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Reclaim Revolutionary Anti-Aging Night Cream
Rating
1 fl. oz. for $47
Category:Skin Care > Moisturizers (Daytime and Nighttime) > Moisturizer without Sunscreen
Last Updated:06.13.2011
Jar Packaging:Yes
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

This is said to encourage skin’s natural renewal process and enhance exfoliation, all without irritation. We're not sure how this exfoliation enhancement is supposed to occur, because not a single ingredient in this product will affect the skin-cell renewal rate or encourage turnover of dead skin cells. It contains mostly water, emollient, acetyl hexapeptide-3, several thickeners, seaweed (as a water-binding agent), fragrant plant extracts, silicone, antioxidants, and preservatives. This Reclaim product is about as revolutionary as skim milk, but just as that food product will still provide our bodies with calcium and protein, this skin-care product will still moisturize. Due to the lack of evidence supporting acetyl hexapeptide-3’s effectiveness and this product’s jar packaging, it does not deserve a Good rating.

Claims

Containing a double dose of the Argireline found in our Day Cream, this remarkable cream truly defines "beauty Sleep." Now, even if you can't get your 40 winks, this super-powered Night Cream can reduce the look of those lines of evidence. Encourage your skin’s natural renewal process and enhance exfoliation, without irritation.

Ingredients

Water, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Acetyl Hexapeptide-3, Glycerin, Isostearyl Palmitate, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Squalane, Cetearyl Alcohol, Ceteareth-20, Butylene Glycol, Ahnfeltia Concinna Extract, Glycosaminoglycans, Cucumis Melo (Melon) Extract, Musa Sapientum (Banana) Fruit Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Fruit Extract, Iris Florentina Root Extract, Hibiscus Abelmoschuus, PEG-8/SMDI Copolymer, Cetyl Alcohol, Dipalmitoyl Hydroxyproline, Cyclomethicone, Hyaluronic Acid, Cetyl Lactate, Dimethicone, Carbomer, Triethanolamine, Polyacrylamide, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Laureth-7, Imperata Cylindrica Root Extract, PEG-8, Lecithin, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Tocopherol, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Trisodium EDTA

Brand Overview

Principal Secret At-A-Glance

Strengths: Some well-formulayed serums and eye-area moisturizers; most of the sunscreens are sunscreens; good selection of targeted moisturizers; buffing scrub; small but workable selection of makeup.

Weaknesses: Expensive; jar packaging; the enzyme mask and peel; some SPF-rated products either lack the right UVA-protecting ingredients or are below SPF 15; most of the "spa at home" products contains needless fragrant irritants.

Is there something about acting talent or being beautiful that is equal to knowledge? We guess there must be, because having celebrities endorse products is big business the world over. It is simply amazing to me that Victoria Principal can convince women that they can have great skin like she does by using her skin-care routine. In fact, Victoria Principal's infomercial is one of the most successful ever.

Victoria Principal's skin-care products were originally formulated and manufactured by Aida Thibiant, a Beverly Hills aesthetician who ran a successful skin-care boutique and cosmetics manufacturing business there for years. Because the Guthy Renker Corporation that markets and distributes the line felt they no longer needed Thibiant to establish Principal's credentials, they severed ties with her in 1995. That isn't good or bad, it just means it isn't Principal's own skin-care genius behind these products.

This is a line with deals, or at least that's what they appear to be on the surface. Look a little deeper and these are just expensive products, and the deals are smoke and mirrors. You can buy groups of products for what appears to be a much-reduced price, but if you really don't need all those products, or if some of them are poorly formulated (like many of the sunscreens, products for blemish-prone skin, and moisturizers) you would be wasting your money, and that's no bargain.

The big deal with this brand today is the Reclaim line. Almost all of the Principal Secret Reclaim products contain the ingredient acetyl hexapeptide-3 (Argireline), an ingredient in many of the products that claim to work like Botox. Indirectly, the same claim is used for these products, which promise to soften the appearance of lines and wrinkles that result from repeated facial expressions, which is what Botox injections accomplish brilliantly. As a brief review of what we have previously written about Argireline, this peptide is synthetically derived, and supposedly has the ability to relax muscles that would normally contract to form the facial expressions that lead to wrinkles. According to the ingredient manufacturer, it does this by modifying the release of catecholamines, which are compounds that occur naturally in the body and serve as neurotransmitters, such as epinephrine, adrenaline, and dopamine. However, you would not want a cosmetic to affect any of those substances, because if it did, it could lead to a host of new problems.

Despite Principal Secret's enthusiasm for this ingredient, there is still no substantiated proof that it works as claimed. Further, we don't know the long-term adverse effects of applying acetyl hexapeptide-3 to skin. If it really worked to relax facial muscles, it would work all over the face (assuming you're using the products, and this line contains dozens of them, as directed) (Source: Cosmetic Dermatology, July 2005, pages 521–524). If all the muscles in your face were relaxed from topical application of acetyl hexapeptide-3, you'd have sagging, not youthful, skin. But then no cosmetics company would ever put such a claim on their products!

The makeup from Principal Secret isn't anything special. There are some good products, but nothing that cannot be found for less money at the drugstore. A strong point for color: it is well edited and designed to be simple, which many women will appreciate.

For more information on the products, feel free to visit their website www.principalsecret.com.

About the Experts

The Beautypedia Team proudly and unequivocally maintains the commitment that Paula Begoun, founder of Beautypedia and Paula's Choice Skincare made over 30 years ago-to help you find the best products possible for your skin. We do this by relentlessly pursuing and relying on published scientific research so you will have unbiased information on what works and what doesn't-and the sneaky ways you could be making your skin worse, not better!


The Beautypedia Team reviews all products using the same research, criteria, and objectivity, whether the product being reviewed is from Paula's Choice or another brand.

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