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Matte Therapy Moisture Lift Gel-Lotion Ultra Replenishing Emulsion
Rating
1.7 fl. oz. for $115
Category:Skin Care > Moisturizers (Daytime and Nighttime) > Oil-Absorbing/Mattifying
Last Updated:03.22.2013
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

Are you struggling with wrinkles, sagging, and oily skin? This lightweight moisturizer purports to have all the answers, but it doesn’t even come close. Not a single ingredient in this product can regulate sebum (oil) production; that process is regulated by hormones. However, if you avoid irritating the skin then you can reduce oil production in the pore because irritating skin stimulates oil production directly in the oil gland. This contains a plant extract (Peumus boldus) that is a known irritant as well as other fragrant plants and a good amount of alcohol (alcohol generates free-radical damage and causes cell death), none of which keep skin clear or help absorb excess oil, although it will stimulate more oil production in the pore.

Few moisturizers in recent memory make as many utterly misleading unachievable claims as this one, and it isn’t recommended for any skin type. Those with oily skin and wrinkles would do far better with a lightweight sunscreen paired with an antioxidant-enriched mattifier or primer.

Claims

Attack oil and aging from all angles with this oil-free triple-action lotion. Modified polysaccharides regulate sebum without irritation, oat polysaccharides lift, firm and refine skin texture, and rose shaped powders absorb oil to keep pores clear (and as puny as possible). pH levels are balanced, and skin is left smooth, shine-free and feeling just right—not overly tight.

Ingredients

Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Arachidyl Alcohol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Oleic/Linoleic/Linolenic Polyglycerides, Behenyl Alcohol, Corn Starch Modified, Nymphaea Alba Flower Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Rosa Multiflora Fruit Extract, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Peumus Boldus Leaf Extract, Retinyl Palmitate, Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tocopherol, Calcium Carbonate, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Arachidyl Glucoside, Capryloyl Glycine, Hydroxymethyl Dioxolanone, Triethanolamine, Xanthan Gum, Maltooligosyl Glucoside, Benzyl Alcohol, Sodium Acrylates/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Limonene, Fragrance, Linalool, Hydrogenated Starch Hydrolysate, Geraniol, Isohexadecane, Citral, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Benzyl Benzoate, Dehydroacetic Acid, Citronellol, Polysorbate 80, Farnesol, Sodium Hexametaphosphate, 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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