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Simple

Nourishing 24-HR Day/Night Cream

1.70 fl. oz. for $ 17.99
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Simple's Nourishing 24-HR Day/Night Cream is an OK option for all skin types, with its best attributes being its gentleness—no fragrance whatsoever—and inclusion of some potent, proven soothing ingredients.

The unfortunate part is the choice of jar packaging because this won't keep the light- and air-sensitive skin beneficial ingredients stable once opened. See More Info for details.

Hydrating ingredients include the classic trifecta of glycerin, silicone, and a triglyceride, a great combination to keep skin soft and smooth without a greasy feel. We'd love to see some skin-restoring ingredients included, as these can be especially beneficial for sensitive skin.

Esthetically, there's nothing to complain about; in fact, in better packaging, this would come close to earning our top rating, and the price isn't too bad, either. If you're looking for a basic moisturizer without sticker shock, this is a good option, but you'll find better options on our list of best moisturizers.

Pros:
  • Contains some good hydrating ingredients for softer, smoother skin.
  • Nice mix of soothing ingredients.
  • Fragrance free and well suited to sensitive skin.
Cons:
  • Jar packaging means the vitamins and plants won't remain stable for long after opening.
More Info:

Jar Packaging: Beneficial anti-aging ingredients, which include all plant extracts, almost all vitamins, antioxidants, and other state-of-the-art ingredients, are unstable, which means they begin to break down in the presence of air. Once a jar is opened and lets air in, these important ingredients begin to deteriorate, becoming less and less effective. Routine exposure to daylight also is problematic for these ingredients.

Jar packaging is also unsanitary because you dip your fingers into the jar with each use, contaminating the product. This stresses the preservative system, leading to further deterioration of the beneficial ingredients.

Remember: The ingredients that provide the most benefit in addressing visible signs of aging must be in airtight or air-restrictive packaging to remain effective throughout usage. Buying products in this type of packaging means that the ingredients have the best chance of remaining effective—to the benefit of your skin!

References for this information:

Pharmacology Review, July 2013, pages 97–106

Dermatologic Therapy, May-June 2012, pages 252–259

Current Drug Delivery, November 2011, pages 640–660

Journal of Agricultural Food Chemistry, May 2011, pages 4676–4683

Journal of Biophotonics, January 2010, pages 82–88

Guidelines of Stability Testing of Cosmetic Products, Colipa-CTFA, March 2004, pages 1–10

Jar Packaging: Yes
Tested on animals: Yes

Our non-greasy Nourishing 24HR Day/Night Cream, infused with our purest possible skin-loving ingredients and multi-vitamins, nourishes thirsty skin and carries on working for up to 24 hours. Leaves you with super soft and super smooth skin!

Water (Aqua), Cyclopentasiloxane, Glycerin, Pentylene Glycol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Panthenol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Bisabolol, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Saccharide Isomerate, Isohexadecane, Caprylyl Glycol, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/Beheneth-25 MA Crosspolymer, Dimethicone, Stearic Acid, Soy Acid, Sodium PCA, Isostearyl Linoleate, Sodium Citrate, Stearyl Glycyrrhetinate, Disodium EDTA, Butylene Glycol, Linoleamidopropyl PG-Dimonium Chloride Phosphate, Sodium Lactate, Cyclohexasiloxane, Citric Acid, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891).

Simple At-A-Glance

Launched in the United Kingdom in the 1960s, the general philosophy of the Simple skincare brand is, well simple, though not necessarily unique. Back the and presently, the brands claim to fame is that all its products are designed with sensitive skin in mind (as all skincare products should be), omitting fragrance and other ingredients that can potentially cause reactions.

For the most part, were happy to say Simple gets it right. A series of reformulations in 2015 resulted in a nearly across-the-board improvement in its products. Although they remain decidedly no-frills, they are indeed suitable for sensitive skin.

That doesnt mean there arent a few missteps in the bunch (you can learn more about this in our individual reviews), but for the most part Simple is a good, reliable, inexpensive line, particularly for facial cleansers and makeup removers.

Note that if your sensitive skin is accompanied by redness, Simple simply doesnt go far enough. Minimalist formulas are one thing if youre operating on the principle that for sensitive skin, fewer ingredients are better; however, to alleviate redness you need proven soothing ingredients present in concentrations that are highly likely to make a visible difference. Thats one area where Simple falters. Maybe the next revamp will correct this deficiencywhats been done to date has us encouraged, but we wouldnt go so far as to agree that the team behind Simple are Sensitive Skin Experts just yet!

For more information about Simple products, owned by Unilever, visit www.simpleskincare.com. Note that Simple does not provide a Customer Service phone number on their U.S. website.

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