Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Eye Cream for Wrinkles

Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Eye Cream Review

Samantha Somerson, PharmD.

What Is Rapid Wrinkle Repair Eye Cream?

We embark on today’s eye cream review with great interest because it is from a big global brand, Neutrogena. The company promises that its Rapid Wrinkle Repair Eye Cream will help erase your wrinkles and fine lines. It claims to be the number 1 dermatologist recommended brand and clinically proven to reduce the wrinkles five times more than a leading prestige anti-wrinkle product.


Some main ingredients are:

  • Cetearyl Alcohol
  • Stearyl Alcohol
  • Ascorbic Acid
  • Retinol
  • Sodium Hyaluronate

The brand makes no claim to using only natural products, and indeed we can’t find any of the most clinically proven, potent anti-aging and hydrating ingredients such as algae extracts, alpha-hydroxy acids, passion flower, Alpenrose and panthenol from vitamin B5. Retinol is the one familiar ingredient in the line-up, as is ascorbic acid. Retinal is a derivative of vitamin A which has rejuvenating properties and helps to fight fine lines and wrinkles. Vitamin C is ascorbic acid. It is a powerful antioxidant and repels the many harmful environmental and other pollutants causing damage to the skin. What is surprising though, is that this vitamin C is not in any superior or patented form, which we expected.

Neutrogena claims to be the number one dermatologist brand, yet it is not in this brand’s eye cream but in others that you’ll find Syn-Coll, a patented, clinically proven and stable form of vitamin C. As such, it is formulated to go deep under the skin with more of its potent properties preserved than with normal vitamin C, thereby providing advanced effectiveness. In fact, we cannot find a single patent in this formula signaling the presence of advanced, clinically proven, targeted ingredients. The alcohols used in this formula are fatty alcohols – they are non-irritating. They are often used to thicken the base of creams.

How To Use

Oddly, Neutrogena does not give exact directions on how to use their cream. Presumably, you should dab it into the eye area, on clean skin. It is not clear how many times a day you need to use it, or if you need to dab it on before or after moisturizer. This is perplexing as it affects how the product works.

What Neutrogena does do, is spell out possible temporary side effects. You may experience mild redness, and/or a warm, tingling sensation or flaking of your skin. These show that the product is working and are temporary effects. If it continues, only use the cream once every other day until your skin adjusts, then use it daily. We are somewhat perplexed by these side effects as it shows the product probably isn’t suitable for sensitive skin.

What Is The Cost?

You’ll pay $21.99 for a 0.5 oz tube. There are no discounts for buying multiples of this same eye cream, even if choosing a repeat delivery auto-billing option. Neutrogena clearly discloses how you can cancel this repeat order at any time, but auto-ship options are never the safest because once you have divulged your card details, these orders are often difficult to cancel. This may not be true of every manufacturer but the feedback from many consumers who have opted in with numerous brands is that they have suffered cancellation glitches. In order to qualify for free shipping, you must buy a product for $25 or more. There is a one-time 15% discount: to qualify, sign up for the email newsletter.

Manufacturer’s Guarantee

Neutrogena offers you a 30-day money back guarantee but there are some concerns you need to be aware of. Firstly, for such a big brand that promises superior confidence in their own products, this falls short of the 60-day and even 365-day guarantees being offered by some other leading natural cosmetic makers. Secondly, you have to send the product back by insured shipping which could set you back out-of-pocket quite a bit, and you won’t be refunded for the return shipping. In essence, even if you do go this route, you’ll then be left with little money back in your wallet.

Our Final Review of Rapid Wrinkle Repair Eye Cream

We like that Neutrogena does not test their products on animals. In addition, both vitamins A and C are known warriors in the fight against wrinkles. But our concerns outweigh what we find to be positive. Neutrogena claims to be the number one dermatologist recommended brand but offers no proof of this, essentially, therefore, making what amounts to an unsubstantiated claim. There is also no proof of advanced, clinically patented ingredients which would inspire confidence in the product’s ability to erase wrinkles and lines as purported. By contrast, Syn-Coll, the patented Vitamin C we referred to under ‘Ingredients’, shown a 17% reduction of lines and wrinkles in just two weeks, as evidenced by clinical trials. This reduction increased to almost 30% with just another two weeks of use. There are many other patents which we could point to targeting various aspects such as collagen production and advanced anti-free radical activity. In these cases, such manufacturers have gone to extra lengths to infuse their products with hardworking ingredients, backed by evidence from third-party testing and clinical trial evidence, which would give you a greater degree of confidence.

The kind of products we’ve come across that really deliver proven results and no mere marketing hype, offer at least five such patented ingredients in each of their offerings, with more to ensure intensive damage control and reversal for your delicate eye area. The guarantee’s stipulations also make it unlikely that you’ll be able to claim anything much by way of being refunded for your cream purchase. Finally, the feedback is not universally good, with at least half of respondents saying that it did not work as advertised. The manufacturer’s vague usage instructions could in part be to blame. Alarmingly, some people have indicated that it further dried out their skin, indicating that this cream is not suitable for all skin types, especially not sensitive ones. Others have complained of a shiny, oily residue. If you’re serious about tackling your eye area and want to see results, it is clear that this formulation will be a hit-and-miss at best.

What Is Rapid Wrinkle Repair Eye Cream? We embark on today’s eye cream review with great interest because it is from a big global brand, Neutrogena. The company promises that its Rapid Wrinkle Repair Eye Cream will help erase your wrinkles and fine lines. It claims to be the number…
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Samantha graduated with a Pharm. D. from Frederic University School of Pharmacy and has worked as a licensed pharmacist for over 25 years. She is well known in her community as an accessible, knowledgeable and trustworthy medical resource. She continually raises awareness for issues that are important to her community such as the dangers of drug use during pregnancy. Additionally, she offers free training classes for everything from insulin pumps to defibrillators. Samantha has also been published numerous times in scholarly and professional journals and would like to expand that number now that her children are grown and have left the house. Samantha starts every day with a Buddhist meditation and has plans to attend a retreat in South Africa this coming year.

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