Tested on animals:Yes
The claim for this product is that it is "replenishing care for mature skin." First, being "mature" is not a skin type. Not everyone over a certain age has the same type of skin. Women of all ages can have oily skin, blemishes, rosacea, blackheads, and more, and this formula won't address any of those skin conditions. Plus, what age is mature skin supposed to be? Is it over 50? 60? 70? It doesn't matter, because as we said, age is not a skin type.
Aside from the issue of age, this emollient, basic moisturizer is decent enough, although its claims exceed what the formula can really do. It does contain a small amount of skin-repairing ingredients and antioxidants, but it should contain a more generous amount—something women of any age need. It also has silica and cornstarch high up on the ingredient list, which are absorbents that have nothing to do with replenishing whatsoever, and, to some extent, these reduce the moisturizing properties of the other ingredients.
What this also contains is something called Pro-xylane,a made-up term representing a group of ingredients in the formula. This patented trade name was coined by L'Oreal, who happens to own La Roche-Posay. You would think that if this blend of ingredients was so special, then other L'Oreal-owned companies would use it, too, but they don't. This ends up being a good emollient base, but there is no research showing it has special benefit for skin. It certainly isn't a must-have.
Overall this is an average moisturizer for dry skin, but that's about it.
- Contains some good emollients for dry skin.
- Expensive for what amounts to an average formula.
- Age is not a skin type, so the "mature skin" designation isn't helpful.
- Pro-xylane isn't a wonderful, must-have ingredient blend.
- The absorbent ingredients keep this from being as moisturizing as it otherwise would be.