Restore Intensive Moisture

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$72 - 1.7 fl. oz.
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Skin Care > Moisturizers (Daytime and Nighttime) > Moisturizers/Anti-Aging
Last Updated:
6/19/2014
Jar Packaging:
Yes
Tested On Animals:
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This is essentially a more emollient version of Canyon Ranch’s Balance Light-Weight Moisture. Both products are suitable for normal to dry skin, but Restore Intensive Moisture is the weaker of the two because of the jar packaging. When you’re spending almost $100 for moisturizer, you should be getting a product whose light- and air-sensitive ingredients will remain as stable and active as possible during use, but that won’t happen with this product. What a shame, because doubtless many women will spend their hard-earned money on this product at the urging of spa staff, and the formula is actually quite good—if only the packaging were different. However, even if it were in the perfect type of container this would still be dinged for including potentially irritating fragrance chemicals.

Supplies rich hydration to revive dry, damaged and tired skin. Dermaxyl peptides improve tone and texture by encouraging collagen and elastin production while sodium hyaluronate, shea butter and manuka honey repair and plump the skin with moisture. Various botanicals protect against free radical damage with antioxidants while nourishing the skin to perfection. The complexion becomes bright, soft and youthfully radiant.

Water, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, Pentaerythrityl Tetracaprylate/Tetracaprate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), C12-20 Acid Peg-8 Ester, Myristyl Nicotinate, Butylene Glycol, Glyceryl Stearate, Peg-100 Stearate, Soybean (Glycine Soja) Extract, Cetearyl Alcohol, Squalane, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Dimethicone, Tribehenin, Acrylamide/Sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurate Copolymer, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Ceramide 2, Peg-10 Rapeseed Sterol, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Isohexadecane, Hexyldecanol, Ceramide 3, Lycium Chinense Fruit Extract, Vaccinium Angustifolium (Blueberry) Fruit Extract, Arctostaphylos Uva Ursi Leaf Extract, Pseudoalteromonas Ferment Extract, Tripeptide-10 Citrulline, Tripeptide-1, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Lecithin, Hydrolyzed Wheat Gluten, Ceratonia Siliqua (Locust Bean) Gum, Hordeum Distichon (Barley) Extract, Solanum Lycopersicum (Tomato) Fruit Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Extract, Saccharomyces Cerevisiae Extract, Cola Nitida Seed Extract, Paullinia Cupana Seed Extract, Ilex Paraguariensis Leaf Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Honey (Mel) Extract, Panthenol, Bisabolol, Caffeine, Octyldodecanol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate, Arachidyl Propionate, Ethyl Linoleate, Ethyl Linolenate, Ascorbyl, Polysorbate 80, Xanthan Gum, Fragrance, Bht, Chlorphenesin, Disodium Edta, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Sorbic Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Benzyl Benzoate, Limonene, Hexyl Cinnamal, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Linalool

The only tangible transformation you will notice by using any of these Canyon Ranch products is the transfer of currency from your bank account to Canyon Ranch's till. Although it's not the priciest line around, it's definitely aiming for the high end of the skin-care spectrum, with the only apparent goal being to seem elite to discerning spa clientele.

Canyon Ranch is a chain of U.S. spas based in Tucson, Arizona. They also have spas in Las Vegas; Lenox, Massachusetts; and Miami Beach and Kissimmee, Florida; but you don't need to visit any of these "lifestyle" spas to purchase the Your Transformation products. Looking to attract the spa crowd outside of their terrycloth robes and warm slippers, department stores such as Nordstrom and Saks Fifth Avenue are now retailing the Canyon Ranch brand.

Outside of the spa experience, which can be a welcome respite, whether you go to Canyon Ranch or another spa, there is nothing that makes this line worth considering. Honestly, nothing. The company and aestheticians who sell the line will tell you otherwise, but Canyon Ranch's products truly offer nothing new under the sun. That's not to say there aren’t some good products because there are, but they don't set a new standard for skin care or offer any special benefit that lots of other lines don’t also provide, and for a lot less money (and that's not to mention better formulations).

The line's claim to fame is an ingredient they call ProNAD, which Canyon Ranch apparently believes can transform your skin. ProNAD, which is nothing more than a marketing term, isn’t an actual ingredient per se; it's simply myristyl nicotinate. Myristyl nicotinate is a derivative of nicotinic acid, a component of vitamin B3 (niacin). It isn't the same ingredient as niacinamide, but it functions in nearly the same manner (Source: www.naturaldatabase.com).

Just like niacinamide, there is research that shows myristyl nicotinate does have the ability to improve skin barrier function, mitigate signs of sun damage, and reduce the incidence of atopic dermatitis, commonly known as dry skin. Niacinamide and myristyl nicotinate are both compatible with several prescription drugs used to treat various skin conditions and they are believed to enhance the efficacy of these drugs and/or to minimize their negative side effects. Myristyl nicotinate is stabilized to prevent the release of, or quick conversion to, nicotinic acid, which can cause facial flushing, particularly in those dealing with rosacea (Sources: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis, February 2007, pages 893–899; Drug Development and Industrial Pharmacy, November 2007, pages 1176–1182; Experimental Dermatology, November 2007, pages 927–935, and June 2007, pages 490–499). While all of this is great for skin, these two ingredients are not by any means the only ones that have research showing they are helpful for skin; there are dozens and dozens of other beneficial ingredients.

Separate from the plethora of beneficial ingredients available, why should you choose Canyon Ranch's products with niacinamide over other products (particularly those from Olay) that also contain this ingredient? According to Canyon Ranch, their version of niacinamide transforms skin to its healthiest, most youthful, and most vibrant state. In reality, however, there is no research to support their claim that their version is superior.

So, Canyon Ranch Your Transformation isn't the only game in town when it comes to niacinamide, and their claims of superiority aren't supported in published studies. You'll very likely see your skin improve by using some of their products, especially if you're dealing with an impaired skin barrier, dryness, and discolorations. However, you're just as likely to reap the same benefits by using less expensive products that contain efficacious amounts of niacinamide. Knowing this, unless you're helplessly taken by the (undeserved) allure of spa-based skin care, why bother?

For more information about Canyon Ranch Your Transformation, call (520) 749-9655 or visit www.canyonranch.com.

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