Don’t you hate it when products get reformulated for the worse? That’s what happened to my beloved Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair serum. The latest incarnation, imaginatively called Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II, doesn’t contain any form of vitamin A, that powerful antioxidant that’s been proven to REALLY reduce wrinkles.
But, you know where you can find it, instead? Missha Night Repair Science Activator. It features the same main active ingredient, Bifida Ferment Lysate, as the Estee Lauder serum, too. So, it is a better dupe? Let’s take a look:
Bifida Ferment Lysate
Both Missha and Estee Lauder have chosen bifida ferment lysate as their star ingredient. It’s a choice that, frankly, baffles me. Both companies claim this probiotic can hydrate skin and help maintain and support skin’s natural microflora, but that’s not exactly true. Bifida DOES help maintain microflora, but in the GI tract. There’s absolutely no proof it does so (or anything else, really) when topically applied on the skin. But, I guess, it makes for a good marketing story sighs.
I’m much more impressed by the inclusion, in both serums, of sodium hyaluronate. It’s a humectant that attracts, and binds, to the skin up to 1000 times its weight in water. That means it’s extremely hydrating, and a great help in keeping skin softer and plumper. Oh, and unlike other humectants (I’m thinking of you, glycerin), it works well both in high and low humidity conditions. You could live in the middle of Siberia or the Sarah, and it’d still do wonders for your skin.
Missha Time Revolution Night Repair Science Activator Ampoule also contains retinol, a form of vitamin A that promotes cellular turnover and boosts collagen production. The result? Reduced wrinkles and dark spots. The old version of the Estee Lauder serum used to contain retinyl palmitate, a less powerful, but more gentle, form of vitamin A. But, they took it out, and replaced it with nothing. What the heck were they thinking?
Missha Time Revolution Night Repair Science Activator Ampoule contains another of my favourite ingredients: niacinamide. A stable form of vitamin B3, niacinamide has been proven to do pretty much everything, from hydrating skin to reducing wrinkles and dark spots, to soothing rosacea and even treating acne! Any cream or serum that contains more than the tiniest pinch of it gets a thumbs up from me.
What Else Do I Need to Know?
A quick look at the labels reveals that Missha Time Revolution Night Repair Science Activator Ampoule contains way more ingredients than Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II. More than twice as many!
One thing I noticed about Korean creams, serums, and ampoules, is their tendency to include all the natural extracts they can find. Although they’re present in small amounts, most of them have antioxidant and soothing properties that can help skin somewhat. Estee Lauder contains considerably fewer of those.
I supposed all those extracts could be a problem for sensitive skin. The more ingredients a product contains, the more likely it is one of them at least will cause irritation to someone. But, most people will be able to use it without any problems at all, and appreciate the more powerful anti-aging properties of this serum.
Texture-wise, Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II is lighter, so it absorbs more quickly. Both serums hydrate skin and give it a lovely glow.
Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II is available at Sephora ($92.00) and Debenhams (£50.00). You can purchase Missha Time Revolution Night Repair Science Activator Ampoule at both Amazon US ($22.98) and Amazon UK (£25.83).
Is Missha Time Revolution Night Repair Science Activator Ampoule a dupe for Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II?
It’s better. Loaded with antioxidants, retinol, and niacinamide, Missha Time Revolution Night Repair Science Activator Ampoule is more effective. And cheaper, which is always a bonus.