Healthy Skin Anti-Wrinkle Cream, Night

by Neutrogena  Healthy Skin
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$12.99 - 1.4 fl. oz.
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Category:
Skin Care > Moisturizers (Daytime and Nighttime) > Moisturizer without Sunscreen
Last Updated:
8/7/2014
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
Yes

Healthy Skin Anti-Wrinkle Cream, Night is a good, fragrance-free moisturizer with retinol for normal to dry skin. The retinol is packaged to keep it stable, the amount of green tea is impressive, and the formula contains tiny amounts of two forms of Vitamin E. It is definitely one of the better retinol products at the drugstore.

SPECIAL NOTE: This line of products is creating a lot of confusion for readers, so we wanted to clarify for readers the information that we have confirmed through Neutrogena regarding these products. Healthy Skin Anti-Wrinkle Cream, Night used to be called Healthy Skin Anti-Wrinkle Cream Original Formula. What is now called Healthy Skin Anti-Wrinkle Cream Original Formula is a different product that has an added SPF 15.

Healthy Skin Anti-Wrinkle Cream Night is a dermatologist recommended Retinol anti-wrinkle cream clinically proven to visibly reduce fine lines, wrinkles and other signs of aging.

Water, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Glycerin, Cetyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Ethylhexyl Hydroxystearate, Dimethicone, Camellia Oleifera Extract, Retinol, Panthenol, Disodium EDTA, Tocopherol, Cetearyl Glucoside, Tocopheryl Acetate, Polysorbate 20, Triethanolamine, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Butylene Glycol, Diazolidinyl Urea, BHT, Carbomer.

Johnson & Johnson–owned Neutrogena has been around for over 50 years, and they've come a long way since they launched their first transparent, bronze, detergent-based bar soap (it also contains tallow). The bars are still sold, and while we still don't recommend them (they are too drying for all skin types), the good news is that Neutrogena has come a very long way from where they started. In fact, several of their products represent truly state-of-the-art options.

Strolling the skin-care aisles of any drugstore or mass-market store reveals that Neutrogena vies for shelf space and prominence with only one other brand, Procter & Gamble's Olay. For the most part, both companies offer a similar assortment of products, with Olay being slightly more focused on anti-aging products and Neutrogena going for broader appeal, offering a nearly equal amount of antiwrinkle and anti-acne products. Regrettably the latter category presents few viable options.

Where Neutrogena really excels (and has for years) is with water-soluble cleansers, AHAs, retinol, and sunscreen products. Their Healthy Skin lineup offers some beautifully formulated moisturizers with glycolic acid, and the sunscreens offer something for everyone, including some ingenious options for those with oily skin (or anyone who finds the texture of high-SPF products as unappealing as slathering your skin with Crisco).

A recent self-proclaimed advance in sun protection came with Neutrogena's Helioplex complex. It is not the superior breakthrough Neutrogena makes it out to be. It's a good system to keep avobenzone stable for longer, but Helioplex isn't the only way to get the most out of this important UVA sunscreen. If it were, why didn't Neutrogena scrap all of their other sunscreens that don't use Helioplex technology? And why do they still offer a handful of SPF-rated products that leave skin vulnerable to UVA damage? Although they offer a proportionately greater number of sunscreens that provide excellent UVA protection, it's hard to unequivocally deem them a sun-care leader when they still sell inadequate sunscreens.

It's common to see commercials and magazine ads for Neutrogena's plethora of products designed to combat breakouts and blackheads. It's nothing short of amazing that, after all these years, the majority of these products, while well intentioned, still don't get it right. Far too many of them contain irritating ingredients such as alcohol, witch hazel, and menthol, none of which are the least bit helpful for someone struggling with breakouts. If your dermatologist recommends these products for acne without reservation, definitely consider a second opinion! Even Neutrogena's on-the-spot benzoyl peroxide product contains some potentially problematic thickening agents. Despite this, if you choose carefully, there are some great products (including a BHA lotion) that can make a positive difference.

What's most frustrating and, frankly, surprising, is that Neutrogena's enormous assortment of products represents both the best and the worst the cosmetics industry has to offer. Given their worldwide distribution and research capabilities, they really should be offering a consistent range of effective, irritant-free products to address a variety of skin types and conditions. As things stand now, healthy, protected skin is only assured if you know which Neutrogena products to look for and which ones to never put in your shopping cart.

