Garnier Nutritioniste

Skin Renew Radiance Moisture Cream

1.70 fl. oz. for $ 13.99
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This silky moisturizer for normal to slightly dry skin is among Garnier's most interesting formulas, but that's not exactly high praise because most of Garnier's moisturizers are average to below average at best. Although the texture feels great, it fails to supply your skin with the range of important ingredients it needs to look and act younger.

Garnier did include a small amount of some good antioxidants (including a form of vitamin C), but they won't remain stable once this jar-packaged moisturizer is opened. See More Info below to learn why jar packaging is a problem.

Also disappointing is the range of fragrance ingredients present. These include benzyl salicylate, geraniol, and limonene, all of which put your skin at risk of irritation that causes collagen to break down and hurts the skin's ability to fight wrinkles.

This also contains mica for a shiny glow, but shine isn't skin care, it is merely a makeup effect.

  • Has a supremely silky, lightweight texture.
  • Contains some good antioxidants.
  • Jar packaging won't keep the beneficial ingredients stable.
  • Contains several fragrance ingredients that pose a risk of irritation.
  • Lacks an impressive amount of skin-repairing and anti-aging ingredients that all skin types need to protect from environmental damage and help skin repair.

More Info:

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.

Jar Packaging: Yes
Tested on animals: Yes

Active lifestyles, environmental aggressors and daily fatigue all contribute to the breakdown of skin-essential nutrients. Skin becomes dull, uneven-toned, rough and prone to breakouts and signs of aging. Skin Renew moisture cream is right for you if you want a daily solution for deeply radiant skin with more even tone and smoother texture.

Water, Dimethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glycerin, Nylon-66, Cyclohexasiloxane, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Ammonium Polyacryldimethyltauramide/Ammonium Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate, Actinidia Chinensis Water/Kiwi Fruit Water, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Benzyl Salicylate, Caffeine, Capryloyl Salicylic Acid, Carbomer, Ceteth-10, Cetyl Alcohol, Titanium Dioxide, Citral, Dimethyl Isosorbide, Disodium EDTA, Geraniol, Glyceryl Stearate, Imidazolidinyl Urea, Laureth-4, Lauroyl Lysine, Limonene, Linalool, Magnesium PCA, Manganese PCA, Methylparaben, Mica, Octyldodecanol, PEG-100 Stearate, Phenoxyethanol, Polycaprolactone, Propylparaben, Sodium Citrate, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium PCA, Solanum Lycopersicum Extract/Tomato Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Zinc PCA, Fragrance

Garnier Nutritioniste At-A-Glance

Strengths: Interesting and potentially helpful cleansing oil and foundation primer.

Weaknesses: Insufficient UVA protection from some of the sunscreens; average to below average moisturizers and eye creams; mostly irritating cleansers; no effective products for blemish-prone skin; jar packaging.

Debuting with permanent hair dye and then making the segue to a full line of hair-care products emphasizing carefree, casual styles with can't-miss-it colorful packaging has been Garnier's formula for penetrating the U.S. market. Several well-known actresses have had dual roles as spokesperson for Garnier's hair dyes and skin-care products, with splashy ads appearing in magazines and on television commercials.

Unfortunately, this group of products hasn't got much going for it except the lure celebrity spokespeople provide. The amount of fragrance is perhaps forgivable for a French-owned product line, and in most of the Nutritioniste products it's not too intrusive. What is deplorable is the lack of sufficient UVA protection in the sunscreens. A skin-care line has no right to speak about the anti-aging benefits and "breakthrough approach" of its products when they cannot get this fundamental aspect consistently right.

It's also disappointing that some products contain irritating peppermint, which made us wonder whether the dermatologists who consulted for Garnier had any idea of what's good for skin and what isn't. It seems they didn't, because what they ended up with is a mix of pro and con products that make it impossible for consumers to assemble a sensible skin-care routine, not to mention products that make skin-lifting claims most dermatologists would dismiss as cosmetics puffery.

The hook for this line is the way it is said to bring nutrition and dermatology together. The products are "fortified" with antioxidants such as lycopene and nutritional ingredients such as fatty acids, vitamins (A and C, never present together in the same product!), and minerals. Garnier wants you to think this is a revolutionary idea, but it isn'tdid they also overlook that everyone else, from L'Oreal (Garnier is owned by L'Oreal) to Estee Lauder and Clinique, has been using such ingredients in their products for years? And why consult a nutritionist (as Garnier did) when their training and professional expertise has little to do with application of anything to the skin? The whole scenario proves Garnier was more concerned with creating an attention-getting story for this line rather than formulating truly breakthrough products.

Despite our disdain for the way Garnier's marketing takes precedence over making the products as good as they could be formulary-wise, there are some bright spots. Because Garnier is owned by L'Oreal, it's no surprise to find that there are lots of similarities between the better and worse aspects of L'Oreal's skin care as well as with L'Oreal's department-store sister company Lancome. In some ways, Garnier's formulas best those of both companies by including a greater array of antioxidants and intriguing skin-identical ingredients. The occasional jar packaging choice reduces the effectiveness of some of these products, but other than that, Lancome users should take note of the happy facerated products in this line. You'll be getting a better product for considerably less money here (though, at least for now, no free gift with purchasebut you can buy Lancome foundations or mascaras instead when gift time comes around).

For more information about Garnier Nutritioniste, call (800) 370-1925 or visit www.garnierusa.com.

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