This was a good lightweight cream that provided good moisture. This worked well for me when my skin is more combination in the summer and didn't leave me greasy. As per the anti-wrinkle effect, I can't say I saw anything noticeable, but wasn't really expecting to.
This was possilbly the worst thing I have ever done to my skin. I bought this moisturizer after reading the positive reviews here, and after searching the skin board for recs. I used it for a week and thought, Hey, this is pretty good! I noticed that my skin was quite oily, but I'm always pretty oily, and I figured that was because it's in a cream base. After the second week I noticed some breakout, but I thought, Maybe it's just that retinol purging I've heard about. After the third week my face was a mess of ugly red bumps! I had probably ten REAL pimples with raised whiteheads, one huge underground cystic pimple that I am still dealing with two weeks later, and small bumps all over my chin and forehead. I talked to my facialist and she said that my acne prone skin had been over stimulated, and caused the crazy breakout. I stopped using that junk and my skin is just starting to return to normal after a few weeks. Horrible stuff! Avoid if you are acne prone!!
I Love this creme. I'm not sure what about it works with my skin so well..but it's been 2 months and my skin looks awesome. Initially, around the first week of use there was some stinging and redness, but I think I was using too much, and the retinol was slightly burning. I've had no problems since...and I will definitely repurchase. Sometimes it's not moisturizing enough...but honestly it's pretty close to perfect for me. I've tried soooo many moisturizers from different brands, Avene,Nuxe,La Roche Posay,Clinique,Shesiedo,Kiss My Face...you get the idea, and I've never had one I like as much as this...plus, it's 17 bucks. So pleased!
After using this for a couple days I started to get really dry flaky skin and the flakes continued for 10 days or more even though I stopped using it after 4-5 days. The lady at Shoppers drug Mart told me this is normal because of the Retinol in the product and thats it a good thing. I didn't think my skin was that sensitive. Maybe I will try it again in the summer instead of the dead of winter. At first I blamed it on the winter and the furnace being on all the time. I haven't used it since the problem and I haven't had the flakes come back, so it looks like its the product. I am dissappointed because I have heard such goods things about it. I was thinking maybe I could just use it a couple times a week but not sure it would be as effective then. If you have to go threw the shedding process for it to work then I don't think I can use it. My skin does well with Neostrata doesn't seem as harsh. I will update again if I decide to give it another shot.
I am joining the status quo in giving due props to this product! It doesn't make my oily skin greasy at all, while still providing enough hydration in the bitter winter months. My skin has never looked better - very soft and smooth and clear. I admit my skin is pretty good anyway - I don't break out often - but this has just made my life that much easier! It feels so nice going on too. It's 40mL, not the usual 50mL of a face cream/lotion, and so it only lasts me just over two months...but at the decent price, I don't mind. I can't comment on it's ability to diminish age spots or smooth wrinkles, but in terms of creating 'healthy skin' I can attest to it's power!
This is a very decently priced moisturizer that delivers most of its claims. I have gone through three tubes of this and when I used the cream initially there were a few red, eczema-like patches appearing on my cheeks. I assumed my skin was getting used to the retinol content and was very careful to apply only a small amount. After just a week or so the patches disappeared, and with consistent use my skin was clear and to a large extent looking very even. I started to use it only at night when beginning my third tube, since it is a bit too drying to use underneath my sunscreen. Using this alone at night, and a moisturizing base and sunscreen during day is a powerful combination that has made my skin look better than ever before. The key is consistency, and for me at least to apply very sparingly since the cream is very easily absorbed and causes irritation when too much is used. I have began my first bottle of the Night version and if that doesn't go well, I will definitely return to this spf version because its worked so well even as a night cream!
I was looking for a new moisturizer with an spf since I had been using my Olay complete daily moisturizer with spf 15 and was running out. I'm not sure where I got the idea to try this but I believe I saw this in an ad and quickly checked the reviews for it online which were pretty good for the most part. Prior to trying this I tried the Olay total effects and cetaphil lotion with spf 15 and they both did HORRIBLE things to my skin. Right after applying it my face would turn blotchy, red and break out. Needless to say I returned both of those. This product however is my miracle. I've suffered from cystic acne and acne scarring for a few years now and never thought a moisturizer could rid me of my cystic acne but it did! All the ugly bumps and zits on my cheeks,chin are now gone after a month of using this product daily. I'm thinking its the retinol that did the trick. I also use the night cream at night. I'm 21 and I feel as if my skin looks younger than it did in highschool. I'm so glad I tried this and hope they never stop making it. I don't know if they have anything higher than a spf 15 in this moisturizer but I'm willing to try it. I also use neutrogena drytouch sunblock spf 30 in the summer because where I live we get intense sunlight and you literally turn brown within 5 minutes of standing outside. Love this product and love neutrogena!!
I rarely use moisturizers because I have acne-prone, sensitive skin. I'm SOOO glad I bought this, my only regret is not having started earlier.
-it TRULY does not clog pores
-it has considerably softened my laugh lines
-lightweight, but moisturizing enough to protect me from the canadian winter winds.
-my skin tone has also been evened out. Not completely evened it out, but enough for me to repurchase despite the price.
Holy Grail for me :D
I don't want to be the dark horse in this product, but compared to the AHA Healthy Skin Lotion, this doesn't hold a candle to it. It comes across as a basic face cream that sinks in really fast. I actually don't think it's moisturizing enough and the Retinol content is so tiny compared to what I'd like. I think this would be a great product for younger skin but it's not cutting it for me as I get older. I've been using it for awhile now and won't be repurchasing this one.
I can get HORRIBLE acne sometimes, and this product has NEVER broken me out. I'm always VERY hesitant to use moisturizers because I fear they will give me acne, but this one never has. I love that it has a little bit of SPF to boot! It's not thick and I love that you squeeze it out of a tube rather than have to put your fingers into a jar.