There has been a noticeable shift in the world of beauty towards paying more attention to skincare, as by now we all understand that our makeup will look only as good as the canvas (i.e.: the face) that it’s applied to. Asia has long been a leader in this regard, as Asian women can be somewhat obsessive when it comes to caring for their skin (something I can relate to & am totally on board with, so good on them!) and the latest trend to rise from this need, is a new generation of sleeping packs – products meant to transform your skin overnight. First out of the starting gate is Garnier with the Miracle Sleeping Cream™ (Night & Eye versions) newly added to their Ultra-Lift range, that claims to ‘combat the signs of aging and fatigue’ while helping to regenerate your skin.
Since first being introduced to these creams at the Garnier media preview a few weeks ago (you can read about the event here), I have been [religiously] using both products and am ready to share my thoughts, but first, a little background:
According to researchers at Garnier, fatigue is now considered the #1 concern related to aging, and you can blame our lifestyles for that; sleeping less due to busier schedules, which contributes to wrinkles, as well as loss of firmness/tone in the skin. Oh joy.
The period of time where our body does its most effective regenerative work, is while we sleep, which has to do with chronobiology; that’s when our skin activates its natural reparative mechanisms, and Garnier is tapping into this source with the help of their new Ultra-Lift Miracle Sleeping Creams™. According to the company:
“Formulated with a brand new polymer, this compound takes a toning, elastic form that can hold droplets of oils and active ingredients within the cream’s texture, enabling their properties to be preserved as much as possible. Upon contact with fingers, the polymer is irresistibly attracted to the skin, leaving an ultra-flexible film on the face. Once it is left, the polymer returns to its dynamic form, providing great coverage and allowing the texture to act like a ‘conveyor belt’ that helps the active ingredients to penetrate the skin”.
Spotlight on the 7 Active Ingredients:
- LHA – a highly effective active ingredient that has been developed to boost radiance
- ADENOSINE – helps to combat the signs of aging caused by fatigue
- EXTRACT OF ALBIZIA – a powerful antioxidant that combats fatigue, helping to control dull skin tone and unevenness and reduces wrinkles
- HYALURONIC ACID – intensely hydrating
- EXTRACT OF RUSCUS – used to boost skin’s microcirculation
- JOJOBA OIL – helps to strengthen the skin’s natural barriers
- LAVENDER ESSENTIAL OIL – helps improve the quality of sleep and combat the signs of aging
Garnier | Ultra-Lift Miracle Sleeping Cream™, Night Cream
Ultra-Lift Miracle Sleeping Cream™, Night Cream (CAN $24.99) | Housed in a palm-sized cobalt blue glass jar (to help preserve the integrity of the ingredients against exposure to light), this pale pink-tinted cream has a noticeable fragrance: fruity, soapy, & slightly floral – not unpleasant, but definitely something to note for those with sensitivities. The texture, is where things get fun; kind of bouncy (think: Jell-O) with a cream/gel feel when you rub it between your fingers, and one which reverts relatively quickly back to a smooth surface in the jar. Meant to be highly nourishing/hydrating, but with a lightweight feel upon the skin.
My Skin: combination/oily, crows feet around my eyes (or as I like to call them, ‘laugh lines’), slight unevenness due to some hyper pigmentation on my cheeks, chin, & forehead (SPF and safe sun practices were unheard of, back in the day), loss of elasticity in the jawline area, a bit of seasonal skin roughness (noticeable during the Winter for the most part).
Thoughts: There’s a cooling sensation felt upon first applying this cream to the skin (although it doesn’t last long), and as this formula is quite rich in actual feel, a little definitely goes a long way. My usual routine before bed, is to start by removing all traces of makeup (I never, ever skip this step – even when I’m bone tired and it’s the absolute LAST thing I want to do) then I cleanse and/or exfoliate (I alternate with using a mild exfoliant type cleanser and my Clarisonic Aria). After towel-drying my skin, I take a pea-sized amount of the Ultra-Lift Miracle Sleeping Eye Cream first and apply that on the skin under both eyes, patting it in (I also dab some on my upper eyelids), followed by dotting my cheeks, forehead, and chin with the Ultra-Lift Miracle Sleeping Night Cream then massage it gently in, making sure to not skip my nose and ear lobes (TIP: don’t neglect this last area, ladies: ear lobes tend to show a significant amount of aging, as do elbows and knees). I then further follow up with a light application of the Night Cream along my neck, jawline, and just above the décolletage area (North American women usually apply their moisturizer by staying well within the boundaries of the face; European women, on the other hand, also include the neck and upper chest).
Result: From the very first application, I can’t say that the years melted off my face (I wish), but I did notice several things: I woke up to a more even-looking complexion, but more importantly, my skin actually felt totally hydrated, velvety-smooth, and with absolutely no evidence of roughness at all (electric heating + harsh Canadian Winter weather = all kinds of nasty to my skin). After 4 consecutive weeks of using both products consistently, my skin continues to look more even, slightly plumper in certain areas (such as: under the eyes, along the cheeks and middle of forehead), and even my pores seem less noticeable. Without the equipment needed to proper analyze if the depth of any wrinkles has actually decreased, I can say that overall, some fines lines appear to be somewhat smoothed out, although not erased completely – but much less visible. As I said above, the texture and feel of this cream upon my skin, may fall on the rich side but when I wake up, it always feels completely absorbed.
One other thing worth mentioning, is that this cream is meant to worn at night ONLY, so don’t try doubling up by applying it as a day cream as well.
Garnier | Ultra-Lift Miracle Sleeping Cream™, Night Cream (ingredients listing)
Garnier | Ultra-Lift Miracle Sleeping Cream™, Night Cream swatch
Garnier | Ultra-Lift Miracle Sleeping Cream™, Night Eye Cream
Miracle Ultra-Lift Miracle Sleeping Cream™, Night Eye Cream (CAN $24.99) | Based on the same principles and formulation as the Night Cream, the Night Eye Cream has a similar auto-smoothing texture, albeit the formula appears more gel-like to me and is transparent (with just the slightest pink tinge). Also included among the ingredients to help fight dark circles under the eyes as well as the look of puffiness and fatigue, are ‘rare plant ingredients’, along with caffeine. Not as strongly scented as the Night Cream, and feels like it absorbs quicker into the skin, with no greasy after-feel.
Garnier | Ultra-Lift Miracle Sleeping Cream™, Night Eye Cream (ingredients listing)
Garnier | Ultra-Lift Miracle Sleeping Cream™, Night Eye Cream swatch
Bottom line: I enjoyed the feel of both products on my skin, as well as the results I attained. From the brand that was one of the first to introduce BB Creams to North America, this skincare first is poised to be equally successful, especially when you consider the price point. Did it perform miracles? Not yet, but neither was I let down with either cream; in fact, I continue to have soft, smooth skin which feels so well nourished, I can almost skip applying a daytime moisturizer (which I won’t). The only downside I can name, is that it is a little strongly scented, as I find most Garnier products to be – that’s something I wish this brand would seriously look in to, as skincare should be more felt, than smelled. Other than that, if you’re in the market to try out a product that thus far has delivered on its claims, then I suggest you give the new Ultra-Lift Miracle Sleeping Cream™ Night and Eye Creams a look. Sweet dreams.
Available now at all mass-market retailers. Find more information on the brand by visiting www.garnier.ca
Press samples provided for my unbiased consideration