Now I've tried a few tone correcting products, from skin bleach to various moisturizers. Unfortunately, I've yet to find that holy grail product. After passing this product many times at the drugstore, I decided to finally swallow the price (approx. $19) and purchase the Neutorgena Ageless Intensives Tone Correcting Daily Moisturizer.
According to the Neutorgena website:
Ageless Intensives® Tone Correcting Daily Moisturizer SPF 30 features powerful ingredients for brighter, more radiant skin, noticeably more even skin tone and diminished look of dark spots.The five active ingredients in this product are:
The stabilized Vitamin C helps reduce the look of dark spots and visibly evens skin tone, Retinol
SA works continuously to renew the look of skin throughout the day, and Helioplex® provides superior protection against skin aging UVA rays and helps prevent future discoloration.
- Light fragrance
- Available in Untinted and Tinted
- Avobenzone 3%- is an oil soluble ingredient used in sunscreen products to absorb the full spectrum of UVA rays
- Homosalate 4%- is an organic compound used in some sunscreens. It is an ester formed from salicylic acid and 3,3,5-trimethylcyclohexanol, a derivative of cyclohexanol.
- Octisalate 5%-a substituted salicylate that absorbs ultraviolet light in the UVB range, used as a sunscreen.
- Octocrylene 5%-it is a relatively weak sunscreen. Used alone it is inadequate for either UVB or UVA protection. On the other hand, octocrylene is very stable and it both protects and augments other UV absorbers while improving their uniform skin coating.
- Oxybenzone 5%-It is used as an ingredient in sunscreen and other cosmetics because it absorbs UVB and short-wave UVA (ultraviolet) rays.
According to the Neutrogena website, ingredients may not be fully accurate, up to date, reliable, error free, or complete. They state that you should look at the packaging for the most accurate list of ingredients. This I find to be ridiculous. How does a major corporation not have a correct list of information on their website as that of their packaging? That sounds like they are trying to cover their basis if they are caught in a lie. Unfortunately, I don't have the original packaging, so I couldn't tell you if the ingredients are the same or not.
While researching for this post, I found some interesting information about retinol and vitamin c. However, to avoid making this long I will link two interesting posts at the end of this particular post.
So overall what do I think of this product?
I had mixed feelings throughout the entire time I used it. It wasn't the most moisturizing moisturizer, but that is not a huge issue for me since I have oily/combination skin. I felt like I say a difference in my skin, however looking back I don't know how much of that was contributed to other things I was doing at the time. There isn't much product, and like many reviews have stated you don't get all the product without opening up the container. The pump is nice, but how many other products use a pump as well?
Overall, the product was good and did it's job. But the ultimate question is would I repurchase it? And I would have to say..........
Besides the fact that the price is a little steep for a drugstore product, it wasn't really worth it. After I had stopped using it for a few weeks, my skin reverted back to it's previous, dark spotted self. In addition, with everything I have read and the ingredients being more focused on sunscreen, I think I would do better investing my money somewhere else. A few weeks ago, I would have said this was a maybe, but there is no point in lying to myself. Also, if you have dry skin, this isn't going to do much for you on the moisturizing end. It may be worth it if you plan to use the continuously, but breaks in its usage will be evident in you appearance.
Vitamin C Article: