Tested on animals:Yes
Perfect Renew Cream is a self-proclaimed "early prevention age repairing cream," and it almost lives up to that claim, faltering only a bit. The formula contains a good roundup of cell-communicating ingredients, antioxidants, and skin-repairing emollients, which is why it's such a shame that the jar packaging and the strongly fragranced formula detract from the benefits.
Without those issues, this moisturizing cream showed promise for repairing + anti-aging normal to dry skin, but, unfortunately, the jar packaging hinders the stability of its superstar ingredients (plus presents a hygiene issue) and the fragrance factor puts skin at risk for potentially damaging irritation. (See More Info for a deeper explanation of those issues.)
By the way, if you are wondering about the "Ceramide Corrective Water" claim, the water used here is nothing beyond purified water (which is what most cosmetics contain), and the concentration of ceramide is nearly nil so you can forget about it providing much benefit to skin.
All things considered, this cream is far from perfect, but, of course, we'd never leave you high and dry. Check out the top-rated, state-of-the-art moisturizers from our best products sections for superior options!
- Contains anti-aging antioxidants and cell-communicating ingredients.
- Formulated with skin-repairing emollients ideal for normal to dry skin.
- Packaged in a jar, meaning its light- and air-sensitive ingredients won't stay stable for long after it's opened.
- Contains fragrance, which has the potential to cause irritation.
Irritation from High Amounts of Fragrance: 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 (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).
In fact, the effect of inflammation in the skin is cumulative, and repeated exposure to irritants contributes to a weakened skin barrier, slower healing (including of red marks from breakouts), and a dull, uneven complexion (Aging, 2012; and Chemical Immunology and Allergy, 2012).
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!)