Hydra Floral “Flower Petals” Eye and Lip Moisturising Mask completes the progression of irritation that will result from combined or continued use of this line of products. Putting this much peppermint, orange, and neroli on your lips is almost as bad as using it near your eyes, and none of these ingredients (or any other ingredient in the product) can alleviate dark circles or puffiness—if anything, irritating ingredients make matters worse.
Immediately diminishes signs of fatigue (dark circle, puffiness). Protects against pollution.
Water, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Water, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Leaf Water, Propylene Glycol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Butylene Glycol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), PEG-32, PEG-6, Siloxanetriol Alginate, Saccharide Isomerate, Codium Tomentosum (Algae) Extract, Butyl Alcohol, Bisabolol, Panthenol, Cetearyl Glucoside, Glyceryl Stearate Se, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Neroli Oil, Moringa Pterygosperma Seed Extract, Hedera Helix (Ivy) Extract, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Extract, Hydrolyzed Viola Tricolor Extract, Melilotus Officinalis Extract, Centaurea Cyanus Flower Extract, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Flower Water, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Steareth-100, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Sodium Acrylates Copolymer, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Phospholipids, Polyglyceryl-10 Stearate, Caffeine, Tetrasodium EDTA, Linalool, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Amyl Cinnamal, Coumarin, Benzyl Salicylate, Limonene, Citral, Benzyl Benzoate, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Butylparaben, Propylparaben, Isobutylparaben
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.