Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Night Moisturizer contains retinol, an antioxidant that has been proven to boost collagen production, smoothing out fine lines while brightening skin in the process. Whether it has enough of the ingredient to be effective isn't clear. Some reviewers say it produces noticeable results in a matter of days, while others see no change at all. Neutrogena claims this formula is their fastest retinol formula to date, but it doesn't contain as much retinol as the longtime favorite Neutrogena Healthy Skin Anti-Wrinkle Cream -- Night (*Est. $13 for 1.4 oz.). The latter also contains more antioxidants and is reviewed more often by users.
Small concentration of active ingredients: Manufacturers say Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Night Moisturizer is their fastest acting retinol formula to date and that it's "so effective, 100% of women tested had noticeable results in just one week." Unfortunately, Neutrogena doesn't say exactly what those results were -- they could have been as simple as more hydrated skin. Furthermore, skin care expert Paula Begoun says, "the amount of state-of-the-art ingredients (including retinol) is nothing to write home about." In fact, Rapid Wrinkle Repair contains more fragrance and preservatives than it does retinol or hyaluronic acid.
Still, editors of Allure magazine give the formula a Best of Beauty award saying that "skin looks smoother and more radiant after just a week of use." Several users at MakeupAlley.com and TotalBeauty.com agree. Many say they saw noticeable results in the form of diminished fine lines and softened deep wrinkles in just a matter of days. Others, however, saw no difference at all. As with all skin care products, results will vary from one person to the next based on overall condition of the skin, interaction with other skin care products and adherence to manufacturer instructions.
Light, fresh scent: Reviewers say Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair has a nice, silky texture that goes on smoothly and absorbs quickly into skin. Although the formula contains fragrance, most say it has a light, fresh scent. Like all retinol products, it may cause some initial irritation, but reviewers say that it fades as your skin adjusts to the formula. Experts suggest applying the lotion every other night and gradually increasing to nightly use.
Review Credibility: Excellent Paula Begoun gives Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Night Moisturizer a "fair" rating because she says it isn't all that impressive. She says it has a nice texture, but it only contains a small amount of the state-of-the-art ingredients manufacturers rave about.
Review: Rapid Wrinkle Repair Moisturizer Night, Paula Begoun, Sept. 20, 2012
Review Credibility: Very Good Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Night Moisturizer is given a Best of Beauty award by editors at Allure magazine, who evaluate thousands of beauty products for their annual beauty awards. Editors say the formula produces "smoother and more radiant" skin after just a week of use.
Review: Best of Beauty 2012: Skin Care, Editors of Allure magazine, October 2012
Review Credibility: Good This slide show offers skin care recommendations for each generation from the 20s through the 50s. Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Night Moisturizer is recommended for women in their 30s because it contains retinol -- which helps to promote collagen production.
Review: Simple Beauty Solutions: How to Get Rid of Wrinkles, Editors of InStyle magazine, Not Dated
Review Credibility: Good Allure magazine discusses five ingredients that treat aging skin, namely retinol, hydroquinone, sunscreen, antioxidants and alpha hydroxy acids. In addition to wrinkle creams, skin lightening creams and chemical peels are also discussed. Several products are recommended, but they don't appear to have been tested, and it isn't clear why they were chosen over other similar products.
Review: Anti-Aging All-Stars: 5 Ingredients that Pack a Punch, Brooke Le Poer Trench, Not Dated
Review Credibility: Good Nearly 50 reviewers at MakeupAlley.com give Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Night Moisturizer a high overall rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars. Several reviewers say it produces noticeable results within a matter of days. Some, on the other hand, don't notice any results at all.
Review: Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Night Moisturizer, Contributors to MakeupAlley.com
Review Credibility: Good More than 40 reviewers at TotalBeauty.com give Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Night Moisturizer an overall rating of 9 out of 10 stars. Many users here say the formula produces fast results -- making fine lines less visible and softening deep wrinkles.
Review: Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Night Moisturizer Reviews, Contributors to TotalBeauty.com, Not Dated