If you’re a regular here, you know I don’t have much time for department store skincare. Dior, Lancome & co make the best makeup, but their skincare efforts leave a lot to be desired.
The exception to the rule? Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex. Here’s why:
- What’s In In Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II?
- How To Use It
- Performance & Personal Opinion
- Who Is This For?
- Who Is This Not For?
- Does Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II Live Up To The Hype?
- Price & Availability
- Do You Need It?
- Dupes & Alternatives
What’s In In Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II?
BIFIDA FERMENT LYSATE
Probiotics are all the rage now. Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II has its own share of good bacteria, too.
Bifida Ferment Lysate, to be exact. It’s a multitasker that:
- Soothes inflammation
- Reduces redness
- Increases “skin resistance against physical and chemical aggression“
You’ve guessed it, it’s especially beneficial for sensitive and easily irritated skin.
Related: The Truth About Probiotics In Skincare: Do They Really Work?
Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II jumped on the peptide bandwagon, too. The new version (released a few years ago) uses Triptetide-32, a peptide that claims to activate the clock gene PER-1 (it’s the gene that determines the normal human sleep pattern).
Here’s the theory: PER-1 activates the keratinocyte genes. These genes help protect against cellular damage and promote cellular viability, longevity and improve repair of DNA damage.
The catch? They’re turned off at night. By turning on the switch, Tripeptide-32 could make them work when you sleep, too.
In practice, it’s highly unlikely that Tripeptide-32 can reach deep enough into the skin to activate these genes. Why? Your skin has enzymes that break it down before it has the time to reach its destination.
But let’s say that Tripeptide-32 can bypass these enzymes and reach PER-1. The only study that claims it can activate genes comes from Estee Lauder. Not the most unbiased of sources…
Related: The Truth About Peptides In Skincare: Do They Really Work?
You won’t find hyaluronic acid on the label. Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II uses sodium hyaluronate, a derivative that better penetrates skin.
What does it do? It’s super hydrating. It works by attracting moisture from the air into the skin, helping to keep it hydrated. It’s so powerful, it can hold up to 1000 times its weight in water!
Related: Why You Should Add Hyaluronic Acid To Your Skincare Routine, No Matter Your Skin Type
Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II has a lightweight, gel-like texture that spreads easily on the skin and absorbs instantly.
It doesn’t smell too nice… But I don’t mind that. It means you’re smelling the ingredients. No irritating fragrance was added to the mix. Phew!
How To Use It
At night, after retinol/exfoliation but before moisturiser. You can also use it in the morning before sunscreen.
Performance & Personal Opinion
If your skin’s sensitive and prone to irritation, you’ll love Esteee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II. It’s very soothing, calms down redness and hydrates skin, leaving it softer and smoother all night long.
If you’re into anti-aging, you’ll be disappointed. This serum has a few antioxidants that’ll help you keep wrinkles at bay, but it can’t make wrinkles smaller. A retinol serum would work better for you.
FYI, I didn’t get any breakout or irritation from this. It’s very gentle for all skin types.
Who Is This For?
Sensitive and dry skin in need of soothing.
Who Is This Not For?
Oily skin and anyone interested in anti-aging.
Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II comes in a dark, opaque bottle with a drop applicator. It’s both sleek and practical.
Does Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II Live Up To The Hype?
|Instantly adds radiance.||It makes skin a little brighter.|
|Intensely hydrates.||Yes, it’s hydrating.|
|Advanced Night Repair reduces the look of key signs of ageing.||Look is the keyword here. The serum doesn’t promise to reduce your wrinkles. It promises to make them look smaller. Anything that hydrates skin can do this. But the effects are only temporary.|
|Advanced Night Repair contains ChronoluxCB™, a patented “power signal” to help reactivate and synchronise skin’s natural repair process, even when it is impaired by blue light exposure at night and other environmental assaults.||The words “power signal” makes me think this refers to the peptide. But “reactivate and synchronise skin’s natural repair process” is such a vague claim, it’s impossible to tell exactly what it does (and if you can’t tell it, you can’t prove it’s a lie). Plus, anything with antioxidants can help you fight blue light export and other environmental assaults.|
|Effective for every ethnicity.||With the exception of a few skin conditions like hyperpigmentation, you can treat most skin problems in the same way, regardless of your ethnicity. This claim makes EL sound inclusive, but really most skincare products work for everyone.|
Price & Availability
$70.00/£58.00 at Dermstore, Feel Unique, Net-A-Porter, Nordstrom, Sephora and Ulta
Do You Need It?
If you have sensitive skin, Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II can be a good addition to your skincare routine.
Dupes & Alternatives
- Missha Time Revolution Night Repair New Science Activator Ampoule ($52.00)
- Neogen Dermalogy Real Ferment Micro Serum ($38.00)
Have you tried Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
Water, Bifida Ferment Lysate, Methyl Gluceth-20, PEG-75, Bis-PEG-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane, Butylene Glycol, Propanediol, Cola Acuminata (Kola) Seed Extract, Hydrolyzed Algin, Pantethine, Caffeine, Lectithin, Tripeptide-32, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium RNA, Bisabolol, Glycereth-26, Squalane, Sodium Hyaluronate, Oleth-3 Phosphate, Caprylyl Glycol, Lactobacillus Ferment, Oleth-3, Oleth-5, Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile), Yeast Extract, Choleth-24, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Ceteth-24, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Hexylene Glycol, Carbonmer, Triethanolamine, Trisodium EDTA, BHT, Xanthan Gum, Phenoxyethanol, Red 4, Yellow 5.