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Reviewed by Cristina
Every morning for the last 30 days, I have been using the Snowberry Bright Defence Day Cream No. 2 ($63). This is for normal to dry skin/combination skin. My skin also has some sun damage accumulated over my 60+ years and some wrinkles. Overall, however, from a short distance it looks younger than it should.
I thought Snowberry’s products were fairly impressive as well as the company itself, which has a lovely website (very educational and easy to understand). The products have been scientifically researched and not tested on animals! And the products contain no animal products and nothing harmful… no petrochemicals, sulfates, artificial colors, parabens, silicones or glycols. That’s a lot of research to get a product of such high quality using alternatives to chemicals!
The mission is no less admirable. The Snowberry environmental mission is to use biodegradable and recycled packaging materials, to be carbon neutral, energy efficient, and to the extent that it is possible entirely self-sufficient in natural bioactive ingredients.
Snowberry’s products use “natural” ingredients. There are some unique ingredients, such as “silver ear,” a mushroom whose water-retaining capacity is greater than hyaluronic acid! Emollients used include rosehip, grapeseed, passion flower and macadamia and the New Zealand harakeke. OxyResvenox is a skin lightener stronger than kojic acid. Then there is kombuchka, produced from the fermentation of sweet black tea; this compound decreases glycation and skin roughness, improving radiance. Vinanza gold is another unique ingredient. They are seeds from New Zealand’s award-winning sauvignon blanc grapes. This seed has up to twice the levels of polyphenolic antioxidant compounds as seeds grown in other parts of the world.
The ingredients in the Day Cream No. 2 purport to lighten, brighten, smooth, super hydrate, moisturize, offer UV protection, fight inflammation, prevent cell damage, regenerate cells, and promote collagen. It was a delightful cream to use in the morning. It had a lovely light “baby powder” smell. The product was in a pump dispenser that pumped just the right amount of lotion. NO waste! It absorbed instantly and did not leave a greasy feel, yet my skin stayed well moisturized all day. Immediately after applying, the skin seemed to have a subtle bright look. After using it for a month… the skin still seems to have that subtle brightness and super softness. My skin feels so velvety!
The one thing I was looking forward to was seeing an improvement in skin tone, as I seem to have a lot of skin damage. I am glad I took pictures. Before I started using the cream, I took a couple photos and, boy, was I shocked. When I looked at myself in the mirror I couldn’t see all that sun damage… those awful brown spots were light, but the close-up photo showed them very well. Unfortunately, according to the “after” photo (see below) my skin tone did not change.
Bottom line: I love this product… for its absorbency, for its brightening effect, for the quality and uniqueness of its ingredients, and the easy-to-use pump dispenser. But I should probably include other brightening products for my age range and amount of damage to get the desired results. It would be foolish to think that one treatment a day would give me the results I want.
Ingredients: Aqua (Demineralised), Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Hydrogentated Lecithin & C12 - 16 Alcohols & Palmitic Acid, Prunus Armeniaca Annuus (Apricot) Kernel Oil , Saccharomyces/Xylinum Black Tea Ferment & Glycerin & Hydroxyethylcellulose, Sodium Palmitoylproline & Nymphaea Alba Flower Extract, Passiflora Incarnata Oil, Glycerine (Coconut), Hydrogenated Lecithin, Isoamyl Laurate, Sodium Lactate, Glyceryl Caprylate, Sclerotium Gum, Rosa Canina (Rosehip) Oil, Phormium Tenax (Harakeke) Seed Oil, Octadecenedioic Acid, Phosphatidylserine, Parfum (p-Anisic Acid), Vitis Vinifera (Grape Seed) Extract, Hydroxyresveratrol, Parfum, Tocopherol (mixed) & B-sitosterol & Squalane, Dimethylmethoxy Chromonal Palmitate, Dimethylmethoxychromanol, Tremella Fuciformis Sporocarp Extract.