In many ways, Turnaround Overnight Revitalizing Moisturizer is similar to many others Clinique offers. The brand claims this fragrance-free nighttime moisturizer "energizes" skin for optimum renewal during nighttime hours, but in truth (and given great ingredients) skin is working to renew itself around the clock. There are no special renewal processes that occur at night, though when the lights go down skin doesn't have to contend with the threat of UV damage! There's quite a bit to love about this moisturizer for normal to dry or combination skin, but it has a couple of issues that keep it from "must-buy" status.
By far the biggest concern is its jar packaging. We mentioned this moisturizer's formula is similar to many other moisturizers from Clinique, and by that we mean it contains a wide complement of beneficial ingredients like antioxidants along with some cell-communicating and repairing ingredients—many of which show up across Clinique's range of moisturizers. Although those ingredients are great for skin, when they're packaged in a jar they stand a much smaller chance of being effective for the life of the product—see More Info for these additional details.
Like a few other Clinique Turnaround products, this contains the beta hydroxy acid (BHA) ingredient salicylic acid. Unfortunately, based on the ingredient list we suspect the amount of this exfoliating ingredient is less than 0.5%, which is the minimum amount you want for effectiveness. Along with percentage of salicylic acid, the formula's pH is critical for it to work, too—and in this case, the pH (5.3) is outside the range salicylic acid needs to exfoliate skin (International Journal of Toxicology, 2003).
Outside of these issues, Turnaround Overnight Revitalizing Moisturizer has a creamy yet lightweight texture that provides surprisingly substantial hydration without a thick or slick feel. True to claim, this moisturizer's finish adds a soft glow to skin; we just wish it also offered the benefit of exfoliation and was packaged to keep its best ingredients stable once opened!
Bottom line: You could consider this for its lovely texture and radiance-boosting, smooth finish, but we urge you to look to other moisturizers that get the packaging right and contains an even greater mix of beneficial ingredients to get and keep skin in top shape. For top picks, see our list of Best Moisturizers Without Sunscreen; if you're in the market for a BHA exfoliant (brilliant for breakouts + signs of aging) see our list of Best BHA Exfoliants.
The fact that it's packaged in a jar means the beneficial ingredients won't remain stable once it is opened. All plant extracts, almost all vitamins, antioxidants, and other state-of-the-art ingredients break down in the presence of air. Therefore, 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 that further deteriorate the beneficial ingredients.
The vast majority of ingredients that are most beneficial for your skin are not stable in the presence of light and air, which is exactly what happens when you take the lid off a jar (Pharmacology Review, 2013 & Journal of Biophotonics, 2010).
One of the critical factors in any anti-aging or skin-healing formula is the amount and variety of antioxidants, cell-communicating ingredients, and skin-repairing ingredients, and the more the better. These function in a variety of ways to reduce the effects of the constant environmental stresses your skin experiences (Dermatology Research and Practice, 2012 & The Journal of Pathology, 2007).
Once you open that jar you bought, you immediately compromise the stability of the anti-aging superstars it contains. (You can visualize their benefits disappearing like puffs of air each time you open up that lid!)
Revitalizing moisture cream literally works overnight to reveal more luminous skin. Delivers the energy infusion skin needs to optimize nighttime renewal. Gently clears the dulling effects of time and sun damage, nourishes with moisture.
Water\Aqua\Eau, Isostearyl Palmitate, Cetyl Ricinoleate, Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Squalane, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearic Acid, Arginine, Sigesbeckia Orientalis (St. Paul’s Wort) Extract, Hordeum Vulgare (Barley) Extract/Extrait D’Orge, Castanea Sativa (Chestnut) Seed Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Yeast Extract\Faex\Extrait De Levure, Rosamarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Extract, Trehalose, Salicylic Acid, Creatine, Ethylhexylglycerin, Lecithin, Propylene Glycol Dicaprate, Acetyl Glucosamine, Hydroxyethyl Urea, Petrolatum, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seedcake, Polysilicone-11, Tromethamine, Caprylyl Glycol, Sodium RNA, Tocopheryl Acetate, Glycerin, Phospholipids, Hexylene Glycol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Disodium NADH, Micrococcus Lysate, Laurdimonium Hydroxypropyl Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Xanthan Gum, Adenosine Phosphate, Carbomer, Ascorbyl Tocopheryl Maleate, PTFE, Nordihydroguaiaretic Acid, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Metabisulfite, Chlorphenesin, Potassium Sorbate, 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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