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Clinique Repairwear Laser Focus Wrinkle and UV Damage Corrector

Is a Solution for:
Age Spots, Sagging Skin
August 17, 2010 Reviewed by admin 13 Comments
Generally, Clinique is run-of-the-mill department store skincare in our books, but the brand does occasionally attempt to step outside the box. With it's newest serum to hit the shelves, Clinique goes one step further: they compare the Repairwear Laser Focus Wrinkle and UV Damage Corrector ($44.50) to laser surgery.

I did chuckle when I first read it, but couldn't overlook the specificity of their claims: At 12 weeks, the visible wrinkle-reducing power is remarkably close to a dermatological laser procedure, 63% to be exact.

The reasoning is that in place of laser's intense light, which wounds skin to prompt more intense repair, Repairwear Laser Focus will deploy a cocktail of antioxidants that helps keep free radical activity in check while jump starting a natural repair process that reverses UV damage and mends 'solar scars', or collagen loss from extended UV exposure. Interesting.

Free radical protection is provided by vitamins C (in the form of aminopropyl ascorbyl phosphate) and E, ergothioneine, a metabolite produced by fungi that has been shown to have strong antioxidant properties, and punica grantum (pomegranate). There are several peptides here that the brand claims boost natural skin-plumping collagen production. Retinyl palmitate is one of them, as well as whey protein and acetyl hexapeptide-8, which limits the movement of facial muscles. Not bad so far.

The enzymes in the product are supposed to penetrate the skin's surface via a liposome delivery system, which the brand claims protects cells from free radicals and other stressors. According to Cosmetics Business, these enzymes are micrococcus luteus, photolyase fermentate (which probably comes from the plankton extract) and OGG-1 fermentate. Micrococcos lysate is supposed to repair UVB damage, while photolyase fermentate is supposed to absorb visible light to promote natural cellular repair. There were no concrete studies about the latter in particular, but plankton extract has been purported to reverse DNA damage.

Other notable ingredients:  A plant called arabidopsis thaliana, which is a potent antioxidant, sea whip extract, which is known for it's anti-inflammatory properties, and pinanediol, which according to studies increases microcirculation. Hyaluronic acid and sodium hyaluronate are also present, presumably to provide hydration and elasticity.

I am disappointed by the bevy of silicones that top this ingredient list.  It isn't the best way to start off, but at least there are antioxidants and peptides in there in some form as well. It seems as if the brand is slowly realizing they need more than standard ingredients in their products. While the 63% comparison to laser surgery may still be unbelievable, kudos for trying to step in a more effective direction.

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Clinique Repairwear Laser Focus wrinkle & UV damage corrector ingredients:

Water, Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Polysorbate 20, Methyl Trimethicone, Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Bis-PEG-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane, Glycerin, Silica, Polymethylsilsesquioxiane, Lauryl PEG-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Methyl Gluceth-20, Polysilicone-11, Sigesbeckia Orientalis (St. Paul’s Wort) Extract, Retinyl Palmitate, Plankton Extract, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Juice Extract, Arabidopsis Thaliana Extract, Sea Whip Extract, Whey Protein/Lactis Protein/Proteine Du Petit-Lait, Pinanediol, Camphanediol, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Protein, Ergothioneine, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Caffeine, Micrococcus Lysate, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile), Linoleic Acid, Sodium Mannose Phosphate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Caprylyl Glycol, Carbomer, Glyceryl Polymethacrylate, Cholesterol, Aminopropyl Ascorbyl Phosphate, Hyaluronic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tocopheryl Acetate, PEG-8, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Citrate, Sodium Carbomer, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol.
  • February 17, 2014

    by lupe

    I been using repair wear láser Focus, and is amazing my skin looks and feels amazing,I bought the 3-step skin care system plus the youth surge day and night cream,and the 7-days scrub ,and the repair wear serum and eye cream ,using the whole treatment works better than using the serum alone ,im very ,very happy with the results,my friends and family ask me about my skin and ,I recommend clinique to every body .

  • February 20, 2013

    by Marlise

    Does this help with brown spots from sun damage and melasma?

  • February 7, 2013

    by Marta

    Hi Bette, I do not think there are any salicylates in this product

  • February 7, 2013

    by bette

    Does this have Salicycates? I am struggling to deanalyse the ingredients!

  • January 28, 2013

    by Juliet

    Liv Stang Lund,

    I just bought the eye cream 3 days ago so it will be a while before I can give a full report on how well it worked/or didn't for me. But I did immediately notice that the skin around my eyes felt 'relieved' almost minty tingly (just slightly). I noticed that the slight puffiness under my eyes is gone (I don't know if it was meant to do that, but it works on me better than thier 'all-about-eyes' or thier night cream for the eye) the skin looks a little smoother out near the crow's feet area. Mind you that I don't have crow's feet but I did notice that the skin looks a little tighter. It is too early for it to really have any effect on my fine lines (that according to my husband only I can see), but I am giving it a month to see if there are any changes. Will let you know.

  • November 3, 2012

    by Gretchen

    First time using it and I got some on my eye lids, now they feel like they are on fire, is this a bad sign?

  • June 9, 2012

    by Liv Stang Lund

    Very impressed by this site, really insightful. I have used Repairwear serum and nightcream for 6 months. No numbing or drying out. i have a rather large sundamaged spot that have gotten much less "elevated" and softer. Has anyone tried the eyecream?

  • December 14, 2011

    by Christine

    I'm finding that it is drying my skin. Anyone else finding that?? Should I stop using it????

  • November 9, 2011

    by Marta

    Hi K Flowers, I've just started testing Clinique Repairwear - I haven't noticed a numbing sensation so far. Having looked through the ingredients, I can't really see anything that would cause numbing. The Acetyl Hexapeptide-8 is a possibility, as inhibits expression lines, but I wouldn't have thought the concentration would be sufficient for a noticeable reaction. I'll let you know if I notice anything like that over the next few weeks.

  • November 8, 2011

    by K Flowers

    I've been using Clinique Repairwear for awhile now (at least 3 months) and have noticed that my face seems to numb in some of the areas that I apply it to- mainly my cheeks and fourhead. Is that common or possible?

  • May 20, 2011

    by meghan

    So in using this, I was in my lips get over dehydrated and extremely chapped....I switched and swapped trying to figure what the problem was, yet I had no chapping lips when not using this products....what could possibly be agitating my face when I use all Clinique products? Any thoughts?

  • October 21, 2010

    by marta

    Yes Anne, we have tested two Environ products but unfortunately we didn't like them:

  • October 20, 2010

    by Anne Golder

    Have you ever tested the skincare Environ range.

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