Opinion on a couple products

edited February 2014 in Ask the Beauty Brains

Hi beauty brains! My sister wanted me to write and ask your opinion on a couple products she was given samples of in terms of anti aging and are they good for her skin.

1. Wanted to mention this one comes in a jar.

Deionized Water(Aqua),C12-C15 Alkyl Benzoate,Stearic Acid,Triethanolamine,Glycerin,Sodium Polystyrene Sulfonate,Sorghum Bicolor Stalk Juice,Butylene Glycol,Polysorbate 20,Palmitoyl Oligopeptide,Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7,White Willow Bark (Salix Alba) Extract,Nori (Algae) Extract, Hyaluronic Acid,Sodium Stearate,Cetyl Alcohol,Carbomer,Caprylyl Glycol,Phenoxyethanol,Hexylene Glycol.

2. Minus the sunscreen protection, she wondered about the anti aging ingredients in this also

Active Ingredients: Octinoxate 7.40%, Octisalate 4.00%, Oxybenzone 2.50%, Titanium Dioxide 2.20%, Zinc Oxide 2.00%; Other Ingredients: Water, Trioctyldodecyl Citrate, Methyl Trimethicone, Dimethicone, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Butylene Glycol, Phenyl Trimethicone, Pentylene Glycol, Glyceryl Stearate, Behenyl Alcohol, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, PEG-40 Stearate, Polyglyceryl-10 Pentastearate, Acetyl Glucosamine, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Lecithin, Squalane, Sigesbeckia Orientalis (St. Paul’s Wort) Extract, Hordeum Vulgare (Barley) Extract, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Extract, Laminaria Saccharina Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Caffeine, Cholesterol, Glycerin, Sodium PCA, Polyglyceryl-6 Polyricinoleate, Oryzanol, Trehalose, Octyldodecyl Neopentanoate, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Propylene Glycol Stearate, Propylene Glycol Laurate, Isopropyl Myristate, Alumina, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Xanthan Gum, Sucrose, Urea, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Disodium Edta, Mmonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Silica, Isopropyl Titanium Triisostearate, Sorbitan Laurate, Polysorbate 20, Polyquaternium-51, Stearic Acid, Linoleic Acid, Glycyrrhetinic Acid, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin, Sodium Dehydroacetate, [+/- Iron Oxides (ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Titanium Dioxide

Thanks so much as always!


  • While both contain ingredients that are purported to be effective anti-aging agents (peptides) neither has ingredients that have been proven to work (other than the sunscreen.) 

    The second product appears the best given that it has sunscreen and more effective moisturizing agents (dimethicone.)  
  • Great thanks Randy gave her the info. Sorry but she did wonder about one more she has a sample of if you do not mind?

    Water, Butylene Glycol (slip agent), Silica (absorbent), Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract (antioxidant), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder (water-binding agent), Ascorbyl Palmitate (vitamin C/antioxidant), Phospholipids (cell-communicating ingredient), Superoxide Dismutase (antioxidant enzyme), Adenosine (cell-communicating ingredient), Tocopherol (vitamin E/antioxidant), Bisabolol (anti-irritant), Boerhavia Diffusa Root Extract (antioxidant/anti-irritant plant extract), Colloidal Oatmeal (plant-based anti-irritant), Panthenol (skin-conditioning agent), Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract (antioxidant), Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract (anti-irritant), Cetyl Dimethicone (silicone-based emollient), Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate (absorbent/thickener), Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer (film-forming agent), Titanium Dioxide (opacifying agent), Sorbic Acid (preservative), Sodium Hydroxide (pH adjuster), Steareth-21, Steareth-2, Polysorbate-20 (emulsifiers), Disodium EDTA (chelating agent), Phenoxyethanol (preservative

  • Shawn I will agree with Randy. Choose the one with the sunscreen (is it Clinique Even Better SPF 20?).
    This last one seems more like an absorbent gel rather than a moisturizer, so if she has dry skin she probably won't like it. It seems to have high concentrations of anti-oxidants, which may or may not make any real difference, but it's worth a try if she has oily skin and needs something absorbent. However, she would still need a sunscreen.
  • Thanks all :) Brainybimbo it was not Clinique, forget what brand it was now. She is just really wanting to find a product that will help with fine lines she has like crows feet etc. She like so many of us get confused as to what she can or should use other than sunscreen of course.
  • If crow's feet are the area of concern she also has to make sure the product is safe around the eye area.
    No matter what product it is, tell her not to expect any quick miracles. Even the most effective products on the market only make a small difference with continued use. 
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