AM/PM Anti Wrinkle Complex SPF 15
1 fl. oz. for $79.95
Last Updated:02.23.2011
Jar Packaging:Yes
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview
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.
Forget about pricey injections, risky treatments and inconvenient doctor appointments-and get ready to see results at home! The proven ingredients in the Hydroxatone 10 Complex™ are designed to minimize the appearance of lines and wrinkles while delivering intense hydration. This dual-action formula is perfect day or night-and even offers SPF protection.
Active: Octinoxate 7.5%, Octocrylene 4.5%, Oxybenzone 3.5%, Other: Water, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Sweet Almond (Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis) Oil, Sesame (Sesamum Indicum) Oil, Glycerin, Dimethicone, Sorbitan Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Ceteareth-20, Shea Butter (Butyrospermum Parkii), Stearic Acid, Butylene Glycol, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Sodium Hyaluronate, Panthenol, Cocoa Butter (Theobroma Cacao), Carbomer, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A), Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Tetrasodium EDTA, Triethanolamine, BHT, Polysorbate-20, DMDM Hydantoin, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Propylene Glycol, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Sorbic Acid, Pomegranate (Punica Granatum) Extract, Grape (Vitis Vinifera) Seed Extract, White Pine (Pinus Strobus) Bark Extract, Green Tea (Camellia Sinesis) Leaf Extract, Ginseng (Panax Ginseng) Extract, Chamomile (Matricaria Recututa) Flower Extract, Algae Extract, Bearberry (Arctostaphylos Uva-Ursi) Extract, Coneflower (Echinacea Angustifolia) Extract, Licorice (Glycyrrhiza Glabra) Root Extract
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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