I have been trying out Night Rainew on my neck for a few weeks and, despite some initial mild irritation, I am enjoying the experience and am appreciative of the results.

Night Rainew is a rich cream, but it absorbs easily. The skin on my neck is looking soft and hydrated. Hydration is what this cream is mostly about. The secret sauce is Hydropeptide, a combination of hyaluronate, pseudoalterononas ferment (a strain of bacteria from the Arctic Circle that helps with water retention) and a bunch of peptides. The peptides include a couple of those that prevent facial muscles from moving (dipeptide diaminobutyroyl benzylamide diacetate and AH-3) and a very new one called tripeptide-10 citrulline. The regulation of collagen fibers is controlled by a number of molecules one of which is called decorin. As we get older, decorin activity declines. This new peptide is supposed to mimic decorin so that the collagen fibers are fooled into thinking they should still be productive.

April Rain's website alludes to "independent" trials carried out by lipotec showing that Hydropeptide has dazzling results. Actually, Lipotec is the manufacturer of tripeptide-10 citrulline and so could hardly be described as independent. Still the results aren't bad: the trial was conducted on 43 women, about half of which were given tripeptide-10 citrulline. 54% showed an increase in skin suppleness. Over a two month period, it was shown to make the collagen fibres more uniform. April Rain commissioned its own consumer test performed by The Benchmarking Company on women between the ages of 30-60 who used Night Rainew over a period of 35 days.  Of these women, 100 percent said they were thrilled to keep using Night Rainew and 100 percent of participants said they would recommend Night Rainew to their friends and families.

There is also tripeptide 1, sometimes called Alganine, and it also has a good track record in the laboratory. Meanwhile, lecithin (found in egg yolks amongst other places) is an antioxidant.

Moving on from Hydropeptide, there are a couple of botanicals worthy of a call out. Diacetyl boldine is derived from tree bark and is a skin brightener/lightener. Buddleja davidii extract seems to be full of useful components: wound healing phenylethanoids, antioxidant flavenoids such as the powerful quercetin, and anti-inflammatory saponins.

What's more April Rain uses certified organic ingredients and, as might be expected given their preoccupation with H2o, they donate money to a water charity. If they could only find a way to omit the sodium benzoate, which seems to be a DNA killer according to research in the UK, Night Rainew would be a candidate for Best Five.

Ingredients in April Rain Night Rainew

Water, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, Propylheptyl Caprylate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Cetyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, C4-24 Alkyl Dimethicone/Divinyldimethicone Crosspolymer/Isodecyl Isononanoate, HydroPeptide® Complex (Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Lecithin, Dipeptide Diaminobutyroyl Benzylamide Diacetate, Tripeptide-10 Citrulline, Acetyl Glutamyl Heptapeptide-3, Tripeptide-1, Pseudoalteromonas Ferment Extract, Carbomer, Xanthan Gum, Triethanolamine, Phenoxyethanol), Hydroxethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Butylene Glycol, Squalane, Ceteareth-20, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Panthenol, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Echinacea Purpurea Extract, Buddleja Davidii Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Menthyl Lactate, Propylene Glycol, Polysorbate 60, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, PPG-12/SMDI Copolymer, Polydiethyleneglycol Adipate/IPDI Copolymer, O-Cymen-5-OL, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Benzoate, Diacetyl Boldine, Tropolone, Caprylyl Glycol, Potassium Sorbate, 1, 2-Hexanediol, Fragrance.