Tested on animals:Yes
Clinique's Turnaround Revitalizing Serum is a lightweight gel that's suitable for any skin type, but those with oily to combination skin (including the acne prone) will be particularly pleased with its sheer texture and finish. We're happy to note it contains a nice mix of beneficial ingredients, and as it's fragrance free, it's suitable for those with sensitive skin, too.
Packaged in an opaque bottle with a pump dispenser, from its name, you would expect this to focus solely on a blend of anti-agers. However, Turnaround Revitalizing Serum also includes a mix of leave-on exfoliants as well—lactobionic acid (a polyhydroxy acid, or PHA) and salicylic acid (a beta hydroxy acid, or BHA). This formula's pH is between 3.7-3.8, which is within an effective range for exfoliation to occur.
There's limited research on this type of exfoliant, but what does exist has demonstrated that polyhydroxy acids produce results that are milder compared to topical alpha hydroxy acids (AHA) on concerns like sun damage of signs of aging. That fact also means those with sensitive skin, who may have found they cannot use topical AHAs, may better tolerate polyhydroxy acid exfoliants (Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, 2010 and Cutis, 2004).
This does include a small amount of salicylic acid, likely in the 0.50% range. This is enough to provide some additional exfoliation benefit for treating concerns like mild clogged pores, but won't be a stand in for a stronger salicylic acid in the 1%-2% range (which is better for treating more frequent blackheads or breakouts).
Last, Clinique included a range of ingredients that have some antioxidant and skin-reparative benefit—mulberry root extract, squalane, acetyl glucosamine and caffeine, along with multiple anti-irritants (wheat, barley, algae). These types of ingredients can benefit all skin types.
This balanced formula is beneficial for those seeking to gain a mild exfoliation boost from their anti-aging serum. It's not the most impressive of all of Clinique's serums—hence it just falling short of earning our four-star rating—but it is certainly a good choice that's worth consideration due to its unique combination of leave-on exfoliants, antioxidants and anti-irritants.
We should note that we had mixed feelings on this product's rating. Though it contains a nice array of ingredients for a mild, leave-on exfoliant, it isn't impressive enough to earn a four-star rating as an anti-aging serum—which is how Clinique markets it. Thus, we would recommend this highly as a potential alternative to an AHA for those with sensitive skin, but it has a slightly less enthusiastic recommendation as an anti-aging serum.
Turnaround Revitalizing Serum is also available in a 1.67 fl. oz. size for $64.00 (apparently only on the Clinique website at the current time).
Note: This is the exact same formula as the previous, “Turnaround Concentrate Radiance Renewer.” The ingredients are identical—as are the aesthetic. Clinique confirmed that the formula only underwent a name/packaging change. We should also note that as the “Turnaround Concentrate Radiance Renewer,” this earned a four-star rating—but as it is now marketed as an anti-aging serum, it falls short of the qualities needed to earn that rating for that category.
- Exfoliates skin with the polyhydroxy acid (PHA) lactobionic acid.
- Formulated at an effective pH range for a leave-on exfoliant.
- Includes a considerable range of antioxidants, reparative and anti-irritant ingredients.
- Fragrance-free (suitable for sensitive skin).
- Works for any skin type, especially those with oily to combination skin.