For more information about Neutrogena, owned by Johnson & Johnson, call (800) 582-4048 or visit www.neutrogena.com.

Neutrogena Makeup

Neutrogena's "beautiful and beneficial" pronouncement is a great tag line, but most of their makeup doesn't live up to that assertion. This line was lacking in several key areas when it first hit store shelves in 1999, and although some things have improved, the number of problematic products is a bit startling. (I'm not aware of any cosmetic line that uses menthol or its derivatives as often as Neutrogena.) Each product carries on about the vitamins it contains, yet compared to the leading roles played by cosmetic staples like silicones and thickening agents, the vitamins have mere cameo roles, and as such have little to no impact.

There are a few key items to seek out, especially if you're looking for makeup with excellent sun protection. We also found their lip gloss to be one of the best at any price, and a few of their foundations successfully bridge the gap between skin care and makeup.

The most frustrating aspect of this line is that almost all of it is packaged so you cannot see the color. Even worse, the color swatch on the box is a poor representation, not only of how the color looks in the compact, but also how it looks on your skin. What would truly be beneficial is for Neutrogena to offer more revealing packaging or provide testers or offer trial sizes. Their overall collection and in-store displays aren't nearly as tempting as most other drugstore makeup lines, so in most cases they're relying on their constant magazine and television ads to drive shoppers to explore the world of Neutrogena makeup, or they're relying solely on those who don't mind guessing what color they are really buying. It's obviously working, because despite the problematic elements, this is a line that has survived and is very well distributed.

Member Comments

Summary of Member Comments

  1. How would you rate the results? (4 = Best)

    2 / 4 Average
  2. Was this product a good value? (4 = Best)

    3 / 4 Good
  3. Would you recommend this product? (4 = Best)

    2 / 4 Average
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  1. Eileen S
    Reviewed on Monday, June 09, 2014
    • Value
      4 / 4
    • Results
      4 / 4
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    Lots of Compliments
    • I am 60 years old and have used this product for probably 10 years. I use it every day with a sunscreen, I get a lot of compliments on my skin and people think I am a lot younger than I am. I believe that a lot of the credit goes to this cream. When I first started using it, I had fine wrinkles and hyper-pigmentation. Over time, my skin color has evened out and the wrinkles are way less than before. And you can't beat the price for a retinoid.

  2. AnnetteD.
    Reviewed on Tuesday, May 27, 2014
    • Recommend
      1 / 4
    • Value
      4 / 4
    • Results
      1 / 4
    Disappointed!
    • I like what's in this product. But, personally I never felt like it did anything for my skin. That's the only reason I can't recommend it. You get a lot for your money.I think it's an awesome deal considering all that's in this product. I just never noticed a positive change in my skin when I used it. Like with other skin care products.

  3. Carly H.
    Reviewed on Wednesday, April 02, 2014
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    • Value
      4 / 4
    • Results
      3 / 4
    Was Good
    • I think this product has made a difference in my skin: more radiant and clear. However, I agree that the moisturizing qualities are perhaps not the shining star in this product, rather it's the retinol. Which is why I bought it!

  4. Julia
    Reviewed on Monday, March 17, 2014
    • Results
      3 / 4
    • Value
      3 / 4
    • Recommend
      3 / 4
    How much Retinol Does This Actually Contain?
    • Does anyone know?

  5. Laura R
    Reviewed on Monday, March 10, 2014
    • Recommend
      1 / 4
    • Value
      1 / 4
    • Results
      1 / 4
    Name change?
    • I can't seem to get the right product! The outer packaging seems to advertise the correct ingredients but when I look up the labeling on the actual tube I find a terrible review on BEAUTYPEDIA. I think I'm going to give up on neutrogena and switch to PC's retinol product so I know I'm getting what I'm paying for. I gave this a low rating due to the continual name and packaging changes that make it hard to know what you're getting.

