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It'll Be Alright (After) The Night
Clinique Super Rescue Antioxidant Night Moisturizer
Member Name: zoe_page_1
Clinique Super Rescue Antioxidant Night Moisturizer
Advantages: Easy to apply, works wonderfully, feels luxurious
Disadvantages: Too much is not better, not cheap
I have a pretty simple skin care routine normally, and tend to use the same anti-aging moisturiser day and night. I have done for 11 years, which I like to think has contributed to my constantly being mistaken for a teenager here (it's either that or the inexplicable lack of children and grand children I should really have accumulated by age 28). However, having the Clinique stuff with me, and knowing it's pricey stuff I didn't want to waste, I decided to use everything as directed, so for a few weeks I have been using their 7 day scrub and, at night, following it with this cream. The first thing I thought when I used it was that although you can use day cream day and night, night cream really is for bed time, and this isn't one I think I'd feel comfortable slapping on in the morning. Straight after it's smoothed in, my skin feels oily, almost as if it's over-moisturised (despite using just a pea-sized amount) but 8 hours of beauty sleep later and this has vanished, leaving me with super soft, perfectly moisturised skin instead. It's a night time investment for beautiful day time skin.
This cream comes in the standard, easily identifiable pale green Clinique tube. It has a downward facing tip, so you don't have to struggle to get the last bits out as they're always dripping downwards. I would always prefer a tube to a tub as it's more hygienic, and you can more easily use less. I noticed the benefit of expensive packaging immediately, as it is just so easy to control how much comes out in one go. With this cream, a little goes a long way so you really don't need huge amounts, and I can get just the right amount (a finger-tip full) with a slight squeeze, and no wastage. The cream is thick and white, and smells as if they've tried to add a floral fragrance to a chemical product to mask the small a bit. It's not unpleasant, but you wouldn't want a bottle of it as perfume.
This product claims to offer additional protection against sun, stress and pollution by delivering a 'unique combination' of 8 rapid and delayed-release antioxidants that will keep skin strong and prevent visible signs of aging). It is fragrance free and alcohol free, and suitable for sensitive skins in general, though if you react badly to Clinique products you might want to test it on a small area first.
Because this is a night cream, it's thicker and creamier than I'm used to. After I apply it, although it sinks in easily I can still feel it on my skin. This is fine as I apply it before bed and then drift off quickly to sleep, but if I was to apply it in the morning and then go about my day, I think it would be too heavy. Conversely, slapping it on at night, the thickness makes it seem like it's simply chocablock with nutrients, all ready to do some 'Super Repair' on your skin over night.
The thing with night time products is that you get your best results some hours later. While my skin might feel heavy, and almost slightly greasy just as I've applied this, by the morning it is baby soft, feels smooth and refined, and is ready for a day of serious sun worshiping. My skin is a lot drier here than at home because of the water and the time I spend in the sun, but this cream has worked a treat for getting it to feel normal again. I felt the difference from day one, and really noticed and felt visible results within the first few days of using it. I've also found that I can skip a day (or, rather, night) and my skin doesn't regress too much, which makes it suitable for alternate use with a cheaper cream, to stretch it out for longer.
In addition to the texture of my skin, this has helped reduce morning puffiness and dark circles, even when I've not drunk quite enough the day before (I don't skimp on water, but somehow 2-3 litres per day here is never enough the amount you sweat off). The environment here is very harsh (a dusty, dirty town with a lot of pollution) and sometimes it can be hard to feel clean. I can scrub my face to within an inch of its life in the shower, but afterwards it really needs a moisture boost, and this is perfect for that. After a day in the sun, my skin just drinks this in. I get dry skin around my nose in the sun, almost similar to the way it gets when I have a cold, and this cream seems to hone in on that to sort it out. I sleep in front of a fan (at least on nights when we have power, that is) and without moisturiser my skin can feel a little dry when I awake. Since using this religiously, I've not had that problem.
My main recommendation would be to apply only the smallest of amounts - when I accidentally squeeze out too much and decide to use it so as not to let it go to waste, I regret it. On one occasion I applied so much that the following morning I felt I really needed to wash it off - like a Clinique cream cleanser - as I still felt it a little 8 hours later. You need a tiny amount of this, and you can always apply more, so I am careful to squeeze out just a small blob at a time.
I am very happy with this cream. In some important areas my skin hasn't changed (I had no breakouts before, and it's not caused any; I had no visible wrinkles before and haven't developed more) and in some equally important areas it has, as my skin now feels smoother, tighter (but not nastily tight) and more moisturised.
This costs about £34 a tube, and comes in various skin types (dry, very dry, combination etc). You can get it from any Clinique stockist, but if you go to Boots they currently have an offer on for 750 extra Advantage card points when you buy 3 or more Clinique products.
As a result of using this, my skin both looks and feels smoother and softer. If you're a Clinique junkie, you'll want to try this one, and even if you're not it's worth a look. It's like the skin version of hair conditioner, and delivers on its claims.
Summary: A luxury or a necessity? You decide