Speed of Results6.5
Quality of Ingredient7
As the name suggests, this product from global cosmetic house Neutrogena promises to tackle those pesky wrinkles around the eye area. Neutrogena claims to be the number 1 dermatologist recommended brand in the world. It says its Rapid Wrinkle Repair Eye Cream is clinically proven to reduce wrinkles five times more than a leading prestige anti-wrinkle product. If so, we know which product we’d use, as these claims are amazing indeed. But do these claims hold up? That’s what we want to ascertain in our review.
Some key ingredients are:
- Cetearyl Alcohol
- Stearyl Alcohol
- Ascorbic Acid
- Sodium Hyaluronate
Cetearyl alcohol as well as the stearyl variety are not the harsh types of alcohol but are rich in fatty acids. They do not irritate the skin. In fact, they contain rich algae antioxidants which can really help cells turn back the hands of time. We support the inclusion of this algae-based antioxidant as it is powerful and clinically proven to work. These antioxidants would work well with Vitamin C. It is critical as an antioxidant and firming agent, especially in combination with Vitamin E. The problem is, we can’t find Vitamin E in this formula and the Vitamin C-E combination is widely held to be the most beneficial to brightening skin and erasing lines, as well as firming skin. In fact, leading cosmetic houses may opt to use a patented form of Vitamin C. One of our favorite patented forms is called Syn-Coll and when used, it delivers a stable form of Vitamin C which can then penetrate deeper down and repair cells to a greater degree as it is also more actively ‘preserved’. Neutrogena here instead has gone with a Vitamin C-A combination. Retinol, or Vitamin A, is great for oily skin and is often used in acne-clearing products. It unclogs pores and dries out sebaceous glands. But therein lies the problem – what is good for oily skin is not good for sensitive skin. It can dry your skin, cause redness and definitely makes all skin types photosensitive. Therefore, use adequate sunscreen all the time.
Hyaluronate (hyaluronic acid) is the hydrating agent. It is excellent for hydration. A form of silicone is used to seal it in. Leading cosmetic houses use medical-grade silicone to seal in moisture. We are surprised not to find these clinically proven, nutrient-dense must-haves included: alpha hydroxy acids, Alpenrose, Passionflower and also a synergistic herbal blend to further nourish, soothe and firm.
How To Use
After cleansing your skin, gently dab a small amount around the entire eye area, patting gently until the cream is absorbed into your skin. You may experience mild redness, and/or a warm, tingling sensation or skin flaking. These show that the product is working and are temporary effects, says Neutrogena. If it continues, only use the cream once every other day until your skin adjusts, then use it daily.
The side effects described are probably due to the Vitamin A. As mentioned earlier if you have sensitive skin, you may want to skip Vitamin A-rich products.
You’ll pay $21.99 for a 0.5 oz tube on the product website. There are no discounts. Auto-subscribe options are available. Remember that you may have difficulty canceling an auto-ship option even if the manufacturer professes to have put proper cancellation procedures in place. There is a one-time 15% discount though – you must sign-up for the email newsletter in order to qualify.
Guarantee & Feedback
There is a 30-day guarantee but note that you have to send the product back by insured shipping at your own cost, which could exceed the cost of the actual product depending on where you live. This falls quite short of the strong 60-, 90-, and 365-day policies offered by leading cosmetic houses.
Our Conclusive Review About Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Eye Cream
Neutrogena does not test their products on animals. We like the inclusion of Hyaluronic Acid which provides moisture that can visibly reduce lines and wrinkles over time. Retinol SA with glucose complex is Neutrogena’s boosted, intense form of Vitamin A that delivers a more far-reaching, intensely active form of Vitamin A. At the same time though, this can be a double-edged sword. Vitamin A dries out all your skin barriers and it also makes your skin sun-sensitive so you have to increase your use of sunscreen. It is also well documented that depending on the level of sensitivity of your skin, you could find your skin being irritated and showing redness that only subsides when you cease using the product. We find the exclusion of Vitamin E, as a universally leading and clinically proven, recommended ingredient, to be an omission that can’t be overlooked. Several other key ingredients are also missing. This formula also falls short of the gold standard of having at least five patented ingredients. The latter means you are guaranteed of stronger, more active and beneficial forms of a range of ingredients that together tackle a spectrum of eye skincare issues.