalate-free. MyChelle Dermaceuticals Supreme Polypeptide Cream makes the list, but it isn't rated or compared to other products.
2012 Beauty Awards: Winners
by Editors of CEW.org
Our AssessmentCosmetic Executive Women (CEW) lists its 2012 Beauty Award winners. Products are chosen by a group of voters who are CEW members, industry professionals and beauty experts. CEW.org says the award is "the beauty industry's highest honor" and is given to "the most innovative beauty products of the year." Categories for the award include bath and body, facial skincare and makeup, among others. Each category has several subcategories with high- and low-priced winners. Winning moisturizers include products from RoC and StriVectin. Like other such ratings, however, moisturizers that didn't make the cut aren't identified, and it isn't clear whether products were actually tested.
2012 TotalBeauty.com Awards: Face & Body
by Editors of TotalBeauty.com
Our AssessmentEditors of TotalBeauty.com test more than 500 beauty products to find the best new products of 2012, while readers weigh in to name the Readers' Choice winners. Several products are chosen in Face & Body, Makeup and Hair categories. Honorable mentions are also named, but nonwinning products aren't mentioned and testing criteria aren't clear. TotalBeauty.com also allows registered users to rate and review products. As could be expected, all of the Readers' Choice winners earn high overall ratings from users.
The Best Facial Moisturizers
by Alexandra Gonzalez
Our AssessmentTesters at Real Simple magazine test nearly 100 facial moisturizers to find the best. The top 10 are listed -- with a brief description of each -- but nonwinning products aren't mentioned, and testing criteria aren't clear.
2012 Readers' Choice Awards
by Meirav Devash
Our AssessmentAllure magazine lists 53 winning beauty products as chosen by Allure readers. The products included are listed under makeup, skin, hair and body categories and include a high-end and a drugstore option. All 2012 winning products have been chosen as winners for at least two consecutive years.
The Women's Health 2012 Beauty Awards: Face Makeup & Skincare Products
by Editors of Women's Health
Our AssessmentEditors of Women's Health magazine list top beauty products for their 2012 annual beauty awards. Winning products are listed under four categories: hair, makeup, face and body and both readers' and experts' picks are listed for each subcategory. Moisturizers from Olay, RoC, Clinique and Yes to Cucumbers make the list of winning products, but no explanation of judging criteria is given.
Face: Five Best - Reviewed & Recommended
by Editors of TruthinAging.com
Our AssessmentEditors at TruthinAging.com routinely test and review natural and organic beauty products. Top-rated products are included in several "Five Best - Reviewed and Recommended" lists. Products are given a brief description explaining their benefits, but they aren't rated.
Best Women's Face Cream
by B. Coleman
Our AssessmentBestcovery.com, a consumer-review website that relies on experts to recommend products in several categories, lists five top-performing facial moisturizers. Each product is given a brief description, and some of them appear to have been tested by the author. The moisturizers aren't compared to other products.
Best Budget Skin Care -- About.com Skin Care's 2011 Readers' Choice Award Winners
by Jen Adkins
Our AssessmentAbout.com readers nominate and vote on their favorite skin care products, including facial moisturizers, sunscreens and sunless tanners. Each is given a very brief description, but nonwinning products aren't mentioned, and it isn't clear how many readers participated in the voting process. CeraVe Facial Moisturizing Lotion is the only facial moisturizer to make the list. (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)
Clinique Moisturizing Gel vs. Lotion Review by vangdiane
Our AssessmentIn this YouTube video, a beauty blogger compares Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel to Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion. She says that the gel absorbs quickly, and the lotion does not, and that it controls shine. The lotion, on the other hand, feels sticky on her face.
by Contributors to MakeupAlley.com
Our AssessmentApproximately 1,000 facial moisturizers are reviewed by members of this website. Product reviews can be sorted in a multitude of ways, making it easy for users to find the highest consumer rated products as well as those that are reviewed most often. Some products receive hundreds of reviews, and others receive only a few. Among those with many reviews, Vaseline Petroleum Jelly, Desert Essence 100% Pure Jojoba Oil, Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream receive the highest ratings.
by Contributors to Drugstore.com
Our AssessmentConsumers can read and post reviews for products sold at Drugstore.com, which include several personal care items. Most of the moisturizers listed are reviewed at least once, but a few of them are reviewed upward of 150 times. Of those that are reviewed the most often, CeraVe, Complex 15, Cetaphil, and Alpha Hydrox moisturizers rate the highest.
by Contributors to Amazon.com
Our AssessmentThough facial moisturizers are not reviewed nearly as often at Amazon.com as they are at MakeupAlley.com, the user reviews posted are a useful reference. There are more than 2,000 facial moisturizers listed for sale, most with only a handful of reviews, but products from Olay are reviewed often with above average ratings.
Products Promise Youth, but Lack Evidence
by Cheryl Gultman
Our AssessmentIn this article, Cheryl Gultman discusses skin-care products that promise to reduce signs of aging. She says most of these products have no evidence behind their claims and that the only products proven to make any difference are sunscreens, antioxidants and retinoids. She explains that although antioxidants are effective, there is not enough information available to rank any of them as being superior to others. For this reason, she suggests that consumers use a mix of several antioxidants, both topically and internally. No particular products are recommended or rated.