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Neutrogena Ageless Intensives Deep Wrinkle Moisture, Night

Neutrogena Ageless Intensives Deep Wrinkle Moisture, Night: ($17.59 for 1.4 oz)

Positives: This contains moderate amounts of the humectants glycerin, squalane, and panthenol as well as one of my favorite emollients, shea butter, which not only has a divine texture and smell, but also provides moisture loss as an occlusive agent and flavonoids as a source of antioxidants. There are also low amounts of the anti-irritants bisabolol, allantoin, and licorice, in addition to a dash of the water-binding agent sodium hyaluronate. Finally there are moderately low amounts of vitamin E and vitamin A as retinol.

It’s worth pointing out that retinol is present as retinol SA, which Johnson & Johnson claims, contains a revolutionary new delivery system. Without getting too chemically technical and talking about sequestering and the equilibrium constants for such thermodynamic reactions, retinol SA is only different in the sense that it exhibits increased overall stability in water-in-oil emulsions and utilizes a time-release delivery system. The retinol molecule itself isn’t any different than those found in other products. And this type of delivery system is hardly new since many pharmaceutical drugs like Retin-A Micro have long employed time-release formulations to enhance delivery. While they implement different approaches, for example Retin-A uses micro-encapsulation instead of chelating agents, they pursue similar goals. That’s good news, though! Just keep in mind that the delivery system not a cure-all, since the retinol SA still has to be converted to retinal and ultimately tretinoin. I don’t know the pH of this product, but it should be within range for optimum conversion. I also don’t know how much retinol is present, but considering the position on ingredient list and the lack of any irritation, I’d venture to say anywhere between 0.2-0.4% is present.

Neutrals: None.

Negatives: None.

Packaging: This is packaged in a tube!

Overall: This is a good product for those who want to start integrating retinoids into their daily routines. It’s probably best for dry to combination-oily skin types that aren’t dealing with acne.


PS = [[[PIS – 0] x WIC] + [TPS x WPC]] x 100%

PS = [[8/10 x 2/3] + [3/3 x 1/3]] x 100%

PS = [16/30 + 3/9] x 100%

PS = [48/90 + 30/90] x 100%

PS = 78/90 x 100%

PS = .867 x 100%

PS = 86.7%

AS = B

Check the Product Review Rubric for a full explanation on how I rate products.


Water, Ppg 2 Myristyl Ether Propionate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Dimethicone, Pentaerythrityl Tetraethylhexanoate, Hexadecyl Stearate, Caprylyl Methicone, Dimethicone, Behenyl Alcohol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Squalane, Glycerin, Shea Butter (Butyrospermum Parkii), BHT, Panthenol, Allantoin, Arginine, Erythorbic Acid, Tocopherol, Retinol, Polysorbate 20, Sodium Hyaluronate, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Bisabolol, C13 14 Isoparaffin, Laureth 7, Cetearyl Glucoside, Glyceryl Stearate, Peg 100 Stearate, Polyacrylamide, Nylon 12, Disodium Edta, Propylparaben, Ethylparaben, Methylparaben.

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The Triple Helixian is an unbiased science and research-based site that attempts to clarify and elucidate questions about skin care, while aspiring to be the most thorough and complete source of information.


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