Restorative Night Moisturizer
Differin’s Restorative Night Moisturizer is a fragrance-free moisturizer that feels great – we just wish it had a higher concentration of some of its best ingredients to support its plumping, soothing, and barrier-repairing claims.
Housed in an opaque pump that protects its beneficial ingredients from light and air, this moisturizer has a creamy lotion texture that feels immediately hydrating and calming. Its emollience makes it best for those with normal to dry skin, though it’s not overly heavy or greasy; in fact, it absorbs into skin quickly for a softer, smoother appearance.
Proven hydrators like glycerin, sunflower seed oil, and shea butter do the heavy lifting here with regard to this product’s moisturizing benefits. There’s also antioxidant vitamin E and niacinamide, though neither is present in large amounts. As advertised, this contains skin-soothing allantoin, along with licorice extract, which also helps calm skin.
On the downside, if you’re counting on this for major plumping and skin-strengthening benefits from the sodium hyaluronate and ceramide it contains, you’ll be left disappointed. These two advertised ingredients are near the very bottom of the list (third-to-last and second-to-last, respectively), meaning you’re not getting nearly as much of them as Differin claims.
This isn’t to say that this moisturizer doesn’t get the job done when it comes to basic hydration – just don’t depend on it to do much more than that! One note: this moisturizer is very similar to Cetaphil’s Redness Relieving Night Moisturizer, though its beneficial ingredients (allantoin, hyaluronic acid, and ceramide) are in greater concentration, which is why that product gets our highest rating.
- Contains proven hydrators, including glycerin, sunflower seed oil, and shea butter.
- Includes antioxidant vitamin C and niacinamide + skin-soothing ingredients.
- Packaged to protect its light- and air-sensitive ingredients.
- Fragrance free.
- Formula is light on most of the beneficial ingredients it advertises.
Differin Restorative Night Moisturizer deeply moisturizes skin overnight to improve its overall appearance. Its hydrating formula with hyaluronic acid, ceramides, and allantoin to visibly improve skin texture by hydrating dry skin overnight. Hyaluronic acid is naturally found in skin and binds to water to help retain natural moisture and keep skin looking plump. Ceramides help maintain and restore the skin barrier to lock in moisture for a full 24 hours. Allantoin soothes dry, flaky skin. Ideal for evening use to improve skin texture by hydrating dry skin overnight.
As a brand, Differins come a long way in just a few short years. Originally Differin was the brand-name of the prescription retinoid adapalene, but in addition to the original adapalene-containing Differin Gel, they now offer a growing number of products available over the counter with a focus on treating and preventing acne.
The biggest change for Differin came in 2016, when, after two decades of being prescribed by doctors for acne, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the original Differin Gel for use over-the-counter. The move marked the first new drug approved for OTC acne treatment since the 1980s!
With the formula essentially unchanged since its introduction, Differin Gel remains a good alternative for those with stubborn acne that hasnt responded to more traditional treatments. To supplement their star product, Galderma, the parent company behind Differin, now offers additional products, such as a cleanser and a few moisturizers, each designed for breakout-prone skin. Overall, theyre relatively stripped-down formulas and dont offer much in the way of cutting-edge ingredients, but they are fragrance-free and gentle on acne-prone skin for the most part.
For more information about Differin, visit https://www.differin.com or call 1-866-735-4137.
Note: Because Differin is a pharmaceutical company, the original Differin Gel formula was tested on animals. However, the brand has stated in an email that their other non-drug skin care products are not tested on animals. As such, this brand's animal-testing status is a sort of grey area for consumers and we've decided to err on the side of caution and keep them on our list of brands that do test on animals, with this caveat, so each individual can make this very personal decision for themselves.
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