Tested on animals:No
Tidal Brightening Enzyme Water Cream has a fairly accurate name: The texture is a slightly watery cream, the formula contains brightening ingredients, and is capable of delivering a “tidal” wave of hydration to your skin. The enzyme part of the name requires a bit of explanation…
This moisturizer for normal to dry skin contains the enzyme papain plus some of the plant extracts it contains, including tamarind seed, are rich sources of antioxidant enzymes such as superoxide dismutase (Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Biomedicine, May 2014, pages 379-385).
That’s good news and supports the “enzyme” part of the name, but this moisturizer’s jar packaging means such ingredients aren’t likely to remain effective once you open it—enzymes are very difficult to keep stable in cosmetic formulas. See More Info for details on why jar packaging is the wrong choice for products that contain such delicate ingredients.
The other concern is that while some of the plant extracts this contains are helpful for skin, some (neem and holy basil) pose a risk of irritation, too. Those ingredients are present in high amounts, but it’s worth mentioning as plenty of moisturizers leave potentially problematic ingredients out. Fragrance is also included, which compounds the risk of irritation from the questionable plant extracts.
Ultimately, in better packaging Tidal Brightening Enzyme Water Cream would be easy to recommend. It’s substantially hydrating, leaves a radiant-looking glow, and is infused with a good mix of replenishing and smoothing ingredients skin needs to look younger. You’ll find moisturized loaded with these types of ingredients—but not packaged in a jar—on our list of Best Moisturizers.
Gel-cream formula feels wonderfully hydrating.
Leaves skin looking fresh and radiant.
Jar packaging won’t keep the light- and air-sensitive ingredients stable during use.
Some of the plant extracts can be sensitizing.
Jar Packaging & Anti-Aging Moisturizers: This anti-aging formula is packaged in a jar, which means the beneficial ingredients won’t remain stable for long once it’s opened. All plant extracts, almost all vitamins, antioxidants, and other state-of-the-art ingredients are air-sensitive and begin to break down in the presence of air. Therefore, once a jar is opened and lets the air in, these important ingredients begin to deteriorate, becoming less and less effective.
Jars are also unsanitary because you’re dipping your fingers into them with each use, contaminating the product. This leads to further deterioration of the beneficial ingredients.
When shopping for an anti-aging moisturizer, the ingredients that provide the most benefit for addressing visible signs of aging among many other concerns need to be in airtight or air-restrictive packaging.
References for this information
Pharmacology Review, July 2013, issue 14, pages 97-106
Journal of Biophotonics, January 2010, pages 82-88