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Aromessence Sun Expert High Repair After Sun Face Balm
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0.5 fl. oz. for $42
Category:Skin Care > Sensitive Skin Products > Sun Products > After-Sun Care
Last Updated:03.11.2013
Jar Packaging:Yes
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

This is a rich balm that contains several beneficial plant oils. That’s the good news. The bad news is this also contains a litany of irritating fragrant plant oils, all of which are not helpful for skin, whether it has been exposed to sunlight or not. If anything, the texture of this balm is not what you should be putting on skin if it has been reddened or otherwise inflamed by the sun. A sheer, water-based gel is preferred because thick products like this can trap heat and push a sunburn’s damaging effects deeper into skin.

Claims
The first Aroma-Skincare after-sun product for the face with a divinely smooth, delicious texture. Nourishes, promotes skin repair and prevents early peeling.
Ingredients

Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Beeswax (Cera Alba), Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Corn Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil Unsaponifiables, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Spent Grain Wax, Bisabolol, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens Oil, Boswellia Carterii Oil, Cananga Odorata Flower Oil, Rosa Damascena Flower Oil, Jasminum Grandiflorum (Jasmine) Oil, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Oil, Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Extract, Lupinus Albus Seed Oil, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba)Wax, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil Unsaponifiables, Tocopherol, Linalool, D-Limonene, Citronellol, Geraniol, Benzyl Benzoate, Citral, Benzyl Salicylate, Farnesol, Isoeugenol

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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