Tested on animals:No
The claims for this daytime moisturizer with sunscreen are enticing, but this product is not recommended because the sunscreen does not include the ingredients needed to shield your skin from the sun’s entire range of damaging UVA rays. For best results, a product should contain one or more of the following UVA-protecting ingredients: avobenzone, titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, Mexoryl SX (ecamsule), or Tinosorb.
Knowing what this formula lacks in the way of sun protection makes the antiwrinkle claims limited at best. Getting the sunscreen right is the most important thing in preventing or improving wrinkles.
Getting past the sunscreen issue, this product contains some very good moisturizing ingredients for dry to very dry skin. There are several beneficial anti-aging ingredients, too, from antioxidants to peptides. The problem is with the jar packaging. The fact that it’s packaged in a jar means the beneficial ingredients won’t remain stable once it is opened. All plant extracts, vitamins, antioxidants, and other state-of-the-art ingredients break down in the presence of air, so once a jar is opened and lets the air in, these important ingredients begin to deteriorate. Jars also are unsanitary because you’re dipping your fingers into them with each use, adding bacteria, which further deteriorate the beneficial ingredients.
You may be curious as to what this company’s Hydroxatone 10 Complex is. Information on their Web site claims that it’s a blend of peptides with the skin-repairing ingredient hyaluronic acid plus “botanicals and moisturizers.” Unfortunately, “botanicals and moisturizers” could mean any number of ingredients, regardless of whether they’re helpful for your skin. Despite what the company asks you to believe, not a single ingredient in AM/PM Anti Wrinkle Complex SPF 15 is unique to this product, and nothing it contains will replace cosmetic corrective procedures from a dermatologist. This product is not Botox, dermal fillers, or laser treatments in a jar—not even close, the entire notion is absurd!
What about the “Clinically proven” claim? Although it sounds impressive that 90% of women noticed a visible reduction in wrinkles, that type of information is useless. What we don’t know is whether or not the results from this product were compared with the results from another moisturizer, whether or not the other product may or may not have contained sunscreen, and, of course, there’s the fact that lots of women would report their wrinkles look better after applying any moisturizer. Because of the jar packaging issue, it’s most likely that this Hydroxatone product functions as a basic moisturizer and little more. Considering the price, that’s disappointing.