Tested on animals:No
This lightweight moisturizer with sunscreen doesn't list any active ingredients, yet it contains several, including avobenzone (listed as butyl methoxydibenzoylmethane). Because Decleor is a European line, we suspect the ingredient list on this product is what's seen throughout Europe, where sunscreens are not required to call out percentages of actives as they are in the U.S. and other countries. That's disappointing because those amounts are important for a consumer to know. Still, we're confident this provides broad-spectrum protection because of the sunscreen ingredients included in the inactive ingredient listing.
This product has a light, silky texture that sets to a slight matte finish, but one that won't hold up over oily areas. It contains vitamin C (as ascorbyl glucoside) in an amount likely to have an impact on skin discolorations, assuming you store the translucent bottle packaging away from degrading light.
Despite the positives of sun protection plus vitamin C for skin lightening, this expensive daytime moisturizer is not recommended because it contains several fragrant ingredients known to be irritating. The prime offender is eugenol. Eugenol is known to cause irritation that may include redness, dryness, scaling, and swelling (Sources: Toxicological Sciences, October 2011, pages 501–510; Immunopharmacology and Immunotoxicology, July 2011, Epublication; Collegium Antropologicum, March 2011, pages 83–87; Toxicology In Vitro, August 2009, pages 789–796; and Toxicologic Pathology, August 2007, pages 693–701).
Eugenol is a major component of clove oil, and research has shown the eugenol content of clove causes skin-cell death, even when low concentrations of clove (0.33%) were applied to cultured skin cells (Source: Cell Proliferation, August 2006, pages 241–248). It is best to avoid products that contain eugenol, and it's definitely a fragrant ingredient to check on before buying cosmetics.
It is also a problem that this product is on the expensive side because you have to apply a sunscreen liberally to get the SPF benefit on your skin, and you aren't likely to apply this liberally given how much it costs. Besides, there are better daytime moisturizers with sunscreen that cost less and treat skin to an array of beneficial ingredients.
- Provides broad-spectrum sun protection.
- Contains a potentially effective amount of vitamin C.
- Lacks a range of anti-aging ingredients (and for what this costs, those should be included).
- Contains several fragrant ingredients known to cause irritation.
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).