This year, Neutrogena introduced a new line called Dermatologics to their already stellar product lineup. The Dermatologics products have retinol in them but unlike most retinol products, they claim that this is in a stabilized form so that it doesn’t irritate the skin as much as most retinol products can.
For the record, I have to say that I don’t have a lot of experience with retinol products and so I don’t know whether this really is less irritating. I also don’t have sensitive skin, and on the contrast my skin is quite oily, so I don’t have a problem with dry flaky skin due to product use.
From what I can see, the Dermatologics line hasn’t really taken off, and I know why. Neutrogena already has excellent products as part of their regular lineup (and that includes products with retinol and sunscreen). Why would you switch from one of their moisturizers to a new one? The price certainly isn’t reason enough to switch over, since the Daily moisturizer is about $60, and the serum is about the same.
But is the product any good?
I’ve been using this daily moisturizer every day for about 2 weeks, and I absolutely love it. The spf 35 means that I don’t need to layer another sunscreen product into my routine, and the moisturizer works really well under foundation.
While I didn’t find the moisturizer to be drying, I did find that it was not moisturizing at all. Once the moisturizer absorbs into your skin, it has quite a dry texture, and I found that it was best to apply foundation before the moisturizer was totally dry so that it blended into my skin better. The spf 35 is amazing and unlike most drugstore products it does not leave a whitish tint on your skin, so even if you choose not to wear foundation, you’ll have a natural look with the moisturizer.
After only a couple weeks of use, I have noticed a slight lightening of acne scars and clearer brighter skin. I enjoy using the moisturizer and it’s easy to apply daily. Is it worth $60 or that much better than other Neutrogena products? You’ll have to decide that for yourself.