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Ageless Intensives Tone Correcting Moisture SPF 30 (Discontinued)
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1 fl. oz. for $18.99
Category:Skin Care > Moisturizers (Daytime and Nighttime)
Last Updated:12.03.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

Although this fragranced daytime moisturizer with sunscreen doesn’t contain a significant amount of ingredients known to lighten skin discolorations (other than what every sunscreen offers skin in that regard), it is a very good option for those with normal to oily skin. The silky formula includes avobenzone for sufficient UVA protection and also includes several antioxidants, cell-communicating ingredients (including retinol), and a tiny amount of anti-irritants. The consistency of this moisturizer with sunscreen allows it to work well under makeup, too. It is one of Neutrogena’s better daytime moisturizers with sunscreen. Note that this contains a small amount of the mineral pigment mica, which lends a bit of a shiny finish.

Claims

Ageless Intensives Tone Correcting Daily Moisturizer SPF 30 features powerful ingredients for brighter, more radiant skin, noticeably more even skin tone and diminished look of dark spots. The stabilized Vitamin C helps reduce the look of dark spots and visibly evens skin tone, Retinol|SA works continuously to renew the look of skin throughout the day, and Helioplex® provides superior protection against skin aging UVA rays and helps prevent future discoloration.

Ingredients

Active: Avobenzone (3%), Homosalate (4%), Octisalate (5%), Octocrylene (5%), Oxybenzone (5%) Other: Water, PPG-15 Stearyl Ether, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glycerin, Silica, Isohexadecane, Polyamide 5, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Niacinamide, Pentylene Glycol, Cetyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Styrene Acrylates Copolymer, Dimethicone, Tocopheryl Acetate, BHT, Retinol, Polysorbate 20, Cyclohexasiloxane, Butylene Glycol, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), PEG-8, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, PEG-75 Stearate, Trisiloxane, Sodium Polyacrylate, Ceteth 20, Steareth 20, Bisabolol, Hydroxyphenyl Propamidobenzoic Acid, Laureth-23, Laureth-4, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate (Licorice Root), Sodium Hydroxide, Citric Acid, Disodium EDTA, Caprylyl Glycol, Hinokitiol, Titanium Dioxide, Mica, Fragrance.

Brand Overview

Neutrogena At-A-Glance

Strengths: Inexpensive; several recommended cleansers; retinol options, in stable packaging; vast selection of sunscreens, most of which offer excellent UVA protection; several fragrance-free options; many of the Healthy Skin products are state-of-the-art; the foundations with sunscreen provide sufficient UVA protection; some praiseworthy makeup items.

Weaknesses: An overabundance of overlapping anti-aging products that is perennially confusing for consumers; irritating bar soaps; lackluster to downright bad toners; a handful of bland moisturizers and eye creams; some sunscreens too much alcohol or problematic preservatives; most of the Deep Clean products are terrible; mostly disappointing concealers; the lip balms with sunscreen provide inadequate UVA protection.

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. (We are 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.

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04.01.2015
Worth It

Small package, but it lasts. GREAT product.

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Wynne
02.20.2015
Retinol durin gthe day?

My dermatologist recommended this for my 50+ skin. I like the product but am not sure I see results other than the sunscreen.

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12.24.2014
Not liking this at all!

I've been using this product for three days. I will keep using it until it's gone because I hate wasting money. Here's what I don't like. 1. Very strong, unpleasant smell that lasts until I wash it off. 2. Has no tone correcting capability. If this is supposed to be a tinted moisturizer, it has no effect whatsoever on my skin. 3. It makes my skin very shiny. The review says it's prone to a little shine, but I could never wear this product to work without applying makeup over the top.

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Anonymous
11.25.2014
Looking For It Everywhere!

Has this product been discontinued?? It's moisturizer + serum + retinol + SPF all in one product, which I LOVE, because why buy 4 different things when you can buy one? And at such a great price too! But I haven't been able to find it! I've tried Target, Walgreens, CVS, and even grocery stores, all to no avail! I hope it hasn't been discontinued...

