Advanced Time Zone Age Reversing Line/Wrinkle Crème Broad Spectrum SPF 15 – Dry Skin
1.7 fl. oz. for $65
Last Updated:04.06.2015
Jar Packaging:Yes
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

We suppose the curiosity about the Advanced Time Zone products comes from the attention-getting claim that you’ll look younger in 5 days. That would certainly grab our attention, but if you stop and think, it really isn’t a claim we haven’t heard before, from Lauder and numerous other lines. If skin is rough and dry and you put a moisturizer on you’re going to look younger (maybe years younger), but you don’t need this product to achieve that.

Examining the ingredient list for this so-called “advanced” Time Zone product reveals that it truly isn’t different from most other daytime moisturizers with sunscreen, sold by Lauder and other companies. In fact, this differs little from the previous Time Zone daytime moisturizer with sunscreen, which Lauder heralded as the be-all, end-all not too long ago! The main difference between Advanced Time Zone and its former incarnation is that the latest version offers more robust sun protection that includes octocrylene to stabilize the UVA-screening active ingredient avobenzone.

This daytime moisturizer with sunscreen provides sufficient broad-spectrum sun protection and it has a creamy texture suitable for normal to dry skin. However, and this is the key reason why you shouldn’t spend money on this product, the jar packaging undermines the effectiveness of the numerous antioxidants (mostly plant extracts) Lauder included. Just like many of their moisturizers, the overall formula is incredibly sophisticated and chockfull of potentially beneficial ingredients—if only they were packaged so those ingredients would retain their potency once it was opened and you started using it! Of course, given this product’s price you also have to ask yourself how likely you’ll be to apply it liberally. Liberal application is essential to get the amount of sun protection touted on the label.

Note: The mica this contains leaves a soft shine on skin. That can be attractive, but it’s a cosmetic effect, not a special attribute of this product.


: Look younger in just 5 days. Help rewind the visible signs of aging. Tested and proven: Skin looks dramatically smoother, fresher, less lined-fast.


Active Ingredients: Avobenzone 3.00%, Octisalate 5%, Octocrylene 2.70%. Inactive Ingredients: Water, Dimethicone, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Butylene Glycol, Di-C12-15 Alkyl Fumarate, Steareth-21, Pentaerythrityl Tetraethylhexanoate, Sucrose, Cetyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Neopentyl Glycol Diethylhexanoate, HDI/PPG/Polycaprolactone Crosspolymer, Steareth-2, Acrylamide/Sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurate Copolymer, Polyethylene, Citrullus Vulgaris (Watermelon) Fruit Extract, Sigesbeckia Orientalis (St. Paul’s Wort) Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Lens Esculenta (Lentil) Fruit Extract, Centaurium Erythraea (Centaury) Extract, Laminaria Digitata Extract, Hordeum Vulgare (Barley) Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Tamarindus Indica Seed Extract, Salicornia Herbacea Extract Polygonum Cuspidatum Root Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Hydrolized Rice Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Extract, Selaginella Tamariscina (Spike Moss) Extract, Humulus Lupulus (Hops) Extract, Citrus Reticulata (Tangerine) Peel Extract, Yeast Extract, Limonium Vulgare Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Whey Protein, Thermus Thermophillus Ferment, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Fruit Juice, Cholesterol, Linoleic Acid, Caffeine, Acetyl Glucosamine, Linolenic Acid, Adenosine Phosphate, Lactoperoxidase, Phospholipids, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Glucose Oxidase, Tocopheryl Acetate, Triolein, Cetyl Dimethicone, Phytantriol, Trehalose, PPG-15 Stearyl Ether, PVP/Hexadecene Copolymer, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Ethylhexylglycerin, Polysilicone-11, Isohexadecane, Caprylyl Glycol, Propylene Glycol Dicaprate, Sodium PCA, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seedcake, Propylene Glycol Heptanoate, Polysorbate 80, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Glucose, Neopentyl Glycol Diisostearate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Lactate, Phytosteryl Canola Glycerides, Oleic Acid, Palmitic Acid, Stearic Acid, Potassium Sulfate, Decarboxy Carnosine HCL, Nordihydrogualaretic Acid, Cyclodextrin, Tromethamine, Hexylene Glycol, Fragrance (Parfum), Silica, Ethylbisiminomethylguaiacol Manganese Chloride, Dipentaerythirityl tri-Polyhydroxystearate, Disodium EDTA, BHT, Phenoxyethanol, Mica.

Brand Overview

Estee Lauder At-A-Glance

Strengths: Some of the most state-of-the-art moisturizers and serums around; excellent sunscreens; some good cleansers, toners, and makeup removers; several categories of makeup excel, including some extraordinary foundations (that include shades for darker skin tones), concealers, powders, blush, and eyeshadows; a mostly good selection of eye, brow, and lip pencils; their long-wearing lip color and some of the lipsticks are supremely good.

