7 Day Rapid Wrinkle Repair Challenge

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I just turned 38 a few weeks ago. Through the years I haven't been very kind to my skin. I am fortunate that I haven't had any major skin issues through the years. In high school, I never had a face full of zits. Oily skin has never been an issue and dry skin hasn't plagued me. I have been faithfully using a moisturizer that contains SPF since I was in my teens but I must confess, I am not the best with reapplying sunscreen when I have sun exposure throughout the day. I rarely if ever wash off my make-up before I go to bed. Year after year I promise I'm going to start taking care of my skin and every year I sort of forget. Which is why I was so excited when Neutrogena wanted to partner with me to take a 7 day Rapid Wrinkle Repair challenge.  I needed to hit a restart on my skin care routine.

At night I would use the Rapid Wrinkle Repair line after washing my face, during the day, I would use the Ultra Sheer collection. I planned on documenting my results every night over the course of a week to see if taking care of my face and using retinol based products with a broad-spectrum sunscreen would help improve my skin's visible signs of aging, and then I was going to share with you the results.

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So lets start with what those visible signs are. I've got wrinkles. Not many. I'm not that old! But I do have some fine lines forming around my eyes, around my mouth and on my forehead. I have uneven skin tone because I have been naughty with my sunscreen usage. Like I mentioned, I use a moisturizer that has sunscreen in it, but often times I don't think to reapply. If it's hot out, I sweat and I notice in those places where I am sweating {my forehead and my upper lip} that damage is worse.

Here I am, day one ready to expose myself all for the art of science to let you decide for yourself {they do say the proof is in the pudding} if you can see a difference in my skin from the love I gave it in only one weeks time. 

A few years ago, I went to the dermatologist for the very first time in my whole life. Not only did I have to wait three months to get in to be seen for this appointment, the visit was about a nano second long. I was concerned with some patchy skin changes I had been noticing and thought that I should get a professional opinion. Well, hundreds of dollars later, that professional opinion pretty much told me to wear more sunscreen and use a retinol based skin product.  I'm pretty much saving you money just by telling you this. You're welcome.

Apparently, when you put retinol and broad-spectrum sunscreen together they work like a skin powerhouse to give you the best anti-aging results. Our high deductible insurance made the retinol product he was trying to sell me around $150 {did I mention it was for only one product!} and so I thanked the man and went on my way. I was sure that I could find an over the counter product with retinol that would work. Well...I kind of forgot {are you sensing a theme here?}. I went to the drugstore and got totally overwhelmed and honestly didn't know what product to get, and I meant to go home and do some research, but well...life.

Fast forward to today. I literally had this product shipped to my door {and you can too when you use CVS.com} and I set to work doing science so you don't have to. Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair is the fastest retinol formula available and has a promise to deliver noticeable results in just one week.

Side by side before and after photos are always my favorite, so lets take a little look see shall we. One thing you can't see in the pictures is how much smoother my skin is. I'm serious. It's like a baby's. I'm also noticing the my skin tone is starting to even out and that the deep lines in my forehead and by my eyes are becoming not quite so deep. 

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Please don't judge my nightly mug shots. I'm putting myself on the internet without a lick of make-up. I might as well be standing here naked.

You can see the 7 day progression and I am feeling pretty good about the results. In fact, so good that I think I found my new skin routine. 

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New research is showing that regular use of retinol provides cumulative improvements in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, as well as skin clarity, tone and texture even after one year of continuous use. I think it's worth a shot to try.  And because I gave this challenge a try, I want to give you the opportunity too!

Enter to win a pack of Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair & Ultra Sheer filled with all the goodies I used all week! Giveaway will include: Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Night Moisturizer, Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair, Moisutizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30, Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Serum, Neutrogena Rapid Winkle 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.

There are a total of 30 prize packs {approximate retail value of $122 each!}. 

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If you are anything like me and you are doing very little to take care of your skin, give this routine a try. I'm excited about the results that I've seen in one week and I can only imagine the kind of results I will be able to see after one month and then one year. Take care of the skin you are in!

disclaimer: this is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Neutrogena. All opinions are 100% my own.


Jill said...

I've taken to using coconut oil to wash my face at night. I really like it but I agree I need to find something for the wrinkles!

Brian's mom said...

Try to wear a hat! There are so many cute ones!

Unknown said...

I'm going to try this!

Unknown said...

I'm also bad about taking care of my skin. I use a moisturizer with sunscreen but that's about it.

Anonymous said...

I was one of the crazy ones that plopped down $150 for Retin-A from my dermatologist. I use it all summer with sunscreen, but it is too drying for me to use during the cold winter months. I will try your regime for winter!

Jackie said...

Hi Rachel, thank you for this great give-away. I've used moisturizer with sunscreen since they invented it, I think.But, like you, it's hard to reapply when you already have your make up on for the day. I also use mineral makeup with sunscreen in it. I've also NEVER gone to bed with my makeup on.

Christy Ann said...

Thanks for the challenge. I am looking for a reason to start a new skin care routine. .. and this is perfect! I will try it!

Aidel Knaidel said...

It's not always easy, but I try to avoid being in direct sunlight. Over the years I think it's made a difference in my skin's appearance.

Heather said...

How do I enter the contest? I don't use anything right now, and in my early forties, my skin is definitely starting to show sun spots and getting drier. I would love to try out some products!

rachelteodoro said...

Thanks for all the thoughts. So many great ideas out there. Heather, to enter, you just log in to the contest above (use e-mail or Facebook) and you will be entered to win by following the steps. Good luck!

Unknown said...

I'd love to try this out. I've looked at retinol products but can't afford them. I'm turning the big five-o this year and my skin is showing it too. I use makeup with sunscreen in it and I moisturize. But I would definitely try the retinol if could afford it. Do you, or any of your readers, have any tips for great hand creams? My hands look really old. Thanks in advance.

Jennie said...

Tips about my skin care?! I'm like you Rachel - put an SPF moisturizer on my face most days - but just once. Then, don't give my skin another thought until the next day. I think I'll take your tips and make them my tips. I'll give this routine a try!

taximom212 said...

I'd love to try this..like you, I was hit or miss. I try to use a sunscreen in my moisturizer but don't reapply. I really need to get on the ball!

rachelteodoro said...

Granny Harrell, so glad you asked! My good friend told me to try this lotion because I was having the same complaints about my old skin. I got a burn on my wrist and it has taken forever to heal. My skin isn't young like it used to be. This is what I started using. Nothing flashy, just gold bond in the purple bottle. (affiliate link if you want to purchase) http://amzn.to/2dg3l9O

Kim Cook said...

Did you use all the products in the week? I'm not great at million steps, only last about 3 days. I do use Neutrogena sunscreen and moisturizer

Unknown said...

Hi Rachel. Thanks so much for the Gold Bond tip. I jotted that down and will definitely try it out!

Joan Kubes said...

I try to drink a lot of water and use moisteriser daily to help keep my skin hydrated.

MD Herbal said...

I just turned 38 too. I rarely broke out as a teenager but now my skin is combo (some spots very dry and a few oily patches) but started breaking out! I use Black face soap to wash my face and use a light moisturizer. I use a Korean acne on the spot treatment but am still breaking out.

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