Clinique - Smart Night™ Clinical MD Multi-Dimensional Repair Treatment Retinol

Clinique Smart Night™ Clinical MD Multi-Dimensional Repair Treatment Retinol

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WORKS FOR
  • Anti-aging
  • Anti-oxidation
  • Exfoliation
  • Moisturizing
  • Evens skin tone
  • Anti-blemish
  • +3 more
KEY INGREDIENTS
  • niacinamide
  • retinol
  • ascorbic acid
  • acetyl hexapeptide-8
  • linoleic acid
  • urea
  • algae extract
  • caffeine
  • caprylic/capric triglyceride
  • cetyl alcohol
  • dimethicone
  • glycerin
  • hydroxyethyl urea
  • mangifera indica seed butter
  • phenyl trimethicone
  • sigesbeckia orientalis extract
  • sodium hyaluronate
  • sodium pca
  • squalane
  • tocopherol
  • trehalose
  • triticum vulgare germ extract
  • +19 more
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WIMJ summary

This product can help reduce breakouts and clogged pores because it contains the following ingredient: retinol. This ingredient is used for treating acne and can have a noticeable effect.

In addition, this product contains niacinamide. It can help in reducing blemishes, even though it is less effective.

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What does the product description say?
"Perfect for targeting signs of aging, Clinique’s Smart Night Clinical MD Multi-Dimensional Repair Treatment with Retinol is designed to improve the appearance of uneven skin tone and leave skin looking more radiant."
WIMJ summary

This product can help reduce and prevent fine lines and wrinkles, improve skin elasticity and firmness because it contains retinol, niacinamide.

These ingredients in the product can also be helpful, even though there is less evidence for their effectiveness: acetyl hexapeptide-8.

Keep in mind that it typically takes at least 6 weeks to notice any results because the changes that are needed to improve fine lines and elasticity happen in the deeper layers of the skin. No topical anti-aging product can “erase” wrinkles or fully reverse signs of aging.

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"Perfect for targeting signs of aging, Clinique’s Smart Night Clinical MD Multi-Dimensional Repair Treatment with Retinol is designed to improve the appearance of uneven skin tone and leave skin looking more radiant."
WIMJ summary

This product can help reduce hypepigmentation and even out the skin tone because it contains the following effective ingredients: retinol.

In addition, this product contains hydroxyethyl urea, niacinamide. This ingredient (ingredients) might help reduce hyperpigmentation, but the effect, if any, is likely to be small.

Keep in mind that you would need to apply any topical skincare targetted at hypigmentation consistently for a couple of months to get a result. No topical skincare product can help get rid of hyperpigmentation (including post-acne marks and age spots) instantly.

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This product can help exfoliate the skin. In other words, it helps break down the bonds between dead cells on the surface of the skin and speed up the skin turnover. Skin often appears softer and brighter after exfoliation, but overdoing it can result in disrupted skin barrier. The following ingredient is doing the exfoliating job in this product: hydroxyethyl urea, retinol.

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"Infused with a blend of hydrating ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, mango seed butter, wheat and barley extract, coffee seed oil, squalene, and vitamin E, the formula delivers nourishing hydration to comfort skin and offset dryness sometimes associated with retinol."
WIMJ summary

This product can help improve hydration of the skin with the two types of ingredients.

The first type is called “humectants”:
these ingredients help attract water. When humectants are on the surface of the skin, they “pull in” the moisture from the outside environment, or from within deeper layers of the skin. The following ingredients in this product do the job: algae extract, glycerin.

This product also contains ingredients called “occlusives”. They help reduce the speed with which our skin loses moisture to the outside environment. These ingredients also help soften the upper layer of the skin, so it feels less tight and nicer to the touch. The following ingredients in this product do the job: caprylic/capric triglyceride, dimethicone.

The following ingredients in this product are especially good for supporting the skin barrier and helping with the hydration level: acetyl hexapeptide-8, linoleic acid, niacinamide, urea

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This product contains antioxidants (retinol) that can help neutralize free radicals in skin. By doing so, they can lessen the damage the skin gets from the UV light (sun).

