This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Neutrogena.
A few short years ago I always had people telling me I didn’t look my age. They never thought I was a little bit younger than I actually was but instead thought I was A LOT younger than I actually was. And the thing is, with my memory I’m often not as young as I think I am (I have to ask somebody or start counting on my fingers :) Now when I was a teen until a young adult I absolutely couldn’t stand the comments about how young I looked. I mean, that’s when you want to look mature and sophisticated, right? You don’t want people commenting on your baby face!
But these days I long for when people didn’t realize I was in my upper mid-thirties. I’m afraid that my age has started to show in the fine lines and wrinkles, mostly around my eyes. Now I’ve got these HUGE smile lines around my eyes and mouth and I have no problem with those. I EARNED those :) It’s the little spidery looking wrinkles that spread under my eyes onto my nose that I really, really dislike. I feel like they make the skin under my eyes look paper-thin.
Tired of complaining about how I look older than movie stars much older than me I started trying a few things here and there to fix up my problem spots. I just bought something here and there and nothing really worked. In fact, I just wasted a lot of money. So I started to do a little bit of research. Why was the stuff I buying failing?
As it turns out a combination of retinol and broad-spectrum sunscreen is considered by many dermatologists to prevent new damage and help stop the signs of aging. In fact, retinol is the #1 dermatologist recommended anti-aging ingredient for serums that actually work by getting your skin to renew itself naturally. This stuff on its own can visibly improve wrinkles, even out texture and firm up the skin. The results are pretty quick when you do pair the retinol and sunscreen combination but if you use retinol regularly for one year the improvement is cumulative. Now THAT is what I’m talking about :)
But I wanted to see what could happen in just ONE WEEK. I have heard that Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair is the fastest retinol formula available and delivers noticeable results in just one week so I decided to put it to the test. *Spoiler alert – I’m really happy with the results!
So the good people at Neutrogena sent me a mixed bag of all things skin improving including their Rapid Wrinkle and Ultra Sheer collections and I tried every single one of them and I was amazed that I did see results in just a week and I took a pic a day to show my progress!
Now here’s what I tried to do… I tried to do my hair and make up the same every day which was a bit unfortunate as that meant my dad couldn’t die my hair for me while I was visiting. You may think it’s strange but my dad is a retired engineer and his attention to detail means I get the best dye jobs outside of the salon! I couldn’t control the weather so that’s why I’m more yellow in some pictures, I suppose, but as much as I could I tried to keep things the same day after day and I have to tell you, it’s the first time I’ve worn make up this many days in a row in YEARS!
Day one. The fine wrinkles between the outer corners of my eyes all the way to my nose are quite prominent. I started using my box of Neutrogena goodies shortly after this pic.
Day two. I couldn’t tell any difference, in all honesty, but you can better see my nose wrinkles. Who knew your nose would get wrinkly as you got older? I guess I haven’t been paying attention to life.
Day three. In a bad mood and trying to smile. Fail. But you can see how the lines right under my eyes are a bit better. Fine lines on nose and on outer edge of eyes don’t seem much better, though. And say “hi” to my dad’s deer back there :)
Day four. This day I was pretty stoked because I could literally see a difference immediately below my eyes and at the corners.
Day five. Dang! This stuff is working! My nose wrinkles seem to have improved drastically overnight! :)
Day six. I feel like the lines beneath my eyes and at my nose are practically gone. The cut on my nose is not related to my serum use. My kitten decided to have at me one night during a spectacularly crazy display, by yours truly, with her feather covered crack stick! Oh, and in this pick I am SO TIRED. I hardly slept that night. Meh.
Day seven. I AM SO HAPPY WITH THE RESULTS! As the week wore on I felt like the skin around my eyes was firmer and had less of a “paper thin” feeling to them that I’ve been really pretty down about. Those fine lines and wrinkles that bothered me so much are disappearing before my very eyes! And heck, even my forehead looks better, not that it’s ever bothered me, but I’ll take every improvement I can get!
Now I loved Neutrogena when I was a teen and as a young adult and now, as a chick in my thirties I’m all over it again. The fact that Neutrogena was the first brand to use pure, stabilized retinol in the U.S. in 1996 and the fact that they hired a team of scientists to find the right combination for the quickest results (that obviously work) only reinforce my brand loyalty. Now that you’ve seen my progress I know you’re now wondering where you can get this amazing stuff, aren’t you? Well, head on down to CVS, or if you don’t have one within driving distance hit up CVS.com, to put together your collection of Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair and Ultra Sheer products that will best suit your needs.
Now, just in case you’re wondering my favorite of all of the products is the Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Night Moisturizer largely because I like anything that works while I’m sleeping AND it seemed to really help my forehead wrinkles without me even realizing it!
And guess what? We’ve got a giveaway! Enter below to win a TON of Neutrogena goodies including everything I got to try: Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Night Moisturizer, Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair, Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30, Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Serum, Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Eye Cream, Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Liquid Daily Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 70 and Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Face + Body Stick Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 70.
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Neutrogena.Written by Allison Murray - Visit Website