Refresh Moisture Infusion

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$125 
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Skin Care > Moisturizers (Daytime and Nighttime) > Moisturizer without Sunscreen
Last Updated:
3/13/2013
Jar Packaging:
Yes
Tested On Animals:
No

This fragranced moisturizer is said to be inspired by Grace Kelly, supposedly a past devotee of Erno Laszlo and his skin-care principles. Despite her status as a Hollywood icon (and princess), what was known about skin care back in Kelly's heyday pales in comparison to what we know now. The association with a celebrity is nice, but it's more nostalgic than a wise way to shop for skin care (not to mention that Kelly's envied beauty didn't come from a jar).

Hollywood artifice aside, this moisturizer's chief weakness (beyond a needlessly high price tag) is its jar packaging. See More Info to learn why this type of packaging is a big mistake, especially if you plan to spend this much for a single product.

From almost any perspective, this ends up being an OK moisturizer for normal to dry skin, but that's about it. The formula does little to increase radiance as claimed, the vitamin C (ascorbyl glucoside) won't remain stable because of the packaging, and the overall formulation shortchanges your skin of the proven anti-aging ingredients proven to help skin look and act younger.

This does contain the novel skin-lightening ingredient dimenthylmethoxy chromanyl palmitate, but the only information about its efficacy comes from the ingredient manufacturer (Lipotec), and their studies didn't compare the results from this ingredient with the results of other proven skin-lightening agents. In addition, despite a claim of high stability in cosmetics formulas, the ingredient is supposed to be stored away from light—but the jar packaging this comes in lets light in with each use (Source: www.ecolabs.com/Chromabright-efficacy.pdf).

Pros:
  • Will make dry skin feel smoother and softer.
Cons:
  • Pricey for what you get.
  • Jar packaging won't keep key ingredients stable once opened.
  • Lacks a range of proven anti-aging ingredients.
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The fact that it's packaged in a jar means the beneficial ingredients won't remain stable once it is opened. All plant extracts, vitamins, antioxidants, and other state-of-the-art ingredients break down in the presence of air, so once a jar is opened and lets the air in, these important ingredients begin to deteriorate. Jars also are unsanitary because you're dipping your fingers into them with each use, adding bacteria, which further deteriorate the beneficial ingredients (Sources: Free Radical Biology and Medicine, September 2007, pages 818–829; Ageing Research Reviews, December 2007, pages 271–288; Dermatologic Therapy, September-October 2007, pages 314–321; International Journal of Pharmaceutics, June 12, 2005, pages 197–203; Pharmaceutical Development and Technology, January 2002, pages 1–32; International Society for Horticultural Science, www.actahort.org/members/showpdf?booknrarnr=778_5; Beautypackaging.com, and www.beautypackaging.com/articles/2007/03/airless-packaging.php).

Inspired by Grace Kelly, this powerful formula increases radiance and evens skin tone for a supple, more youthful appearance. Enriched with tourmaline technology and rejuvenating antioxidants to brighten and refine the complexion.

Aqua (Water/Eau), Glycerin, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Butylene Glycol, Octyldodecanol, Cyclopentasiloxane, PEG-100 Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Cyclohexasiloxane, Cetyl Alcohol, Citrullus Vulgaris (Watermelon) Fruit Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Lens Esculenta (Lentil) Fruit Extract, Dimenthylmethoxy Chromanyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tourmaline, Sodium Polyacrylate, Ethylhexyl Stearate, Tridecheth-6, Carbomer, Ethylhexylglycerin, Citric Acid, Stearic Acid, Sodium Lactate, Sodium PCA, Sodium Citrate, Sodium Hydroxide, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance (Parfum), O-Cymen-5-ol, Violet 2.

According to the company's brochure, Dr. Erno Laszlo, a Hungarian dermatologist, was "the first to combine the exact science of his profession with the art of cosmetology" using "precisely diagnosed treatments dispensed with a doctor's touch." He treated Hungarian royalty, women whose lack of beautiful skin was apparently enough to get them shot in the face by potential suitors (no kidding)—until Laszlo saved the day with his revolutionary products. We admit that that's great copy, but there are rumors that he was never a medical doctor in Hungary or anywhere else in Europe, and he was certainly never licensed to practice medicine in the United States. Medical status aside, the claims and "story" behind these products are just another verse in the litany of hyperbole the cosmetics industry is famous for.

In his time (1920s through the 1930s), Laszlo's notoriety was built on "prescribing" skin-care regimens for wealthy women who could afford to "succumb to the 'Laszlo Ritual' of daily skin care." The ritual included regimented splashing of the face with extremely hot water before and after washing with bar soap. Today's Laszlo ritual talks of harnessing the power of water not only to cleanse skin but also to tone, firm, hydrate, clear, and energize skin. Amazing isn't it? If water alone and a certain splashing technique with traditional bar soap can take care of skin, then what's the point of Laszlo's profusion of (mostly poor) products? Why not just offer some soap and a tip sheet on how to splash most effectively, and let the water perform the miracles the company claims it can? If you think this sounds as ridiculous as we do, imagine trying to explain it to customers without backing away sheepishly. While neighboring cosmetics counters extol advanced formulas claiming to work like Botox or speak of their potent, patented cosmeceutical ingredients, Laszlo's team is going on and on about splashing skin with water and the "clocking system" they use to determine your skin type (a system that is more complicated than helpful).

Looking at historical background is one thing, but the real problem with legendary or ancient skin-care routines is that new research more often than not negates what we once thought to be true. After all, in Laszlo's heyday, no one knew about sun damage or the need for exfoliation, or that hot water can hurt skin and cause surfaced capillaries. Water-soluble cleansers weren't around, no one knew the connection between antioxidants and skin care, elegant sunscreens didn't exist, and Laszlo clearly didn't know that soap is too irritating and that irritation is a problem for skin (it's one of the major causes of collagen destruction). Plus, alkaline substances (that's what soap contains) have research showing they can increase the bacterial content in skin and damage the skin's healing process. With today's gentle cleansing options, there is no need to subject skin to the harshness of soap, regardless of how oily it is.

Further, anyone with any skin type who adheres to routine use of Laszlo's products is only setting themselves up for trouble, whether it's persistent irritation or a dry, tight feeling that will have you reaching for a moisturizer in desperation (and possibly making oily or breakout-prone areas worse as a result). There are some reliable, well-formulated products in this line, but following Laszlo's regimented routine is a path to skin irritation and dryness—and that's not the way to "worship your skin."

For more information about Erno Laszlo, call (888) 352-7956 or visit www.ernolaszlo.com.

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