REVIEW: Hydroxatone AM/PM Anti Wrinkle Complex

May 25, 2013

REVIEW: Hydroxatone AM/PM Anti Wrinkle Complex

I had the opportunity through +iFabbo  to test out a skincare product called +Hydroxatone  AM/PM Anti-Wrinkle Complex. I would first like to thank these two brands for this grand opportunity! I am truly grateful for this opportunity. Disclaimer: I received these products complimentary from +iFabbo  for testing purposes.  

Per +Hydroxatone  website Hydroxatone AM/PM Anti Wrinkle Complex targets several signs of aging:

  • Erases the appearance of fine lines/crow's feet around the eyes 
  • Reduces the appearance of even deep wrinkles in the forehead area 
  • Reduces discoloration and uneven skin tone 
  • Hydrates skin across all age groups 
  • Improves skin tone and radiance 
  • Reduces the appearance of hyperpigmentation and increases
  • skin hydration by over 20% 
  • Increases skin hydration 
  • Includes SPF to protect skin against UVA/UVB rays 
  • Dermatologist tested 
  • Safe and paraben-free
Supports three key building blocks needed for fresh, youthful skin. It helps your skin to promote natural levels of Collagen, Hyaluronic Acid, and Fibronectin.
Unique anti-aging peptide specifically designed to provide fast and visible results.
Hyaluronic Acid
Virtually unmatched in hydrating the skin because of its ability to retain water more effectively than other natural substances, resulting in increased smoothness, softness, and decreased appearance of facial wrinkles.SPF 3

Contains SPF 15 to help protect the skin against the sun's harmful


Now it's all good what Hydroxatone is saying but Online with Faith must INVESTIGATE this thing! I know my name is Faith and I probably should have faith in this product being that it is "Clinically Proven" and all but sometimes you need scientific proof. And as I always say "The Proof is in the Ingredients". If all the things that Hydroxatone says about this product  is true, trust and believe the ingredients will back Hydroxatone up! 

So let's get to those ingredients!

Active Ingredients: 
Octinoxate 7.5%, Octocrylene 4.5%, Oxybenzone 3.5%

Other Ingredients:
Water (Aqua), C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Sweet Almond (Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis) Oil, Sesame (Sesamum Indicum) Oil, Glycerin, Dimethicone, Sorbitan Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Ceteareth-20, Shea Butter (Butyrospermum Parkii), Stearic Acid, Butylene Glycol, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Sodium Hyaluronate, Panthenol, Cocoa Butter (Theobroma Cacao), Carbomer, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A), Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Tetrasodium EDTA, Triethanolamine, BHT, Polysorbate-20, DMDM Hydantoin, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Propylene Glycol, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Sorbic Acid, Pomegranate (Punica Granatum) Extract, Grape (Vitis Vinifera) Seed Extract, White Pine (Pinus Strobus) Bark Extract, Green Tea (Camellia Sinesis) Leaf Extract, Ginseng (Panax Ginseng) Extract, Chamomile (Matricaria Recututa) Flower Extract, Algae Extract, Bearberry (Arctostaphylos Uva-Ursi) Extract, Coneflower (Echinacea Angustifolia) Extract, Licorice (Glycyrrhiza Glabra) Root Extract.

So let's talk about the "Three Active Ingredients" since Hydroxatone put those three in the fore-front. :D (I love this part!)

Octinoxate 7.5% - is the first active ingredient and is a chemical compound that is found in many different types of cosmetics and personal care products. This ingredient is derived from petroleum by products, then add it to makeup, lotion and moisturizers. Octinoxate offers numerous benefits for sun protection however it poses some potential  health risks which has not been understood as of yet however this ingredient is widely used for adding sun protection. 

It is said that the"Maximum recommended by FDA: is 7.5% which I'm glad that Hydroxatone is following FDA requirement! Octinoxate can protect the skin against not only sunburn but also UV light-induced DNA alteration. It is also said that Octinoxate is very unstable because when exposed to sunlight it is converted in a less UV absorbent form. Which is why it is normally always combined with other sunscreen ingredients.

