Renewed Radiance Dark Spot Corrector is a good option for those seeking a more even skin tone, but whose skin cannot tolerate hydroquinone (the gold standard ingredient for skin-lightening products).
This fragrance-free lotion is packaged in a pump-style container that will keep its beneficial ingredients stable in the presence of light and air.
The skin tone–evening power comes from the inclusion of undecylenoyl phenylalanine, a promising ingredient that has emerging research showing it can have a positive impact on brown spots and skin discolorations. You can read more about this ingredient here.
The formula also includes licorice root extract, which, in addition to being an anti-inflammatory, also has evidence suggesting it can have an impact on melanin production. Caffeine is also included, and while there isn't research to support its impact on skin brightening, it is an antioxidant, and an antioxidant boost is always welcome news!
In fact, the only concern we have is that other than those two highlights this is really a rather ordinary boring formula. It would have been far better if this formula contained a greater range of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory ingredients to boost the benefits of its star ingredients. Still, it's a very good option for evening out your skin tone, and one of the few Nuance products we recommend!
With advanced lightening technology, natural licorice extract & caffeine. Targeted formula helps reduce the appearance of dark spots, age spots and acne marks for bright, even skin.
Water, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Dimethicone, Undecylenoyl Phenylalanine, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Caffeine, Hexylresorcinol, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Carbomer, Polyacrylamide, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Laureth-7, Sodium Hydroxide, Disodium EDTA, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, O-Cymen-5-oL.
A reasonably priced retinol product with packaging that keeps the retinol stable; good skin-brightening product; excellent cream body cleanser; good body cream for dry skin.
Many products contain lavender oil, which is a known skin irritant, despite its nice scent; most of the moisturizers are packaged in jars, meaning many of the beneficial ingredients will lose their effectiveness once the lid is opened; many of the “star” ingredients lack independent research proving their effectiveness; very few fragrance-free products; an anti-acne product that has the potential to make acne breakouts worse.
It’s a simple fact of the cosmetics industry, and it’s been the case for decades: A beautiful actress or model touting the benefits of a brand can have an enormous influence on how people make decisions about what products to buy! Everyone from Cindy Crawford to Jennifer Aniston has sold their face and fame to a cosmetic company to proclaim its benefit. Now, actress Salma Hayek has an eponymous line of skincare and makeup products called Nuance Salma Hayek.
Hayek’s acting career began in her native Mexico, where she became a star after appearing in successful films and telenovelas. She then made the jump to Hollywood and found commercial success in English-speaking projects, as well as branching out into directing and producing. Cosmetics companies took note of Hayek’s success and ethnic beauty, which lead to Revlon contracting Hayek to be one of their models in late 1999.
In 2011, Hayek decided to strike out on her own by creating Nuance Salma Hayek. The actress says the inspiration for the line is her grandmother, who used traditional Mexican home remedies to craft her own skincare products. Many of Nuance’s products contain the same ingredients (or at least derivatives of those ingredients) used by Hayek’s grandmother, such as blue agave and prickly pear. As nostalgic and folksy as that sounds, anecdotal stories about skin care don’t relate to the phenomenal evolution of research that now exists about skin.
While it is possible that blue agave and prickly pear are decent ingredients for skin, there is scant evidence or any research proving that to be the case. Though there certainly isn’t any negative information yet about these extracts, the fact that Nuance relies heavily on them for anti-aging benefit means they’re ignoring some truly great ingredients with vast amounts of proven research showing they work!
Even more to the point, regardless of how good an ingredient is for skin, whether the concern is dryness, acne, signs of aging, oily skin, blackheads, sagging, puffy eyes, or anything else, skin is a complex organ, and one or two good ingredients is not even remotely enough to take the best care of it. Believing these kinds of homespun tales will end up hurting your skin. The same way eating only the same two or three foods every day wouldn’t keep your body healthy, two or three ingredients won’t keep your skin healthy, either.
Aside from the marketing spin, the line itself, which is extensive, has far more negatives than positives. The facial moisturizers rely heavily on jar packaging, meaning the light-and air-sensitive ingredients in those products will start to lose their effectiveness as soon as the jar is opened. Another misstep is the inclusion of lavender oil in many products—a not-so-great natural ingredient that research has shown can cause many problems, including skin-cell death, meaning it has no place in skincare products! Yes, lavender smells good, but oftentimes what pleases your nose isn’t going to make your skin happy.
Of course, there are some standout products among Nuance’s offerings. There is a good—and affordable—retinol product, as well as an excellent skin lightener, a truly great body cleansing cream, and a body moisturizer that’s great for dry skin. As a whole, though, the line is largely unimpressive, and is bolstered more by its celebrity cache than by the strength of its products’ performance.
Note: Although Nuance Salma Hayek offers makeup, too, only the skincare is reviewed at this time. We noticed that our area CVS stores carried only a small portion of the makeup, and many items were deeply discounted, which is a sign the color line might be going away.
Nuance Salma Hayek is sold exclusively at CVS Pharmacies. For more information, visit www.cvs.com or call 1-888-607-4287.
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