Antipodes Avocado Pear Nourishing Night Cream
It’s been far too long since I wrote a proper scientific beauty review, so I thought I’d tell you all about this night cream that I’ve been using for a while and have fallen in love with – Antipodes Avocado Pear Nourishing Night Cream (£34.99). I have oily skin, so during the day I prefer a lighter cream but I like to make up for this at night with a super-rich cream to replace any moisture lost from my skin through the day.
As the name suggests, one of the main ingredients in Antipodes Avocado Pear Nourishing Night cream is avocado oil. Avocado is known as food for containing lots of nutrients and oils, and as a result this cream feels very rich and works its magic overnight to leave skin feeling soft and hydrated. In fact, there’s a whole host of nut and vegetable-derived oils in there which, altogether, make for a super-rich and moisturising product!
The antipodes avocado night cream also claims to boost the production of collagen in human cells by up to 92%. There is some evidence to suggest that avocado oil may be able to help the production of SOME types of collagen in cells cultured in the lab (although, the study that Antipodes reference on their website doesn’t appear to have been actually published anywhere, always suspicious…). Whether the avocado oil in this cream is getting down into the lower skin cells and boosting collagen production there is very much up for debate, and to be honest, I wouldn’t hold my breath for any noticeable effect.
As with all anti-aging creams, if it’s changing how your skin functions and metabolises then it would be classed as a drug, and you would only be able to buy it on prescription from your doctor. However, they can work wonders on the condition of your skin, the way it feels, the texture and even brightness. This particular cream is excellent as a night moisturiser, and I would recommend it to all who take it at face value and want moisturised skin overnight.
The Antipodes Avocado Pear Nourishing Night cream also contains manuka honey, which has antibacterial properties and may help to fight blemishes. It is also a humectant, meaning that is draws water into the skin, adding to the cream’s moisturising properties. As for the Vinanza grape ingredient that is also highlighted in this product’s marketing, I could find absolutely no scientific reference to it at all, so the jury is very much out on that one, although grape seed oil is a mild exfoliator, which could lead to a brightening effect on skin.
I always rejoice when I see vitamin E in products, as this is one of my favourite ingredients! It can help to reduce any damage in the skin caused by the sun during the day, helping to prevent the formation of wrinkles. This is especially useful in a night cream when used at the end of the day, to help reduce any lasting damage to skin. It might not reduce wrinkles that are already there, but this Antipodes night cream may do some good in preventing long-term future damage.
So overall, the Antipodes avocado night cream is a winner for me, as long as you’re not expecting any miracle wrinkle-reduction! It is super-moisturising and also smells divine, thanks to a whole host of wonderful scents, including ylang ylang, sandalwood and jasmine, which I find relaxing in the evening.
Have you tried this Antipodes Avocado Pear Nourishing Night cream? Let me know your thoughts below!