This is a slightly reformulated version of Clinique’s former Continuous Rescue Antioxidant Moisturizer for Very Dry to Dry Skin, and the claims remain the same: using this will protect your skin from free-radical damage and help make it stronger. It’s true that antioxidants applied topically (and consumed as part of a healthy diet) do much to diffuse and reduce free-radical damage, but it isn’t physically possible to stop free-radical damage in its entirety. Antioxidants have their place in skin-care products, but they are not an all-out rescue from or an impervious shield against free-radical damage.
This Super Rescue formula is the richest of Clinique’s three Super Rescue Antioxidant Night Moisturizers, and is appropriate for dry to very dry skin. Interestingly, this version contains greater amounts of antioxidants known for their potent anti-inflammatory effect. That attention to detail can help dry skin repair itself because the less inflammation skin endures the better able it is to strengthen itself and repair damage. Some of the intriguing ingredients aren’t present in amounts large enough to provide much benefit to your skin, but there are enough bells and whistles in this moisturizer to compensate for that. It is great news that with this re-launch Clinique kept the opaque tube packaging that debuted with the Continuous Rescue Antioxidant Moisturizer, which means the many light- and air-sensitive ingredients will remain stable during use. All of Clinique’s Super Rescue Antioxidant Night Moisturizers are fragrance-free and suitable for sensitive skin.
No matter how well you protect your skin, sun, stress and pollution bring daily damage. Now a potent moisturizer works overnight to deliver a unique complex of eight rapid and delayed-release antioxidants that defuse this free-radical activity. Helps keep skin strong and prevent visible signs of aging.
Water, Isononyl Isononanoate, Polybutene, Butylene Glycol, Polyglyceryl-2 Triisostearate, Petrolatum, Dimethicone, Polyethylene, Glyceryl Stearate, Microcrystalline Wax, Behenyl Alcohol, Caprylic/Capric/Myristic/Stearic Triglyceride, Glycerin, PEG-100 Stearate, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Extract, Echinacea Pallida (Coneflower) Extract, Astrocaryum Murumuru Butter, Laurdimonium Hydroxypropyl Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Arabidopsis Thaliana Extract, Sorbitol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sea Whip Extract, Perilla Ocymoides Seed Extract, Trehalose, Pentaerythrityl Tetraethylhexanoate, Plankton Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Acrylamide/Sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurate Copolymer, Adenosine Phosphate, Micrococcus Lysate, Cholesterol, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria), Isohexadecane, Caffeine, Creatine, Caprylyl Glycol, Niacinamide, Sodium RNA, Linoleic Acid, Ascorbyl Tocopheryl Maleate, Mannitol, Steareth-21, Isodecyl Salicylate, Lecithin, Zeolite, Polysorbate 80, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Ethylbisiminomethylguaiacol Manganese Chloride, Disodium NADH, Aminopropyl Ascorbyl Phosphate, Zinc PCA, C1-8 Alkyl Tetrahydroxycyclohexanoate, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Potassium Sulfate, Tromethamine, Maltodextrin, Ferulic Acid, Dextrin, Nordihydroguaiaretic Acid, Xanthan Gum, Hexylene Glycol, Sodium Chloride, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol
Strengths: A few excellent moisturizers and serums; excellent sunscreens; very good cleansers and eye makeup removers; unique mattifying products; impressive selection of foundations, good concealers; some remarkable mascaras; much-improved eyeshadows, lip colors and blush formulas.
Weaknesses: Bar soaps (which can clog pores and dull skin); alcohol-based toners; unfortunate choice of jar packaging for antioxidant-loaded moisturizers.
Estee Lauder-owned Clinique launched the concept of cosmetics being "allergy-tested," "hypoallergenic," "100% fragrance-free," and "dermatologist tested." Of those marketing claims, the only one with significance is "100% fragrance-free," which, for the most part, Clinique maintains (although it does add some fragrant extracts to a few products). Unfortunately, terms like “hypoallergenic” and “dermatologist tested” aren’t regulated by the FDA and can mean anything—thus, you still need to rely on the ingredient list to tell you whether their product contains any ingredients with the potential to irritate skin.
That inconvenient fact aside, Clinique is leading the way with cutting-edge, state-of-the-art moisturizers and serums, plus some formidable makeup and more than a few excellent sunscreens. While Clinique has some products that we see as missteps for reasons discussed in their reviews, more than ever, what they offer is quite good (just have realistic expectations, as some of their claims go beyond what their products are capable of).
Turning to makeup, Clinique continues to offer a vast palette of colors and textures, especially with their enormous selection of foundations—many of which feature effective sunscreens. Without a doubt, the numerous formulas offer something for every skin type and almost every skin color—though the blushes, eye makeup and lip colors are frequently not pigmented enough for deeper skin tones.
The bottom line is that, despite a few shortcomings, Clinique is one of the most comprehensive (and comparably affordable) department-store makeup lines, and it is completely understandable why they enjoy such broad appeal.
Note: Clinique is categorized as one that tests on animals because their products are sold in China. Although Clinique does not conduct animal testing for their products sold elsewhere, the Chinese government requires imported cosmetics be tested on animals, so foreign companies retailing there must comply. This requirement is why some brand’s state that they don’t test on animals “unless required by law”. Animal rights organizations consider cosmetic companies retailed in China to be brands that test on animals, and so does the Beautypedia Team.
For more information about Clinique, call (800) 419-4041 or visit www.clinique.com.
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