Countertime Restorative Night Cream
Restorative Night Cream has some potential for those with normal to dry skin thanks to its range of great emollients, like shea butter and apricot oil, alongside skin-identical ingredients. Unfortunately, its potential is undone by the packaging, which will render some of its best ingredients ineffective (more on that in a moment).
While the ingredients in this product might not necessarily transform your skin overnight, they can contribute to overall healthier-looking skin by adding moisture and stimulating collagen production. However, the formula isn't as exciting as those of the best moisturizers on the market; this one could have been improved by adding more powerhouse anti-aging ingredients.
The issue with this cream is its packaging. Because it's housed in a jar, those great antioxidants will begin to break down soon after you open it (see More Info for details on what air and light can do to beneficial ingredients). Considering how much this cream costs, you should be getting your money's worth in benefits until you use the whole thing up—and you won't be.
Another ding is that this cream contains some fragrant plant oils (jasmine oil and rose oil) that have the potential to cause irritation. These aren't front and center on the ingredient list, but the best anti-aging products don't contain them at all, because irritation is pro-aging! For these reasons, we suggest skipping this night cream and considering one of the superior options on our list of Best Moisturizers Without Sunscreen instead.
- Contains emollients, antioxidants, and skin-identical ingredients that can make skin feel moisturized and smoother.
- Contains jasmine oil and rose oil, which have the potential to cause skin irritation.
- Jar packaging means the light- and air-sensitive beneficial ingredients won't remain effective for long after it's opened.
- Pricey, given the fairly standard formula.
- Most of the intriguing ingredients are listed after the preservative, so you're not getting much for your money.
Jar Packaging: The fact that it’s packaged in a jar means the beneficial ingredients won't remain stable once it is opened. All plant extracts, almost all vitamins, antioxidants, and other state-of-the-art ingredients break down in the presence of air. Therefore, once a jar is opened and lets the air in, these important ingredients begin to deteriorate. Jars also are unsanitary because you’re dipping your fingers into them with each use, adding bacteria that further deteriorate the beneficial ingredients.
The vast majority of ingredients that are most beneficial for your skin are not stable in the presence of light and air, which is exactly what happens when you take the lid off a jar (Pharmacology Review, 2013 & Journal of Biophotonics, 2010).
One of the critical factors in any anti-aging or skin-healing formula is the amount and variety of antioxidants, cell-communicating ingredients, and skin-repairing ingredients, and the more the better. These function in a variety of ways to reduce the effects of the constant environmental stresses your skin experiences (Dermatology Research and Practice, 2012 & The Journal of Pathology, 2007).
Antioxidants, cell-communicating ingredients, and skin-repairing ingredients not only can help prevent free-radical damage, but also, to a fairly impressive extent, help repair that damage. Surprisingly, almost all of these ingredients are just as vulnerable to sun exposure, pollution, and cigarette smoke as your skin (Pharmacognosy Review, 2013 & Journal of Biophotonics, 2010).
Once you open that jar you bought, you immediately compromise the stability of the anti-aging superstars it contains. (You can visualize their benefits disappearing like puffs of air each time you open up that lid!)
Beautycounter is the brainchild of self-described serial entrepreneur Gregg Renfrew, a woman who is perhaps best known for serving on the board of Martha Stewart Living after selling her bridal registry company, The Wedding List, to Stewarts media empire. Renfrew has worked as a consultant on cosmetics lines from celebrities like Kate Hudson and Jessica Alba.
Renfrew says she decided to start her own cosmetics line after learning that not all the ingredients used in cosmetics were safe, so Beautycounter was launched in 2013. The brands primary focus is provide what it calls safe skincare to consumers, with its website stating that a rigorous ingredient selection process is used to ensure nothing harmful is used.
For all the interest Beautycounter has stirred up, the line is by and large lackluster, and in many cases overpriced for what you get. Many of the formulas start out with potential, but are ultimately derailed by either the inclusion of potential skin irritants or the jar packaging, which will render many of their beneficial ingredients ineffective over time.
Beautycounter products can be purchased through its website or through product consultants who do home sales parties. For more information, visit www.beautycounter.com.
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