Tested on animals:Yes
Perfect Renew Emulsion has a thin, fluid lotion texture that's best for normal to combination skin. This "emulsion" (which is essentially a lightweight moisturizer) is dispersed via a see-through bottle with a pump. As pretty as it may be, the transparent packaging is an ill-fated choice because it allows the light-sensitive ingredients (such as the antioxidants green tea and beta-glucan) to rapidly break down, unless you take measures to store it away from light.
As inconvenient as that may be, what's worse is that the fragranced formula has the potential to irritate skin, and we're talking strong enough to smell as you wear it (see More Info for the full extent of what that means for skin).
If that weren't disappointing enough, the highly extolled "Ceramide Corrective Water" claim is nothing to get excited about either; the water is simply purified water, just like that in almost any other cosmetic, and the concentration of ceramide is nearly nil, so there you have it—you shouldn't expect much benefit from this touted ingredient.
Without the fragrance and the packaging issues, Perfect Renew Emulsion would have merit as a lightly hydrating moisturizer, with a notable mix of soothing anti-inflammatory agents, antioxidants, and other skin-repairing ingredients. However, there's really no reason to settle given that you can find well-formulated options without the drawbacks on our list of Best Moisturizers.
- Lightly hydrating moisturizer for normal to combination skin.
- Notable mix of anti-inflammatory agents, antioxidants, and other skin-repairing ingredients.
- Clear packaging allows the light-sensitive antioxidants to break down more quickly.
- Strong scent can potentially irritate skin, even if you don't see or feel the damage taking place.
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).