Tested on animals:No
Nourishing Night Cream isn’t all that nourishing, unless e.l.f. means moisturizing, which this can capably do. Although the formula doesn’t contain anything special for skin that needs “multi-tasking” at night (the purified water claim is just silly because ALL water used in skincare is purified), it’s an OK, somewhat emollient moisturizer best for normal to dry skin.
We’re disappointed that this contains such a low amount of antioxidants and no innovative anti-aging ingredients. However, even if these were present, the choice of jar packaging means those great ingredients won’t last long once the product is opened. See More Info to find out more about the issues jar packaging presents.
This contains a tiny amount of orange and lemon fruit extracts, both of which can be potentially irritating to skin. Both of these also contain fragrance ingredients.
- Contains some good emollients for smoothing dry skin.
- Jar packaging won’t keep the small amount of antioxidants stable once opened.
- The orange and lemon extracts pose a slight risk of irritation.
Jar Packaging: The fact that it’s packaged in a jar means the beneficial ingredients won't remain stable once it is opened. All plant extracts, almost all vitamins, antioxidants, and other state-of-the-art ingredients break down in the presence of air. Therefore, once a jar is opened and lets the air in, these important ingredients begin to deteriorate. Jars also are unsanitary because you’re dipping your fingers into them with each use, adding bacteria that further deteriorate the beneficial ingredients.
The vast majority of ingredients that are most beneficial for your skin are not stable in the presence of light and air, which is exactly what happens when you take the lid off a jar (Pharmacology Review, 2013 & Journal of Biophotonics, 2010).
One of the critical factors in any anti-aging or skin-healing formula is the amount and variety of antioxidants, cell-communicating ingredients, and skin-repairing ingredients, and the more the better. These function in a variety of ways to reduce the effects of the constant environmental stresses your skin experiences (Dermatology Research and Practice, 2012 & The Journal of Pathology, 2007).
Antioxidants, cell-communicating ingredients, and skin-repairing ingredients not only can help prevent free-radical damage, but also, to a fairly impressive extent, help repair that damage. Surprisingly, almost all of these ingredients are just as vulnerable to sun exposure, pollution, and cigarette smoke as your skin (Pharmacognosy Review, 2013 & Journal of Biophotonics, 2010).
Once you open that jar you bought, you immediately compromise the stability of the anti-aging superstars it contains. (You can visualize their benefits disappearing like puffs of air each time you open up that lid!)