Laser

by EltaMD  
Price:
$20 - 3.8 fl. oz.
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Category:
Skin Care > Specialty Products > Specialty Skin Care Products
Last Updated:
3/12/2013
Jar Packaging:
Yes
Tested On Animals:
No

Laser is little more than waxes and a film-forming agent. It is designed to provide relief from discomfort associated with cosmetic corrective procedures, such as laser treatments or microdermabrasion, but there are far better options.

It's great that this is fragrance-free and does not contain any ingredients known to cause irritation, but the simplicity of the formula also leaves your skin wanting (and in fact needing) more as it heals from cosmetic procedures. A moisturizer or balm loaded with antioxidants, soothing agents, and skin-repairing ingredients would be far more ideal. Overall, this product is like using a typewriter to work up a spreadsheet when what would really help you is a computer!

Last, the jar packaging this comes in isn't much of a problem because the formula lacks water, thus reducing the hygiene risk of dipping your fingers into a jar. In addition, the formula doesn't contain any light- or air-sensitive ingredients that will break down in this type of packaging.

Pros:
  • Fragrance-free.
Cons:
  • Very thick and essentially just coats skin with a layer of wax.
  • Lacks soothing and skin-repairing ingredients that skin needs to heal and replenish after cosmetic corrective procedures, especially laser resurfacing.

This concentrated formula provides relief from the dryness and feelings of discomfort often felt after in-office procedures such as CO2 laser, Erbium laser and dermabrasion treatments. The formula's smooth texture melts into the skin, providing immediate relief to dry and damaged skin. It seals in moisture, delivering up to twelve hours of comfort. The gentle composition of Laser (Renew) is free of fragrances and preservatives, hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic, safe for use around the eyes and suitable for even the most sensitive of skin.

Petrolatum, Microcrystalline Wax, Paraffin, PVP Eicosene Copolymer

Texas-based EltaMD is a small line of skin-care products that specializes in sunscreens. If you're like most of the women who've asked us to review this line, you most likely came across it at your dermatologist's office. EltaMD is a "physician-dispensed" line, but despite that professional allure, their products are not "medical" in the least. In fact, they are widely available for purchase online, and nothing about their skin-care formulas requires a prescription or your doctor's sanction. In fact, we're fairly certain many doctors wouldn't know how to decipher the ingredient list on the label of these products

Without question, EltaMD takes the necessity of daily sun protection seriously. They offer several sunscreens and moisturizers with sunscreen, each providing broad-spectrum protection from either zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide. In short, this line gets its sunscreens right, and the fact that all of them are fragrance-free is an added bonus for your skin.

Perhaps most exciting is that almost all of EltaMD's sunscreens with zinc oxide (often joined by the synthetic sunscreen active octinoxate) apply beautifully and do not leave a noticeable white cast, despite their mineral base.

The company maintains that they use micronized zinc oxide, and you can tell. These sunscreens are easy to apply and most have cosmetically elegant textures that feel more like moisturizers than traditional "beach" sunscreens. They also work great under makeup, although some may find the mineral finish not to their liking, just based on personal preference.

Of course, EltaMD isn't the only company to offer a good selection of sunscreens that provide broad-spectrum protection. Nor are they the only game in town when it comes to using micronized zinc oxide; lots of other companies, including SkinCeuticals, Peter Thomas Roth, and Paula's Choice, use it because it's effective and aesthetically pleasing. However, EltaMD's formulas are quite good and compete favorably with others, especially for women with normal to dry or combination skin that's not prone to breakouts.

Where EltaMD's sunscreens could improve is by providing a greater array of antioxidants. Some of their sunscreens contain none, while most have only one, typically vitamin E. That's not bad, but given the research proving how antioxidants boost the efficacy of sunscreens and offer additional protection for your skin, it's good medicine to include several antioxidants in effective amounts rather than just one.

EltaMD also offers a small range of facial-care products, most of which are fragrance-free, although if they are from a "physican's" line, as this one is, they should all be fragrance-free because fragrance is not skin care and is almost always damaging to skin. The facial-care products are decent options, but for the most part they are ordinary and not preferred over hundreds of others. Sun protection is where it's at for this brand.

For more information about EltaMD, call (800) 633-8872 or visit www.eltamd.com.

Note: The Paula's Choice Research Team wishes to extend a special thank you to EltaMD. When we contacted the company to request information and assistance (something we do for every brand reviewed on this site) they graciously sent us every product along with helpful information on each. It is not often a cosmetics company assists us at all, let alone so willingly, and we sincerely appreciate it.

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