Skin Renewing Night Cream
Skin Renewing Night Cream is CeraVe’s notable foray into the anti-aging field, and it’s a bit hit or miss. Unlike their previous facial moisturizers, the claims for this one are geared toward addressing lines, wrinkles, and loss of elasticity that occurs with age (well, really it’s from cumulative sun damage more than the number of candles on your birthday cake). They succeeded from the standpoint of offering a surprisingly lightweight, fragrance-free moisturizer that contains a good (though not super-exciting) mix of repairing ingredients along with the B vitamin niacinamide—but it comes up short in terms of antioxidants.
Formula-wise, this isn’t a big step up from their previous facial moisturizers, and in fact the choice of jar packaging is a step down, because this type of packaging isn’t great at keeping light- and air-sensitive ingredients stable once opened. See More Info for details on the problems jar packaing presents.
Still, we have to comment that this formula runs circles aronud pretty much anything L’Oreal is offering, and even bests some of the options from Olay—if only it weren’t packaged in a jar! If you’re keen to try this, it’s best for normal to dry skin. It is not rich enough for very dry skin, but shouldn’t be a problem for dry skin that’s prone to breakouts.
- Lightweight yet still moisturizing (but not enough for very dry skin).
- Very good mix of repairing ingredients + niacinamide.
- Jar packaging won’t keep the plant-based ingredients or vitamin E stable once opened.
- Despite the cream texture, this isn’t rich enough for very dry skin.
The fact that this product is packaged in a jar means that most of the beneficial ingredients won't remain stable once it is opened. All plant extracts, vitamins, antioxidants, and most 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 present a hygiene issue because even if you wash your hands or use a spatula to remove the product, you’re introducing bacteria, which cause further breakdown of key 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; and www.beautypackaging.com/articles/2007/03/airless-packaging.php).
This nongreasy formula contains an exclusive ceramide and peptide complex, along with kollaren and chronoline to help reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles and support skin elasticity. Ceramides, hyaluronic acid and niacinamide work to provide intense hydration while helping to repair and restore the protective skin barrier.
This expanding collection of skincare products keeps things gentle and effective with fragrance-free formulas, many of which are more state-of-the-art than any other product in its price range or pricier versions at the drugstore. In short, this line is a real find!
CeraVe uses a delivery system the company refers to as Multivesicular Emulsion Technology, which releases key ingredients such as ceramides and hyaluronic acid over a period of several hours. Although this technology is undoubtedly helpful, such time-delayed delivery systems aren't unique to CeraVe, and the fact remains that most of the ingredients they use are very helpful on their own, no matter what delivery system you use.
The important point is that ongoing, consistent use of this kind of moisturizer designed to repair the skin's barrier function will result in smoother, softer, healthier skin.
It is for these reasons that most CeraVe products are definitely worth considering, especially at this price. You'll find a options for moisturizing, cleansing, broad spectrum sun protection, and baby care.
For more information about CeraVe, purchased by L'Oreal in 2017, visit www.cerave.com.
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