The Radiance Renewer Cleansing Gelee

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$6.99 - 8 fl. oz.
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Skin Care > Cleansers (including Cleansing Cloths) > Cleansing Cloths
Last Updated:
10/30/2013
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
Yes

The Radiance Renewer Cleansing Gelee could have been an excellent cleanser for normal to oily skin, if it weren’t for its potently perfumed formula. Despite the use of gentle cleansing agents, this water-soluble formula includes several fragrant ingredients that even in a rinse-off formula are beyond what is tolerable. See More Information for details on fragrance in skin care.

There isn’t any quality to Radiance Renewer Cleansing Gelee that can improve skin’s natural glow, unless Garnier meant reddened, irritated skin somehow being mistaken for a glow. There is no reason to consider this formula given the better alternatives available in the Best Cleansers section of Beautypedia.

Pros:
  • Contains mild cleansing agents.
Cons:
  • Handicapped by a myriad of fragrant irritants (multiple citrus extracts).
  • Powerfully fragrant.

More Info:

Daily use of products that contain a high amount of fragrance, whether the fragrant ingredients are synthetic or natural, causes chronic irritation that can damage healthy collagen production, lead to or worsen dryness, and impair your skin's ability to heal. Fragrance-free is the best way to go for all skin types. If fragrance in your skin-care products is important to you, it should be a very low amount to minimize the risk to your skin. What is perhaps most shocking is that all of these damaging responses can be taking place underneath the skin and you won't even notice it on the surface. The clearest example of this is the significant and carcinogenic effect of the sun's "silent" UVA rays. You don't feel the penetration of these mutagenic rays, but they are taking a toll on your skin nonetheless (Sources: Inflammation Research, December 2008, pages 558–563; Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, June 2008, pages 124–135, and November-December 2000, pages 358–371; Journal of Investigative Dermatology, April 2008, pages 15–19; Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, March 2008, pages 78–82; Mechanisms of Ageing and Development, January 2007, pages 92–105; and British Journal of Dermatology, December 2005, pages S13–S22).

The Radiance Renewer Cleansing Gellee by Garnier gently renews and smoothes for fresh, radiant skin.
Aqua/Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, PEG-8, Coco-Betaine, PEG-120 Methyl Glucose Dioleate, Acer Saccharinum Extract/Sugar Maple Extract, Acrylates/Steareth-20 Methacrylate Copolymer, Caprylyl Glycol, Citronellol, Citrus Medica Limonum Extract/Lemon Fruit Extract, Disodium EDTA, Geraniol, Glycerin, Limonene, Linalool, Phenoxyethanol, Salicylic Acid, Sodium Chloride, Triethanolamine, Parfum/Fragrance.

Debuting with permanent hair dye and then making the segue to a full line of hair-care products emphasizing carefree, casual styles with can't-miss-it colorful packaging has been Garnier's formula for penetrating the U.S. market. Several well-known actresses have had dual roles as spokesperson for Garnier's hair dyes and skin-care products, with splashy ads appearing in magazines and on television commercials.

Unfortunately, this group of products hasn't got much going for it except the lure celebrity spokespeople provide. The amount of fragrance is perhaps forgivable for a French-owned product line, and in most of the Nutritioniste products it's not too intrusive. What is deplorable is the lack of sufficient UVA protection in the sunscreens. A skin-care line has no right to speak about the anti-aging benefits and "breakthrough approach" of its products when they cannot get this fundamental aspect consistently right.

It's also disappointing that some products contain irritating peppermint, which made us wonder whether the dermatologists who consulted for Garnier had any idea of what's good for skin and what isn't. It seems they didn't, because what they ended up with is a mix of pro and con products that make it impossible for consumers to assemble a sensible skin-care routine, not to mention products that make skin-lifting claims most dermatologists would dismiss as cosmetics puffery.

The hook for this line is the way it is said to bring nutrition and dermatology together. The products are "fortified" with antioxidants such as lycopene and nutritional ingredients such as fatty acids, vitamins (A and C, never present together in the same product!), and minerals. Garnier wants you to think this is a revolutionary idea, but it isn't—did they also overlook that everyone else, from L'Oreal (Garnier is owned by L'Oreal) to Estee Lauder and Clinique, has been using such ingredients in their products for years? And why consult a nutritionist (as Garnier did) when their training and professional expertise has little to do with application of anything to the skin? The whole scenario proves Garnier was more concerned with creating an attention-getting story for this line rather than formulating truly breakthrough products.

Despite our disdain for the way Garnier's marketing takes precedence over making the products as good as they could be formulary-wise, there are some bright spots. Because Garnier is owned by L'Oreal, it's no surprise to find that there are lots of similarities between the better and worse aspects of L'Oreal's skin care as well as with L'Oreal's department-store sister company Lancome. In some ways, Garnier's formulas best those of both companies by including a greater array of antioxidants and intriguing skin-identical ingredients. The occasional jar packaging choice reduces the effectiveness of some of these products, but other than that, Lancome users should take note of the happy face–rated products in this line. You'll be getting a better product for considerably less money here (though, at least for now, no free gift with purchase—but you can buy Lancome foundations or mascaras instead when gift time comes around).

For more information about Garnier Nutritioniste, call (800) 370-1925 or visit www.garnierusa.com.

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  1. Lina
    Reviewed on Sunday, November 03, 2013
    • Value
      2 / 4
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      1 / 4
    • Recommend
      1 / 4
    Spot on review!
    • I laughed while reading the review because it couldn't be more right!! I used this about 3 times and it made a mess of my skin. Splotchy, blotchy, red and tight feeling, I can't imagine someone using it in the eye area. The smell is so strong I could continue smelling it on my jacket and clothes - anything I wore or touched that day. The only good thing is you do get quite a bit of product, but I don't even want to use it. Better to buy a nice, gentle cleanser that doesn't sting instead.

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