Benefiance NutriPerfect Night Cream

by Shiseido  Benefiance
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$94 - 1.7 fl. oz.
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Category:
Skin Care > Moisturizers (Daytime and Nighttime) > Moisturizer without Sunscreen
Last Updated:
2/7/2013
Jar Packaging:
Yes
Tested On Animals:
Yes

Benefiance NutriPerfect Night Cream is Shiseido’s answer for women dealing with skin changes that occur during and after menopause. With claims talking about restoring skin’s density, renewing its vitality, and strengthening skin weakened by hormonal shifts, this is truly a disappointing and vastly overpriced moisturizer. Other than the addition of carnosine, this differs little from the dozens of other emollient moisturizers for normal to dry skin Shiseido sells. Carnosine is composed of amino acids and has benefit as an anti-aging ingredient for skin because of its antiglycation properties, but it is not a superior ingredient to address the many skin changes that occur during and after menopause. For example, it cannot stop skin sagging from loss of estrogen, cannot stimulate collagen production, and cannot correct decreased oil gland functioning that leads to dry skin (Sources: Pathologie Biologie, September 2006, pages 396–404; and Life Sciences, March 2002, pages 1789–1799). The amount of fragrance, relaxing or not, is greater than the amount of vitamin-based antioxidants, but those won’t last long once the product is opened because the jar packaging won’t keep them stable.

Carnosine, the oxidation fighting peptide found in muscle tissue helps extend the life of cells by boosting defense mechanisms against free radicals. With Carnosine DP combined with Multi-Vitamin B,C, E and P, a powerful nutritive supplement, Benefiance NutriPerfect intensively fortifies skin. It restores skin density and firmness for younger-looking facial contours and intensively renews skin's vitality while you sleep, plus it is scented with a comforting fragrance to promote relaxation. The hormonal changes that come with age undermine the skin's ability to bounce back - which shows in the form of wrinkles and sagging as skin weakens. Benefiance NutriPerfect was created specifically for women ages 50 and over who are facing these menopause-related hormonal changes and are concerned about the weakening and thinning of their skin.

Water, Butylene Glycol, Dimethicone, Glycerin, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Glyceryl Stearate Se, Petrolatum, Ethylhexyl Ethylhexanoate, PEG-40 Stearate, Myristate, Carnosine, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Behenyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Dimethylacrylamide/Sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurate Crosspolymer, Cetyl Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance (Parfum), Methylparaben, Citric Acid, Erythritol, Sorbitan Tristearate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Panthenyl Ethyl Ether, Potassium Ascorbyl Tocopheryl Phosphate, Butylphenyl Methylpropional Glucosyl Hesperidin, Sodium Metaphosphate, Titanium Dioxide, Trisodium EDTA, Limonene, Linalool, Alpha Isomethyl Ionone, Geraniol, Benzyl Benzoate, Citronellol, Iron Oxides, Sodium Acetylated Hyaluronate, Tocopherol

Shiseido is one of the largest cosmetic companies in Japan, and the founder wants consumers worldwide to know that the brand he began is meant for all who seek beauty. Oddly enough, Shiseido (pronounced "she-say-doe"), whose products have a distinctly Japanese appearance and appeal, began in 1872 as Japan's first Western-style pharmacy. Its products have been sold in the United States for over 40 years, and it has become a nearly overwhelming product line. Although there are some respectable products, Shiseido's skin-care collection is far from a total approach to anything, unless your skin-care mantra is "it has to be average yet needlessly expensive and the routine has to include more products than any other line recommends."

A total approach to health and beauty would take into account all that has been learned to date about how skin functions, how it can repair itself, how it ages, and what it realistically takes for it to look, feel, and function at its best. Such an approach does not, however, involve cleansers with alkaline ingredients that cause skin to be unnecessarily dry, lackluster toners, or far too many products with alcohol; that can only harm the skin, which isn't beautiful in the least.

Shiseido doesn't have the issue of sun protection down yet, as witness a few of their sunscreens that still lack sufficient UVA protection - even though they participate in Japan's UVA-based PA rating system (explained in the Sun Products reviews below). And when it comes to state-of-the art essentials such as antioxidants, cell-communicating ingredients, and substances that reinforce the structure of healthy skin, Shiseido typically comes up short. You'll hear (and read) much talk about the company's exclusive technologies, but terms like Bio-Regenerine, Phyto-Capsule Emulsification, Optimal Balance Network, and Deacti-Complex are meaningless without significant, proven ingredients to support each technology's alleged function. We're sure they are intended to make the products seem more advanced and special to consumers, but the proof is in the ingredient lists, and very few of Shiseido's lists fall under the category of impressive.

If anything, the numerous skin-care options presented here are merely average or really disappointing. Many of the moisturizers have luscious textures, but again, it takes more than a sensational feel to create exceptional products that have your skin's best interest (and best appearance) in mind.

One point of difference with this line is that Shiseido insists on regular facial massage. That means you'll find several facial massage creams, although most of them have traditional moisturizer formularies that differ little from what's seen throughout the lineup. Shiseido maintains that routine facial massage creates firmer skin that's less prone to sagging because the massage action tones the muscles, but that simply isn't true. The muscles of the face are among the most frequently used. Repetitive muscle movements are a prime cause of expression lines around the eyes, mouth, and on the forehead. Botox has become such a popular procedure because it selectively prevents these muscles from working, which smoothes creases and lines. Massage alone cannot do that; if anything, routine facial massage can encourage lines and sagging by stretching the skin. Furthermore, when skin slackens and sags, it involves more than just the muscles. Sun damage plays a role in collagen and elastin destruction, as does gravity, which causes fat pads beneath the skin to slip. And then there's bone loss, and the fact that, as we age, skin continues to grow (yet has less to hold on to). Massage to repair sun damage—give me a break!

For more information about Shiseido, visit www.shiseido.com.

Shiseido Makeup

Although Shiseido is known more for their seemingly endless array of skin-care products, their makeup, while not without its problem-child products, is clearly not just an afterthought. The main and most impressive part of the color collection is the foundations. For the most part they have silky textures, and provide adequate sun protection (at least an SPF 15 with UVA-protecting ingredients). If you're keen on shopping this line you should also pay attention to their Perfect Rouge Lipstick, lip gloss, the mascaras, and some distinctive specialty products. Items to avoid entirely include the eye and brow pencils and a couple of the eyeshadows; the makeup brushes are serviceable, but pale in comparison to what makeup artist–backed lines offer. Ignore the inflated claims that accompany many of Shiseido's makeup products, but don't ignore the best of what they have to offer—because in that regard, they're better than ever!

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