Laneige has a bad habit of ruining good products with its strongly fragranced formulas, and Bright Renew Night Cream follows that trend. In this case, the potentially irritating fragrance is joined by citrus extracts from orange and lemon fruit, which have a strong potential to provoke an irritant response on the skin due to their fragrance compounds—limonene and geraniol (Contact Dermatitis, 2006 and 2012). Along with its strong fragrance, these citrus extracts further compound the risk to skin (see More Info for the full scoop on irritation's pro-aging effects).
Adding to its problems, Bright Renew Night Cream comes in a jar, which allows the delicate beneficial ingredients, such as antioxidants, to break down rapidly, meaning your skin won't reap the benefits for long (see More Info for the full story).
Although Bright Renew Night Cream showed promise for normal to dry skin with healing emollients, anti-aging antioxidants, and a handful of skin-lightening and -repairing ingredients, the irritants and the jar packaging mean it's not only shortchanging your skin, but also potentially putting it in harm's way.
Inclusion of Known Irritants: Irritation, whether you see it on the surface of your skin or not, causes inflammation and as a result impairs healing, damages collagen, and depletes the vital substances your skin needs to stay young. For this reason, it is best to eliminate, or minimize as much as possible, your exposure to known skin irritants, especially when there are brilliant formulas available that do not include these types of problematic ingredients. Fragrance-free is the best way to go for all skin types (Food and Chemical Toxicology, 2008; and American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, 2003)
The sneaky part about irritation is that research has demonstrated that you don't always need to see it or feel it for your skin to suffer damage, and that damage may remain hidden for a long time (Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, 2008).
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; and 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; and 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; and 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!)