So with that being said the next "Active Ingredient" is Octocrylene 4.5% - Now I'm a bit worried (lol lack of faith here) because the Maximum recommended percentage of Octocrylene by FDA is suppose to be 3% but according to Hydroxatone they have 4.5% in theirs which makes me question why? Octocrylene is another form of sun protection. It absorbs UVB and short-wave UVA. 

Safety measures/side effects (Source:)Although there is evidence that Octocrylene is responsible for reproductive toxicity, the trials used doses far higher than would be used in cosmetics. That doesn't mean to say that they aren't dangers, only that we don't really know.

Octocrylene can penetrate into the skin and act as a photosensitizer, resulting in an increased production of free radicals. Free radicals can induce indirect DNA damage and potentially contribute to the increased incidence of malignant melanoma in sunscreen-users compared to non-users. Although this might theoretically apply to other sunscreens, the study that made this conclusion refers only to octocrylene.

Another reason to reconsider octocrylene, is that it has been found in fish. According to a Swiss study, it is quick to biodegrade and then bioaccumulate. The few fish we have left on the planet should probably go as chemical free as possible.

Moving on to the last "Active Ingredient".

Oxybenzone 3.5% - The maximum recommended by the FDA is 6%. I'm glad Hydroxatone didn't go overboard with this ingredient. This ingredient is a derivative of benzophenone, and is often used in conjunction with other sunscreens because it helps to stabilize them and also because its sun protection powers are too weak to be use alone.

Safety measures/side effects (Source:)
As a photocarcinogen, it’s demonstrated an increase in the production of harmful free radicals and an ability to attack DNA cells; for this reason, it is believed to be a contributing factor in the recent rise of melanoma cases with sunscreen users. Some studies have shown it to behave similarly to the hormone estrogen, suggesting that it may cause breast cancer. It has also been linked to contact eczema.

For many years, the dangers were ignored on the assumption that oxybenzone didn't get absorbed by the skin. A team of researchers in Australia, led by Cameron Hayden, demonstrated otherwise using commercially available sunscreen with a 6% concentration of oxybenzone. Haydon's conclusion: the use of oxybenzone is inadvisable for large surface area application for extended and repeated periods.

Urine tests show that it sticks around. In 2008, the US Centers for Disease Control & Prevention conducted a similar experiment on a national scale, and found the chemical compound to be present in 96.8% of the human urine samples surveyed. As a result, it is recommended that parents keep their small children from using products containing the ingredient oxybenzone.

On the other hand, a California study on fish, concluded that it did not have any adverse effects on reproduction.

Welp I'm just sharing the information! This is why it's important to do your research. These three ingredients alone is enough so I'll stop here. I'm telling you the ingredients says a lot and will help you read between the lines.

So to make light of what we all just read I did test this product of course and one thing I noticed is the consistency. It's very thick in consistency and although it looks pasty and like you may have a hard time blending into the skin it blends effortlessly and smoothly. Aside from the Active Ingredients it does hydrate the skin. If you noticed the "Other Ingredients" you'll see "water" as the first ingredient in that section. It also contains glycerin which is another reason why the skin is instantly hydrated. With the three active ingredients it does protect the skin. It instantly smooths, softens and decreases the appearance of facial wrinkles. For the most part everything it says it does and is, is true! Although there are dangers using this product there are dangers with many things. Your best bet would be to use it sparingly and be wise. Do not use everyday!

As you can see how it instantly hydrates this is a plus! My skin look very youthful and fresh. This is definitely a good anti-aging product. But just like anything unless natural you have to be careful of how much you use. So use at your own risk.

So would I recommend this product to anyone else? Yes I think overall this product is good and the ingredients does back up what is said on the packaging and site but just be wise. That is all.

Would I purchase this product? Maybe, Maybe not. I never put a price on quality products so I'll say "Possibly".

This product retails for $69.95 on the Hydroxatone website but once you add tax and shipping it will be almost $80.

But at Ulta it retails for $69.00 which is less even when you add tax but you'll come out better going to ULTA.
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