Today I share with you all some noteworthy information! This Neutrogena product helped me learn a very important lesson learnt – Accelerated Retinol does not work on me! Unfortunately 😥 I have very dark circles & wanted to try an eye cream that would help reduce the darkness & also reduce the fine lines around my eyes. I’ve heard all experts recommend using an eye cream with Retinol in it. More on this vitamin can be read in this IMBB article. ( https://makeupandbeauty.com/retinol-cream/ ) But the experts always warn that Retinol is a gamble product, either it works for you or it doesn’t. I learnt the hard way that it doesn’t. Maybe it may work in the pure form for me; without the combination of below mentioned active ingredients. This particular product was a disaster for me! But since this product may work for others I thought of reviewing it anyways.I
Description on Neutrogena Website & Packaging:
Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Eye Cream works quickly with visible results in just one week!
By combining a unique combination of Retinol SA, Glucose Complex, and Hyaluronic Acid, Rapid Wrinkle Repair Eye Cream moisturizes and renews the look of skin throughout the day.
• Accelerated Retinol SA
• Fade the look of stubborn crow’s feet
• Brighten and even under eye area
• Smooth fine lines & texture
• Reduce the look of dark circles
How To Use
After cleansing gently dab a small amount around the entire eye area, patting gently until product is absorbed into skin. Works well under makeup.
Water, Pentaerythrityl Tetraethylhexanoate, Dimethicone, Glycerin, PPG-15 Stearyl Ether, Stearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Butylene Glycol, Trisiloxane, Ceteareth-20, Isohexadecane, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Polyethylene, Polyacrylamide, Chlorphenesin, PTFE, Myrtus Communis Leaf Extract, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Hyaluronate, BHT, Laureth-7, Ascorbic Acid, Retinol, Polysorbate 20, Sodium Hydroxide
Rs. 549/- for 14 ml (usually there is a discount on this online)
It comes in a typical “fancy eye cream” plastic tube with a plastic cap. It seems to be made of high quality material as one would expect from Neutrogena. It has a tiny nozzle that dispenses comfortably only the amount you would need. The cream is white & disappears fairly quickly, just after a few seconds, of patting it into the skin. I have used this at night & also under my makeup in the daytime & it didn’t affect my makeup at all. It was not at all as greasy as I was expecting.
My Experience with Neutrogena® Rapid Wrinkle Repair Eye Cream
The only claim that I found true was that it does work well under makeup. None of the other claims worked for me though. Again I stress that this may work for others. I just wish that the warning on the packaging was more honest, they should have suggested discontinuing use or consulting a doctor if there is a severe reaction. For such a strong ingredient, they should even have a disclaimer regarding the side effects & the fact that it may not work AT ALL for some people. All they mention is that even if symptoms persist or cause discomfort, use it lesser! How is that going to help someone Retinol doesn’t work for?! I know they want to sell the product but honest disclaimers should be mandatory for such active ingredients. Not all users will be net savvy; I at least was aware of these effects & decided to take the chance & stopped when I saw the adverse side effects. Others who never searched about it online will keep using it thinking they are just experiencing “temporary indications that the formula is working.” Very misleading!
I found this information on Wikipedia:
“When used, dryness or increased sensitivity to sunlight of the affected skin may occur. More sensitive patients may also experience redness, scaling, itching, and burning. A gradual increase in the frequency and amount of tretinoin application is best, as this allows one’s skin to adequately adjust to the drug. Patients should be careful to follow their physician’s recommendations when beginning a round of treatment. This product increases the risk of sunburn; care should be taken (shade, sunscreen, etc.) to protect treated skin from overexposure to ultraviolet light.”
I wish the product had this in their disclaimer! I will never again use such products without consulting a physician first.
This is the before-after of my eyes; there is a gap of 10 days in between, wherein I used the cream everyday once on my eyes:
:yikes: No I did not mix up the order, my eyes were indeed much better “Before”. They became darker, my skin became looser, the lines appeared deeper, skin flaked, and redness would not decrease! In their warning they only mention “mild”, nothing was mild about it. So I did not want to risk using it further by limiting the use to “every other day until the skin adjusts”.
Since I have discontinued its use, my eyes look and feel much better! I started placing cotton pads dipped in rose water on my eyes for 15-20 minutes every day since I stopped using this cream. So thank God the negative effects of the eye cream could be remedied easily. In the following image:
• “Before” indicates before I started using the eye cream
• “After” indicates after 10 days of use of the eye cream; daily once
•“Now” indicates 10 days after discontinuing use & applying rose water on it every day one.
As you can see, the “Before” & “Now” seem pretty similar, but the “After” is a true disaster!!! I will continue using the Rose water or other natural remedies & will change my sleeping pattern to decrease the dark circles further. And next time consult a dermatologist before using any such product! This product has Accelerated Retinol (Retinol SA + Glucose Complex + Hyaluronic Acid) but many physicians prescribe pure Retinol creams for sever eye-area issue. So worse come to worst, I may recommend a professional before looking into this again.
Pros of Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Eye Cream
• Can be used under makeup
• The tube is very easy to use.
• Product seeps into skin with very little effort.
•It may work for some people.
Cons of Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Eye Cream
• Everything & anything other the pros listed! Especially:
o They should really have a clearer disclaimer.
o Did not work for me at all. Made my dark circles darker, my skin saggy & deepened the lines around my eyes.
oThe only way to find out if this works for you is by risking using it.
Will I recommend Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Eye Cream?
I will only recommend to consult a physician before using any product on the sensitive eye are & never believe a product’s claims just because it’s from a reputable company. Using natural/home remedies & improving our lifestyle should be tried first.
Can I give it a negative rating? They should really have included a proper warning! The fact that this product may suit some people & even cure their dark circles is still no excuse to omit an honest disclaimer!
I sincerely hope this helps any of you who are having issues pertaining to those essayed in this article. :haanji:
Happy “Smart Choice”- Making! :yes:
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