Get The Truth About Hydroxatone

Hydroxitone ImageHydroxatone is a skin care line formulated and developed by Dr. Fiorillo, a plastic surgeon and the co-founder of the Rockland Plastic Surgery Center and Escape Medi Spa, which can be found in New York. He created a 4-step skin care system.  Here we are evaluating the AM/PM Cream Rejuvenating Treatment.

Does Hydroxatone's Ingredients Measure Up?

The primary ingredients in the AM/PM Cream Rejuvenating Treatment are soy Lecithin-based phospholipids, Matrixyl 3000, Argireline® and Hyaluronic Acid, along with antioxidants featuring Amiporine, Pine Bark, Grape Seed and Green Tea Extracts. It also contains an SPF 15 sunscreen ingredient, though I couldn’t find out what the actual ingredient was.

The cost for the wrinkle cream alone runs $69.95 for a 30 day supply. They do offer a 30 day risk free trial where you only pay $9.95 shipping/handling, if you agree to their terms. You sign up for an autoship program that you can opt out of if you return the empty container within 30 days.

Product Claims:

The website claims that regular usage of the 4 step program (which includes 3 other products not reviewed here) will:

  • Reduce appearance of fine lines
  • Reduce appearance of wrinkles
  • Diminish appearance of age spots
  • Boost collagen production
  • Prevent future wrinkles
  • Deep skin conditioning
  • Protects skin with SPF 15

Cross Examination:

I like the fact that Hydroxytone uses hyaluronic acid. It is such a good moisturizer and, because it retains so much water, it plumps the cells up and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. I also like the fact that the product includes sunscreen, even though I don’t know what the sunscreen is.

My first complaint is that the product comes in a container that results in the product receiving a lot of exposure to oxygen. This is concerning, because the ingredients are quickly oxidized and inactived by exposure to oxygen (necessary to breathe, yes, but one of the harshest free radicals out there!!). I’m surprised Dr. Fiorillo, a dermatologist, does not address this problem by simply putting the product in a container that would protect the ingredients.

Argireline™ potentially can be a revolutionary wrinkle treatment, but it is still too new to assure its long term safety and efficacy. Until it is more established in the cosmetic industry, I would only use products that have very low levels of this ingredient.

There are no light reflecting materials to instantly reduce the appearance of wrinkles. I like the inclusion of green tea extract, but cannot find any research to back up the other anti-oxidants. For the price, I would need to see better anti-oxidants included, such as a stable ester of vitamin C and ubiquinone, and inclusion of something else that would make this product stand out among the masses. One product, LifeCell, really stood out above all of the others, because it has all of the most important ingredients.

Bottom Line

The price is low ($69) for the wrinkle cream alone, but for the 4-step program, you are paying about $170 a month, and still not getting a product that fights and treats all the signs of aging. You do get peptides, which stimulate collagen synthesis, Argireline™ which relaxes the underlying musculature giving a botulinum toxin-like effect, an excellent moisturizer (hyaluronic acid), and some ho-hum anti-oxidants. This puts this product middle of the road for me.

If you decide to go with the whole product line, it is a 4 step, 4 product process every day. I’ve already mentioned before, but personally, I don’t have time to preen in front of the mirror putting 4 things on my face every day--twice a day! There are simply more effective and user-friendly products out there.