I love all things girly. I have always been a girly-girl - love makeup & hair/beauty products. That said, I am not one of those girls who believes you must purchase the most expensive beauty product(s) & makeup to look & feel your best. Over the years, I have tried almost all expensive name brand & drugstore brand makeup. To me, I found some of the expensive brands worse than drugstore brands & the others just 'ok'. As a matter of fact, a few years ago I returned all of my new MAC makeup because I disliked it. It just wasn't worth the money. If it's just 'ok' in my book, and/or not better than my drugstore makeup, it's going back. Not only that, but I lead a very busy life. I don't have the desire nor time to traipse to the mall everytime I run out of my favorite makeup or product. In my opinion - drugstore brands are sufficient. Keep in mind, it's not necessarily what you purchase, it's how you apply it. So if you don't/can't apply your makeup adequately, it will matter none if it's expensive or less expensive. Oops. Got a little sidetracked there. :)
I have always heard that the best product to use to reduce/minimize wrinkles is Retinol. Retinol, Retinol, Retinol. So, I found this "Rapid Wrinkle Repair" Moisturizer, by Neutrogena, which contains Retinol. I have been faithful to Olay for many years, but I decided it was time to bid farewell (sniff) & give this amazing wrinkle repair product a try.
Per Neutrogena's website, this is what the product claims to do:
Visibly fade the look of stubborn wrinkles with our fastest Retinol formula available! So effective, 100% of women tested had noticeable results in just one week.
Featuring its unique combination of Retinol SA, Glucose Complex, and Hyaluronic Acid, Rapid Wrinkle Repair Moisturizer moisturizes and renews the look of skin throughout the day, and helps to smooth wrinkles fast and diminish the look of age spots. This super charged formula is combined with UVA/UVB SPF 30 for daily sun protection.
Skin is left feeling smooth and looking younger.
Accelerated Retinol SA
Fades the look of stubborn wrinkles
Brightens skin tone
Smooth fine lines & texture
Well now. Not only have I used this product now for "just one week", I've used it for a few months. Three things.
1.) The price is fabulous. I got this for around $10 (much less than Olay!) at Walmart.
2.) "Wrinkle Repair"? Um, no. Not one tiny bit. Can't tell one single change or fade, after having used this product for a few months. Recently, I began really focusing on some deep, long wrinkles (thanks Mom!) around my eyes, to see if that would help. Nope. Nothin'.
3.) A few weeks ago, at Meet the Teacher night, there were a lot of parents/kids shoved in a very small hallway that hadn't had air conditioning for months. It was hot, to say the least. Everyone was sweating (heck, we were almost panting, truth be told ;o) & I noticed my face began to burn. Severely. It was horrible & I was so uncomfortable! I know the culprit was this moisturizer - but I'm not sure if it was the actual Retinol itself, or another ingredient, that provided the burning sensation. It was so awful, I wanted to run home & wash my face just to get some relief! I have never experienced a burning sensation like that on my face before.
So on a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being mah-vah-lous?
I'd give this product a -0-. Not even a one.
Moisturizers, eye creams, wrinkle repair & the like may be one area I'm willing to splurge in if I can find a product that truly does what it claims to. This is one area I don't have a lot of experience in, since I've always been so faithful to Olay. I think that Olay's higher end face lotions/creams contain Retinol, so that will be my next step. I've looked at Pro-X (many mixed reviews on this product, however) for a few years, but could never find one that claimed to be a 'moisturizer'. I want moisture & I didn't know which product is comparable to a moisturizer, so I have yet to try it. Unless something comes along between now & then, I'll definitely try the Pro-X next.
Happy moisturizing! ♥