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Nuance Salma Hayek

Renewed Radiance Nutrifying Night Cream

1.40 fl. oz. for $ 16.99
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Renewed Radiance Nutrifying Night Cream is a basic moisturizing cream that builds its claims around Nuance's blend of exotic plant extracts, but its name is far more impressive than what it contains!

This cream, which is best for normal to dry skin, contains a good blend of emollient ingredients, such as shea butter, dimethicone, and olive oil, which will make skin look and feel smoother, but that's the only benefit, which is great for dry skin but that won't fight aging, wrinkles, or skin discolorations.

Nuance claims this moisturizer's anti-aging benefits come from its blend of plant extracts, including mimosa, blue agave, and camapu. It's likely they do have some antioxidant properties, as most plant extracts do, and there is emerging research that the mimosa and camapu could have some additional benefit for skin but it takes more than this to make skin look and act younger.

For the blue agave, there's minimal independent, peer-reviewed evidence showing its effectiveness in treating skin. That's not to say these are "bad" ingredients, it's just that when choosing skincare products it's always best to go with what's proven to work effectively (and there is no shortage of proven ingredients out there!).

Aside from this less-than-impressive blend, there are some other great ingredients in the mix, including the antioxidants tocopheryl acetate and retinyl palmitate, but they are listed after lavender oil, a known skin irritant that can cause skin-cell death and serve as a pro-oxidant, negating some of the positive benefits of the antioxidants included. See More Info for details on how lavender oil can hurt skin.

The final ding on this cream is that it's packaged in a jar, which means those beneficial ingredients that are included will begin to lose their potency over time as soon as the container is opened. We explain in More Info why jar packaging is a problem for skincare products.

Taking these things into consideration, this moisturizer is far more problematic than "nutrifying." (We do love that word!)

Pros:
  • Contains a good mix of emollients that will make skin look and feel smoother.
  • Includes some beneficial antioxidants such as retinyl palmitate and tocopheryl acetate.
Cons:
  • Little independent research showing mimosa, blue agave, and camapu extracts have proven benefits for skin.
  • Contains a small amount of lavender oil, which has the potential to irritate skin.
  • Jar packaging renders the key ingredients ineffective over time once it is opened.
More Info:

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, vitamins, antioxidants, and other state-of-the-art ingredients break down in the presence of air, so 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, which further deteriorate the beneficial ingredients (Sources: Free Radical Biology and Medicine, September 2007, pages 818–829; Ageing Research Reviews, December 2007, pages 271–288; Dermatologic Therapy, September-October 2007, pages 314–321; International Journal of Pharmaceutics, June 12, 2005, pages 197–203; Pharmaceutical Development and Technology, January 2002, pages 1–32; International Society for Horticultural Science, www.actahort.org/members/showpdf?booknrarnr=778_5; Beautypackaging.com, and www.beautypackaging.com/articles/2007/03/airless-packaging.php).

Lavender Oil: Research indicates that components of lavender, specifically linalool, can be cytotoxic, which means that topical application causes skin-cell death (Source: Cell Proliferation, June 2004, pages 221–229). Lavender leaves contain camphor, which is a known skin irritant. Because the fragrance constituents in lavender oil oxidize when exposed to air, lavender oil is a pro-oxidant, and this enhanced oxidation increases its irritancy on skin (Source: Contact Dermatitis, September 2008, pages 143–150). Lavender oil is the most potent form, and even small amounts of it (0.25% or less) are problematic. Although it's fine as an aromatherapy agent for inhalation or relaxation, it is a must to avoid in skincare products. (Sources: Psychiatry Research, February 2007, pages 89–96; and www.naturaldatabase.com).

Jar Packaging: Yes
Tested on animals: No

Nuance Salma Hayek Renewed Radiance Nutrifying Night Cream is made with mimosa, blue agave, camapu & prickly pear extracts.

Water (Aqua), Cetearyl Alcohol, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Butylene Glycol, Dimethicone, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Glycerin, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Albizia Julibrissin Bark Extract, Opuntia Ficus Indica Stem Extract, Physalis Angulata Extract, Agave Tequilana Leaf Extract, Mauritia Flexuosa Fruit Oil, Bertholletia Excelsa Seed Oil, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Rosa Centifolia Flower Water, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Caffeine, Tocopheryl Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate, Carbomer, Sodium Hydroxide, Ethylhexylglycerin, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance (Parfum), O-Cymen-5-ol, Yellow 5 (CI 19140), Yellow 6 (CI 15985), Red 4 (CI 14700).

Strengths:

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.

Weaknesses:

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.

Its a simple fact of the cosmetics industry, and its 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.

Hayeks 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 Hayeks 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 Nuances products contain the same ingredients (or at least derivatives of those ingredients) used by Hayeks grandmother, such as blue agave and prickly pear. As nostalgic and folksy as that sounds, anecdotal stories about skin care dont 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 isnt any negative information yet about these extracts, the fact that Nuance relies heavily on them for anti-aging benefit means theyre 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 wouldnt keep your body healthy, two or three ingredients wont 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 productsa 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 isnt going to make your skin happy.

Of course, there are some standout products among Nuances offerings. There is a goodand affordableretinol product, as well as an excellent skin lightener, a truly great body cleansing cream, and a body moisturizer thats 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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