It seems that every time I check in, TIA has unearthed and assessed yet another interesting new (to me, anyway) line of anti-aging skincare. Over the past few months, that line, for me, was Avitalin. I liked what I read about the brand and its philosophy, and after uniformly positive reviews for Youth Essentials Ageless Skin Complex ($65), Skin Radiance Complex ($100), and Vitality Phytocell Complex ($68), I added it to my mental wish list. So unsurprisingly, I absolutely jumped when TIA offered me the chance to test Avitalin’s Cell Renewal Night Complex.

The choice of a night cream was particularly welcome. While Marta has occasionally commented that she likes to retire with just a clean face, I’m, alas, her exact opposite. For some reason, I prefer to use more therapeutic products overnight – when I’m not slathering on makeup or sunscreen or running around the city – thinking they’ll be more beneficial. Or maybe it’s just the perennial, if forlorn, fantasy that I’ll somehow wake up in the morning transformed.

It may not have transformed me, but the Avitalin Night Complex didn’t disappoint. The bottom line? I’m not quite four weeks into my trial (probably three-quarters through a generous trial jar; I’m guessing a half-ounce) and will gladly use this potion again. I find it wonderfully moisturizing for my 57-year-old face and neck, and feel that I’m waking up with skin that is well-hydrated, with improved texture and feel, and even a bit smoother and firmer, too. I do sometimes use it with a serum (I’ve recently been using ReLuma again, one of my favorites) for more intensive attention to wrinkles, or YBF Control, for more serious anti-aging and firming. And while hydrating, Cell Renewal Night Complex is in no way greasy or heavy, just a pleasant, light-textured cream that goes on smoothly.

Here’s what the Avitalin website has to say: “This night cream features our unique marine protein complex and was developed specifically to enhance the vitality of your skin. Completely absorbed by the skin, it restores natural balance and stimulates cellular regeneration of the skin. Ideal for face, neck, and eye area.” The specific claims don’t seem to me overblown in terms of my experience:

-Moisturizes and nourishes the skin

-Repairs skin damage

-Improves skin texture and elasticity

The Cell Renewal Night Complex doesn’t contain the signature or more exotic ingredients that have been highlighted in reviews of Ageless Skin and of Phytocell, with the exception of deer velvet extract. I’m taking the ingredients from information Avitalin provided with the tester: there are a host of nourishing oils (e.g, jojoba, olive, palm, rose hip) and extracts (rooibus tea, green tea, calendula, willowbark – all of which are conditioning, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory), sodium hyaluronate, and vitamin antioxidants. I know that TIA has reported contradictory views on DMAE, which is also included.

But it is not an intimidating list of ingredients – and I’ve been happy with the results, enough to buy it myself. The product on the Avitalin website is listed at $60 for one ounce, which seems a very competitive price for this product and a decent value. Assuming that’s correct, I’ll definitely re-up. This is a very nourishing but still lightweight night cream.

[Editor’s note: the Avitalin Cell Renewal Night Complex retails for $65]

Ingredients: Aloe barbadensis (aloe) juice, Simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) oil, Olea europaea (olive) oil, emulsifying wax, Elaeis guineensis (palm) oil, Aspalathus linearis (rooibos tea) extract, Camellia sinensis (green tea) extract, vegetable glycerin, stearic acid, Rosa mosqueta (rose hip) oil, deer velvet extract, dimethylaminoethanol (DMAE), Calendula officinalis (calendula) extract, Sodium hyaluronate (hyaluronic acid), tocopherol (vitamin E), ascorbyl palmitate (vitamin C ester), panthenol (vitamin B), retinyl palmitate (vitamin A), xanthan gum, Salix nigra (black willowbark) extract