TLC Cream

by Eve Lom  
Price:
$80 - 1.6 fl. oz.
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Category:
Skin Care > Moisturizers (Daytime and Nighttime) > Moisturizer without Sunscreen
Last Updated:
3/14/2013
Jar Packaging:
Yes
Tested On Animals:
No

At less than 2 ounces, this combination of water, mineral oil, beeswax and assorted thickening agents is shockingly overpriced. While these emollients are beneficial for dry skin, they don’t counter the problematic arnica and rose extract—used on a daily basis, arnica can promote inflammation, and fragrance is never beneficial for skin (see More Info for details on fragrant ingredients).

Lacking any beneficial antioxidants or cell-communicating ingredients, the simple, inexpensive formula of TLC Cream can’t compete with the most basic options available at the drugstore. Given these drawbacks, there is no justification for its price tag and you can find better from brands like Yes to Carrots, Boots, L’Oreal, even Eucerin. For well-formulated alternatives that won’t break the bank (and contain skin-friendly combinations of ingredients), see our list of Best Moisturizers (Daytime and Nighttime).

Pros:
  • Contains good emollients for dry skin.
Cons:
  • Absurdly overpriced .
  • Lacks any beneficial antioxidants or cell-communicating ingredients.
  • Contains the irritants arnica and fragrant rose extract .
More Info:

Irritation from Fragrance: Daily use of products that contain a high amount of fragrance, whether the fragrant ingredients are synthetic or natural, causes chronic irritation that can damage healthy collagen production, lead to or worsen dryness, and impair your skin's ability to heal. Fragrance-free is the best way to go for all skin types. If fragrance in your skin-care products is important to you, it should be a very low amount to minimize the risk to your skin (Sources: Inflammation Research, December 2008, pages 558–563; Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, June 2008, pages 124–135, and November-December 2000, pages 358–371; Journal of Investigative Dermatology, April 2008, pages 15–19; Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, March 2008, pages 78–82; Mechanisms of Ageing and Development, January 2007, pages 92–105; and British Journal of Dermatology, December 2005, pages S13–S22).

This deliciously comforting rich cream will calm and sooth skin and its exclusive formula of natural ingredients comfort skin that feels tight and stretched. Beeswax and glycerine hydrate, moisturise and condition the skin giving it a thicker, more even-textured look. Euphrasia extract and arnica oil soothe and tone skin, while reducing puffiness. Calendula oil calms sensitive skin and tones down occurring skin redness.

Naturally fragranced with the most luxurious of all rose oils, Rose Otto of Bulgaria helps to heal, soothe and rehydrate dry skin and gently softens fine lines and wrinkles.

Water, Paraffinum Liquidum (Mineral Oil), Cera Alba (Beeswax), Cera Microcristallina (Microcrystalline Wax), Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Decyl Oleate, Isostearyl Neopentanoate, Sodium Acrylates Copolymer, PPG-1 Trideceth 6, Glycerin, Calendula Officinalis (Calendula Oil), Arnica Montana (Arnica Oil), Brassica Oleifera, Magnesium Sulfate, Aluminum Stearate, Isopropyl Myristate, Disodium Edta, Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate, Euphrasia Officinalis, (Eyebright Extract), Rosa Damascena (Rose Oil), BHT, Alcohol Denat., Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Isobutylparaben

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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