03.15.2013
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Exten-10 Instant Youth Boosting Moisturizer SPF 15
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1.7 fl. oz. for $44.50
Last Updated:03.15.2013
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

This is a very good moisturizer with sunscreen for normal to slightly dry or slightly oily (combination) skin. It contains a good blend of antioxidants, repairing substances, cell-communicating ingredients, and avobenzone is on hand for critical UVA (think anti-aging) sun protection. Note that the formula contains the mineral pigment mica, so it leaves a subtle shiny finish.

The promise of skin that looks 10 years younger in four weeks is an enticing one, but this product won’t make it come true, at least not to the extent you may be imagining.

Here’s what is true: The broad-spectrum sun protection this daytime moisturizer provides will (when applied liberally and daily) protect skin from further sun damage. When skin is protected from sun damage and treated to a range of antioxidants and repairing ingredients (which this product contains), it is better able to repair itself and begin acting younger as it did before years of sun damage took place. That this approach will result in you looking 10 years younger is unlikely, but without question daily sun protection and antioxidants give your skin the opportunity to repair itself so you ‘ll see younger-looking skin.

What about the other factors the claims mention, such as lack of sleep and a poor diet? Although these take a visible toll on our skin, a product like this cannot compensate for either issue. For optimum skin health, it’s vital that you consume a healthy diet and get good, quality sleep. Please don’t think a product like this is a free pass to lots of late nights and eating junk food, because it isn’t.

As mentioned above, this is a very good, though pricey, daytime moisturizer with sunscreen. It missed our top rating due to the inclusion of a few potentially problematic plant extracts (rosemary, tangerine). These are most likely not present in amounts great enough to present a problem, but the formula would be better without them.

Pros:
  • Provides broad-spectrum sun protection.
  • Includes an impressive range of antioxidants and other anti-aging ingredients.
  • Silky lotion texture wears well under makeup.
  • Minimal fragrance.
Cons:
  • Expensive; see our list of Best Moisturizers with Sunscreen for less pricey alternatives.
  • Contains a couple of potentially problematic fragrant plant extracts (though the amounts are likely low enough to not be cause for concern).
Claims

The scientists at GoodSkin Labs know modern life is stressful, hard on skin. Poor diet, insufficient sleep, pollution, the sun – they add up, and show up, on your face. So they developed Exten-10™ to help restore skin’s youthful appearance. Helping it visibly renew, repair and defend itself like it used to. After 4 weeks, look 10 years younger!

Ingredients

Active: Octinoxate (7.5%), Octisalate (5%), Avobenzone (3%); Other: Water, Butylene Glycol, Octyldodecyl Myristate, Glycerin, Neopentyl Glycol, Diheptanoate, Dimethicone, Glyceryl Stearate, St. Paul’s Wort Extract, Centurary Extract, Wheat Bran Extract, Barley Extract, Argania Spinosa Leaf Extract, Laminaria Saccharina Extract, Cucumber Fruit Extract, Hydrolyzed Rice Extract, Tamarindus Indica Seed Extract, Polygonum Cuspidatum Root Extract, Grape Seed Extract, Rosemary Extract, Spike Moss Extract, Hops Extract, Tangerine Extract, Pomegranate Juice Extract, Larix Sibrica Wood Extract, Padina Pavonica Thallus Extract, Olive Fruit Extract, Yeast Extract, Sunflower Seedcake, Caffeine, Cetyl Alcohol, Polyethylene, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Propanediol, Caprylic/Capric/Myristic/Stearic Triglyceride, Pentaerythrityl Tetrahexanoate, PEG-100 Stearate, Creatine, Behenyl Alcohol, Phytantriol, PVP/Hexadecene Copolymer, Trehalose, Acetyl Glucosamine, Acetyl Hexapepetide-8, HDI/PPG/Polycaprolactone Crosspolymer, Isohexadecane, Caprylyl Glycol, Polysilicone-11, Propylene Glycol Dicaprate, Sodium PCA, Carbomer, Polysorbate 80, Cholesterol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hyaluronic Acid, Adenosine Phosphate, Linoleic Acid, Cyclodextrin, Acrylamide/Sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurate Copolymer, Hexylene Glycol, Potassium Hydroxide, Linoleic Acid, Tin Oxide, Silica, Nordihydroguaiaretic Acid, Potassium Sulfate, Etheylbisminomethylguaiacol Manganese Chloride, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Titanium Dioxide, Mica, Iron Oxides

Brand Overview

GoodSkin Labs At-A-Glance

Strengths: Most of the serums and treatment products (including the wrinkle fillers) are very good; relatively inexpensive given the anti-aging ingredients used; some of the products are fragrance-free.

Weaknesses: Falls short in terms of not offering any sun protection products; no longer a comprehensive line.

GoodSkin Labs is owned by Estee Lauder and sold exclusively at Kohl’s department stores. Although originally launched as a full-featured collection of skin-care products, the brand has since been whittled down to a few key players. We’re not sure why the downsizing occurred, but perhaps it’s Lauder simply decided to focus on the core products that sold best. Whatever the reason, what remains from GoodSkin is a mixed bag—but there are some very good products you may want to consider. Because this is Lauder-owned line, you’ll find several products are similar to others from Laude brands, including Clinique. The price point of GoodSkin Labs is in line with Clinique, though with Clinique you have a lot more choices and can, if desired, put together an entire skin-care routine. Just to be clear, you can put together a brilliant skin-care routine with products from different brands—let go of the myth that you won’t get good results if your routine mixes and matches various brands. In some cases that may work beautifully, but more often than not it can lead to trouble because few lines offer a perfectly ideal assortment of products. What GoodSkin Labs does best is serums and anti-aging treatment products (including wrinkle fillers) and most of them are fragrance-free. Their formulas combine proven beneficial ingredients in elegant textures and packaging that helps keep light- and air-sensitive ingredients stable during use. As with most cosmetic lines, the claims are a bit over the top, but for the most part the formulas contain an impressive range of ingredients that can help your skin look and act younger. You won’t find anything here that Estee Lauder’s namesake brand isn’t also offering, but if you routinely shop at Kohl’s, there are some products that are worthy of checking out! For more information about GoodSkin Labs, visit www.goodskinlabs.com.

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04.13.2015
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I could actually watch the wrinkles disappear.

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