Maximum Moisture Day Cream

by Elemis   
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$58 
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Category:
Skin Care > Moisturizers (Daytime and Nighttime) > Moisturizer without Sunscreen
Last Updated:
3/12/2013
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
No

This moisturizer is supposed to be smart enough to adapt to skin’s changing needs while protecting against environmental toxins, a bogus claim if there ever was one. Of course, the toxins aren’t specified, but by far the biggest daytime “toxin” that skin faces is sunlight, and this product does not contain sunscreen! The emollient formula is suitable for dry to very dry skin, but is not recommended for daytime use unless your foundation contains sunscreen rated SPF 15 or greater. The theme of African plant oils and extracts make it sound exotic, but none of them have any documented benefit for skin; outside of folklore, there is very little known about their use in skin-care products. This contains fragrance chemicals that can cause irritation.

This fresh feeling day cream with adaptive technology intelligently adjusts to your skin's needs. Providing continuous hydration whilst actively helping to protect against environmental toxins, the lightweight formulation visibly improves skin's condition.

Water, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Glycerin, Lauryl Laurate, Jojoba Esters, Cetyl Alcohol, Sclerocarya Birrea (Marula) Seed Oil, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Hull Powder, Tamarindus Indica Seed Polysaccharide, Serenoa Serrulata Fruit Extract, Myrothamnus Flabellifolia Extract, Populus Nigra Bark/Bud/Leaf/Twig Extract, Hydrolyzed Adansonia Digitata Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Butylene Glycol, Chlorphenesin, Disodium EDTA, Carbomer, Fragrance (Parfum), Sodium Dehydroacetate, O-Cymen-5-Ol, Trehalose, Tocopherol, Linalool, Citronellol, Caramel, Geraniol, Butylphenyl Methylpropional

Elemis products are sold at upscale department stores, such as Nordstrom, and in select spas. The company describes itself as having the most successful professional spa and anti-aging range of products in the world—quite a boast, especially considering that we've never seen Elemis listed on any review or comparison of the financial status of cosmetics companies, and we review that sort of information frequently. I'm comfortable wagering that Aveda, Darphin, Decleor, Sisley, Sothys, or even Yon-Ka have greater sales than Elemis each year, but we suppose they're hoping the fiduciary boast helps establish their credibility stateside. Even if their numbers were accurate, popularity does not necessarily equate to quality; cigarettes and getting a tan are still popular, and both are terrible for skin.

Just like every spa and salon line we've ever reviewed, Elemis uses the exact same approach to skin care that their competition does—touting the miraculous properties of essential oils and the benefits of aromatherapy. Of course, Elemis wants you to believe that their blend of nature and science is the only way to keep your skin looking young and wrinkle-free for as long as possible. As is true for many lines, Elemis has followers, and some of the customers we overheard at our local Nordstrom store were excited about this line. One woman actually commented to her husband: "Look, honey, these are the products used in that expensive spa we went to, so they must be good!" Although we really wanted to tell her that spa products and price tags have nothing to do with formulary excellence, we kept my mouth shut; we get in enough trouble at cosmetics counters as it is.

On first glance we weren't real enthused about this line, and after extensive review and researching their products, we are even less enthused, plus a bit irritated at the paucity of value represented. For the most part, this is nothing more than an average collection of products whose elitist spa positioning allows them to get away with charging an exorbitant amount of money for products that cannot possibly do what they say. Even worse, they may hurt your skin in the process due to the irritating fragrant plant extracts they contain. As expected, sun protection as part of daily skin care is given little attention (their daytime moisturizers top out at a whopping SPF 7), while there are numerous moisturizers and serums claiming to increase skin's dermal respiration, oxygenate tissues, and make inelastic, sagging skin a thing of the past. If you're the type to fall for such false promises and want plants galore, there's not much else we can say to keep you from exploring this line. But if you're skeptical and concerned chiefly with getting the best possible skin care for your needs (and dollars), then Elemis is a line you can safely and absolutely ignore (if you want to splurge there are far better options).

Falling for the Elemis spa trappings, potent fragrances, and "we're-imported-so-we're-better" philosophy won't provide your skin with the litany of ingredients it needs to function at its peak and to resist signs of aging that can be legitimately addressed with state-of-the-art products.

For more information about Elemis, call (800) 423-5293 or visit www.elemis.com.

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