Jan 6, 2009

Estee Lauder Time Zone Wrinkle Reducing Lotion - Normal/Combo

Estee Lauder just launched their brand new anti-wrinkle lotion which, they say, is the culmination of many years of research on the aging process and wrinkle treatment. They suggest it will take 10 years off the appearance of your skin after only 4 weeks of twice daily use. Time Zone appears to be the replacement for their discontinued Future Perfect Anti-Wrinkle Radiance products.

Estee Lauder recommends you use it after applying one of their repair serums, either Advanced Night Repair Protective Recovery Complex, $46.50 1 ounce, or their recent Perfectionist CP Wrinkle Lifting Serum, $55.00 1 ounce.

Interestingly enough, Perfectionist CP Wrinkle Lifting Serum is very similar to Good Skin Tri-Aktiline Deep Wrinkle Filler, $39.50 at Kohl's, but in a more spreadable, more easily used facial moisturizer.

I chose the Normal/Combination formula because the pump bottle protects the ingredients far better than a jar would. Why cosmetic companies don't package all their products in pump bottles or tubes still surprises me since most people are aware that air degrades ingredients such as antioxidants very quickly.

The scent is a delicate and refined scent that tends to linger a bit longer and stronger than I expected from a modern product. Time Zone absorbs fairly quickly and makes the skin feel powdery and soft. It contains sunscreen rated at SPF 15. The texture is rather light and feels a bit oily at first but dries to a slightly matte finish. Because this formula is geared toward normal and combination skin it contains ingredients (polyethylene, silica) that help reduce shine.

This product is nice enough but I don't think I would repurchase simply because it doesn't "wow" me. While it thus far has not broken me out, as so many products with high silicone contents tend to do, I have noticed a few spots that may be developing. The scent is a bit strong for my taste and I have noticed that by the end of the day my skin tends to be a bit dry and lines more prominent. A similar issue as I had with Good Skin Tri-Aktiline. The power ingredients seem to be listed way down on the list of ingredients thus suggesting they are in lower concentrations. From what I can tell up to this point it doesn't moisturize as well as Mastey de Paris Moiste Facial Moisturizer. I also think Mastey Moiste minimizes fine lines better.

The ingredients are very similar to that of many of Lauder products. This product contains Phytantriol which, from what I have been able to read online is a penetration inhancer to help skin better hold moisture (1.). Acetyl Hexapeptide-8 (Argireline), a peptide, which as you know is supposed to relax wrinkles (2). Acetyl Glucosamine, an amino-acid, that when used in large amounts is said to help wound healing (3). Creatine, another amino-acid used by body builders and finding it's way into skin care as it is thought to help normalize cells (4). Plus, numerous silicones, thickners, antioxidants and sugar deriviatives.

This product also contains a lot of plant extracts. Their effect on skin is still debated but it seems as though some may act as antioxidants.

Selling for $58.00 for a 1.7 ounce bottle, Estee Lauder Wrinkle Reducing Lotion is available from the Estee Lauder website and departments stores such as Macy's.

Ingredients: Water, Octyldodecyl Neopentanoate, HDI/Trimethyol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Neopentyl Glycol Diheptanoate, Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Steareth-21, Steareth-2, Yeast Extract, Cucumber Fruit Extract, Centaury Extract, Wheat Bran Extract, Barley Extract, Hydrolyzed Rice Extract, Rosemary Extract, Pomegranate Juice Extract, Tangerine Peel Extract, St. Paul's Wort Extract, Olive Fruit Extract, Polygonum Cuspidatum Root Extract, Larix Sibirica Wood Extract, Grape Seed Extract, Spike Moss Extract, Hops Extract, Argania Spinosa Leaf Extract, Laminaria Saccharina Extract, Tamarindus Indica Seed Extract, Linolenic Acid, Linoleic Acid, Polyethylene, Cholesterol, Pentylene Glycol, Creatine, Caffeine, Hydroginated Lecithin, Polysilicone-11, Glycerin, Sucrose, Acetyl Glucosamine, Phytantriol, PVP/Hexadecene Copolymer, Trehalose, Acrylamide/Sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurate Copolymer, Isohexadecane, Propylene Glycol Dicaprate, Sodium PCA, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sunflower Seedcake, Trimethysiloxysilicate, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Polysorbate 80, Tromethamine, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hyaluronic Acid, Potassium Sulfate, Adenosine Phosphate, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Nordihydroguaiaretic Acid, Clyclodextrin, Silica, Fragrance, Ethylbisiminomethylguaiacolmaganese Chloride, Disodium EDTA, Sorbic Acid, Chlorphenesin, Potassium Sorbate, Phenoxyethanol (ILN34607>.

1.) http://www.dsm.com/en_US/html/dnpus/pe_phytantriol_protect.htm
2.) http://www.skin-care-report.com/spotlight/?p=8
3.) http://www.cosmeticscop.com/skin-care-facts-acetyl-glucosamine-natural-moisturizer-wrinkles.aspx
4.) http://www.smartskincare.com/resabstracts/aging-skin_berneburg_j-invest-dermatol_20050800.html

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