90 Second Wrinkle Reducer
0.33 fl. oz. for $59.95
Last Updated:04.16.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

Hydroxatone's 90 Second Wrinkle Reducer should ideally be named “Instant Irritation” because that’s what your skin will experience from using this specialty product. Whatever “hardworking ingredients” this product contains, they aren’t indicated on the ingredient list. Instead of getting state-of-the-art anti-aging ingredients, you’re getting a lot of sodium silicate, an alkaline film-forming agent that constricts your skin, causing it to feel (not actually become) tighter, and it can be irritating.

Instant Effect contains a tiny amount of antioxidants along with retinol, but these will be of little help against the irritation from the drying film-forming agent, and this product feels VERY drying on skin once it sets.

This also contains alcohol, which is about as far from anti-aging as skin care can get! There isn’t much alcohol present, but the potential for free-radical damage, which hurts your skin’s ability to heal and limits its ability to produce healthy collagen, is worth considering when you’re trying to fight wrinkles.

Although this can work to temporarily smooth wrinkles around the eyes or mouth, the long term effects of using a product like this stand a good chance of making matters worse.

Note: This product is also sold under the Hydroxyatone brand as Instant Effect 90 Second Wrinkle Reducer.


Hydroxatone 90 Second Wrinkle Reducer is a fast firming lightweight serum that temporarily reduces the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and under-eye bags


Water, Butylene Glycol, Sodium Silicate, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Caprylyl Glycol, Cellulose Gum, Xanthan Gum, Pentylene Glycol, Lecithin, Alcohol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Tocopherol, Retinol, Polysorbate 20

Brand Overview

Hydroxatone At-A-Glance

Strengths: None.

Weaknesses: Expensive; several products contain irritating ingredients that hurt skin's healing process and ability to produce healthy collagen; jar packaging causes the antioxidants and other key ingredients to break down; over-the-top claims not supported by published research.

Hydroxatone is a mail-order company that sells various anti-wrinkle and anti-aging products, all at fairly high prices. You need to know that these products are absolutely not worth your attention, let alone your beauty dollars. It's not that they don't contain some great ingredients, but almost every formula has its share of problems that make investing in this line the wrong way to go (especially if your concern is wrinkles or discolorations).

The key ingredients Hydroxatone touts are peptides and hyaluronic acid. These ingredients are used industry-wide, so you're not getting anything special or unique with Hydroxatone. What's particularly frustrating is that the company makes a much bigger deal about their "special" ingredients then is deserved. For example, the peptides don't work like Botox, the hyaluronic acid won't replace the need for dermal fillers, and their claim that these products contain the most effective anti-wrinkle ingredients isn't supported by published research. Even the "clinical studies" Hydroxatone mentions are meaningless, especially since they weren't done double-blind and the results were not compared with other products (that, in most cases, would likely work even better).

For more information about Hydroxatone, call 1-800-672-2259 or visit www.hydroxatone.com.

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