Worth using?

edited February 2014 in Ask the Beauty Brains

Hello, wanted to thank you for letting me join your  forum! Look forward to getting great info and knowledge from this site. I am a 46 year old man who has just recently started getting those pesky fine lines under the eye area etc. I was given a couple samples of this product and was told if I post the ingredients you can tell me whether it can be of any help and or worth using to help with that issue? They are listed below...and thank you for your time.

Water, Octyldodecyl Neopentanoate, Butylene Glycol, Gluconolactone, Cetyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Propylene Glycol, PEG-75 Stearate, Glycerin, Lactobionic Acid, Phytonadione (Vitamin K), Dimethicone, Triethanolamine, Retinyl (Vitamin A) Palmitate, Tocopheryl (Vitamin E) Acetate, Panthenol, Camellia Oleifera (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Ceteth-20, Steareth-20, Arginine, BHT, Disodium EDTA, Methylparaben, Chlorphenesin, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Butylparaben, Isobutylparaben


  • Cosmetic products will never be as good as drugs and cosmetic dermatological procedures. Might as well get a real prescription vitamin a.
  • Welcome, Olen! 

    This product only contains one active ingredient that's been proven to work and that's retinal palmitate, a version of Vitamin A that's similar to Retin A and retinol. However,  the palmitate version is the LEAST effective of the retinoids and many companies just add it at low levels so it shows up on the label.  Therefore, I doubt that this product will do much other than hydrate your skin. (In other words, it may temporarily moisturizer your skin and plump it up so the fine lines don't show as much but as soon as you wash it away the effect will be gone.)

    You'd get better results with a product containing a micro-encapsulated retinol.  

  • edited February 2014

     I heard the Neutrogena products have decent reviews, like the anti wrinkle and rapid wrinkle repairs. Would those be a decent option for him Randy? Not sure what has that micro-encapsulated retinol. Although I doubt anything will work as well as a prescription retinol, if one can handle the side effects they can have. :)

  • I don't have any connection to futurederm other than being a fan of their site but I have heard good things about their retinol.
  • Neutrogena is a very good brand.
  • Definitely reccomend Neutrogena. Roc is also owned by the same parent company as Neutrogena and they're well known for their Retinol products. If you don't like any of those, look into Philosophy, they have a great Retinol product that I personally really like and find very gentle around my sensitive eye area.
  • BTW, J&J is the parent company of both Roc and Neutrogena. 
  • Great thank you all so much for the help, its greatly appreciated! My issue is when I have tried retinol before in products it can leave my skin blotchy so the trick is finding one my skin can tolerate. I hear good things about Boots esp one that has good reviews on amazon, it  does not contain retinol though. Of course I am going by reviews only, not the science part of the product. Randy what are your thoughts on this for anti aging?

    Cyclopentasiloxane, Water, Butylene Glycol, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Cyclohexasiloxane, Glycerin, Dimethicone Copolyol, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Polysorbate 20, Magnesium Sulfate, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium PCA, Retinyl Palmitate, Methylparaben, Propylene Glycol, Lupinus Albus Seed Extract, Carbomer, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Tetrasodium EDTA, Propylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Morus Alba Leaf Extract, Tocopherol, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Sodium Hydroxide, Palmitoyl Tetrapepetide-3

  • It contains retinyl palmitate which, as we've noted before, is the "weakest" of the retinoids. Maybe that's enough to work for you if you're prone to blotchy skin but for most people it's not enough.  
  • olen, that last one also contains a seemingly high soncentration of sodium ascorbyl phosphate, which is one of the most stable forms of vitamin C. I use a similar product and I'm definitely a fan.
    Additionally, I will say that some people need an adjustment period when starting on retinol. If you want the effective kind, you might want to begin using is gradually, every second or third day only at night for example. And then work up to more. I was able to build up my tolerance this way.
  • Thanks Brainybimbo :) Would you mind me asking what it is you use that is similar? Have you ever used Olay regenerist serum or any of Paula's Choice products?
  • Yes, I use Paula's choice serums, which are frequently high in vitamin C and retinol.I haven't used Olay.
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