11.26.2014
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Super Rescue Antioxidant Night Moisturizer, for Dry Combination Skin
Rating
1.7 fl. oz. for $47
Category:Skin Care > Moisturizers (Daytime and Nighttime)
Last Updated:11.26.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

This is a slightly reformulated version of Clinique’s former Continuous Rescue Antioxidant Moisturizer for Dry to Combination Skin, and the claims remain the same: using this will protect your skin from free-radical damage and help make it stronger. It’s true that antioxidants applied topically (and consumed as part of a healthy diet) do much to diffuse and reduce free-radical damage, but it isn’t physically possible to stop free-radical damage in its entirety. Antioxidants have their place in skin-care products, but they are not an all-out rescue from or an impervious shield against free-radical damage.

Super Rescue is well suited for dry combination skin as claimed, but it’s too emollient for use on oily or breakout-prone areas. It is an outstanding blend of water, silicone, thickeners, shea butter, fatty acids, glycerin, antioxidants, cell-communicating ingredients, and skin-identical ingredients. In short, this fragrance-free moisturizer takes advantage of what solid research has shown is necessary to create a truly state-of-the-art moisturizer. What’s more, with this re-launch Clinique kept the opaque tube packaging that debuted with the Continuous Rescue Antioxidant Moisturizer, which means the many light- and air-sensitive ingredients will remain stable during use. All of Clinique’s Super Rescue Antioxidant Night Moisturizers are fragrance-free and suitable for sensitive skin.

Claims

No matter how well you protect your skin, sun, stress and pollution bring daily damage. Now a potent moisturizer works overnight to deliver a unique complex of eight rapid and delayed-release antioxidants that defuse this free-radical activity. Helps keep skin strong and prevent visible signs of aging.

Ingredients

Water, Dimethicone, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Jojoba Esters, Pentaerythrityl Tetraethylhexanoate, Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Butylene Glycol, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Echinacea Pallida (Coneflower) Extract, Perilla Ocymoides Seed Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Extract, Laurdimonium Hydroxypropyl Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract, Plankton Extract, Arabidopsis Thaliana Extract, Lauroyl Lysine, Creatine, Adenosine Phosphate, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria), Sorbitol, Sea Whip Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Micrococcus Lysate, Trehalose, Niacinamide, Behenyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Glucoside, Cholesterol, Zeolite, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Caffeine, Sodium RNA, Astrocaryum Murumuru Butter, Linoleic Acid, Acrylamide/Sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurate Copolymer, Lecithin, Dimethiconol, Isohexadecane, Ascorbyl Tocopheryl Maleate, Tromethamine, Caprylyl Glycol, Zinc PCA, Mannitol, Isodecyl Salicylate, Hexylene Glycol, Citric Acid, Ethylbisiminomethylguaiacol Manganese Chloride, Polysorbate 80, Disodium NADH, Aminopropyl Ascorbyl Phosphate, C1-8 Alkyl Tetrahydroxycyclohexanoate, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Potassium Sulfate, Maltodextrin, Ferulic Acid, Dextrin, Xanthan Gum, Nordihydroguaiaretic Acid, Sodium Chloride, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol

Brand Overview

Clinique At-A-Glance

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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03.27.2015
Not for sensitive skin

Stung so much it almost felt like burning.

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Despina, L
03.14.2015
Best night cream!

I love this moisturizer! My skin drastically improved after using this for several weeks (no irritation and a natural "glow"). A little bit goes a long way as well!

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Erin L.
02.21.2015
not enough moisture for me

I guess I should've gotten the same lotion except for dry to very dry skin. I couldn't really see a different after a couple months of use.

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Emily H
12.02.2014
Okay summer moisture

Due to the excellent reviews here, I purchased this last summer and I am now on my second tube. Beautypedia says it delivers antioxidants to my skin, so I believe it works, but it does not leave my skin feeling smooth and supple. My skin gets drier in winter and this doesn't feel moisturizing. Clinique's Dramatically Different feels ways better on my dry skin and it never burns.

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Scarlett A.
06.05.2014
Do I continue to use this?

I started using this product because Paula recommended it for sensitive skin, which I have developed within recent years. The texture is perfect, not too light or heavy and my skin feels so soft and nice in the morning! But when I apply, the skin around my nose and mouth area stings a bit - for less than a minute - then it goes away. Not sure if I should keep using this..

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J L.
02.25.2014
Newby

I'm new to this product and fell madly in love at first use! I've used Clinique on and off for years but have never tried this. I'm 55 with sun-damaged, fragile, fair skin. I have rosacea and/ or perioral dermatitis on my nose and around my mouth. I use the cream all over except on my nose which is oily and congested. Did a beautiful job of softening and refreshing my face, didn't cause any flare ups and my skin looks calmer and less inflamed. I'm hooked!

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Andrea
12.24.2013
perfect for me

I've been using this almost since it,s been made. I've tried other products including Paula's choice, looking for similar but less expensive substitute and I always go back. It is moisturizing, non-irritating for my older skin. It never breaks me out either. I use it at night and have lived both in cold north Idaho and sunny Florida and it still works for me. Every other night I mix my retinal in it. BTW -- been using retin-a for 20 years and if you haven't tried it, you should.

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PAMELA D.
10.15.2013
CLINIQUE SUPER RESCUE

Best moisturizer ever tried everything for my dry acne prone hyperpigmentation skin and its wonderful doesnt make my super hyper sensitive skin break out. Just wish there was more for the price.,

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BECERRA
09.14.2013
Been Using For 10 Years

I've been using this for 10 years and have no intention of stopping. I picked it after reading all of Paula's reviews and having tried too many creams. This one doesn't make my skin burn, sting, breakout. It is soothing and never feels heavy or greasy. I've tried most of the highly rated cheaper ones but none are as suitable for my 62 yr. old, sensitive, sun damaged skin. I recommend it for older skin or very dry. Doesn't break out my oily areas (t-zone). Meant for night : no SPF.

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