What every best Wrinkle Cream has:
- Retinol or other antioxidant compounds.
- Opaque packaging.
- Tolerable additives.
The Good Housekeeping Research Institute tests hundreds of anti-aging products to narrow it down to several dozen top performers. Real-world testing was done on actual volunteers, as well as measurements taken in the lab, and each product is given a brief, but thorough, review as to how it performed in both metrics.
In 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 wrinkle cream, 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.
Editors of Reviews.com start with more than 200 anti-aging products, ultimately eliminating most of the contenders for various reasons to name their top three picks. These are chosen via a combination of ingredient evaluation, packaging, hands on (or face on, in this case) testing and expert consultation.
Each of the retinol-containing products in this roundup are recommended by a top U.S.-based skin doctor. There are a variety of retinol strengths represented, for those with various skin types. A wide variety of price points are represented here as well, with some good budget picks mixed in with pricier products that you can only obtain through a professional skin practice.
Editors of TotalBeauty test thousands of beauty products to find the best new products of 2017, while readers weigh in to name the Readers' Choice winners. Several products are chosen in Face, Body, Makeup and Hair categories. Each category includes an overall Editor's Pick and a Reader's Choice winner, as well as Honorable Mentions for both. Each product gets a brief review. Elsewhere on this site, other anti-aging products are listed and reviewed.
Allure editors and readers weigh in on this site for their favorite products, resulting in several "Best of Beauty" roundups. The editors and writers are knowledgeable and give each product a thorough review with a comprehensive explanation of how it works and why it's a "best of." Elsewhere on this site, other roundups highlight the anti-wrinkle creams that are recommended by dermatologists, as well as "best of" budget products.
Hundreds of anti-aging products are reviewed by members of this website and are rated on a "lipsticks" scale, with 5 lipsticks being the best. 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. Anti-wrinkle creams tend to receive fewer reviews overall than general facial moisturizers.
This retail beauty-products website has hundreds of wrinkle creams and anti-aging products and some of them get hundreds of reviews. Products are ranked by customers on a 5-star scale and each product has a breakdown by attribute at the top of each review showing how many customers, say it's effective on wrinkles, brightens skin, moisturizes, etc. Reviewers also detail their location, skin type, age and eye color. Reviews are thorough and informative and Sephora customers are very savvy about beauty products.
There are fewer results for wrinkle cream as a specific search term, but Ulta sells hundreds of anti-aging products that can be sorted a number of ways; such as top-rated or best-sellers. Each product is ranked on a 5-star scale. The header for each review has a list of pros and cons, as well as best uses for the product, which makes it easy to get a good overview of customer consensus. There are not quite as many total reviews here as at other beauty sites, but they are thorough and detailed.
Because so many of our top picks are considered "drugstore creams," that is, they are highly affordable and widely available, Walgreens is a particularly good source for gauging the input of everyday people who are not necessarily experts on beauty products, and are just looking for something affordable that works. Some affordable products get thousands of reviews, more expensive products just a handful.
Walmart is another good destination for finding reviews of affordable wrinkle creams -- and for finding more expensive creams at a good price. There are fewer reviews here, overall, but this site can be helpful for narrowing down a specific choice.
Amazon has hundreds of pages of reviews of wrinkle creams and other anti-aging products and many of them have hundreds of reviews. Some reviews are very helpful; however, we found more reviews here that don't seem credible, such as a perfect 5-star rating in dozens of reviews for products by manufacturers we have never heard of and none of them are "verified purchases." In addition, many products that are restricted to authorized distributors are sold here by unauthorized, third-party sellers, and are often wildly overpriced or are possibly counterfeit.