NEUTROGENA® Rapid Wrinkle Repair: 7 Beautygeeks Report 7-Day Results

by Janine on 3 January 2013 · 10 comments

fresh-faced JacA while back, Beautygeeks asked seven readers to try NEUTROGENA® Rapid Wrinkle Repair, a collection consisting of eye cream, SPF 30 day cream and a night cream, all of which harness NEUTROGENA®’s fastest retinol formula.

Designed to soften fine lines and wrinkles without causing skin irritation, Accelerated Retinol SA has three main components. 1) Retinol SA puts in a 12-hour day of smoothing fine lines and brightening the complexion. 2) A Glucose Complex helps the Retinol SA work at optimal efficiency beginning the moment you apply it. 3) Hyaluronic acid boosts skin’s moisture levels to plump it up and help it tolerate retinol’s exfoliating properties without issue.

Our seven beautygeeks were asked to test the NEUTROGENA® Rapid Wrinkle Repair collection in place of their usual regimen for seven days and report back. Here are excerpts of their reviews after just one week:

Vanessa (30s; Calgary, AB)
Concerns: dry skin, blackheads, fine lines, sun spots
Pre-testing regimen: intense moisturizer, sunscreen, eye cream, night cream, prescription Retin-A

After seven days of using the product, the biggest thing I have noticed is a huge difference in my blackheads. Normally, I am quite the bathroom surgeon and once a week will go in and squeeze them, however with the Neutrogena creams, there is not one blackhead to squeeze. I have also noticed a difference with smoothness and my skin is definitely brighter and clearer.

Even if I do not continue with the morning and night face creams I will most definitely keep buying the eye cream because of its consistency and it works as an amazing eye primer and does double duty with all its benefits taking care of fine lines and such. So yes, I love it and will keep using it!

Amy (40s; Halifax, NS)
Concerns: sensitive skin, discoloration, wrinkles
Pre-testing regimen: eye cream, anti-aging serum, sensitive-skin moisturizer, sometimes night cream

I was worried that the retinol would irritate my sensitive skin, but it didn’t at all. Like, not AT ALL.

I can’t say I see a big difference. They worked well, but not remarkably better [than my usual products]. Certainly they were better than not using any moisturizer at all.

Teresa (40s; Toronto, ON)
Concerns: oily skin, discoloration, fine lines, firmness
Pre-testing regimen: anti-aging eye cream and moisturizer, regular at-home peels

I found the texture great! A little too rich for summer, but probably amazing for winter. I also found the eye crème not rich enough for me. I am not a fan of day crème that has sunscreen in it, I would rather layer and add it separately.

I did not notice a big difference… [but] the night crème I would definitely purchase again for Fall.

Janet (30s; Mississauga, ON)
Concerns: discoloration, fine lines, wrinkles
Pre-testing regimen: cleanser in shower, SPF day moisturizer

After the full week of using this product morning and night, I began to notice that my skin felt even more soft and bright. The overall tone of my skin is more even too. I feel like I have that radiant, dewy youthful skin that I used to have in my twenties.

The biggest unexpected change is on my forehead. I never really thought I had many problems in the way of aging on my forehead. However, it seems smoother and even. The wrinkles are softer. They are still there (c’mon, this isn’t Botox); however overall it just looks younger.

I’ve also received comments from friends about how my skin looks great. One friend asked if I just came back from vacation as my skin looks so fresh.

Alisa (40s; Langley, BC)
Concerns: discolouration, fine lines
Pre-testing regimen: cleanser, exfoliant, eye cream, face serum, day and night cream

After seven days, I felt my skin was hydrated and comfortable. I already use good products so I didn’t notice a huge difference.

I would continue to use the day & the night cream, but unfortunately, something in the eye cream does not agree with my eyes at all. …Out of every brand of skincare I’ve ever tried, I usually react to at least one of that brand’s eye products but can often use other ones in the line with no problems. …I can use three of [another brand's] four eye creams with no problems, but the one with a retinoid doesn’t work for me, so it’s no surprise that the Neutrogena one with a retinoid gives me similar trouble.

