Tested on animals:No
Skin Renewing Night Cream is CeraVe’s notable foray into the anti-aging field, and it’s a bit hit or miss. Unlike their previous facial moisturizers, the claims for this one are geared toward addressing lines, wrinkles, and loss of elasticity that occurs with age (well, really it’s from cumulative sun damage more than the number of candles on your birthday cake). They succeeded from the standpoint of offering a surprisingly lightweight, fragrance-free moisturizer that contains a good (though not super-exciting) mix of repairing ingredients along with the B vitamin niacinamide—but it comes up short in terms of antioxidants.
Formula-wise, this isn’t a big step up from their previous facial moisturizers, and in fact the choice of jar packaging is a step down, because this type of packaging isn’t great at keeping light- and air-sensitive ingredients stable once opened. See More Info for details on the problems jar packaing presents.
Still, we have to comment that this formula runs circles aronud pretty much anything L’Oreal is offering, and even bests some of the options from Olay—if only it weren’t packaged in a jar! If you’re keen to try this, it’s best for normal to dry skin. It is not rich enough for very dry skin, but shouldn’t be a problem for dry skin that’s prone to breakouts.
- Lightweight yet still moisturizing (but not enough for very dry skin).
- Very good mix of repairing ingredients + niacinamide.
- Jar packaging won’t keep the plant-based ingredients or vitamin E stable once opened.
- Despite the cream texture, this isn’t rich enough for very dry skin.
The fact that this product is packaged in a jar means that most of the beneficial ingredients won't remain stable once it is opened. All plant extracts, vitamins, antioxidants, and most 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 present a hygiene issue because even if you wash your hands or use a spatula to remove the product, you’re introducing bacteria, which cause further breakdown of key 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 www.beautypackaging.com/articles/2007/03/airless-packaging.php).