SHISEIDO (Global Brand) carries quite a few skincare ranges, including The Skincare, Pureness, White Lucency, Benefiance, Bio-Performance, Future Solution, and Future Solution LX. (The latter four target more mature skin). Under Benefiance, there are two sub-ranges (NutriPerfect and WrinkleResist24 (styled as W-Resist24 in Japan)) besides the main Benefiance items. Today I am reviewing two WrinkleResist24 products, WrinkleResist24 Day Cream SPF 15 and Night Emulsion.
Benefiance WrinkleResist24 Day Cream SPF15 is one of the two daytime moisturizers in the range (along with WrinkleResist24 Day Emulsion SPF 15). It has a rich butter-like consistency and a soft orchid scent.
Some of the moisturizing ingredients in this product are glycerin, butylene glycol, hydrogenated polydecene, sorbitol, myristyl myristate, stearyl alcohol, stearic acid, mineral oil, glyceryl stearate SE, and paraffin. It contains antioxidants such as tocopheryl acetate (vitamin E), sapindus mukurossi peel extract (also an anti-irritant), and tocopherol (vitamin E).
However, there are two drawbacks in this product:
– The lack of full UVA protection. The product contains benzophenone-3 (also known as oxybenzone), which protects against UVB rays and some (but not all, in terms of wavelengths) UVA rays. There is no other ingredient in this product that fully protects the skin from UVA rays (which, like UVB rays, can cause skin cancer as well as damage collagen fibers). (Note that this product has PA++ listed on SHISEIDO’s Japanese website, but oxybenzone is not one of the recognized anti-UVA ingredients in the US (or, as far as I know, in the EU). I will be looking into ingredients that are officially recognized as anti-UVA ingredients in Japan.) This makes the product a less-than-ideal daytime sun-protection moisturizer. If you use this product in the morning, you will have to layer another product with adequate sun protection. (Check this post for ingredients that protect against UVA rays.)
– The inclusion of alcohol. Even though alcohol is not among the top few ingredients on the list (tenth on the ingredient list, above many of the emollients in this product), the product has enough of it to be potentially irritating for some people.
Benefiance WrinkleResist24 Night Emulsion is one of the two night-time moisturizers in the range (along with WrinkleResist24 Night Cream). It has a lightweight creamy lotion consistency and the same orchid scent.
Some if its moisturizing agents are glycerin, mineral oil, petrolatum, hydrogenated polydecene, glyceryl stearate SE, squalane (also an antioxidant), stearic acid, and butylene glycol.
Apart from squalane, it contains the same antioxidants as those in the Day Cream SPF 15. It also contains dipotassium glycyrrhizate as an anti-irritant.
It also contains alcohol (sixth on the ingredient list), and the amount of it could pose a risk of skin irritation for some people.
I would hesitate to recommend the Day Cream SPF 15 to anyone (mainly due to the lack of full UVA protection) and I find it difficult to recommend the Night Emulsion to any skin type. (The occlusive emollients, such as mineral oil, petrolatum, and squalane (though not bad ingredients at all) will not suit those with combination or oily skin, and the amount of alcohol in this product and the light consistency are unlikely to appeal to those with drier skin types.)
Also included in the Benefiance WrinkleResist24 range are one cleanser (Extra Creamy Cleansing Foam) and two toners (Balancing Softener N and Balancing Softener Enriched).
(Some of the ingredient information is based on Paula Begoun’s Cosmetic Ingredient Dictionary.)
(The products featured in this article are provided by SHISEIDO.)