03.14.2013
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Day Cream
Rating
50 ml for $70
Category:Skin Care > Moisturizers (Daytime and Nighttime) > Moisturizer without Sunscreen
Last Updated:03.14.2013
Jar Packaging:Yes
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

This moisturizer isn’t suitable as a day cream because it doesn’t contain sunscreen. It would be suitable for use at night, but the bigger question is why anyone would want to apply such a boring concoction to their skin. This product is mostly thickeners and wax, which makes Clinique’s longstanding, yet ordinary, Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion seem revolutionary in comparison. Most of the ingredients in this moisturizer are helpful for dry to very dry skin as a Band-Aid®, but the formula doesn’t help restore or repair skin because that requires cell-communicating ingredients, skin-identical ingredients, and potent, non-irritating antioxidants. The non-fragrant plant oils in here have some antioxidant capability, but those properties are significantly hindered because of the jar packaging. Lom included yarrow oil, which is an interesting choice, although there is very little research pertaining to its benefit for skin. Its most common topical use is for wounds due to its styptic (astringent) action. The oil contains anti-inflammatory chemicals and antioxidants, but these are coupled with volatile chemicals that can cause irritation (Source: www.naturaldatabase.com).

Claims

This enriching daily moisturising cream contains a blend of skin hydrating, nourishing and conditioning ingredients. A moisturising cocktail of cocoa butter, glycerine and avocado and sesame oils softens and conditions the skin, making it instantly soft and smooth and helping it to retain its natural moisture content. In addition astringent and stimulating yarrow oil helps to control the production of excess sebum for a perfectly matt complexion, ideal to wear with or without make-up.

Ingredients

Water, Isopropyl Myristate, Glyceryl Stearate, Glycerin, Peg-100 Stearate, Stearic Acid, Cera Microcristallina (Microcrystalline Wax), Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Paraffinum Liquidum (Mineral Oil), Triticum Vulgare (Wheatgerm Oil), Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame Oil), Persea Gratissima (Avocado Oil), Achillea Millefolium, (Yarrow Oil), Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa Butter), Lanolin Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-1, Disodium Edta, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Isobutylparaben, BHT

Brand Overview

Eve Lom At-A-Glance

Strengths: The sunscreens provide sufficient UVA protection; the muslin cloths are nice if you don't mind spending extra for a washcloth.

Weaknesses: Expensive; jar packaging; limited range of products; several products contain potent irritants, such as camphor and eucalyptus; Lom overemphasizes cleansing and scrubbing skin; irritating lip balm; hand cream with sunscreen that stops at SPF 10.

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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