Mamamia has partnered with Brand Jury to put the latest products on trial. Today, it’s all about beauty.
Ancient civilisations tried all sorts of outrageous things in the never-ending quest for eternal beauty.
From bathing in donkey milk (yes, really) to using burnt almonds as an eyebrow pencil, it seems people tried anything and everything to evade the natural process of ageing.
So it comes as no surprise that in 2018, weird beauty trends continue to pop up and promise the world. We’re looking at you, ‘gold in the face primer’ craze.
People are literally, as you’re reading this, smearing their wealth on their face. It’s a bit much.
Thankfully, looking your best doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg (or someone else’s). There are good products out there that don’t chase every beauty myth or fad, because through research and development, their products really work.
One of those brands is Neutrogena. Their products are loved by dermatologists for good reason. So, when the Brand Jury got our hands on the new Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Range, we recruited Adie, Leigh, and Nama to put it to the test.
For one week, they each tried Neutrogena’s Rapid Wrinkle Repair Regenerating Cream, Night Moisturiser, Day Moisturiser (SPF15+), Serum, and Eye Cream (try saying that three times!).
Here’s what they had to say.
Leigh Campbell, Executive Editor, Mamamia
When I heard we’d be trialling Neutrogena for week, I'll admit, I didn't think it'd be long enough. It ordinarily takes far longer to see the results from active skincare so I honestly thought the trial was too optimistic. On day four or five I started to see results, though, so can confirm that the products' claim of 'results in a week' holds up.
I’ve been a beauty journalist for more than 15 years so I'm pretty into the whole science side of skincare products. So, stay with me! What makes these Neutrogena products effective is the combination of its retinol and hyaluronic acid.
Hyal-whaaaaa? I can hear you wondering. Most people hear hyaluronic acid they think “okay… it’s acid, it’s gonna’ be exfoliating”, but actually, hyaluronic acid hydrates and plumps the skins, which makes the complexion look dewy and more youthful.
Then there’s the hero ingredient retinol. Neutrogena have their own special type of retinol called "Accelerated Retinol SA", which is in their Rapid Wrinkle Repair range. For me, the eye cream helped fade the dark spots and pigmentation around my eye area and actually started smoothing my soft lines.
I know most women don’t have time to learn about all the complexities of hyaluronic acid or retinol is, they just want to know that it works. So, I guess all you really need to know is that these products combine these ingredients into a really effective anti-ageing, smoothing and plumping skincare offering.
Nama Winston, Content Producer, Mamamia
I’ve always adopted the 'as long as a woman feels good, she’ll look good' philosophy on beauty, and it's always worked for me - in my biased opinion!
When you’re in your 20s, you have all the time in the world to pamper yourself and not worry about your fine lines. Then you become a parent and you don’t have a second to yourself. But as you get a little but older and a lot busier, you also need to pay more attention.
I knew that if Neutrogena was going to work for me, it’d have to fit into my life seamlessly.
I tried the whole range, but what I ended up doing was simply substituting my usual moisturiser for Neutrogena’s serum before I put on my makeup each morning. That’s how effective I found the serum. It was like a glowing primer.
The serum sat beautifully under my makeup, lasted all day, and was so moisturising. But what I loved most was that it has this pearly texture to it which was really glowing on my skin.
At the start of the week-long trial, I actually used too much of the moisturiser in one go. Then I noted in the instructions that you only actually needed a pea-sized amount - which shows that a little goes a long way. I loved that - value for money.
And in my defence… who has time to read instructions?!
Adie Robertson, Day spa owner, To Wonderland
I’m a mother of three and run a wellness spa in Bondi. I’ve been teaching yoga and meditation for eight years, and I live a healthy and active lifestyle and take my health and wellbeing seriously. Because I know first-hand the joy that comes from a healthy body and mind.
Another fun fact about me: I have fairly sensitive skin and I don’t use many skincare products generally. But when I do, I’m extremely hesitant to try anything new and usually just stick to what I know works that definitely won't cause any reactions.
So when I was asked to try Neutrogena’s Rapid Wrinkle Repair Range, obviously I was a bit hesitant. (And wasn’t going to be won over easily!)
But it turns out all that fuss was for nothing. My skin absolutely loved it! It instantly plumped from the hyaluronic acid, and my fine lines were visibly reduced. It was gentle enough on my skin to use daily, which really surprised me.
For me the regenerating cream was the real winner. I put it on in the morning with the day cream with SPF protection and I was sorted for the day. It was even light and breathable enough for the gym and a yoga class.
Neutrogena’s Rapid Wrinkle Repair Range, tried and tested by the Brand Jury. Available from wherever you buy good skincare.
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