12.03.2014
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Rapid Wrinkle Repair Serum
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1 fl. oz. for $20.99
Category:Skin Care > Serums > Serums
Last Updated:12.03.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

Rapid Wrinkle Repair Serum definitely makes skin feel smoother thanks to the silky silicone ingredients it contains. Because of the aluminum starch ingredient, this leaves a slightly dry finish that won’t hydrate, at least not enough for dry areas to improve. As an anti-aging powerhouse, it’s a bit on the weak side but not terribly so. Yes, this contains retinol and retinol is an excellent ingredient to fight multiple signs of aging (though it’s not the absolute best or the only ingredient to look for). What this could use more of are antioxidants and repairing ingredients to rebuild skin’s surface, fight inflammation, and enhance healthy collagen production. This contains the salt form of hyaluronic acid (an ingredient known as sodium hyaluronate) but so do lots of other serums. The mica in here adds shine to skin and that can help boost radiance, but it’s a cosmetic effect, not a skin care miracle. You’ll find superior anti-aging serums on our Best Serums list, but this one has enough going for it that it’s worth considering.

Claims

Neutrogena® Rapid Wrinkle Repair Serum instantly smoothes skin and delivers visible results in just one week! By combining a unique combination of Retinol SA, Glucose Complex, and Hyaluronic Acid, the lightweight, silky serum moisturizes and renews the look of skin throughout the day, and helps to reduce fine fines and wrinkles and diminish the look of age spots. Skin is left feeling smooth and looking younger.

Ingredients

Water, Dimethicone, Trisiloxane, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Nylon-12, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Ascorbyl Glycoside, Retinol, Glycerin, Hydrolyzed Myrtus Communis Leaf Extract, BHT, Sodium Hyaluronate, Polysorbate 20, Caprylyl Glycol, Sodium PCA, Sorbitol, Poly-Acrylamide, Laureth-7, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Sodium Lactate, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Hydroxide, Disodium EDTA, Proline, Hinokitiol, Mica, Titanium Dioxide, 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.

About the Experts

The Beautypedia Team proudly and unequivocally maintains the commitment that Paula Begoun, founder of Beautypedia and Paula's Choice Skincare made over 30 years ago-to help you find the best products possible for your skin. We do this by relentlessly pursuing and relying on published scientific research so you will have unbiased information on what works and what doesn't-and the sneaky ways you could be making your skin worse, not better!


The Beautypedia Team reviews all products using the same research, criteria, and objectivity, whether the product being reviewed is from Paula's Choice or another brand.

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03.05.2015
Great product, reply to Crista

Great product. I agree w/Crista! It would be best for Paula to remove her products from Beautypedia. I'm not saying that she doesn't have good products. But to post all of them on the "best" list makes her seem a bit biased. People who read these reviews are trying to save money.As a result,I don't think it's fair for her to use the informational aspect of the site as a way to promote her products. It's like entering your own child into a beauty pageant only to declare her the winner.

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03.06.2015
Beautypedia Team Response

Hi there!  Every product reviewed by Beautypedia is done so by the exact same standards-- reviewing ingredients, formula, claims, and price, regardless of the brand.

Also, I should mention that The Paula’s Choice Research Team no longer reviews products for Beautypedia, and while The Beautypedia Team is still a part of Paula’s Choice Skincare, what’s new—and you may not yet have known—is that now we have two teams working independently to bring you the best quality reviews, products, and  research-supported expert advice you know and love. One team is dedicated to Beautypedia and product reviews from other brands; the other is dedicated to Paula’s Choice skincare and its unique combination of expertly formulated products and advice on a wide range of beauty-related topics.

Thanks for reading!

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06.20.2014
Good results

I use this on my neck, face, upper chest area, and on my forearms where I have been seeing signs of aging - skin not as smooth, small brown spots from the sun, etc. After approx 2 weeks, the results are promising, especially on brown spots, discoloration - major fading! Makes me want to try some of Paula's more highly rated retinol products.

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Jen P.
05.18.2013
Come on, Paula, on the Best Serums on your list are YOURS!

so far, all I've found on your Best Serums list are your own, Paula. Come on, you're starting to make me wonder about all these great criticques!

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05.20.2013
Beautypedia Team Response

We can assure you that there are many other brands' serums on our list of "Bests" as well - and many more serums that we rate as "Good," too! You can find the list of Best Serums here: http://www.paulaschoice.com/beautypedia-skin-care-reviews/best-skin-care-products/Skin-Care/Serums?sort=product&direction=asc&pageNumber=1&pageSize=100&treenodeid=33cd631e-ae36-479a-a467-02264b2c75c4

—Paula's Choice Research Team
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