Micki (40s; Stouffville, ON)
Concerns: combination skin, large pores, fine lines, sensitivity
Pre-testing regimen: exfoliant, hydrating serum, moisturizer, eye cream (occasionally)

I really like the Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair line because it does not have a heavy scent and it goes on smoothly. Also, a little goes a long way. I start off with my overall serum, then the Neutrogena eye cream and follow with the Day Smoothing Cream in the am and the Night Cream every night.

My skin feels softer, more hydrated and smoother. I also feel that my crow’s feet are not as noticeable. I am very happy with the products!

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Each tester’s complete review will soon appear in the comments below.

What do you think? Would you like an opportunity to try NEUTROGENA® Rapid Wrinkle Repair yourself?

Stay tuned!

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Janet 4 January 2013 at 10:22 am

So, I was asked by BEAUTYGEEKS to review Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair (Day Cream, Night Cream and Eye Cream). As I quickly approach 40, aging skin is somewhat of a concern for me. I am all about ageing naturally and gracefully but also don’t see anything wrong with trying to make your skin look its best. I thought this was a great opportunity see what’s out there. And, after reading some of the reviews, I was very excited for what the product promised.

Generally, I like to keep my skin care regimen simple. Before trying Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair, I used a cleanser in the shower (still do) and a simple moisturizer with an SPF 50. I never used a moisturizer at night. To be completely honest – I am guilty of not even washing my face before bedtime (EEK!).

One of the ‘promises’ I read was about Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair’s ability to reduce discolouration on skin. This was the real hook for me – after two pregnancies I have developed some spots on my face which I HATE. Some of the reviews claimed that their discolouration disappeared within the first few days. I also have some fine lines and wrinkles which I was interested in seeing if they too would disappear.

After about 2 to 3 days of my new regimen I started to notice my skin was a little softer and brighter. The spots were still visible, much to my dismay. And, I didn’t notice any difference in the appearance of fine lines.

After the full week of using this product morning and night, I began to notice that my skin felt even more soft and bright. The overall tone of my skin is more even too. I feel like I have that radiant, dewy youthful skin that I used to have in my twenties.

The spots are still there. I can’t really tell if they have faded or not. And I still have some of the fine lines; however, I am hopeful that after continued use I will see more reduction in the discolouration and fine lines.

The biggest unexpected change is on my forehead. I never really thought I had many problems in the way of aging on my forehead. However, it seems smoother and even. The wrinkles are softer. They are still there (c’mon, this isn’t Botox); however overall it just looks younger.

I’ve also received comments from friends about how my skin looks great. One friend asked if I just came back from vacation as my skin looks so fresh.

I found that I didn’t need a lot of the product to cover my entire face and neck. One to two pumps from the bottle is all I needed. Spreading the moisturizer over my face is effortless and it only takes a few seconds to absorb into my skin. In the past, some moisturizers have caused my makeup to feel greasy and ‘slide’ off my face. This is not the case for me with this moisturizer.

And, let’s talk about the fragrance… I LOVE the scent of the moisturizers! It’s nice, clean and fresh.

The end result: I started with this process somewhat expecting sudden and dramatic results. After 7 days of consistently using this product (and washing and moisturizing at bedtime) I did notice some changes but not the over-the-top results I was hoping for. I was really hoping the discolouration would noticeably diminish, but that is not the case… yet. That said, I would totally recommend this product to anyone looking to improve the overall look and feel of their skin. Also, the fact that the day moisturizer has a built-in sunscreen is a huge plus for me.

I have enjoyed the results and the comments about my skin, so much that I do plan on continuing using Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair.

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Alisa 4 January 2013 at 10:38 am

So, my current routine is to use a cleanser, eye cream, face serum and then a day or night cream. Sometimes I add in an exfoliator & an eye serum in the mix as well.

My key concerns are line-smoothing & evening out skin tone.

I liked the texture of the Neutrogena products. For having an SPF, the day lotion was nice & smooth & didn’t feel too heavy. I love the packing in a pump & love the smell. I also love the lightness of a lotion. It absorbed right away so I didn’t have to wait to apply makeup.

I loved all of the same things about the night cream. It wasn’t too heavy & smells & feels great. I also liked the texture of the eye cream.

After 7 days, I felt my skin was hydrated and comfortable. I already use good products so I didn’t notice a huge difference. I did, however, react to the eye cream. My eyes are sensitive, so on the first night, I only put it on 1 eye. After 3 days of using it on both eyes, that one eye started to burn & got red & by the next morning the other eye was doing the same. I then had to not use any eye cream for a number of days – even my usual eye cream was burning for a few days so I had to quit using eye cream completely for about 4 days until the burning feeling went away.