Weaknesses: Several items are highly fragranced; incomplete and/or problematic products for anyone battling blemishes; many of the Re-Nutriv products are priced too high given similar, less-expensive options from Lauder; some of the sunscreens and foundations with sunscreen lack sufficient UVA protection; the brushes aren't on par with those from other Lauder-owned lines, such as Bobbi Brown or M.A.C.; jar packaging.

From its humble but attention-getting beginning in 1946, Estee Lauder has grown to become a multibillion-dollar company whose products are sold all over the world and advertised in just about every fashion and women's lifestyle magazine you can think of. Their product assortment is mind-boggling and would be much more frustrating to wade through if their tester units weren't so well-organized and their salespeople so well-trained. (Although most of what they talk about is claim-driven and not worth paying much attention to, they do know their way around the huge assembly of products.)

We suppose the biggest compliment we can pay to the venerable Estee Lauder line is that their state-of-the-art moisturizers and serums have had a hand in redefining how we evaluate products. They (and some Lauder-owned companies, notably Clinique) are so far ahead of their department-store competition in these two areas that they alone have been consistently raising the bar as new research comes to light. In fact, we are confident telling anyone who asks us where to find the best moisturizers in the department store to sail right past Lancome, Chanel, Clarins, Shiseido, and Elizabeth Arden (among others) and park themselves in front of the Lauder counter (or a Lauder-owned line specializing in skin care such as Clinique—definitely not Origins, but you have to read about Origins to see why). We don't agree with most of the claims Lauder makes for their products and the fragrance is often intrusive, but when it comes to formulary excellence culminating in products that give skin what it needs to function optimally, they are tough to beat.

Despite Lauder's formulary innovations, they're not immune to problem products. Some of their cleansers contain irritating ingredients, jar packaging is prevalent, and their sole product for acne isn't going to help anyone's blemishes improve (actually, Estee Lauder is not the line to shop if managing acne is your concern). The company has also taken a somewhat "if you can't beat 'em, join 'em" approach, much like the many skin-care companies with cosmetic products targeted at women considering cosmetic corrective procedures. Some of the claims (and statistics) about what their skin-care alternatives (to these procedures) can accomplish still stretch the boundaries of what's possible, but most of them have impressive ingredients that benefit skin. They just can't change skin in the same effective way a cosmetic corrective procedure can.

For more information about Estee Lauder, call (877) 311-3883 or visit www.esteelauder.com.

Estee Lauder Makeup

Although Estee Lauder has made some impressive strides with its skin-care formulations, their makeup collection has become a frustrating mixed bag. We were genuinely surprised at how many average makeup items have recently appeared. Of course, there have also been some improvements, most notably in the foundation, eyeshadow, and lipstick categories. But for such an established, worldwide brand to not have more to extol is almost embarrassing. That attitude of bigger and better things is there in the descriptions, but the products tell a different story.

The most frustrating element by far is the number of foundations with sunscreen that either lack essential UVA-protecting ingredients or carry an SPF rating that is below standard. In contrast, the sunscreens in Lauder's skin-care lineup are almost all top-notch. Even more perplexing is that Lauder's sister company, Clinique, really has its act together when it comes to foundations with UVA-protecting ingredients, and they feature a lower price point for superior products.

Despite the shortcomings, many women will continue to shop for makeup at their local Lauder counter, and there is still reason to do that—just not with the same blanket sense of confidence you may have had in the past. This is an exhaustive makeup line, with seemingly endless choices. We like that Lauder's makeup tester units are much more user-friendly, particularly for foundations, powders, and concealers. Their sales staff is more enthusiastic and present (often to the point of hovering) than the staff of many competing lines, but also quite helpful and up-to-date on product comings and goings. We feel strongly that you won't be disappointed with any of the Lauder makeup rated "best" below. Without question, those products are shining examples that prove Lauder has the capability to elevate the current state-of-the-art, raising the bar for their competitors. If only such innovation were evident in the entire line, there would be few reasons to shop elsewhere, save for the prices. As is, and more than ever, it pays to be a savvy consumer when you're about to navigate the cosmetics department.

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Wonderful product!!!!

I can't believe the two negative reviews on this product. I went back to it after trying drug store brands because of price. It is a little pricey but worth every penny. My skin is very dry. This has completely disappeared after 3 days. My skin is smooth and brighter and fresher looking. It's a wonderful product.

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susan. E
Can't recommend

Received a travel size in a set I purchased and was excited to try it out. The normal/combination formula felt so nice going on, but then I noted that the product had turned into a dry flaky consistency all over my face. Not moisturizing at all. I thought maybe I needed the dry skin formula as I do have dry, aging skin. So I purchased a full size of the dry skin formula. This one wasn't much better - very little moisture that I could tell - AND it broke me out. Not worth the $. I returned it.

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Yes this is an attractive moisturizer. But, I didn't like how it felt on my skin. It crumbles off. Yes you get a lot for your money as far as positive ingredients but, it's pricey. So, no I can't recommend this moisturizer.

Reviewed by
Annette D.
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