Ziaja’s $9 Night Cream

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Read ALL about my review process including how I take swatches, photos, and more here.

Night creams in general are SO important to your skincare regimen. When we sleep our skin goes through a renewal process and needs good nutrients on the surface to help with the process (this is why it’s important to take your makeup off at night). Without getting all Dr. Danielle on you, there’s basically two things that make the skin look older: the breakdown of collagen (the protein in skin that gives it its plump appearance) and elastin (the protein that gives the skin its tautness). To help combat this, you wear and reapply sunscreen as needed throughout the day and replenish the nutrients lost from free radicals and environmental damage at night with a good cream. A good night cream typically contains antioxidants and other minerals and ingredients depending on your skin needs.

Ziaja Goat’s Milk Night Cream (sent for review consideration) contains Vitamin A derivatives (helps reduce the appearance wrinkles and fine lines, helps to even skin tone). It has a light, pleasant smell and the consistency is quite rich. I tried it out over a period of about four weeks and while I instantly noticed an improvement in my skin’s radiance, the texture and formula is better suited for those with normal to dry skin or would work better for my oily skin in colder months. For a cream that costs just $8.99 I was pretty impressed with its performance—it would make for a good starter night cream for someone with drier skin who doesn’t have dramatic fine lines and wrinkles. Those with oilier skin like mine may find it too heavy and may experience breakouts (especially if your skin is sensitive to fragrances).

Ingredients
Aqua (Water), Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate (acts as a lubricant on the skin’s surface to give it a soft and smooth appearance), Glycerin (helps improve smoothness), Diisostearoyl Polyglyceryl-3 Dimer Dilinoleate (a heavy ester derived from essential fatty acids), Hydrogenated Palm Kernel Oil (adds a smooth texture to the product and can be a substitute for coconut oil), Lactobacillus/Milk Solids/Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil Ferment (can help with anti-aging), Cyclodextrin, Tocopheryl Acetate (a form of Vitamin E), Retinyl Palmitate (a form of Vitamin A), Cera Alba (Beeswax) (helps hold in moisture and prevents clogging of pores), Magnesium Sulfate (reduces inflammation, helps reduce appearance of wrinkles), Hydrogenated Castor Oil (an emulsifier and fragrant), Sodium Benzoate (a preservative), 2-Bromo-2-Nitropropane-1,3-Diol (a preservative and antiseptic), Parfum (Fragrance), Linalool (for scent), Butylphenyl Methylpropional (fragrance ingredient), Citronellol (fragrance ingredient), Hexyl Cinnamal (fragrance ingredient), Geraniol (fragrance ingredient), Eugenol (used as a fragrant), Benzyl Salicylate (fragrant ingredient), Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone (fragrance ingredient), Coumarin (fragrance enhancer), Limonene.

Where to buy: U.S. www.zjashop.com U.K. www.ziaja.co.uk. Ziaja is also sold in a number of European countries such as Spain, Germany, and more and of course its native Poland.

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About Danielle

A former finance girl, Danielle is a New York City based freelance writer and fashion and beauty expert. She's a Hofstra University and Fashion Institute of Technology grad with an obsession with fashion and beauty which she loves to tell you all about every weekday on her award-winning blog. Think of her as your style and beauty entourage all wrapped up into one bubbly brown package. Danielle's work and expertise can be found in print and across the web in Cosmopolitan for Latinas, Allure.com, and more! She's also appeared as an on-air style and beauty expert on The Real, CBS New York's "The Couch" and WPIX11's Savvy Shopper segment.
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