09.20.2012
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Excellence De L’Age Divine Regenerating Mask
1.69 fl. oz. for $66
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Last Updated:09.20.2012
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Tested on animals:No

This overpriced moisturizing mask isn't divine or regenerating. But most of all, it absolutely isn't capable of restoring lost volume (fullness) to an aging face. Put your credit card back in your wallet, because this mask isn't the answer to this common concern.

The numerous factors that contribute to volume loss (including menopause, gravity, bone loss, and fat pads shifting beneath skin) cannot be addressed via skin-care products. We wish that wasn't the case, but it's the truth—so wasting money on a product like this doesn't make sense. Instead, put that money toward dermal fillers, which research (and real-world experience) has shown work, although these aren't permanent solutions.

Is there any other reason to consider this mask? Even if you enjoy spending more than you need to for skin care, no. The core ingredients are commonplace while several of the plant ingredients (including extracts and oils) are known irritants (Source: www.naturaldatabase.com). See More Info to learn why irritation is a problem for everyone's skin.

Pros:
  • None.
Cons:
  • Overpriced.
  • Cannot restore lost volume or have any sort of "lipofilling" effect on skin.
  • Contains a lot of fragrant plants and fragrant ingredients known to cause irritation (which is pro-aging).

More Info:

Irritation, whether you see it on the surface of your skin or not, causes inflammation and as a result impairs healing, damages collagen, and depletes the vital substances your skin needs to stay young. For these reasons, it is best to eliminate, or minimize as much as possible, your exposure to known skin irritants, especially when there are brilliant formulas available that do not include these types of problematic ingredients (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).

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Claims

By combining the innovative, volume effect "lipofilling" technology with a unique cocktail of 4 firming Essential Oils, this cream helps to enhance volume to the face. For an overall response, targeted vegetable ingredients, associated with the wrinkle-firming "patch-effect" technology, act directly on wrinkles, loss of firmness, dryness and pigments irregularities.

Ingredients

Water, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Cetearyl Alcohol, Butylene Glycol, Prunus Domestica Fruit Extract, Methylsilanol, Hydroxyproline Aspartate, Glycerin, Vegetable Oil (Olus Oil), Glyceryl Stearate SE, Panthenol, Ruscus Aceleatus Root Extract, Propylene Glycol, Zea Mays (Corn) Oil, Steareth-21, Cetearyl Glucoside, Bisabolol, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Oil, Boswellia Carterii Oil, Iris Florentina Root Extract, Helichrysum Italicum Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Chenopodium Quinoa Seed Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Aesculus Hippocastanum (Horse Chestnut) Seed Extract, Salix Alba (Willow) Leaf Extract, Artemisia Abrotanum Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Saxifraga Sarmentosa Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Fruit Extract, Bellis Perennis (Daisy) Flower Extract, Zea Mays (Corn) Kernel Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Scutellaria Balicalensis Root Extract, Morus Bombycis Root Extract, Bupleurum Falcatum Root Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Plukenetia Volubilis Seed Oil, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Corylus Avellana (Hazel) Seed Oil, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Polyacrylamide, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Hydrolyzed Yeast Protein, Biosaccharide Gum-4, Algin, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Xanthan Gum, Acacia Senegal Gum, Serine, Triethanolamine, Lecithin, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance (Parfum), Linalool, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Limonene, Benzyl Salicylate, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Geraniol, Citronellol, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Propylparaben

Brand Overview

Decleor At-A-Glance

Strengths: None of note.

Weaknesses: Expensive; pervasive use of volatile essential oils that have limited to no benefit for skin and are known irritants; almost all the sunscreens lack the right UVA-protecting ingredients; no product to address acne or skin discolorations; inappropriate jar packaging.

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.

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Decleor At-A-Glance

Strengths: None of note.

Weaknesses: Expensive; pervasive use of volatile essential oils that have limited to no benefit for skin and are known irritants; almost all the sunscreens lack the right UVA-protecting ingredients; no product to address acne or skin discolorations; inappropriate jar packaging.

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.