One of the oldest questions put to the beauty product makes is “does this stuff really work, or am I wasting my money?” From my experience with wrinkle creams over the past 10 years, I’d have to say “yes. yes, they do indeed work.” But they don’t all work for everyone, and they don’t all work the same. Here’s what I’ve learned about some of these little miracle workers both from their use and from some of the experts I’ve talked with at department store makeup counters:\r\n\r\n1. Sometimes, the expensive wrinkle creams are really, really good. It depends, however, on the formula, and if that’s compatible with your skin. My Mom was a die-hard Mary Kay fan after the age of 60 (I didn’t care for it when I was in my 20’s and tried it.) In her 30”s and 40’s she swore by Avon face creams. I’ve had wonderful success with my Chanel routine, when I could afford it. But since my income’s taken a nose-dive, and I have some other priorities, I’ve had to experiment with OTC or “drugstore” beauty creams. Garnier has too much perfume for my sensitive skin. RoC did nothing (but my godmom loves it.) Results with Olay were OK, but not anywhere near what I got with Chanel. I’m on my 3rd jar of of L’Oreal Youth Code Texture Perfector Day/Night Cream and 2nd bottle of Youth Code serum I can confidently say yes, for my skin, this stuff works its promoted magic (as does Miracle Blur, which I wrote about last week. Less wrinkles, smaller pores, better texture. It’s great under my Physician’s Formula BB cream foundation and powder, and does not cause it to darken or get too greasy. It did, however, take some time–at least 4-6 weeks–before I saw the big results I now maintain with daily use.\r\n\r\nHowever, something else might work great for you. My miracle could, or could not, be your miracle too. It all depends on your skin. I do, however, sometimes try products based on friends’ recommendations, contingent on the friend’s skin and if it’s kind of like mine.\r\n\r\nOh, and when I have the cash again, I’d be glad to go back to Chanel. In between then and now, I’m doing really well with the products I’ve found at the drugstore!\r\n\r\n2. Once you start using a cream, keep the routine or you may lose the benefits. Whether it’s an expensive cream or a less expensive cream, the beneficial effects build up over time and are maintained with regular use. Regular use falls off and eventually the benefits will fall off too.\r\n\r\n3. You don’t always have to use the entire beauty regimen to get the full benefit of some products. But it’s good to start with it before changing up (most of the time.) Mom loved her M-K routine. I loved my Chanel routine. When I switched up to Youth Code, I was already using some of the Salma Hayek Nuance line for eye makeup removal and face cleansing, and was quite surprised that the products are compatible. No bad reactions, and it seems that the Nuance products create a great base for the Youth Code products to work.\r\n\r\n4. Don’t expect a cream to fix everything. You won’t necessarily get Botox-like results from a jar, but what you will get should be better than what you started with.\r\n\r\noh, and in case you are interested in seeing what my skin’s like now, here’s a recent selfie:\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nSo, it’s really kind of up to you, your skin, and your genetics. Good Luck! oh, and I’d love to know some of your wrinkle cream results, too.