  6. Kassi
    Reviewed on Saturday, March 08, 2014
    • Results
      3 / 4
    • Value
      2 / 4
    • Recommend
      3 / 4
    Price doubled
    • I used to love this product, but the price went up to $20.00 at CVS a few weeks ago

  7. Zoe
    Reviewed on Tuesday, March 04, 2014
    • Results
      3 / 4
    • Recommend
      3 / 4
    • Value
      3 / 4
    Neutrogena Healthy Skin Range
    • Dear Paula's Choice Team, The Neutrogena Healthy Skin Range is not available in Australia which is really disappointing. I wanted to purchase Healthy Skin Anti - wrinkle cream, (night), and sadly this line is not carried by our drugstores.

  8. Kay B.
    Reviewed on Sunday, January 12, 2014
    • Recommend
      1 / 4
    • Results
      2 / 4
    • Value
      4 / 4
    Not great
    • It's decent for moisturizing, not heavy at all. Murder around the eye area! I usually avoided my eyes; one time in a rush I was sloppy, it caused burning, chapped and flaky skin on my eyelids & undereye area. Even being vigilant about application, my eye area was affected. Overall, the product will last a long time, it's relatively inexpensive, but there was no visible benefit in the rest of my skin.

  9. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Saturday, January 11, 2014
    • Results
      2 / 4
    • Value
      3 / 4
    • Recommend
      2 / 4
    Good ingredients but not really a moisturizer
    • The ingredients may be good ... retinol, green tea, and E ... but the cream is too light and does not penetrate the skin, so there was no benefit as a moisturizer. I tried using more of the product but with t he same result. Perhaps this is good as a healthy supplement, but I did not find it to be an effective moisturizer.

  10. Cath P
    Reviewed on Sunday, October 06, 2013
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    • Results
      4 / 4
    • Value
      4 / 4
    Great prouct at a great price
    • I really like this product and found it to be the best value compared with other retinol products. I also found it to be less irritating than other retinol products and is just as effective. The product packaging is economical, practical and easy to use (compared with the pump style that weighs more and difficult to see how much product remains or is wasted). The only minor improvement point is probably replace the metal material so that it is even easier to sqeeze out the last bit of product.

  11. Elle, K
    Reviewed on Saturday, September 07, 2013
    • Results
      3 / 4
    • Recommend
      3 / 4
    • Value
      4 / 4
    Good, calming moisturizer
    • I began using this about a few years ago. I've had no irritation; if anything it calms my skin. You don't need a lot. Follow the directions and a tube will last a long time. I write the dates on my lotions and my current one has lasted about a year. As far as wrinkles, brown spots go, I haven't noticed a big difference but maybe that's because I'm at the beginning stages of wrinkles. They haven't gotten any deeper so I suppose that's the retinol working.

  12. KT
    Reviewed on Friday, September 06, 2013
    • Results
      3 / 4
    • Recommend
      3 / 4
    • Value
      2 / 4
    I need a tub of retinol...
    • I agree that it is not moisturizing enough for dry skin, so it is used as a treatment. I have been using this once a week but know want to increase this to see better results. It has never irritated my skin at all.

  13. DONNA M.
    Reviewed on Sunday, July 28, 2013
    • Results
      4 / 4
    • Value
      4 / 4
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    It's s great body product, too!
    • I use tazarac on my face (.05) with great results and it occurred to me that if retinoids/retinols can be used to build collagen on the face they can build it elsewhere. I have dimply thighs (cellulite like evryone else) and after three months of nighly use it is diminished. I go into the gym in shorts to check out my legs and I have gone from Ugh! to NOT BAD! And I'm about to turn 60! And the price is good. About $11 for 1.4 punces.

  14. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Friday, July 12, 2013
    • Results
      3 / 4
    • Value
      4 / 4
    • Recommend
      3 / 4
    Ok as a treatment - not as a moisturizer
    • Upon the product review, it appears this has good for your skin ingredients - and I think it's a good treatment. However, it may be irritating to some - it also says so on package. But anything with a good amount of retinol does. The reason I'm not giving this four stars....it is categorized on this site as a moisturizer, however, is not hydrating enough for me.

  15. AMADA
    Reviewed on Sunday, December 23, 2012
    • Results
      4 / 4
    • Value
      4 / 4
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    Good Night
    • With regular use I have found that this product aids in giving my skin an even appearance. Hyper-pigmentation dissipates in days. You cannot beat the price!

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