Tested on animals:Yes
Estee Lauder is marketing this product, which must be their 375th anti-aging moisturizer (kidding, but you get the idea) as able to address all signs of aging. But, in infomercial-speak, "That's not all!" Somehow, this formula is also able to hone in on a person's unique signs of aging (whatever that means; to us, a wrinkle is a wrinkle and a dark spot is a dark spot) thanks to what the company refers to as IntuiGen Technology.
First, if this technology is so special and customized (it's not, but let's assume it is), how come Lauder isn't using it in all of their other anti-aging moisturizers, including those from the ultra-pricey ReNutriv line? Given the price of Revitalizing Supreme Global Anti-Aging Creme, it seems to be quite the bargain; unfortunately, it differs little from dozens of other moisturizers Lauder sells.
In terms of texture, this is a gel-cream, and its silky application and lightweight finish make it best for normal to combination or breakout-prone skin. It shares the same formulary strengths as Lauder's best moisturizers, including a good array of antioxidants and cell-communicating ingredients. That's great, but this also shares the same jar packaging issue as many other Lauder moisturizers. See More Info to learn why jar packaging is not the way to go when your goal is anti-aging ingredients.
Getting back to the IntuiGen Technology, this fragranced moisturizer isn't smart enough to know your skin's needs and then respond accordingly. The concept sounds intriguing and special, but really, how would this even work? Is this moisturizer supposed to know who's less wrinkled, who has more signs of sagging, or fewer brown spots? And then how would it respond—by holding back anti-aging ingredients in one area and somehow reshuffling them to another area that needs them more? No question this moisturizer has some very good anti-aging ingredients. Lauder knows what they're doing in that regard—now if only they'd use packaging that kept the light- and air-sensitive ingredients stable once the product is opened!
- Silky, lightweight texture feels wonderful.
- Hydrates without feeling greasy or looking shiny.
- Contains a good range of anti-aging ingredients.
- Isn't the one-stop, all-in-one, customized anti-aging problem-solver it's made out to be.
- Jar packaging won't keep several key ingredients stable and as effective once opened.
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!)