Maximum Replenish Night Cream

by Elemis   
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$67 - 1.7 fl. oz.
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Category:
Skin Care > Moisturizers (Daytime and Nighttime) > Moisturizer without Sunscreen
Last Updated:
3/12/2013
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
No

This moisturizer is supposed to be smart enough to adapt to skin’s changing needs while actively supporting the skin’s regenerative process. The fact that this emollient product for dry to very dry skin contains so many potentially irritating fragrance chemicals negates the cell-regenerating claim—skin will regenerate healthy cells on its own if it is treated gently and protected from sun damage. One of the main plant oils in this moisturizer is Cannabis sativa, more commonly known as marijuana. However, Elemis uses the seed rather than the flower or leaf, which are the parts of the plant that have the active constituents associated with using marijuana for recreational or medicinal purposes. Still, it’s an odd choice for use in a moisturizer when compared with several other nonfragrant plant oils. And just to be clear, there is no research showing that marijuana oil is any better for skin than, say, olive oil or borage oil, both of which have a good deal of information showing they are preferred for skin (but, of course, they aren’t as gimmicky as using an otherwise illegal plant).

This calming night cream with adaptive technology intelligently adjusts to your skin's individual needs. Providing targeted replenishment, whilst actively supporting the cell's natural regeneration process, this nurturing formulation delivers optimum results while skin's cells are at their most receptive.

Water, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil, Jojoba Esters, Lauryl Laurate, Cetyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Sclerocarya Birrea Seed Oil, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Hull Powder, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Opuntia Tuna Fruit Extract, Lecithin, Populus Nigra Bark/Bud/Leaf/Twig Extract, Nelumbium Speciosum Flower Extract, Propylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance (Parfum), Disodium EDTA, Methylparaben, Carbomer, O-Cymen-5-Ol, Butylene Glycol, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Tocopherol, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Hexyl Cinnamal, Caramel, Benzyl Salicylate, Sorbic Acid, Hydroxycitronellal, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Citronellol, Limonene, Linalool

Elemis products are sold at upscale department stores, such as Nordstrom, and in select spas. The company describes itself as having the most successful professional spa and anti-aging range of products in the world—quite a boast, especially considering that we've never seen Elemis listed on any review or comparison of the financial status of cosmetics companies, and we review that sort of information frequently. I'm comfortable wagering that Aveda, Darphin, Decleor, Sisley, Sothys, or even Yon-Ka have greater sales than Elemis each year, but we suppose they're hoping the fiduciary boast helps establish their credibility stateside. Even if their numbers were accurate, popularity does not necessarily equate to quality; cigarettes and getting a tan are still popular, and both are terrible for skin.

Just like every spa and salon line we've ever reviewed, Elemis uses the exact same approach to skin care that their competition does—touting the miraculous properties of essential oils and the benefits of aromatherapy. Of course, Elemis wants you to believe that their blend of nature and science is the only way to keep your skin looking young and wrinkle-free for as long as possible. As is true for many lines, Elemis has followers, and some of the customers we overheard at our local Nordstrom store were excited about this line. One woman actually commented to her husband: "Look, honey, these are the products used in that expensive spa we went to, so they must be good!" Although we really wanted to tell her that spa products and price tags have nothing to do with formulary excellence, we kept my mouth shut; we get in enough trouble at cosmetics counters as it is.

On first glance we weren't real enthused about this line, and after extensive review and researching their products, we are even less enthused, plus a bit irritated at the paucity of value represented. For the most part, this is nothing more than an average collection of products whose elitist spa positioning allows them to get away with charging an exorbitant amount of money for products that cannot possibly do what they say. Even worse, they may hurt your skin in the process due to the irritating fragrant plant extracts they contain. As expected, sun protection as part of daily skin care is given little attention (their daytime moisturizers top out at a whopping SPF 7), while there are numerous moisturizers and serums claiming to increase skin's dermal respiration, oxygenate tissues, and make inelastic, sagging skin a thing of the past. If you're the type to fall for such false promises and want plants galore, there's not much else we can say to keep you from exploring this line. But if you're skeptical and concerned chiefly with getting the best possible skin care for your needs (and dollars), then Elemis is a line you can safely and absolutely ignore (if you want to splurge there are far better options).

Falling for the Elemis spa trappings, potent fragrances, and "we're-imported-so-we're-better" philosophy won't provide your skin with the litany of ingredients it needs to function at its peak and to resist signs of aging that can be legitimately addressed with state-of-the-art products.

For more information about Elemis, call (800) 423-5293 or visit www.elemis.com.

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