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Aveeno

Positively Radiant MaxGlow Infusion Drops

1.35 fl. oz. for $ 17.99
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A cross between a thin serum and dewy-finish facial oil, Aveeno Positively Radiant MaxGlow Infusion Drops sound much better than they end up being. This product is suitable for all skin types, but lacks much of what’s needed to truly improve skin.

Housed in a firm plastic bottle topped with a teardrop-shaped dropper, this water-based serum is easy to apply. It manages to feel light (not weightless) and hydrating at the same time, but doesn’t veer toward being too slick or greasy.

This feeling and the visibly dewy glow comes chiefly from the blend of glycerin and a skin-conditioning ingredient known as Bis-PEG methyl ether dimethyl silane. Both are humectants, ingredients that attract and hold moisture to and within skin.

While this delivers on the hydration front, the rest of the formula is somewhat disappointing. The called-out natural ingredients of soy and kiwi are barely present. Both are great antioxidants but seemingly not used to full potential here, not to mention kiwi is used as a fruit water, the most diluted form (it’s more potent in the form of an extract or oil).

Also disappointing is the inclusion of fragrance, as fragrance isn’t skin care, it poses a risk of irritating skin, especially when it lingers as this one does. The lemon peel extract this contains also poses a risk of irritation, making this a less desirable product particularly if you have sensitive skin.

In the end, Positively Radiant MaxGlow Infusion Drops deliver extra hydration to boost results from your regular facial moisturizer but the overall formula doesn’t compete favorably with today’s best serums and boosters, all of which offer greater benefits.

Pros:
  • Easy to apply.
  • Delivers a dewy glow as claimed.
  • Hydrates without feeling slick or greasy.
Cons:
  • Low amounts (and not the most potent forms) of antioxidants.
  • Fragrant formula poses a risk of irritating skin.
  • Lemon peel extract can be sensitizing.
Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: Yes

5 days to dewier, nourished skin! Enhance your skin’s natural radiance and get dewier, glowing skin with this hydrating face serum. Infused with soy and kiwi complex, each moisturizing drop helps even skin tone and texture without clogging your pores. Use alone or with your favorite moisturizer for a lit-from-within glow.

Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Bis-PEG-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane, Pentaerythrityl Tetraethylhexanoate, lsodecyl Neopentanoate, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Chlorphenesin, Dimethicone, Yeast Extract, Succinoglycan, Fragrance, Actinidia Chinensis (Kiwi), Fruit Water, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Seed Extract, Acylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Extract, Dimethinconol, Sodium Hydroxide.

Aveeno At-A-Glance

Strengths: A few good cleansers and sunscreen products; fantastic Skin Relief Healing Ointment and soothing bath wash products; a handful of well-formulated baby-care products.

Weaknesses: Well-intentioned but ineffective anti-acne products; reliance on a single showcased ingredient (typically soy) that makes their anti-aging products less enticing than the competition; ineffective products to address hyperpigmentation; formulas packaged in a jar wont remain stable.

Beginning with its first product in 1945, Soothing Bath Treatment, still sold today as part of the company's Baby line of products, Aveeno has prided itself on using natural ingredients. In some ways, they were a pioneer in the field, though for years the only natural ingredient of note in their products was oatmeal. Consumer products giant Johnson & Johnson purchased the brand in 1999, and wasted almost no time expanding it. A handful of bar cleansers and bath products were spun off into complete collections of facial-care products and an ever-growing number of body lotions and washes, not to mention shaving gels (Aveeno is one of the few companies whose shaving gels are truly fragrance-free).

Not surprisingly, many of the facial-care products from Aveeno are similar to those from Johnson & Johnsonowned Neutrogena. The differences typically lie in the natural ingredients each brand promotes. A cornerstone ingredient for Aveeno is soy, while Neutrogena has experimented (with varying degrees of success) with copper, retinol, salicylic acid, and melibiose. Overall, Neutrogena has a much larger and more comprehensive selection of products, though their formulas are also more problematic. Aveeno would do well to diversify a bit, or at least acknowledge that it takes more than a single star ingredient to provide superior skin-care products. As is, most of their anti-wrinkle products don't compete favorably with the more well-rounded options, not just from Neutrogena but also from Olay, Dove, and, in some respects, L'Oreal.

Getting back to the issue of soy, you'll see from the reviews it is indeed a helpful ingredient for skinjust not in the same multifaceted, does-everything manner Aveeno touts on each soy-containing product's package. A big proponent for Aveeno's use of soy is dermatologist Dr. Jeannette Graf. She is quoted on Aveeno's web site, stating that "It is now clear that the ability of natural soy to deliver multiple benefits to skin plays a lead role in high performance skin care." That sounds great but it doesn't explain why Aveeno ignores research on countless other antioxidants, skin-identical ingredients, or cell-communicating ingredients, all elements Dr. Graf uses in her separate, namesake product line. Interestingly, with Graf's own products relying on a blend of efficacious ingredients, including soy, it's a good question why she decided to endorse Aveeno's one-note soy products.

The bottom line is that when it comes to shopping for skin-care products at the drugstore, Aveeno, for all its talk of being a leader in "Active Naturals," doesn't have the all-inclusive product assortment needed to take the best possible care of your skin. However, paying attention to their top offerings is time (and money) well-spent!

For more information about Aveeno, owned by Johnson & Johnson, call (866) 428-3366 or visit www.aveeno.com.

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