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Estee Lauder Advanced Repair Recovery Complex II

Estee Lauder Advanced Repair Recovery Complex II

Estée Lauder’s iconic serum “Advanced Night Repair’ which was launched in 1982 was reformulated and replaced by Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II in 2013. It is Estée Lauder’s best-selling product, according to the brand, in one year alone they sell up to 1,629,199 bottles, which works out to 3 per minute.

Product Claims:

“Our most comprehensive anti-aging serum ever. Advanced with exclusive repair technology – ChronoluxCB™, it is proven to significantly reduce major signs of visible aging. So effective, this powerful recovery complex supports the natural synchronization of skin’s nighttime repair process. Take advantage of the restorative power of night and see your skin look smoother, younger and more radiant. Inspired by groundbreaking research, it’s the one formula your skin shouldn’t live without.” – Product Packaging.

Ingredients: 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.

Price: $98 (approximately N36,000)

Size: 50ml


This serum is one of Estee Lauder’s staple products. It claims to “significantly reduce the look of key signs of aging” and “maximize the power of skin’s natural nighttime renewal” process. Its “nighttime renewal” claim is somewhat misleading because the skin cannot actually tell the time, the skin attempts to repair itself around the clock. That’s marketing jargon.

One of the main ingredients is Bifida Ferment Lysate (probiotic), which has very limited studies to indicate it has anti-aging properties; research shows it has antioxidant properties though. It also contains Lactobacillus Ferment, which doesn’t have much research to prove its anti-aging properties either. It contains Tripeptide-32, which is supposed to help with skin repair and restore damaged skin, but there is also no independent research on this particular ingredient that can prove this claim.

Although the active ingredients are not very promising, there is no doubt this serum will make a great moisturizer as it contains some good skin conditioning agents and texture enhancers, which will help give the skin a soft and smooth feel. I definitely won’t bet on it significantly reducing the signs of aging as Estee Lauder claims. There are many other products that will give you the moisturizing effect this serum will give you, at a fraction of the price.

Photo Credit: Estee Lauder USA

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