This emollient moisturizer for dry skin contains an unusual ingredient: Euglena gracilis extract, which is a single-cell, chlorophyll-based microorganism normally found in water.
One study showed that a component isolated from this organism improved dry skin when fed to mice whose skin had been forcibly irritated with another substance (Source: The Journal of Veterinary and Medical Science, June 2010, pages 755–763). That's intriguing, but doesn't tell you if this ingredient would be helpful when applied topically, not to mention it won't remain stable during use because of this moisturizer's jar packaging (see More Info for details).
Although there are some good ingredients in this moisturizer, it's exceedingly overpriced for what you get, and contains enough fragrant bitter orange oil to pose a risk of irritation. Also on hand are numerous fragrant ingredients that research has shown to be irritating, which is one more reason fragrance-free is the best way to go for healthier, younger-looking skin (yet Decleor's luxury spa élan means fragrance is deep in this brand's DNA). See More Info to learn why daily use of highly fragrant products is a problem for skin.
- Contains some helpful emollient ingredients for dry skin.
- Lacks state-of-the-art anti-aging ingredients to improve wrinkles and firm skin.
- Overly fragrant formula puts skin at risk of pro-aging irritation.
- Jar packaging won't keep the most important ingredients stable during use.
Why Jar Packaging is a Problem:
All plant extracts, vitamins, antioxidants, and other state-of-the-art ingredients break down in the presence of air, so once a jar is opened and lets the air in, these important ingredients begin to deteriorate. Jars also are unsanitary because you're dipping your fingers into them with each use, adding bacteria which further deteriorate the beneficial ingredients (Sources: Free Radical Biology and Medicine, September 2007, pages 818–829; Ageing Research Reviews, December 2007, pages 271–288; Dermatologic Therapy, September-October 2007, pages 314–321; International Journal of Pharmaceutics, June 12, 2005, pages 197–203; Pharmaceutical Development and Technology, January 2002, pages 1–32; International Society for Horticultural Science, www.actahort.org/members/showpdf?booknrarnr=778_5; Beautypackaging.com; and www.beautypackaging.com/articles/2007/03/airless-packaging.php).
Why Fragrant Products Are a Problem:
Daily use of products that contain a high amount of fragrance, whether the fragrant ingredients are synthetic or natural, causes chronic irritation that can damage healthy collagen production, lead to or worsen dryness, and impair your skin's ability to heal. Fragrance-free is the best way to go for all skin types. If fragrance in your skin-care products is important to you, it should be a very low amount to minimize the risk to your skin (Sources: Inflammation Research, December 2008, pages 558–563; Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, June 2008, pages 124–135, and November-December 2000, pages 358–371; Journal of Investigative Dermatology, April 2008, pages 15–19; Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, March 2008, pages 78–82; Mechanisms of Ageing and Development, January 2007, pages 92–105; and British Journal of Dermatology, December 2005, pages S13–S22).
This anti-ageing cream with a rich texture acts on the skin to help replenish the skin's energy levels and cell communication, firm and smooth it, and maintain nutrition and moisture levels by preserving the "water reserves".
Water, Squalane, Pentylene Glycol, Pentaerythrityl Tetraethylhexanoate, Euglena Gracilis Extract, Glycerin, Prunus Domestica Fruit Extract, Ethylhexyl Hydroxystearate, Steareth-21 Glyceryl Stearate, Siloxanetriol Alginate, Steareth-2, Cetearyl Alcohol, Panthenol, Pentaerythrityl Distearate, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Peel Oil, Ruscus Aculeatus Root Extract, Zea Mays (Corn) Kernel Extract, Cycnoches Cooper (Orchid) Extract, Bupleurum Falcatum Root Extract, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, Propylene Glycol, Butylene Glycol, Sodium Polyacrylate, Behenyl Alcohol, Bisabolol, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Lecithin, Glyceryl Acrylate/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Tocopheryl Acetate, Caffeine, Algin, Tetrasodium EDTA, Xanthan Gum, Acacia Senegal Gum, Serine, Tocopherol, Glutamylamidoethyl Imidazole, Hexanoyl, Dipeptide-3 Norleucine Acetate, Biotin, Fragrance (Parfum), Linalool, Limonene, Hexyl Cinnamal, Benzyl Salicylate, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Citronellol, Geraniol, BHT
What can you say about a skin-care line where almost 85% of the products contain volatile, fragrant plant oils that have research showing they are irritating to skin? Few lines in this book received so many unhappy faces for this reason alone—yet those very oils are Decleor's claim to fame. This spa-oriented company was begun in 1975 by a massage therapist and is now owned in part by Japan-based Shiseido (whose sunscreens trounce Decleor's by leaps and bounds).
Decleor is all about aromatherapy for skin. They speak freely of the purity of the essential oils they use and the distillation processes that keep them active, but that's precisely the cause for concern. Yes, lavender, bitter orange, rose, geranium, neroli, and other "essential" oils smell wonderful, but the very ingredients that create those intoxicating scents are what is responsible for causing skin irritation, inflammation, and, in some cases, phototoxic reactions. These essential oils have active constituents but, because they are not regulated as such, any company can use whichever ones they like in any concentration. Moreover, companies don't have to indicate the quantities that were used, leaving the consumer to guess. The concept of aromatherapy has well-established benefits concerning inhalation of scents and the effects they have on one's mood and, sometimes, physiological function. But enjoying these oils via inhalation (where they really can be beneficial) is different from applying them to skin, where hypersensitivity is well-documented and topical usage is cautioned (Sources: Current Pharmaceutical Design, December 2006, pages 3393–3399; Phytotherapy Research, September 2006, pages 758–763; European Journal of Oncology Nursing, April 2006, pages 140–149; The Journal of Nursing, August 2005, pages 11–15; and www.naturaldatabase.com).
Not only are most of Decleor's products a giant step backward for your skin, they're also a real misfortune when you consider Decleor's terrible sunscreens and lack of truly state-of-the-art ingredients. In short, experiencing these products in a relaxing spa environment may make you feel refreshed or invigorated—but if your goal is establishing a sensible, effective skin-care routine, you’ll need to keep shopping.
For more information about Decleor, call (888) 414-4471 or www.decleor.com.