Cuticle Cream

by Eve Lom  
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$24 - 7 ml
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Category:
Skin Care > Retinol Products > Body Lotions/Creams/Balms/Butters
Last Updated:
3/14/2013
Jar Packaging:
Yes
Tested On Animals:
No

This is a very standard emollient moisturizer that works on dry cuticles or dry skin anywhere on the body. However, there are very few exciting ingredients in this moisturizer and it contains several fragrant irritants that won’t help anyone’s skin. Clove and eucalyptus have no place in a product sold with claims like “protective” and “healthy nail growth.”

Packed with protective waxes and oils, this little pot of cream will keep your cuticles in peak condition and encourage healthy nail growth. Sweet almond oil improves barrier function while beeswax moisturises and protects the cuticle. Chamomile and yarrow oil heals and soothes cuticles making them softer and smoother.

Water, Polydecene, Glycerin, Sodium Lactate, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond Oil), Sodium Chloride, Sorbeth-30, Peg-30 Dipolyhydroxystearate, Hydrogenated Styrene / Isoprene Copolymer, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Garcinia Indica (Seed Butter), Persea Gratissima (Avocado Oil), Copper-Pca, C10-30 Cholesterol / Lanosterol Esters, Hordeum Vulgare (Spent Grain Wax), Capric / Caprylic Triglycerides, Argania Spinosa (Kernel Oil), Achillea Millefollium (Yarrow Oil), Eugenia Caryophyllus (Clove Oil), Chamomilla Recutita (Chamomile Oil), Humulus Lupulus (Hops Oil), Eucalyptus Globulus (Eucalyptus Oil), Glycine Soja (Soybean Oil), Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot Root Extract), Beta-Carotene, Tocopherol, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Ethylparaben, Butylparaben, Isopropylparaben, Eugenol, Isoeugenol

Eve Lom is described as "one of the most respected and sought-after beauty professionals alive today," which is quite a feat, but a bit bewildering when you consider the quality of the product's that bear her name. A Czechoslovakia-born aesthetician who came to the United States in the 1980s, Lom studied with fellow aesthetician Georgette Klinger before jumping across the pond and taking her skills to London. PR pronouncements aside, in this case the quality of the products is seriously lacking, and most are utter disappointments, with formulas that are remarkable only in how amazingly ordinary and mundane they are.

Aside from the poor formulations, this line lacks AHA or BHA exfoliants (which have abundant research showing they are beneficial for most skin types), effective anti-acne products, and any products to address other concerns such as discolorations or wrinkles. Lom's less-is-more approach is intriguing, but less should not mean short-changing your skin on what is essential for healing, sun protection, various skin-care concerns, or well-researched ingredients. Limiting the number of products you use doesn't necessarily mean you are taking good (or even average) care of your skin.

Where this line falls seriously short are the moisturizers. Most of them are as basic as it gets, with combinations that date back to the 80s. (Think about using the same computer you used in the 80s and it'll give you an idea of how antiquated skin-care formularies won't give your skin what it needs, namely, what current research shows is essential for skin to function like young or healthy skin.) Aside from banal formulations, they also are laden with fragrance, and the few plant extracts these products do contain have minimal or no research showing their benefit; some are even seriously irritating. Any ingredient, natural or otherwise, that causes irritation can cause collagen to break down, increase oil production, and impair the skin's barrier—none of that is good and an aesthetician should know better, regardless of her pedigree.

Not a single Lom product has a formula that mixes antioxidants, skin-identical ingredients, anti-irritants, and cell-communicating ingredients, which are central to the current understanding, based on published research, of what skin truly needs to look and feel its best. You can't even fault Lom for using mostly jar packaging because there are no ingredients in these products worth keeping stable. In the end, becoming a devotee to Eve Lom’s products and skin-care philosophies is both a step backward and a step toward subjecting your skin to daily irritation and inflammation, both of which lead to helping skin look older, not younger.

For more information about Eve Lom, call +44 (0) 20 8740 2076 or visit www.evelom.com.

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