Reviewed by Jeanne

I’m a “certain age,” which means I’m looking for a powerhouse of a night cream to erase the evidence of aging; or at least diminish a few wrinkles, hydrate my skin, and do whatever other wonders possible. Best of all, as a multi-tasking mom, I’d love for all this “repair” to happen while I sleep, meaning less work for me during the day.  Yes, I love beauty products but I also like simple. Two or three lotions that work well without me going crazy remembering what I need to put on first, second and third are fine by me. All of which is a longwinded way of saying I liked Retrospect Night Renewal ($80) for the sheer reason that it does what it says; packing a punch of GOOD against one tough customer — my face!

Not only did it reduce the natural redness that now seems to grace this mug of mine (oh, the perils of getting older), but it felt divine — smooth to the touch and easy to dab on without using too much. According to the literature, “Retrospect Night Renewal is rich in vitamins and plant esters to nourish and repair the skin while you sleep. It reduces redness and rapidly hydrates.” After using it for close to 8 weeks, I’m a happy customer.  It goes on “like buttah” — like dipping your fingers in a vat of pure cream. Added points for its lack of any noticeable scent. It just feels clean, pure, and rich. I also like the packaging, a red jar with a screw top that twists and turns with elegance.

What makes this item different from other night creams is its infusion of keratin, yes, THAT keratin… the one behind all those hair stories. This patented “Replicine Functional Keratin” works with the biological systems of the skin to stimulate cell growth and encourage the right kind of collagen production. While ideally the company wants you to use all their products, there is a whole “system” at play here with a microdermabrasion cream, protein surge gel cleanser and more. I’m here to tell you this one cream (at least at night) is definitely a winner. After two months of testing it, my skin felt renewed and fresh, with my wrinkles kept at bay and a noticeable sense of my skin feeling “alive” and well and ready to take on another multi-tasking day.

Ingredients: Water , Ethylhexyl Olivate, Oxidized Keratin, Glycerin, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Sorbitan Olivate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Dimethicone, Cetearyl Olivate, Cetyl Palmitate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Retinyl Palmitate, Sorbitan Palmitate, Linoleic Acid, Cyclopentasiloxane, Linolenic Acid, Stearic Acid, Tocopherol, Panthenol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Sodium Polyacrylate, Sodium Sorbate, Tetrasodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin

Also says on package: Retrospect Night Renewal does not contain parabens, sulfates, synthetic colors or fragrances, GMOs, phthalates, Triclosan or mineral oils.