Lawsuit Targets Anti-Aging Creams

A woman has filed suit against the makers of anti-aging creams, accusing them of lying when they say that their products prevent or even reverse aging. Of course, she's right, though I'm sure the companies will argue that they never blatantly say that their products reverse aging. Instead, they claim that they reverse the 'appearance of aging.' I've never studied the issue in any great detail, but my perception is that the high-priced beauty products really aren't any better for your skin than a cheap bottle of sunblock would be. Though, of course, the expensive stuff smells and feels better.

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Posted on Thu Jan 06, 2005


I've got to say it's about time these companies that sell these creams should be made accountable for what their advertising says either explicitly or by implication. One thing that really puts me off is when I hear a group of women talk about "such and such a cream" when I really can't help but think it's all a waste of money.

Maybe this will weed out all the nonsense and truly honest companies with real products can come to the fore
Posted by Peter  in  Melbourne, Australia  on  Thu Jan 06, 2005  at  11:59 PM
I heard from a doctor on radio that some research group has found (after intensive testing) that best moisturizer on the market (by definition a stuff that suppose to block pores and keep water inside after washing face) is .... petroleum jelly Vaseline !!!
Posted by Loxx  on  Fri Jan 07, 2005  at  09:49 AM
I've heard that also about vaseline. I've also heard about a guy who used to eat it. Claimed it was some kind of cure-all.
Posted by The Curator  in  San Diego  on  Fri Jan 07, 2005  at  09:53 AM
I moisturize. I don't buy expensive creams though. Oil of Olay works just as well. My ex however uses Lancome at about $58 a bottle. Moisturizing is important though.
Posted by Bill B.  on  Fri Jan 07, 2005  at  10:27 AM
Likewise with the "stretch mark reduction" creams and of course the "breast enhancement" ones. Moisturize and sunblock, those are a woman's, or a man's, best cosmetics. Oh, and soap.
Posted by cvirtue  in  deleted  on  Fri Jan 07, 2005  at  11:16 AM
Yes, and deoderant is your friend, too. Not that I want this to turn into an anti-aging product forum, but I have to say that I also use both Vaseline AND Oil of Olay. I've been putting Vaseline around my eyes (careful, it really does irrate eyes if put too close) & on my forehead since I was 19. The Oil of Olay Regenerist line claims to be an alternative to a face lift. It's only 19.99 a bottle & I've been using it for about as long as it's been out.(A couple of years.) I'm 31 and I typically am put in the 21-24 year age range.
So, anti-aging lawsuit lady, please don't sue Olay. They have a great product that works.
Posted by Electra  on  Fri Jan 07, 2005  at  12:44 PM
The only stuff I ever use is what other people give me from Bath & Body works, and only when my hands are dry enough to hurt. Everyone likes a dirty cowboy that smells good.

As far as Peter's comment: "Maybe this will weed out all the nonsense and truly honest companies with real products can come to the fore"

I hate to be cynical, but it has to be said. Yeah, right. The issue is not the products; it's the culture that creates a need for these products. Why is everyone in such a hurry to get younger, anyway? Or make their breasts bigger or stretch marks fade? As long as there is a demand for miracle cures, there will be products that claim (implied or otherwise) that they can do it.
Posted by James D  on  Fri Jan 07, 2005  at  12:46 PM
I use the lotions I get for Christmas. It's usually my elbows that get dry and cracked.Other than that I don't use many beuaty products.
Posted by Dany  in  Texas  on  Fri Jan 07, 2005  at  01:06 PM
The one thing eating Vaseline will definitely cure is constipation. It used to be marketed as a laxative.
Posted by Big Gary C  in  Dallas, Texas  on  Fri Jan 07, 2005  at  03:49 PM
I use the Vaseline brand lotion...but I have a hard time with the greasy feal of actual Vaseline Petrolium Jelly. I'm only 21, and I have really fair skin that I ALWAYS wore sunblock on when I went outside (my mother lived on the beach as a teen & had seen the affects of the sun). My hands & face tend to get dry feeling in the winter. I use lotion then. I don't really like the feel of lotion when it stays on my skin. Plus, if my hands get wet the lotion gets wet & slick...icky. I do put Johnson's Baby lotion on my little girl after the bath. She really enjoys it...she makes lots of 'oooh, ahhh' sounds.
Posted by Maegan  in  Tampa, FL - USA  on  Sun Jan 09, 2005  at  09:00 AM
P.S. I used Palmer's on my belly when I was pregnant (this is BEFORE the stretch marks started to appear) & the stretch marks DID appear. This also means, that this particular bit of skin has lost it's elasticity & will not tighten up, no matter how much exercise you do! So if anyone saw that mom on the SWAN that had the melting was cuz her whole tummy was covered in stretch marks! (Luckily I didn't get too I get to maintain my youthful appearance for a while.)
Posted by Maegan  in  Tampa, FL - USA  on  Sun Jan 09, 2005  at  09:03 AM
Why am I not surprised to hear about this? Anti-aging creams are just creams, they cannot have the same effect as aesthetic surgeries. To deal with aging you need to start inside out. My mom is taking now bottled wheat grass juice and I see reasonable effects.
Posted by gordman  on  Thu Oct 04, 2007  at  09:40 AM
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