POND’S Rejuveness Two-Week Anti-Wrinkle Challenge

Like that fifth-grade science project with the flawed assumption in the hypothesis, I discovered in the end that what this product is meant to correct — fine lines and wrinkles — is not one of my main beauty and aging concerns.

But that’s jumping to the end before I even review the product. Let’s start at the beginning.

Pond's VoxBox

When I first opened my complimentary POND’S VoxBox, I was impressed with the amount of product i received for free. From what I can tell, this was about $20 worth of product between the two jars.

Upon reading the instructions on each jar, I realized an important thing about my daily facial care routine: I don’t have one. See, the instructions say to apply the cream twice daily after cleansing. Trouble was, I wasn’t in the habit of cleansing my face twice daily. So, as a control, I decided to take a “before” picture, then cleanse and moisturize twice daily for a week and document the results. Just for kicks, since how-old.net had just become a thing as I was starting the challenge, I decided to let it decide the results.

ponds-wrinkle-before-during

Helpful hint: I’m actually 39. Also, the How-Old robot has trouble distinguishing my age and gender when I’m wearing my glasses, so I took them off.

Since the Anti-Wrinkle Challenge was a main part of the Influenster campaign, I made the decision to start with the Rejuveness Anti-Wrinkle cream, since I couldn’t figure out how one would apply both the anti-wrinkle cream and the spot remover cream at the same time.

first impression: this seal is hard to open!
second impression: this stuff is thick!

It was actually a little heavy of a cream for my liking. I had no idea how much to use, and the packaging gave me no hints. Lightly, moderately, liberally? No clue. I always ended up putting on too much, even by the end of the two weeks. I never did get the hang of how much to gloop out.

I didn’t think I really saw any results — but, then, I realized that I didn’t know where to look! I hadn’t seen any fine lines or wrinkles outside of the ones under my eyes, on my lower eyelids, that this cream can’t really reach.

So, I let the How-Old robot decide.

ponds-wrinkle-during-after

Despite looking tired as hell (that’s what I get for taking my photos on Friday nights before bed), the robot thinks that Rejuveness took two years off of my appearance.

I don’t really see it.

But, here’s an interesting postscript.

After I completed two weeks with Revuveness, I did another trial for two weeks with Clarant B3, the product to correct dark spots. According to the How Old Robot, Clarant B3 took another year off of my appearance.

ponds-clarant-before-after

I suppose my freckles and minor spots did lighten a bit, although it’s hard to tell from the weird white-balance of the after photo. However, despite the packaging’s claim that Clarant B3 won’t clog pores, I got half a dozen tiny pimples during the two-week test. That’s half a dozen more than I usually get. Plus, halfway through the Clarant B3 test, I noticed that my dimples were still visible when I wasn’t smiling — as a fine but noticeable wrinkle.

Did my skin adapt to the Rejuveness and stop doing whatever it had done before, so that I actually developed wrinkles after discontinuing use? Or did I just not notice the wrinkles before? Or did the Clarant B3 counteract the Rejuveness somehow? I’m sure I’ll never know.

Would I purchase these products on my own? Probably not. But I’ll use the free lotions until they’re gone — most likely applying one in the morning and the other at night.

Still, though, I saw the biggest improvement just from adding a twice-daily cleansing and moisturizing to my routine. Intriguing.

One thought on “POND’S Rejuveness Two-Week Anti-Wrinkle Challenge

  1. I found both in the $1 ben at Walmart,( sample size) the wrinkle cream didn’t seem to do anything but I think my dark spots are lessening, not going away.

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