03.11.2013
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Darphin Paris
Arovita C Energic Firming Cream
Rating
1.7 fl. oz. for $110
Category:Skin Care > Moisturizers (Daytime and Nighttime) > Moisturizer without Sunscreen
Last Updated:03.11.2013
Jar Packaging:True
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Tested on animals:Yes
Overview
Arovita C Energic Firming Cream is an emollient moisturizer for dry skin that contains some very good skin-identical ingredients, but the vitamin C and other antioxidants won’t last long after this jar-packaged product is opened. As expected, this will not firm skin. One of the main plant extracts is morinda (listed as Morinda citrifolia). You may be more familiar with this plant’s common name of noni (it is sold as a juice and in supplement form with dozens of unsubstantiated health-related claims). There is no research proving morinda can help aging skin in any way, but it does’t appear to be a cause for concern either, at least when it comes to topical application.
Claims
This invigorating, vitamin-enriched facial cream helps firm skin and fortify its natural resiliency to visibly correct first loss of elasticity of the face and neck. Moisturizes and renews radiance as it helps safeguard against environmental aggressions.
Ingredients
Water, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Diethylhexylcyclohexane, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Cetyl Alcohol, Polyglyceryl-3 Methylglucose Distearate, Palmitic Acid, Stearic Acid, Morinda Citrifolia Fruit Extract, Artemia Extract, Sigesbeckia Orientalis (St. Paul's Wort) Extract, Aminopropyl Ascorbyl Phosphate, Sodium Stearate, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Hexapeptide-10, Caffeine, Hydrolyzed Extensin, Glyceryl Polymethacrylate, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, PEG-8, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Fragrance, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Limonene, Linalool, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Hexyl Cinnamal, Hydroxycitronellal, Citronellol, Amyl Cinnamal, Tetrasodium EDTA, Sodium Benzoate, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin
Brand Overview

Darphin Paris At-A-Glance

Strengths: Lauder's influence on this line has resulted in only a few improved products; there are some good cleansers; some worthwhile serums and moisturizers; a couple worthwhile masks and a good skin-lightening product that's remarkably similar to a less expensive option from Clinique (another Lauder-owned brand).

Weaknesses: Very expensive; no effective products to address acne or other types of breakouts; pervasive use of skin-irritating fragrant oils; only one sunscreen and it has problems; jar packaging for products that contain air- and light-sensitive ingredients.

From its beginnings as a spa line developed for French aestheticians in the late 1950s, Darphin's core belief is that beauty comes from inner balance and harmony of the body, mind, and soul. This vision was truly new decades ago, and while it sounds great as an image-enhancing philosophy, it never translated, either back then or now, into progressive products that will make a significant difference in the appearance of your skin. In fact, among all of the skin-care lines espousing natural ingredients and botanical extracts, Darphin is the least impressive, with inadequate, dated formulations. Close competitor (and forerunner) Clarins at least includes several daytime moisturizers with sunscreen and also offers a complete collection of sunscreens for the body. Not so with Darphin, whose sunscreen selection is limited at best. Apparently, inner balance involves putting your skin at risk for wrinkles, discolorations, sagging, and, potentially, cancer.

Estee Lauder acquired Darphin in 2003, but that investment has resulted in little improvement or change to this line, options that are desperately needed. Almost without exception, Darphin products are vastly overpriced for what you get. Many of them contain problematic ingredients or plants whose benefit for skin is unknown or merely anecdotal.

As you might expect, most of the anti-aging claims Darphin makes for its products stem from the exotic to commonplace plants and plant extracts they contain. Although it's appealing to think that familiar substances such as ginseng, sandalwood, and corn can firm skin and improve the signs of aging, they do no such thing. Adhering to Darphin's skin-care routines (all of which involve multiple products, most with redundant formulas) would leave skin vulnerable to sun damage, and the many fragrance components found in products throughout the line increase the chance that skin will suffer a phototoxic reaction when exposed to sunlight. Considering the premium prices of these products, that's a lot of potential for a literal and figurative burn!

For more information about Darphin Paris, owned by Estee Lauder, call (866) 880-4559 or visit www.darphhin.com.

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