(When I first put on the eye cream, I only dabbed it on the outer corner “crow’s feet” area of my one eye in case I had a reaction. When that seemed ok, the next day I put it just under my eyes where you’d put a concealer – not too close to the lash line. Out of every brand of skincare I’ve ever tried, I usually react to at least one of that brand’s eye products but can often use other ones in the line with no problems. For years now I’ve been using Lancome & Philosophy eye creams that give me no problems at all, however there are some Lancome ones I do react to, so I just stay away from those ones. And I can use 3 of Philosophy’s 4 eye cream with no problems, but the one with a retinoid doesn’t work for me, so it’s no surprise that the Neutrogena one with a retinoid gives me similar trouble.)

I also felt like my skin was starting to break out a bit after a week, however we had also been on holidays and eating less healthy foods, so that may have had something to do with it.

I would continue to use the day & the night cream, but unfortunately, something in the eye cream does not agree with my eyes at all.

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teresa 4 January 2013 at 4:35 pm

I cleanse twice a day, I am pretty simple when it comes to skin care, not really into the fancy stuff. I use Neostrata. I have the eye crème, moisturizer and the peel that I use 3-4 times a week. My skin is quite oily in the summer so I don’t use much. In winter I layer moisturizer on my skin, the richer the better. I like the dewy look in the winter, even though I do have a slightly oilier skin.

My concerns are keeping skin looking young, mostly wrinkles and also skin tone. I am noticing discolouration now , and firmness is always a priority.

I do use day cream, eye cream and night cream in my skincare routine.

I found the texture great! A little too rich for summer, for me as the humidity is a b*tch : ) but it will probably be amazing for winter. I also found the eye crème not rich enough for me. I am not a fan of day crème that has sunscreen in it, I would rather layer and add it separately.

After seven days, I did not notice a big difference, except I had to blot more often, again might be because of the humidity at the time.

The night crème I would definitely purchase again, especially with fall being around the corner.

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Micki 4 January 2013 at 4:59 pm

I am 45 years old. I have combination skin, big pores, fine lines and a sensitivity to some products (man, I’ve got problems!).

I would occasionally use an exfoliant-if I felt my skin was dry, especially in the winter. I would always use a moisturizing serum under some sort of cream (non-comedogenic). I only wore eye cream occasionally.

I really like the Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle line because it does not have a heavy scent and it goes on smoothly. Also, a little goes a long way. I start off with my overall serum, then the Neutrogena eye cream and follow with the Day Smoothing Cream in the am and the Night Cream every night.

I have noticed a difference in my complexion. My skin feels softer, more hydrated and smoother. I also feel that my crow’s feet are not as noticeable. I am very happy with the products!

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Amy 7 January 2013 at 7:50 am

I was happy that Janine asked me to do a review – what’s more fun that trying new products?

My standard regime is that I use serum all over my face and neck, then sensitive skin moisture lotion. Sometimes I use a cream at night (but find cream too heavy for day). Sensitive skin is my main concern, with aging issues (discoloration, wrinkles) a close second. I also dislike fragranced face products.

My regime has incorporated day cream, eye cream and night cream at times – in addition to cream and lotion, I’ve also used specific eye products.

I liked the texture of the Neutrogena eye and night creams, they absorbed well. The day cream seemed to go on kind of opaque white, and though it did absorb I always felt it left me a bit pasty. I was worried that the retinol would irritate my sensitive skin, but it didn’t at all. Like, not AT ALL.

I can’t say I see a big difference. They worked well, but not remarkably better than my usual products. Certainly they would have been better than if I didn’t use any moisturizer at all.

The eye cream had no scent, while the other two had mild scents. Scented face creams bother me, but these were tolerable.

I’ll keep using the eye and night creams, but probably not day. I did have one breakout and have found in the past that sunscreen seems to cause that. I never buy moisturizers with sunscreen, I always apply that separately if I’ll be out in the sun.

I don’t know if I’d buy the products again – their price range is higher than my normal regimen, which has worked well for me. There’s enough product left that it will last me for a good long time, though.

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