Renewed Radiance Moisturizing Day Cream SPF 30 is marketed as a soothing cream to heal dry skin, and while it does have the ability to do that to some extent, some potentially irritating ingredients keep it from being what dry skin needs!
First, we'll start with the good: This cream provides reliable broad-spectrum sun protection in the form of an in-part avobenzone sunscreen, and wearing sunscreen daily is a critical part of keeping skin healthy and younger-looking, and healing dry skin.
There is also a good amount of non-fragrant emollient plant oils (such as jojoba and sunflower seed oil) to help moisturize dry skin and smooth wrinkles.
There is also the blend of plant extracts Nuance uses in most of their products —blue agave, mimosa, and camapu. It's likely they have antioxidant properties, as most plant extracts do, and there is emerging research that the mimosa and camapu could have some additional benefit for skin. For the blue agave, though, there is minimal independent, peer-reviewed evidence showing its effectiveness for treating skin. That's not to say these are "bad" ingredients, it's just that when choosing skincare products it's always best to go with what's proven to work effectively not what is really just anecdotally overhyped ingredients.
Speaking of ingredients: One that shouldn't be here is lavender oil, especially considering this is a product you're supposed to put on your skin every day for dry skin. Lavender can cause skin irritation, lead to allergic contact dermatitis, and cause skin-cell death—there's nothing about those facts that say "renewed radiance!"
Another problem is that this water-based cream is packaged in a jar. That means it's susceptible to the introduction of bacteria when you dip your fingers into it, and, even more significant is many of the beneficial ingredients (including all those "special" plant extracts) will begin to lose their effectiveness because they are exposed to light and air. See More Info for details on why jar packaging is a problem.
Taking the formula and packaging issues into consideration, this is a moisturizer we don't recommend. You'll find many superior options on our list of Best Moisturizers with Sunscreen.
The fact that it's packaged in a jar means the beneficial ingredients won't remain stable once it is opened. 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 (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; Beautypackaging.com, and www.beautypackaging.com/articles/2007/03/airless-packaging.php).
Nuance Salma Hayek Renewed Radiance Moisturizing Day Cream SPF 30 is made with jojoba, natural licorice extract, shea butter & sunflower oil.
Active Ingredients: Avobenzone (3%), Octinoxate (7.5%), Octisalate (5%). Inactive Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Octyldodecyl Neopentanoate, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Sterols, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Albizia Julibrissin Bark Extract, Opuntia Ficus Indica Stem Extract, Physalis Angulata Extract, Agave Tequilana Leaf Extract, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Rosa Centifolia Flower Water, Fragrance (Parfum), Tocopheryl Acetate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Coco-Glucoside, Stearic Acid, Behenyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Palmitic Acid, Myristyl Alcohol, Lauryl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Lecithin, Propylene Glycol Stearate, Polysorbate 20, Sorbitan Laurate, Propylene Glycol Laurate, Carbomer, Acrylates/C 10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Sodium Hydroxide, Disodium EDTA, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, O-Cymen-5-ol, Yellow 5 (CI 19140), Yellow 6 (CI 15985).
A reasonably priced retinol product with packaging that keeps the retinol stable; good skin-brightening product; excellent cream body cleanser; good body cream for dry skin.
Many products contain lavender oil, which is a known skin irritant, despite its nice scent; most of the moisturizers are packaged in jars, meaning many of the beneficial ingredients will lose their effectiveness once the lid is opened; many of the “star” ingredients lack independent research proving their effectiveness; very few fragrance-free products; an anti-acne product that has the potential to make acne breakouts worse.
It’s a simple fact of the cosmetics industry, and it’s been the case for decades: A beautiful actress or model touting the benefits of a brand can have an enormous influence on how people make decisions about what products to buy! Everyone from Cindy Crawford to Jennifer Aniston has sold their face and fame to a cosmetic company to proclaim its benefit. Now, actress Salma Hayek has an eponymous line of skincare and makeup products called Nuance Salma Hayek.
Hayek’s acting career began in her native Mexico, where she became a star after appearing in successful films and telenovelas. She then made the jump to Hollywood and found commercial success in English-speaking projects, as well as branching out into directing and producing. Cosmetics companies took note of Hayek’s success and ethnic beauty, which lead to Revlon contracting Hayek to be one of their models in late 1999.
In 2011, Hayek decided to strike out on her own by creating Nuance Salma Hayek. The actress says the inspiration for the line is her grandmother, who used traditional Mexican home remedies to craft her own skincare products. Many of Nuance’s products contain the same ingredients (or at least derivatives of those ingredients) used by Hayek’s grandmother, such as blue agave and prickly pear. As nostalgic and folksy as that sounds, anecdotal stories about skin care don’t relate to the phenomenal evolution of research that now exists about skin.
While it is possible that blue agave and prickly pear are decent ingredients for skin, there is scant evidence or any research proving that to be the case. Though there certainly isn’t any negative information yet about these extracts, the fact that Nuance relies heavily on them for anti-aging benefit means they’re ignoring some truly great ingredients with vast amounts of proven research showing they work!
Even more to the point, regardless of how good an ingredient is for skin, whether the concern is dryness, acne, signs of aging, oily skin, blackheads, sagging, puffy eyes, or anything else, skin is a complex organ, and one or two good ingredients is not even remotely enough to take the best care of it. Believing these kinds of homespun tales will end up hurting your skin. The same way eating only the same two or three foods every day wouldn’t keep your body healthy, two or three ingredients won’t keep your skin healthy, either.
Aside from the marketing spin, the line itself, which is extensive, has far more negatives than positives. The facial moisturizers rely heavily on jar packaging, meaning the light-and air-sensitive ingredients in those products will start to lose their effectiveness as soon as the jar is opened. Another misstep is the inclusion of lavender oil in many products—a not-so-great natural ingredient that research has shown can cause many problems, including skin-cell death, meaning it has no place in skincare products! Yes, lavender smells good, but oftentimes what pleases your nose isn’t going to make your skin happy.
Of course, there are some standout products among Nuance’s offerings. There is a good—and affordable—retinol product, as well as an excellent skin lightener, a truly great body cleansing cream, and a body moisturizer that’s great for dry skin. As a whole, though, the line is largely unimpressive, and is bolstered more by its celebrity cache than by the strength of its products’ performance.
Note: Although Nuance Salma Hayek offers makeup, too, only the skincare is reviewed at this time. We noticed that our area CVS stores carried only a small portion of the makeup, and many items were deeply discounted, which is a sign the color line might be going away.
Nuance Salma Hayek is sold exclusively at CVS Pharmacies. For more information, visit www.cvs.com or call 1-888-607-4287.
The Beautypedia and Paula’s Choice Research teams have one mission: To help you find the best products for your skin, whether they’re from Paula’s Choice or another brand. By combining efforts, we’re able to share scientific research and remain committed to the highest standards based on our decades of experience objectively reviewing thousands upon thousands of skincare and makeup formularies in all price ranges.
Beautypedia cuts through the hype to bring you product insights and recommendations you won’t find anywhere else!