Estee Lauder

Resilience Lift Night Firming/Sculpting Face and Neck Creme

1.70 fl. oz. for $ 86.00
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Whereas Lauder’s Resilience Lift daytime products promise lifting from plankton and minerals, the nighttime versions (which essentially are just thicker versions of the daytime products minus the sunscreen) are said to be powered by sirtuin technology and vitamins. Please see More Info below for a detailed discussion on sirtuins and skin. It’s unclear why they aren’t using the same ingredients for the same claims, but that is the way of almost the entire cosmetics industry.

As for the vitamins, they are present in this emollient moisturizer, along with several other light- and air-sensitive ingredients. Unfortunately, because this is packaged in a jar those important anti-aging ingredients won’t remain stable during use—and this product costs too much to lose those benefits. Jar packaging isn’t the way to go when shopping for anti-aging moisturizers.

The packaging issue is extra-disappointing because, like most of Lauder’s facial moisturizers, this one is packed with antioxidants, skin-repairing ingredients, and cell-communicating ingredients. They cannot sculpt skin or lift sagging areas (see More Info to discover why), but in the right packaging they can do a great deal to improve other signs of aging.

The high price and the jar packaging are strong reasons to avoid this moisturizer, but if you’re still curious, it is best for dry skin.

  • Lush, emollient texture to improve dry skin.
  • Contains a broad range of antioxidants and skin-repairing ingredients.
  • Expensive.
  • Jar packaging means that most of the anti-aging ingredients won’t remain stable once this is opened.
  • Sirtuin technology sounds intriguing, but is unproven.

More Info:

Many skin-care products claim they can firm and lift skin, but none of them work, at least not to the extent claimed. A face-lift-in-a-bottle isn’t possible, but with the right mix of products, you will see firmer skin that has a more lifted appearance—and that’s exciting! To gain these youthful benefits, you must protect your skin from any and all sun damage every day, use an AHA (glycolic acid or lactic acid) or BHA (salicylic acid) exfoliant, and use products that have a wide range of antioxidants and skin-repairing ingredients. This combination of products (remember, one product doesn’t do it all) has extensive research showing how each can significantly improve many of the signs of aging, such as firming skin, reducing wrinkles and brown spots, and eliminating dullness. You’ll find them on our list of Best Anti-Aging/Anti-Wrinkle Products.

Sirtuins are proteins that are involved in regulating biological processes by controlling the chain of events that cause these processes to occur, which is why they’re often referred to as information regulators. The anti-aging connection has to do with their potential to regulate the cellular processes responsible for aging. It is believed that if certain sirtuins can be modified to work against the mechanisms of aging that the results might be visible on skin: Think fewer wrinkles, less sagging, and greater resiliency.

Although there is no research showing that skin-care products can change or manipulate sirtuin production or affect wrinkles in any way, cosmetics companies try to relate the research about sirtuins and degenerative disease to wrinkles, when there really is no link between the two.

What seems promising is that topical application of specific sirtuins derived from yeast and the antioxidant resveratrol (in this case from the root of the plant Polygonum cuspidatum) seem to have a protective effect on skin in the presence of oxidative and ultraviolet light stress. However, more research is needed before we’d suggest anyone run out and look for products that increase sirtuin activity in their skin. Plus, we don’t know the risks associated with manipulating sirtuins; doing so might have negative side effects.

The problem is twofold. First, there is limited research showing how much and what type of sirtuin is needed topically to cause desirable cellular changes that might lead to younger-looking skin. Plus, the bioavailability of a topically applied source of sirtuins is questionable given that we don’t know how efficiently they penetrate intact skin. (Testing skin cells in a lab setting with concentrated doses of ingredients that stimulate sirtuins is an entirely different story from using moisturizers on intact skin.)

Second, theoretically, whenever normal cellular processes are manipulated, you run the risk of causing a potential overproliferation of cells. In other words, how would the sirtuin-influenced cells know when too much of a good thing becomes a problem? How long is too long to keep skin cells active? You also must consider how much manipulation of biological processes is enough to start a cascading negative chain of events (Sources: Current Medicinal Chemistry, 2008, pages 1887–1899; Journal of Drugs in Dermatology, June 2007, pages 14–19; and Nature Reviews: Drug Discovery, June 2006, pages 493–506).

Jar Packaging: Yes
Tested on animals: Yes

Powered by Sirtuin NL1 Technology, this innovative nighttime formula with K3 Vitamin C helps give skin the critical time it needs to boost its natural production of collagen and elastin. All night long, a super-intensive moisture complex helps counteract overnight dehydration.

Water, Caprylic/Capric/Myristic/Stearic Triglyceride, Petrolatum, Hexyldecyl Stearate, Butylene Glycol, Dimethicone, Glycereth-26, PEG-100 Stearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Polygonum Cuspidatum Root Extract, Melon Fruit Extract, Mimosa Tenuiflora Bark Extract, Narcissus Tazetta Bulb Extract, Artemia Extract, Caffeine, Thermus Thermophillus Ferment, Glycerin, Glyceryl Stearate, Propanediol, Algae Extract, Avocado Oil, Linoleic Acid, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Acrylamide/Sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurate, Copolymer, Isohexadecane, Acetyl Glucosamine, Sorbitol, Myristyl Myristate, Tromethamine, Cetearyl Glucoside, Ergothioneine, Whey Protein, Decarboxy Carnosine HCL, Caprylyl Glycol, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Tocopheryl Acetate, Polysorbate 80, Yeast Extract, Trehalose, Zinc PCA, Aminopropyl Ascorbyl Phosphate, Propylene Glycol Dicaprylate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Cholesterol/Potassium Sulfate, Hexylene Glycol, Myristyl Alcohol, Stearic Acid, Citric Acid, Maltodextrin, Aluminum Hydroxide, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-t-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Fragrance, Disodium EDTA, BHT, Potassium Sorbate, Phenoxyethanol, Titanium Dioxide, Blue 1, Red 33

Estee Lauder At-A-Glance

The history of Estee Lauder goes back to 1946, when the woman who created the brand (and for whom it is named) began selling creams and lotions made by her chemist uncle. From its humble beginnings, Estee Lauder has grown to become a multibillion-dollar company whose products are sold all over the world and advertised in just about every fashion and women's lifestyle magazine available.

The biggest compliment we can pay to the venerable Estee Lauder line is that their moisturizers and serums can largely be described as state-of-the-art. Though fragrance is often intrusive, but when it comes to formulary excellence culminating in products that give skin what it needs to function optimally, they are tough to beat.

When it comes to makeup, by and large the brand also exceeds expectations. Though there are some under-performing products (you can read more about them in our individual reviews), Lauder has a number of excellent options, most notably its lip colors.

For more information about Estee Lauder, call (877) 311-3883 or visit www.esteelauder.com.

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