10 months ago
I was using Peter Thomas Roth's Retinol Fusion PM as my nightly retinol product for awhile, but that got costly so I went on the hunt for something a little less pricey. I discovered Neutrogena's Anti-Wrinkle night cream in late 2015 and really liked it. My skin's tone and texture looked the same as when I was using Retinol Fusion PM, so I repurchased this Neutrogena product over and over in its place to save money. However, in late 2018 I started to notice changes in my skin. I started breaking out on my forehead where I NEVER get pimples. My skin seemed dry and the fine lines on my forehead and undereye area seemed almost deeper and more noticeable. My foundation applied unevenly and just "sat" on my skin poorly. Gone was my usual radiance and youthful glow. The problems got much, much worse over time, and February of this year I knew something was wrong. I started researching if any of the skincare products I used had any recent reformulations and I discovered THIS was the culprit. Now retinol is the LAST ingredient on this list!! The product and packaging look the same, but the most important ingredient is barely even present. Just two weeks ago I rushed to purchase a bottle of Peter Thomas Roth's Retinol Fusion PM because it was a tried and true. Since making the switch, all my breakouts have dried up (of course leaving behind light brown spots that will take a few more weeks to completely disappear). My fine lines look less deep and noticeable. My skin looks radiant and is glowing. My beloved Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk goes on smoothly and evenly again. I don't have supermodel perfect skin, but everything is back to MY normal. I just can't believe ONE product can create so many problems! I can promise you the positive reviews for this product were for the old formulation (which was a good product, especially for the price). However, the current product is HORRIBLE and I would urge you to avoid it. EDIT: I just wanted to add that if you were searching this Neutrogena product looking for a good retinol at an affordable price then you might want to check out The Ordinary's "Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion" (on Makeupalley it is called Deciem The Ordinary Advanced Retinoid 2%). It's $9.80 for a full 1oz bottle and has really good reviews on Makeupalley and Sephora. I haven't personally tried it, but I plan to in the future. Most retinol products are expensive and it's hard to find a good, effective retinol that's also affordable. The Ordinary's retinoid is just a straight up retinol, so it would be one to add to your regular moisturizer every night. Hope this helps.
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