Hydra Therapy Lift Creme Ultra-Recomforting Cream
1.7 fl. oz. for $130
Category:Skin Care > Moisturizers (Daytime and Nighttime) > Moisturizer without Sunscreen
Last Updated:03.22.2013
Jar Packaging:Yes
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

We don’t know how Remede calculated that skin’s moisture declines by 10% every decade, or if they didn’t calculate it, where they got the number, because there is no research to support that notion. Sun damage and a dry environment are the primary causes of water loss, not age. Think about it, when was the last time you needed to apply moisturizer on the parts of your body that don’t regularly get exposed to the sun. This is just a standard emollient moisturizer for dry skin. It contains a blend of plants with little to no convincing research of their benefit for skin. What’s certain is that they don’t lift and firm skin. If oats was all it took to lift skin, who would need a face-lift and why doesn’t Remede use it in all their products? Plus the jar packaging won’t keep any of the potentially helpful ingredients it does contain stable after it’s opened. We cannot emphasize enough how ordinary this moisturizer is, although the price is designed to make you think you’re getting one of the best moisturizers money can buy. We wish that were the truth here, but it simply isn’t. By the way, a moisturizer designed to comfort skin shouldn’t contain fragrance and fragrance chemicals as this one does.


Skin’s ability to retain moisture declines about 10% every decade—scary stuff, unless you’re armed with this age-fighting mega moisturizer, which boosts skin’s ability to hold in hydration by restoring its Natural Moisturizing Factors (NMF). Cotton nectar strengthens the hydro-lipid barrier to deflect environmental stress, boerhavia diffusa root extract calms and soothes, and oat polysaccharides lift and firm.


Water, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Sorbitan Stearate, Behenyl Alcohol, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Nymphaea Alba Flower Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Gossypium Herbaceum (Cotton) Extract, Boerhavia Diffusa Root Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Salicornia Herbacea Extract, Gosspyium Herbaceum (Cotton) Seed Oil, Retinyl Palmitate, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate, Trehalose, Tocopherol, Oleic/Linoleic/Linolenic Polyglycerides, Maltooligosyl Glucoside, Xanthan Gum, Sucrose Cocoate, Hydrogenated Starch Hydrolysate, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance, Benzyl Alcohol, Trideceth-6, Limonene, Dehydroacetic Acid, Linalool, Triethanolamine, Geraniol, Sodium Polyacrylate, Citral, Butylene Glycol, Benzyl Benzoate, Hydroxymethyl Dioxolanone, Citronellol, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Farnesol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol

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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