As I've mentioned several times throughout my posts, my grandmother who has been my muse for my great passion for high-tech skincare has great skin. She's almost 90 years old, yet her skin always glows and feels very smooth and soft. Even her hands are incredibly soft to touch. Trust me, she's old school, so she doesn't even know about the existence of injectables or laser treatments that you can get from dermatologist's. Of course, she has deep smile lines along with naturally progressed sagging around the mouth and eyelid, but she doesn't have any other deep wrinkles and no major noticeable sagging in other parts of her face, which amazes me the most whenever I see her skin.
And surprisingly, her most used moisturiser over her entire life turns out to be the original classic version of Estée Lauder Re-Nutriv Creme. I wouldn't have personally discovered the product if it wasn't my grandmother :3. She has used it for over a decade, and she still says that there's no other moisturiser that perfectly moisturises her very dry, mature skin like Estée Lauder Re-Nutriv Creme. Nevertheless, I was indeed very intrigued by my grandmother's claim, so I decided to try it out as the weather has gotten a lot colder lately here in WA.
Estée Lauder Re-Nutriv Creme has a quite difference scent compared to the other Re-Nutriv products that I've tried. The original cream has a very mature powder floral scent. It does have an artificial fragrance, and it doesn't smell that delicate or elegant at all. Yes, it does smell quite old school when there weren't that many nice moisturisers on the market. Although the scent doesn't come as upfront as some of the Chanel ones, I still wouldn't put the cream near my mouth and eye area.
Water\Aqua\Eau; Hydroxylated Lanolin; Mineral Oil\Paraffinum Liquidum\Huile Minerale; Butyl Stearate; Ethylhexyl Stearate; Polyglyceryl-2 Sesquiisostearate; Butylene Glycol; Sorbitol; Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer; Polybutene; Isodecyl Neopentanoate; Polyethylene; Beeswax\Cera Alba\Cire D?Abeille; Lanolin Wax\Lanolin Cera\Cire De Lanoline; Squalane; Ascorbyl Palmitate; Tocopherol; Ceresin; Dimethicone; Glycol Stearate; Stearamide Amp; Fragrance (Parfum); Dehydroacetic Acid; Magnesium Sulfate; Laureth-4; Peg-20 Sorbitan Beeswax; Peg-30 Dipolyhydroxystearate; Glycerin; Sodium Hydroxide; Silica; Sorbic Acid; Polyaminopropyl Biguanide; Phenoxyethanol; Chlorphenesin; Caramel; Yellow 5 (Ci 19140); Yellow 6 (Ci 15985)
To be honest, I was initially scared to put Estée Lauder Re-Nutriv Creme on my face when I first got it. It has a very dense, thick and rich texture, so I was mainly concerned if it might break my skin out as my skin isn't that dry as you all know by now.
Personally, it feels very similar to a creamy version of a medical ointment in terms of the richness. I guess it's quite close to those baby diaper creams that you can get at the store. The density is very akin to the mixture of honey blended cream, but I would say in a more delicate way.
Surprisingly, it goes on much smoother than I initially expected. There's no uncomfortable feeling on skin during application. I mean, it's Estée Lauder. You will never go wrong with the texture in their products.
As expected, the cream gives an ultra dewy glowy finish. Even after full absorption, it feels somewhat sticky to the touch at least for my normal skin. If you have dry skin, then your skin will feel supple and well-nourished. My mother who will be turning into 60 next year likes the cream as she sees it fool-proof to prevent moisture loss.
A Re-Nutriv Classic, this indulgent creme brings your skin intensive moisture care and luxurious richness. Also works as a superb overnight creme, so you wake up to skin that feels remarkably softer, smoother, more supple.
Luxury Care For
- Dryness, Dehydration
- Fine, dry lines
- Rich overnight creme
Estée Lauder Re-Nutriv Creme is indeed great for those with dry/very dry skin as it instantly moisturises skin upon application. Despite the fact that the ingredients in the cream may not be the best kind to sensitive skin, but it does contain fool-proof skin barrier protecting and moisturising emollients such as lanolin, mineral oil, squalane and beeswax. Meaning, the cream works great not only for S.O.S quick moisture fix, but also for reducing moisture loss.
Although Re-Nutriv Creme isn't a Creme de La Mer dupe, I would say that the moisturising power is almost on a par or even greater. So, if Creme de La Mer is way over your budget, or even not moisturising enough for you, then I recommend you try out Estée Lauder's cult classic Re-Nutriv Creme. The ingredients may not be as fancy as La Mer's Creme de La Mer, but it will still do its job fine. And it's also more cost effective since you only need a very small amount for each application.
Personally, I've been using the cream for different purposes not just limited to my face and neck. I put some of the cream in a small empty jar and just carried it around in my pouch and used it on my hands and elbows throughout the day. If you want to use it as a facial massage cream, I suggest you add some face oil into it to make it a lot easier to glide onto skin. I personally enjoy using Kahina Giving Beauty Serum to mix with the cream for more anti-aging benefits.
If you happen to have a dehydration issue in your skin, I suggest you to pair the cream with their Re-Nutriv Ultimate Lift Floralixir™ Dew Regenerating Water and/or Re-Nutriv Ultimate Lift Regenerating Youth Serum as they significantly quench dry skin. Anyway, if you are looking for something more basic, yet workable, intense moisturiser to combat dryness, the original Estée Lauder Re-Nutriv Creme is a good one to try :).
Where to buy
- COSME-DE (Free worldwide shipping & discounts)
- Nordstrom (Free shipping & samples)
- Saks Fifth Avenue (Free shipping & samples)
- Estée Lauder Perfectionist Pro Rapid Firm + Lift Treatment with Acetyl Hexapeptide-8 (Serum)
- May Lindstrom The Youth Dew Hydrating Facial Serum & The Blue Cocoon Beauty Balm Concentrate
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- High-end Hydrating Serums (La Mer VS La Prairie VS Sisley VS Chanel VS Guerlain)
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