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Best Fast-Acting Wrinkle Creams

By: Kelly Burgess on February 26, 2018

Wrinkle creams for fast results

If you want to get rid of wrinkles and get rid of them fast, Mary Kay TimeWise Repair Volu-Fill Deep Wrinkle Filler (Est. $45 for .5 oz.) comes highly recommended by Paula Begoun at Beautypedia and by testers at Good Housekeeping. Begoun says, "It really does work instantly to fill in fine lines and deeper wrinkles (though it won't make etched lines invisible)." After testing and lab measurements at Good Housekeeping, it was found to improve the look of wrinkles around the eyes, forehead and mouth between 64 and 69 percent.

While Mary Kay TimeWise Repair Volu-Fill Deep Wrinkle Filler is not a substitute for professional treatments like Botox or other professionally-applied fillers, for around $45 per tube, it's also a lot less expensive than those treatments. And it's not just a short-term fix, either. In addition to the silicon polymers that give wrinkles an "instant fill" look, it also contains retinol and other cell-communicating ingredients that work to smooth wrinkles over the long term as well.

As with all Mary Kay products, consumer reviews are not easy to come by as these products are primarily sold through Mary Kay representatives or online. We did spot a decent number of reviews at Amazon, but the ratings there tend to be lowered by reports of possibly counterfeit product (we cannot verify that, though). At the Mary Kay website the TimeWise Repair Volu-Fill Deep Wrinkle Filler gets very high ratings, but there are few reviews there and they are not moderated by a third party. Still, at least one poor review is left to stand, so that's a sign that these are honest, if scant. At Beautypedia there are a few reviews as well, but some of the 1-star reviews have nothing to do with the product itself, making the overall score artificially low.

The one issue we do have with Mary Kay TimeWise Repair Volu-Fill Deep Wrinkle Filler is that it includes a fragrance ingredient that's potentially problematic for sensitive individuals. Begoun dings it for that as well, although she notes that it might just be an issue if you use it around the eye area. Still, if the experts are to be believed, this might be a terrific addition to your beauty routine -- apply it last thing before you leave the house and you might just look a bit younger than you did the day before.

Another over-the-counter wrinkle cream that gets good reviews for its quick results is Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Serum (Est. $19 for 1 oz.). It makes Allure's list of the hottest anti-aging products for under $30. Editors there say it helps plump lines immediately, and offers long term wrinkle diminishing as well. Begoun gives it 4 stars, saying it "definitely makes skin feel smoother." She notes that it may not be emollient enough for those with very dry skin. However, most wrinkle creams should be used in conjunction with a moisturizer as well -- not many are intended to be used as a stand-alone product.

Users give Neutrogena Rapid Repair generally high marks, saying it lives up to its name and they've noticed a definite improvement in their skin. Some say it does not work for them, but others point out that you have to give it some time if you've been ignoring your skin and have just started using the product. Even those who say they're disappointed in its wrinkle-reducing results say Neutrogena is a good moisturizer and goes on easily, with a smooth, non-greasy texture.

If you want a wrinkle cream that works all day, and doesn't require you to use a separate sunscreen or moisturizer, Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Moisturizer, SPF 30 (Est. $18 for 1 oz.) might be the only skin care product you need to apply in the morning, due to its emollient properties and broad-spectrum sunscreen. It's a hit both anecdotally and in lab testing. At Good Housekeeping, consumer testers reported "improved skin tone, softened fine lines, and firmed skin." And lab tests backed up those reports, with firmer, evener skin and improved hydration.

Real-life users are a tiny bit less pleased, although most of the complaints we spotted were due to irritation -- a not-uncommon issue when dealing with retinol, especially when other potentially irritating ingredients, like sunscreen and fragrance (both of which this wrinkle cream has), are present. Still, if you want your face to have a daily dose of retinol, along with good moisturizing capabilities, this is a top choice.

Peter Thomas Roth Retinol Fusion PM (Est. $35 for 1 oz.) is more expensive than the Neutrogena products, but it gets raves from both experts and users for its noticeable effect on minimizing wrinkles. Begoun gives it her highest, 5-star rating, saying, "This is a very good non-aqueous, silicone-based serum with retinol. It also includes antioxidant vitamins C and E along with a cell-communicating ingredient and anti-irritant." She does note, however, that its high concentration of retinol (1.5 percent) can cause redness and flaking in sensitive skin. Users on the Beautypedia site also give it about 4.5 stars in nearly 25 reviews, saying it works well, and does not irritate even those who consider their skin sensitive.

Elsewhere, at other retail beauty sites Peter Thomas Roth Retinol Fusion PM gets equally high praise, with most saying that, in spite of its price, a little goes a long way, and that it noticeably smooths and brightens their skin. The dropper-style packaging helps to target application to the deepest wrinkles.

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