Price is no sign of effectiveness when it comes to anti-wrinkle creams, according to Hong Kong’s Consumer Council.
The council said tests on 11 anti-wrinkle creams on the market resulted in similar effects on users even though the most expensive product was nine times the price of the cheapest one, Apple Daily reported Wednesday.
The council teamed up with independent research group International Consumer Research and Testing to test the creams on a group of 1,000 women in Germany with average age of 53.
The women used an anti-wrinkle cream on one side of their face and a common moisturizing cream on the other for four consecutive weeks.
Scans did reveal an improvement in the wrinkles but most users did not feel any significant progress.
The best overall performer was the second-cheapest sample.
Top-priced Renodigm EX Dual Care Cream, from South Korean brand Sulwhasoo, retails for HK$214 (US$27.61) per 10 milliliters and scored 2.5 on the five-point scale, about the same as the cheapest sample, a Nivea-branded product, scored. SK-II’s Stempower, which sells for HK$148 per 10 milliliters, got the lowest score.
The council said wrinkles and freckles are caused by long-time exposure to ultraviolet rays and people should avoid exposure or use products to block UV rays.
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