BC Spa Facial Defend & Restore Ultra-Rich Night Creme
1 fl. oz. for $38
Last Updated:08.27.2013
Jar Packaging:Yes
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

This rich moisturizer for dry skin has a lot going for it, including a fragrance-free formula that treats skin to a broad range of beneficial ingredients, including skin-repairing ceramides, vitamin-based antioxidants, and soothing plant extracts. Unfortunately, most of these great ingredients will begin to lose their potency once you start using it because this moisturizer is packaged in a jar. See More Info to learn why this type of packaging is a problem for anti-aging skin-care products.

In better packaging, this would be a fairly easy moisturizer to recommend, although it would be better without the potentially problematic plant extracts arnica, comfrey, and a fragrant form of jasmine known as NyctanthesArbor-tristis. This is a good example that just because ingredients are natural doesn't make them preferred for skin. There are good and bad natural ingredients—and your skin deserves only the good ones. In addition, these good ingredients need to be in stable packaging, which is not the case with this product!

This night cream can make dry skin look and feel better, but its drawbacks should make you think twice. For superior options, check out our list of Best Moisturizers Without Sunscreen.

  • Fragrance-free.
  • Rich, creamy formula moisturizes dry skin.
  • Contains an impressive mix of emollients, antioxidants, and skin-repairing ingredients.
  • Jar packaging won't keep most of the anti-aging ingredients stable once opened.
  • Potentially irritating amount of arnica, comfrey, and fragrant jasmine.
More Info:

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; and Beautypackaging.com, www.beautypackaging.com/articles/2007/03/airless-packaging.php).


A rich, mega-moisturizing formula contains a superior blend of emollients and humectants to drastically increase skin’s moisture, while antioxidant and amino acid rich complexes help to protect against environmental damage.


Water, Propylheptyl Caprylate, Glycerin, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Beeswax, Cetyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Di-PPG-3 Myristyl Ether Adipate, Butyrospermum Parkii, Butylene Glycol, Sesamum Indicum, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Milk Lipids, Ceramide 3, Synthetic Wax, Isostearic Acid, Acetyl Tyrosine, Adenosine Triphosphate, Proline, Sodium Hyaluronate, Panthenol, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tocopherol, Achillea Millefolium, Arnica Montana Flower Extract, Chamomilla Recutita, Symphytum Officinale (Comfrey), Camellia Sinensis, NyctanthesArbor-Tristis, Oryza Sativa, Resveratrol, Tamarindus Indica, Acetyl Hexapeptide-37, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein, Jojoba Esters, Ceteth-10 Phosphate, Dicetyl Phosphate, Urea, Xanthan Gum, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Sodium PCA, Allantoin, Carbomer, Polysorbate 20, Hydroxyethyl Behenamidopropyl Dimonium Chloride, Citric Acid, Sodium Citrate, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Hydroxide, Disodium Phosphate, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Chlorhexidine Digluconate, BHT, Polyquaternium-67, Ethylhexylglycerin.

Brand Overview

BeautiControl At-A-Glance

Strengths: The Cell Block-C products include stablized Vitamin C; some well-formulated moisturizers; decent scrub products; excellent retinol products; some good cleansers plus an exceptional makeup remover; Lip Apeel; very good lip balm with sunscreen; some great foundations (including one with full coverage); very good powder blush and eyeshadow trios; the liquid eyeliner and lip gloss are excellent; some innovative products that make this line deserve a second look.

Weaknesses: Most of the body-care products contain irritating ingredients, as do several others throughout the line; the jar packaging is really disappointing; most of the toners contain problematic ingredients that can hurt skin; almost all of the men's products are full of irritants; limited options for sunscreens, although what's available provides sufficient UVA protection; the Skinlogics Sensitive skin-care line contains ingredients that are problematic for those with sensitive skin; mostly problematic concealers; limited to poor foundation, concealer, and powder shades for women of color.

Texas-based BeautiControl has been around for nearly three decades and has maintained a consistent focus on skin care. Most recently they have shaped their line around the concept of creating your own in-home spa, which the company uses to entice women to host BeautiControl parties for their friends and family. Whether you find out about (or end up purchasing) these products by attending a BeautiControl party or you happen across their Web site, there are some compelling reasons to consider several BeautiControl products. Let's start with the positives.

The best face forward side of BeautiControl is that their price point is not over the top, and mostly reasonable; plus several of their products are exceptional. We also think their overall approach to taking care of skin is well-intentioned. Without question, the ingredients in their best products demonstrate they're keeping up with the state-of-the-art. If they stopped including problematic ingredients and discontinued the poorly formulated products this line would be a much stronger option for consumers looking to take excellent care of their skin while remaining brand-loyal.

BeautiControl's focus on launching more and more miracle products with incredibly misleading claims might help them sell more products, but it doesn't always make for good skin care. And how come they have so few facial moisturizers with sunscreen? Protecting skin from sunlight indisputably keeps it looking younger, firmer, smoother, and even-toned far longer than anything else you can do for skin.

BeautiControl's makeup collection has been streamlined a bit, and that's good news. The foundation colors are divided into warm, cool, and neutral tones though the warm tones (those that begin with the letter Y) are more neutral than warm, which is good news. The cool shades (those that begin with the letter P) are the least impressive. Throughout the color line are some happy surprises, such as the improved powder blush and eyeshadow trios but also some really bland products such as the eye pencil and some gimmicky primer-type products. You'll find some great products whether you want to shop BeautiControl's color line piecemeal or assemble a complete makeup wardrobe, and the prices are reasonable.

For more information about BeautiControl, call (800) 232-8841 or visit www.beauticontrol.com.

Note: We would like to acknowledge and extol how exceptionally helpful the staff at BeautiControl's main office has been in allowing my team and me to compile the information necessary to complete this review. Very few cosmetics companies extend such a high level of service and reliable information to us, and we truly appreciate it.

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best night creme!

I love how this night creme glides on my skin. I used to use Natura Bisse and this is so much better!

Reviewed by
Melissa S
Love this!

My only negative towards this product is the price, but compared to my go-to moisturizers.This moisturizer is WONDERFUL! It spreads on beautifully using a minimal amount and absorbs beautifully. And if I use it during the daytime (with spf ) it sits under my foundation beautifully. I've also used this for eye moisturizing and have had no irritation. It replaced my go-to moisturizer, the Olay regenerist red jar. I live in WI, which boasts dry winter air. It's perfect. Wish it came in a tube tho.

Reviewed by
Carol B.
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