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Karen B.
11.25.2014
Beautypedia Team Response

Hello! The U.S. Neutrogena site shows this product is still available, although it is currently out of stock. That's the likely reason why you're not finding it in stores.

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10.27.2014
This is a Keeper!

I don't like layering lots of things on my face so I love products that are multi-purpose. Moisturizer, sunscreen AND retinol all in one bottle- my kind of product! I tried it because it was rated BEST, and it really is. After using this for 3 days I saw my skin getting brighter and smoother. I've been using it for over a month now, and dark spots from old breakouts and milia are almost gone. My skin has never looked this good. This was a great addition to my PC products. The scent is ok.

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DIANE H.
06.07.2014
Great on my Sensitive Skin

After reading the other reviews, I'm wondering if these other people used the same product I did! I have VERY sensitive skin and have used this product for about 5 years now. It DOES NOT smell bad and I use it either mixed with my foundation for my own version of tinted moisturizer, or alone for days when I don't use foundation. It has a slight brightening effect and it has NEVER given my extremely sensitive skin any problem. It does the job much better than the expensive brands- LOVE IT!

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Deb C.
06.01.2014
So far I like it

What's all the hubbub about the smell? It doesn't bother me in the least. Certainly not a deterrent for buying it. It is a great value at $18.99. I like that you can take a small amount out at a time so that you get just the right coverage. I don't think it does any tone correcting but it certainly fills the bill for moisturizing and protecting.

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gail j.
01.29.2014
Smells terrible!

After reading all the positive reviews I was excited to use this. I must say I am very surprised that Paula gave this such a high rating based on the heavy fragrance this has. I am sitting here now and cant wait to get home to wash this off! I am not overly sensitive to smells but this is so s-t-r-o-n-g it smells like someone rubbed a bouquet of flowers on my face, it wouldnt be that bad if it faded but it doesnt. I did like the consistency and how my faced 'glowed' (mica?) immediately after.

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Jodi S.
01.06.2014
BAD Good Guide rating for health

I haven't used this product but I checked it on Goodguide.com as I was interested in the product. It got a 0 for health. Wouldn't recommend it on the basis of that. According to that website it contains banned ingrediants etc.

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Bornita Q
07.26.2013
I like it, but it's not my favorite

My only complaint is that I do not care for the fragrance; it smells like sunscreen, but it does go away. My husband actually likes the smell of it on me, lol. Seems like it will last me a long time using it everyday. It's lightweight and goes on well.

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ERIN H.
06.07.2013
works great!

For what you get in this bottle at the price, it's worth it! I have oily skin and this moisturizer is perfect under makeup. If you are going outdoors for an activity, I would recommend a basic 30+spf sunscreen b/c this is a more of a every day type moisturizer...I don't think it smells that bad either. I highly recommend it!

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Michelle L.
05.08.2013
Works Well Alone or Under Foundation

I live in a humid climate. My skin is older and dry to oily in some areas, with the oily areas (nose and chin) getting an occasional breakout. I've gone through buckets of sunscreen looking for something to put on my face with sufficient SPF but not heavy. This product works well for me. I hate the price but my face is worth it. I don't think it makes my face shiny. It soaks in very well so my face isn't white. AND the small bottle fits in my smallest bike bag.

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PAMELA D.
04.21.2013
Love This, just wish the bottle was bigger

This sunscreen is great. It's got a nice texture and feel. My only problem is that I apply sunscreen very liberally and I go through a bottle very quickly.

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REBECCA W.
04.07.2013
smells bad but...

I didn't care for the smell either, but at the time Paula's choice didn't have an spf 30 moist?sunscreen for oily/comb. that was matte,and not as expensive as department stores.this product got into my eyes no matter what I did and I wear contacts lens so it burns and made my eyes water! I have to use for neck and other areas but not bad other than those two problems, making my eyes water being the worst for me! Paulas products never do that to me! Love Paulas choice!!

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teresa
03.14.2013
This stuff smells awful!

I just bought this today, it's getting returned tonight. I put it on a few hours ago, and while I like the feel of it on my skin, it smells awful. I can't wait to get home and wash my face. If you are sensitive to smells, do not buy this product.

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