Neutrogena - Face Moisturizer, SPF 15 with Vitamin C

Neutrogena Face Moisturizer, SPF 15 with Vitamin C

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WORKS FOR
  • Anti-aging
  • Exfoliation
  • Moisturizing
  • Evens skin tone
  • Sun protection
  • +2 more
KEY INGREDIENTS
  • glycolic acid
  • ascorbic acid
  • panthenol
  • benzophenone-3
  • bisabolol
  • butyl methoxydibenzoylmethane
  • c12-15 alkyl benzoate
  • cetyl alcohol
  • glycerin
  • octocrylene
  • +7 more
PROMISES
FULFILLED
87 /100
IRRITANCY
HIGH
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WIMJ summary

This product offers broad spectrum sun protection, but it is weak. We recommend to use a broad spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30.

This product can be considered "reef safe" because it does not contain the UV filters (oxybenzone and octinoxate) that can be harmful to coral reefs when present in the water in high concentrations.

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What does the product description say?
"Dermatologist-recommended, this anti-wrinkle treatment is clinically proven to improve skin radiance and clarity for softer, smoother skin in just two weeks."
WIMJ summary

This product can help reduce and prevent fine lines and wrinkles, improve skin elasticity and firmness because it contains glycolic acid.

Keep in mind that it typically takes at least 6 weeks to notice any results because the changes that are needed to improve fine lines and elasticity happen in the deeper layers of the skin. No topical anti-aging product can “erase” wrinkles or fully reverse signs of aging.

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"Neutrogena Healthy Skin Face Lotion with SPF 15 Sunscreen reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and helps improve dull, rough, uneven skin to reveal a newer, younger-looking skin complexion."
WIMJ summary

This product can help reduce hypepigmentation and even out the skin tone because it contains the following effective ingredients: glycolic acid

Keep in mind that you would need to apply any topical skincare targetted at hypigmentation consistently for a couple of months to get a result. No topical skincare product can help get rid of hyperpigmentation (including post-acne marks and age spots) instantly.

This product can also help with skin tone because it offers sun protection. Sun damage is the main factor causing age spots, darkening of post-acne marks and other discolorations. This is why sun protection is the best strategy for maintaining an even skin tone. We, however, do not recommend using this product as a sunscreen because the protection it offers is not strong enough).

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This product can help exfoliate the skin. In other words, it helps break down the bonds between dead cells on the surface of the skin and speed up the skin turnover. Skin often appears softer and brighter after exfoliation, but overdoing it can result in disrupted skin barrier. The following ingredient is doing the exfoliating job in this product: glycolic acid.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
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"Face Moisturizer, SPF 15 with Vitamin C"
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WIMJ summary

This product contains good ingredients to attract water to the upper layer of the skin. These ingredients are called "humectants": glycerin, caprylyl glycol.

When humectants are on the surface of the skin, they “pull in” the moisture from the outside environment, or from within deeper layers of the skin. If the air is dry, humectants can speed up the moisture loss from the skin. This is why it is a good idea to use another product on top of this one to help "seal in" the moisture (look for ingredients like dimethicone, squalane, oils and butters).

The following ingredients in this product are especially good for supporting the skin barrier and helping with the hydration level: panthenol

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
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Potential irritants

IRRITANCY
HIGH

Ingredients by volume

Ingredient Estimated concentration
Avobenzone. An organic, or so-called "chemical" UV filter. Protects against both UVA and UVB rays. Needs to be combined with other filters in a formulation to be stable.
1.5%
Declared
Octisalate. A UV filter. It offers some protection against the sun rays that cause sunburn (UVB), but does not protect against the most aging sun rays (UVA). It loses its effectiveness quickly when exposed to sunlight. It is an organic, or so called "chemical" sunscreen
5%
Declared
A weak sunscreen that protects against the sun rays that cause sunburn (UVB) and is somewhat effective against the UVA rays. It is quite stable and can help stabilize other, more vulnerable, sunscreen ingredients like Avobenzone. It is an organic, or so called "chemical" sunscreen
3%
Declared
Same as oxybenzone. Protects in the UVB and short UVA range. In small concentrations, used to stabilize product formulation. Can be irritating. Is shown to be harmful to coral reefs - consider avoiding bathing in coral reef areas when wearing a product with this ingredient. It can penetrate the skin and get absorbed into bloodstream faster than other popular filters available in the US. The study that produced this finding did not address any potential health effects of the absorption
4%
Declared
Plain old water
40% - 60%
An alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA) that helps to remove the dead skin cells on the surface of the skin reveling a more even, smoother complexation. It is also able to stimulate collagen production with long-term use. Could help to reduce pore congestion. It can be irritating to the skin. Apply sunscreen daily if using products with glycolic acid
4.9% - 7.3%
Enhances the product texture and makes it more spreadable. Helps reduce water loss from the outer layer of skin. Extands the shelf life by preventing bacteria growth
3.6% - 5.5%
Used to dissolve other ingredients, create a nice product texture and soften the upper layer of the skin. Can be an allergen
2.8% - 4.2%
A non-drying alcohol that works to soften the skin and stabilize product formulations helping oil and water mix together
2% - 3.1%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Naturally present in skin. It attracts water to the upper layer of the skin working as a humectant
1.7% - 2.6%
Helps oil and water mix together and works as an emollient
1.5% - 2.2%
An emollient that softens the skin and forms a protective layer on its surface. Helps water and oil mix together
1.2% - 1.8%
Helps oil and water mix togehter and creates a nice product texture
1% - 1.5%
Used to adjust the product's pH
0.6% - 1.35%
A preservative. It helps prevent bacterial growth in cosmetic products
0.45% - 1%
Used to create gel-like formulas and stabilize emulsions
0.35% - 0.85%
A more stable but less bio-available form of vitamin E compared to Tocopherol. Might help moisturize and protect the skin from free radicals, but mostly used in low concentrations to stabilize other ingredients.
0.35% - 0.75%
Helps preserve products and creates a nice product texture
0.3% - 0.7%
An aromatic blend of unspecified and possibly irritating ingredients
0.15% - 0.65%
Used to create a thicker product consistency
0.15% - 0.7%
A preservative
0.15% - 0.3%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin and can help improve skin barrier function
0.15% - 0.6%
An active component of chamomile plant that historically has been used to calm down irritated skin. A recent study shows that bisabolol indeed can have some anti-inflammatory effect on skin, even though conclusive data is lacking. Bisabolol has a sweet floral scent and can be added to products for its aromatic properties
0.1% - 0.5%
A preservative
0.1% - 0.35%
Helps to stabilize the product formulation
0.1% - 0.35%
The most well-researched antioxidant that works in skin. Helps neutralize free radicals supporting collagen production, helping to even out the skin tone and preventing early signs of aging
0.1% - 0.35%
The ingredient is not recognized
TBC
A highly irritating fragrance
0.05% - 0.25%
0.1% - 0.4%

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