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Ingredients by volume

Ingredient Estimated concentration
Plain old water
45% - 55%
A good mix of fatty acids that forms a protective layer on the skin. Improves the shelf life of products. Derived from coconut and glycerin
5.7% - 7%
Help soften the upper layer of the skin and create a nice product consistency
4.5% - 5.5%
Helps oil and water mix together
2.8% - 3.5%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Naturally present in skin. It attracts water to the upper layer of the skin working as a humectant
2.5% - 3%
Is proven to be effective in reducing blemishes, evening out skin tone and helping to improve lines and wrinkles. It helps the skin to repair sun damage, calm down inflammation and keep maintain good levels of moisture
2% - 2.4%
A type of silicone that can decrease loss of moisture from the skin surface. It helps create a nice product texture
1.8% - 2.1%
Helps to soften the upper layer of the skin
1.5% - 1.8%
Plant extract that helps the skin to attract water and make it more smooth for touch. Also shows promise of anti-aging properties, but research is not extensive yet
1.3% - 1.6%
A silicone that helps to reduce water loss from the surface of the skin. Can temporarily "fill in" lines and wrinkles, absorb oil, and create a nice product finish
1.1% - 1.3%
A derivative of urea, a compound that is naturally present in skin. Attracts water to the upper layer of the skin. Can enhance penetration of other ingredients
0.7% - 1.05%
A non-drying alcohol that works to soften the skin and stabilize product formulations helping oil and water mix together
0.7% - 1.05%
Two steps removed from the active form of vitamin A - retinoic acid. Once converted to the retinoic acid in the skin, retinol is proven to be effective against all signs of aging. It improves skin cell turnover, helps fight blemishes and clogged pores, can regulate excess oil production and even skin tone. It can, however, be quite irritating
0.5% - 0.75%
A plant extract that can contain an anti-inflammatory compound
0.45% - 0.7%
Helps to soften the upper layer of the skin and might have some anti-oxidant effect
0.45% - 0.7%
Might be helpful in neutralizing free radicals in skin
0.45% - 0.7%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Attracts water into the upper layer of the skin
0.45% - 0.65%
Might be helpful in neutralizing free radicals. Can have a dehydration effect that might somewhat decrease the look of puffy eyes
0.4% - 0.6%
The most well-researched antioxidant that works in skin. Helps neutralize free radicals supporting collagen production, helping to even out the skin tone and preventing early signs of aging
0.35% - 0.65%
Naturally present in skin (urea makes up about 7% of natural moisturizing factors in skin). Attracts water to the upper layer of the skin. Also has a positive effect on the skin barrier beyond the humectant action. Can enhance penetration of other ingredients. Is an exfoliating ingredient when used in high concentrations
0.3% - 0.6%
Used to create a nice product texture and help delivery of other ingredients. Might be somewhat helpful in attracting water to the upper layer of the skin
0.3% - 0.55%
An oil naturally present in skin. Works as an emollient to soften the skin and form a protective layer on its surface without a greasy feeling.
0.35% - 0.65%
A sugar that attracts water to the upper layer of the skin
0.3% - 0.5%
Plant extract that might have moisturizing properties. Avoid if you suffer from wheat or gluten intolerance
0.3% - 0.55%
A more stable but less bio-available form of vitamin E compared to Tocopherol. Might help moisturize and protect the skin from free radicals, but mostly used in low concentrations to stabilize other ingredients.
0.3% - 0.55%
Helps oil and water mix togehter and creates a nice product texture
0.4% - 0.65%
An excellent emollient. Helps soften the skin, restore its barrier function, and can help to calm down inflammation. It can be helpful to prevent blemishes and clogged pores
0.45% - 0.65%
An emollient that softens the skin and forms a protective layer on its surface. Helps water and oil mix together
0.35% - 0.6%
A plant extract that might have some anti-oxidant properties. Avoid if you are sensitive to gluten
0.3% - 0.55%
A type of peptide. Peptides are excellent moisturizers and might be able support collagen production reducing fine lines and wrinkles
0.25% - 0.5%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin and improves the product texture
0.25% - 0.5%
Helps oil and water mix together
0.3% - 0.55%
Maintains the texture of skincare products. Allows the product to spread evenly. Helps oil and water mix together
0.3% - 0.55%
Pure form of vitamin E. Can help moisturise and protect the skin from free radicals. Often used to help stabilise other ingredients or the formula itself
0.3% - 0.5%
Increases thickness of a product. Texture enhancer for oil-in-water emulsions
0.25% - 0.5%
Non-drying alcohol that helps water and oil mix together. Also serves as an emollient
0.35% - 0.6%
Naturally present in skin and helps to attract water to its upper layer
0.25% - 0.5%
Used to adjust the product's pH
0.25% - 0.45%
Helps preserve products and creates a nice product texture
0.25% - 0.5%
Helps create a thicker or gel-like product texture. It is not a surfactant but can be used in gentle cleansing formulations
0.25% - 0.45%
Used to dissolve other ingredients
0.25% - 0.45%
An emollient that helps create a nice silky finish on the skin
0.25% - 0.45%
Used to create a thicker product consistency
0.2% - 0.4%
A preservative
0.15% - 0.3%
Stabilizes the product formulation
0.15% - 0.3%
A preservative
0.1% - 0.2%
A preservative
0.15% - 0.3%
A preservative
0.15% - 0.3%
A preservative. It helps prevent bacterial growth in cosmetic products
0.15% - 0.3%

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