01.04.2010
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Alchemy Line-Minimizing Masque Wrinkle-Softening and Ultra-Hydrating Treatment
Rating
1.7 fl. oz. for $68
Category:Skin Care > Facial Masks > Moisturizing/Firming Masks
Last Updated:01.04.2010
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

The antioxidants in this moisturizing mask aren’t more advanced than countless others, but at least Remede is on track by including a substantial amount of them. The fault lies in stating that this mask is a must for anyone over age 35. Why the arbitrary age, and what about the fact that regardless of one’s age, this mask isn’t suitable for oily or blemish-prone skin? There’s also the issue that all ages can benefit from topical application of antioxidants, so the “… mandatory for anyone over 35” statement is just a marketing gimmick, not a helpful guideline. This mask is a worthwhile, though very expensive, option for normal to dry skin. It is too lightweight to be “ultra-hydrating,” but it does infuse skin with plentiful antioxidants and some soothing agents. This mask contains fragrance and a coloring agent.

Claims

Armed to the teeth with advanced antioxidants, this 10-minute mask is mandatory for anyone over 35 or skin that's regularly stressed, sunned, sapped by travel or subjected to city life. True to its name, it lessens the look of lines, and helps brighten instantly and over time, hydrate, plump and re-energizie skin.

Ingredients

Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Saxifraga Sarmentosa Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Fruit Extract, Algae Extract, Morus Nigra Root Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Yeast Extract (Faex), Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Sodium Hyaluronate, Atelocollagen, Serine, Sodium Polyacrylate, Algin, Carbomer, Tocopheryl Acetate, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Caprylyl Glycol, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan), Glucose, Hydrolyzed Potato Protein, PPG-26-Buteth-26, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Sodium Hydroxide, Disodium EDTA, Urea, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Sodium Chondroitin Sulfate, Methylparaben, Propylene Glycol, Glucosamine HCL, Fragrance, Butylparaben, Sodium Metabisulfite, Sodium Sulfite, Sodium Citrate, Limonene, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Xanthan Gum, Isobutylparaben, Silica, Sorbitol, Phenoxyethanol, Linalool, Citronellol, Sodium Methylparaben, Tocopherol, Titanium Dioxide, Mica, Yellow 5, Red 33, Beta Carotene

Brand Overview

Laboratoire Remède At-A-Glance

Strengths: One good tinted moisturizer with SPF 30.

Weaknesses: Expensive; no products to treat acne or skin discolorations; jar packaging.

This expensive, French-themed skin-care line is owned by Bliss, a New York–based spa that is in turn owned by Starwood Hotels and Resorts. It has been around since 1997, when a group of "overachieving French scientists" decided to create products that repair and protect skin from further damage. Based on the product selection and their ingredients, it seems that these French chemists were more aligned with mad scientists than with what it takes to create a truly beneficial range of skin-care products. If the goal was to provide products that help repair damage, why do so many Remède items contain ingredients that generate free-radical damage and cause cell death, such as hydrogen peroxide? And why does keeping skin in top shape have to be so expensive? It doesn't, but the marketing direction and the rather shockingly high prices have a lot more to do with this line's pretense than with skin care.

According to information on www.blissworld.com, each Remède product "contains a 'formula core' of advanced ingredients, plus permeation technology to get the dew down deep." The reality is that many of these products are some of the most troublesome around, and sunscreens are in very short supply. Then again, marketing sunscreens isn't fun or sexy, so it's easy to see why Remède chose to downplay this essential and instead focused on their fantasyland of claims promising to tackle every concern someone with aging skin may have. Never mind that the ingredients are mostly ordinary and incapable of coming anywhere close to being an all-in-one solution. Remède may brag about the ability of their products to penetrate and deliver ingredients deep into your skin. But for many Remède products that would be a major problem, because it means your skin would be penetrated by skin-damaging ingredients such as hydrogen peroxide, peppermint oil, and lemon oil. As expected, there are a handful of remarkable choices, but they're not remarkable because they do what Remède claims; rather, they are praiseworthy because they contain blends of ingredients that are legitimately capable of improving the healthy functioning and appearance of skin.

For more information about Laboratoire Remède, call (888) 243-8825 or visit www.remede.com.

Note: This brand will soon be updated with its newest products!

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