Neutrogena Healthy Skin Anti-Wrinkle Intensive Serum


60 reviews

63% would repurchase

Package Quality: 4.1

Price: $$

Package Quality: 4.1

Price: $$


Age: 44-55

Skin: Combination, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Red, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Blue

I am a long time user of retinols and the brands I have used previously have been expensive. I recently decided to try and find cheaper alternatives to every product I am currently using. This serum had been of interest to me for a long time, but I was put off because it was cheap and in my mind, that meant it wouldn't work or would not have enough active ingredient.

I was really careful this time. In the past, I had used new retinol creams every night. Some were OK to use this way, but others were so strong that I ended up red and burnt. I started using this serum every third night and right from the start, I had no irritation at all. Even when I applied it after an exfoliating scrub, it felt extremely comfortable.

The serum itself goes a long way. Usually when a product says to dispense one pump, it just isn't enough to cover the entire face. One pump of this dispenses about a small pea sized amount of yellow fluid. More like a thick lotion than a serum really. I dotted this on my forehead, cheeks and jaw and then started to rub it in. It slips really well and covered everything easily. It does say to use in eye area, but I have learned my lesson never to do this with retinols. I am yet to find a retinol product that doesn't wreak havoc in the eye area.

The results of using this are exactly the same as my high end retinols. It definitely keeps my skin clear and those tiny blemishes I used to get prior to using retinols are still kept away with the cheaper Neutrogena serum. This is an excellent product. I am really glad I decided to try it and I will continue using it.

Edited: 4th October 2015
OK, so I got daring and finally applied some around my eye area - something I said I would never do with retinols. Anyway, I had no irritation, no burning, nothing!!!! Best of all, it seems to be making a difference.

on 11/20/2012 12:39:00 PM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Normal, Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Other, Other, Other

Eyes: Other

Horror of horrors, is what this serum is. I decided for a change to give a drugstore product a trial run hoping I'd fall in love and save $$$ while I'm at it, but noooooooo.
So I applied it at night, and was immediately put off by that whiff of atchaar (a spicy relish in my country). I brushed that off, and caught my shut eye.
Following day all was fine as I went over my morning skin care routine, and I made sure to put on sunblock with SPF50. The day progressed as usual, and in the evening I noticed a relentless burning itch inside my skin. I scratched nonstop but it didnt make a difference. I then checked the mirror and woah scary sight. The lower half of my face was covered in peeling skin that stood upright.The itch inside my skin persisted right through the night, even after a thorough cleanse. My face also got swollen. The following coupla days as the skin peeled, it revealed smooth but darker skin patches. These took 7 weeks of patient treatments until my skin was restored. Never again.

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on 8/1/2011 10:37:00 PM

Age: 56 & Over

Skin: Combination, Olive, Not Sure

Hair: Black, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Black

I thought I'd give this a try based on some other consumer reviews. I have what is known as Mediterranean (sp?) skin so even at 57 my skin is pretty smooth. I've been using this for about a week now and like it. I apply only at night, and then apply Origins High Potency Night-A Mins moisture cream. That combo seems to work fine. I've not experienced any of the splotchiness or flakiness that other reviewers have.
Now if only I could find a product that really got rid of the bags under my eyes (other than a surgeon's knife)......

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Age: 30-35

Skin: Oily, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

I've been using this product once to twice a day for the past two months with no improvement of my wrinkles. I have light laugh lines and the start of forehead wrinkles; there wasn't much to improve on to begin with. Thought this would stop aging in it's tracks, but I think they've only gotten worse.

on 8/17/2009 11:09:00 PM

Age: 36-43

Skin: Oily, Fair, Neutral

Hair: Blond, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Blue

Another miss here for me. Too greasy for my skin. Didn't feel like it absorbed. I went back to Olay.

Age: 25-29

Skin: Sensitive, Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Black, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

I am 25 and have been using this product for about 6 months now. The first couple weeks it would sting during application and made my face feel dry. I definitely used a good moisturizer over the top of this serum. It takes a couple weeks to get accustomed to this product if you have never used a retinol product. For me the results were almost instantaneous... after a few days, my skin got smoother and "tighter." I have sensitive skin and break out easily, but this stuff did not make me break out at all. In fact it seemed to help clear my skin up. Also, I have noticed that if I do get a pimple, it heals quickly and the scar goes away much faster now. This serum helped to even out my skin tone and make my skin look & feel so soft. I don't have wrinkles yet so I can't tell you whether this serum would work on wrinkles... but I will keep using it! (oh, and I have also used the RoC version which is also good... they are about the same price for the same amount, the only difference to me was the smell... but I like both smells...)

on 6/25/2009 3:43:00 PM

Age: 56 & Over

Skin: Normal, Other, Not Sure

Hair: Red, Other, Other

Eyes: Green

I'm on my fourth bottle now and love everything about it. A convenient pump bottle that actually closes when you turn the top--so no dry gummy stuff the next time you use it. Leaves the skin lovely and soft, even if you don't use a moisturizer with it. I even like the smell--a little choclatey, mmm. My only complaint is that it doesn't come in a larger bottle.

on 5/4/2009 1:28:00 PM

Age: 36-43

Skin: Dry, Fair, Cool

Hair: Blond, Curly, Fine

Eyes: Green

This is my first venture into the world of retinol products and I am very happy. I have been using the serum for the last three weeks with good results, better than I expected actually. I use the serum in combination with my favorite Kiehl's moisturizer before I go to sleep. I have not have an sort of allergic reaction and have definitely noticed that my forehead lines are disappearing. My overall skin texture seems to be better too, although not dewey (yet). This product does smell like maple syrup but that goes away quickly. Will keep on using.

on 2/16/2009 12:07:00 PM

Age: 36-43

Skin: Combination, Other, Not Sure

Hair: Blond, Other, Other

Eyes: Blue

I am 41 years old and do not have much of a problem with wrinkles, but I tan a lot and this moisturizer seems to work perfect for me for day use. I just let it soak in good then use powder. Works great for me.

Age: 30-35

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Green

Oh, I could cry! This product was my HG serum for over a year - I loved it. It really made a difference in helping to minimize the fine lines beginning to appear on my forehead and gave me clear, dewey skin. Now, all of a sudden, whenever I use it, I have the same reaction that some other raters have mentioned - huge, blotchy, irritated dry patches that become itchy and flaky. ALL OVER my face!! Cheeks, temples, one patch on the bridge of my nose and unusual dryness on my forehead. I don't know what happened, but I'm very sad that I can no longer use my favorite serum!! Now I have to wait for this to go away.......:(

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