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Revitalizing Night Cream
Rating
1.2 fl. oz. for $38.39
Category:Skin Care > Moisturizers (Daytime and Nighttime) > Moisturizer without Sunscreen
Last Updated:10.05.2012
Jar Packaging:Yes
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview
This emollient moisturizer for dry skin contains a handful of uncommon plant extracts, but none of them are known to provide benefits for skin. It also contains a bevy of star ingredients, from antioxidants to cell-communicating ingredients. The problem is that most of them, including the retinol, are air sensitive and, therefore, won’t stay stable in the jar packaging (see below). Add to that the inclusion of fragrant plant oils (including cell-damaging, oxidative lavender oil) and this isn’t your nighttime ticket for healthier skin. The fact that it’s packaged in a jar means the beneficial ingredients won't remain stable once it is opened. All plant extracts, vitamins, antioxidants, and other state-of-the-art ingredients break down in the presence of air, so 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 which further deteriorate the beneficial ingredients (Sources: Free Radical Biology and Medicine, September 2007, pages 818-829; Ageing Research Reviews, December 2007, pages 271-288; Dermatologic Therapy, September-October 2007, pages 314-321; International Journal of Pharmaceutics, June 12, 2005, pages 197-203; Pharmaceutical Development and Technology, January 2002, pages 1-32; International Society for Horticultural Science, www.actahort.org/members/showpdf?booknrarnr=778_5; Beautypackaging.com, and www.beautypackaging.com/articles/2007/03/airless-packaging.php).
Claims
Revitalizing Night Cream revives your skin with organic shea butter, cactus extract, goji berry, and nourishing oils. Let your skin be drenched in moisture balancing nutrients along with powerful; antioxidants and nourishing oils while you sleep. Healthy skin is just a night away.
Ingredients
Aqua (Water), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (Coconut), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Squalane (Olives), Glycerin (Vegetable), Coco-Caprylate/ Caprate (Coconut Oil), Glyceryl Stearate, Cetearyl Alcohol (Coconut), Cetearyl Glucoside (Coconut), Stearic Acid (Vegetable), Trehalose (Sugar), Retinol, Vitex Agnus Castus (Casticin/Monk’s Pepper/Vitex) Extract, Lecithin (Plant Fatty Acid), Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate, Caprooyl Tetrapeptide-3 (ChroNOline™), Lycium Barbarum (Goji Berry) Fruit Extract, Opuntia Vulgaris (Cactus) Flower/Stem Extract, Totarol (SCO Totarol™), Sodium Hyaluronate (L) (Hyaluronic Acid) (Sugar), Carnosine (L) (Amino Acid), Ascorbic Acid (L), Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder, Elaeis Guineensis (Palm) Oil (Tocomin®), Tocotrienols, Tocopherol (D-Alpha), Dicaprylyl Ether (Plant), Xanthan Gum (Fermented Sugar), Cetyl Alcohol (Coconut), Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile) Flower Oil, Alcohol Denatured (Grain), Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Aminoguanidine HCL, Fructooligosaccha-rides (D Beta) (NutraFlora®), Allantoin (Comfrey Root), Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Cyclodextrin (Plant), Dextran (Sugar), Potassium Sorbate, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Phenethyl Alcohol (Rose), Caprylyl Glycol (Coconut), Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate (Green & Biodegradable), Polysorbate 60 (Plant), Citric Acid
Brand Overview

MyChelle At-A-Glance

Strengths: MyChelle provides complete ingredient lists on their Web site; one good sunscreen for sensitive skin; sheer coverage stick foundation for dry skin.

Weaknesses: A natural product line that overemphasizes what their products don't contain yet offers no conclusive proof that their list of allegedly bad ingredients is harmful; almost every product contains one or more irritating ingredients (most notably lavender oil); ineffective routines for improving acne and skin discolorations; only one sunscreen and no facial sunscreen is recommended for any of the daytime routines; no pH-correct AHA or BHA products; jar packaging; most of the makeup is difficult to blend due to its high wax and oil content; no makeup options for oily or blemish-prone skin.

Colorado-based MyChelle is sold in many health food, specialty supplement and vitamin shops, and spas. It was started by Myra Michelle Eby, an entrepreneur whose background includes years working in the natural products industry. Eby's background was mostly in sales and she translated that talent into creating MyChelle.

Like many lines that heavily emphasize natural ingredients, MyChelle spurns synthetic ingredients as always being bad or toxic. The company's catalog provides an ingredient dictionary that glorifies every natural ingredient they use as having multiple benefits for skin, but it leaves out any of the negative research proving that many plant (i.e., natural) extracts can have a negative effect on skin. Once again consumers are being fed a pipe dream that a natural product is the answer to their skin-care concerns. Depending on the MyChelle product you choose, you could be putting your skin at considerable risk for irritation, free-radical damage, and potentially phototoxic reactions when skin is exposed to sunlight. As is often the case with new skin-care companies promising the world, MyChelle has over a dozen moisturizers and serums proclaiming their lifting antiwrinkle properties, but it sells only one sunscreen, which they identify as being for the body not the face. None of that adds up to great skin care.

Ironically, while MyChelle products have lots of missteps, many of the products also contain several proven beneficial ingredients for skin alongside the irritating ones. Antioxidants, retinol, peptides, and skin-identical ingredients are often included, but when these great ingredients are mixed with ingredients that cause irritation, destroy skin cells, and cause collagen breakdown, they are fighting an uphill battle to provide your skin with any benefit.

Please don't misunderstand: we're all for natural as long as it doesn't make matters worse for skin, but that's simply not the case with the majority of products in this line. As for the "Dermaceuticals" portion of the name, well, that's just one more meaningless marketing term to look past, as there is nothing dermatologic or pharmaceutical about any of these products.

For more information about MyChelle Dermaceuticals, call (800) 447-2076 or visit www.mychelle.com.

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