Skin Renew Anti-Sun Damage Daily Moisture Lotion SPF 28
2.5 fl. oz. for $13.49
Category:Skin Care > Moisturizers (Daytime and Nighttime) > Moisturizer with Sunscreen
Last Updated:06.14.2013
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

Skin Renew Anti-Sun Damage Daily Moisture Lotion SPF 28 provides avobenzone for sufficient UVA protection, which is great. What’s not so great and in fact knocked this product’s rating from a Good to a Poor rating, is the inclusion of alcohol as the third ingredient. The previous version of this daytime moisturizer with sunscreen did not contain alcohol, and the formulary change isn’t good news for anyone’s skin. Adding to the irritation and potential for collagen breakdown from the alcohol is the inclusion of several fragrance chemicals known to cause irritation. Given the number of SPF-rated moisturizers that omit needless irritants, why bother with this one?


Instantly: skin looks visibly healthier and brighter. In 4 Weeks: fine lines are smoothed; sun spots are reduced and skin is more even. With Continued Use: signs of visible sun damage reverse and skin builds resistance against signs of aging.


Active: Avobenzone (3%), Octisalate (5%), Octocrylene (7%), Other: Water, Isononyl Isononanoate, Alcohol Denat., Glycerin, Cyclohexasiloxane, Propylene Glycol, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Poly C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate, Butylene Glycol, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Dimethicone, Nylon-66, Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer, Glyceryl Stearate, Behenyl Alcohol, Actinidia Chinensis (Kiwi) Fruit Water, Ammonium Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Benzyl Salicylate, Capryloyl Salicylic Acid, Citral, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Dicocoylethylenediamine PEG-15 Sulfate, Geraniol, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Limonene, Linalool, Magnesium PCA, Mica, Octyldodecanol, Phenoxyethanol, Phenyl Resorcinol, Polycaprolactone, Sodium Citrate, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium PCA, Solanum Lycopersicum (Tomato) Extract, Titanium Dioxide, Xanthan Gum, Zinc PCA, Fragrance

Brand Overview

Garnier Nutritioniste At-A-Glance

Strengths: Interesting and potentially helpful cleansing oil and foundation primer.

Weaknesses: Insufficient UVA protection from some of the sunscreens; average to below average moisturizers and eye creams; mostly irritating cleansers; no effective products for blemish-prone skin; jar packaging.

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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Liked the old formula - when was the change?

I like this lotion for the daytime. It doesn't have a strong fragrance and absorbs well for my dry-combination skin. It also provides a good amount of SPF. I don't know if I've noticed a decrease in brown spots, but it doesn't clog my pores! I am sad to see this formula was changed to include alcohol and I can't tell if my bottles have the new formula - Paula's choice - do you know when the formula was changed to include alcohol? Is there any way I can tell from the product itself?

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Yurianna K.
Paula's Choice Research Team Response

Hi, and thanks for you comments! It's been about two years since Garnier changed the formula on this product. The best way to tell if what you have includes alcohol is to check the ingredient list on the back of the packaging; however, sometimes alcohol is so strong in a product that you can be able to smell it as well!

—Paula's Choice Research Team
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