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Alchemy Premium Night Cream
Rating
1.7 fl. oz. for $155
Category:Skin Care > Moisturizers (Daytime and Nighttime) > Moisturizer without Sunscreen
Last Updated:11.20.2009
Jar Packaging:Yes
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

Alchemy Premium Night Cream has a premium price and an ingredient list that reads like a who’s who of antioxidants. That makes it that much more depressing to report it’s in a jar package, allowing the air-sensitive antioxidants to become ineffective once you begin using the product. Considering the financial investment you’re making to purchase this product, Remede should know better and should get this out of the jar and into stable packaging.

Claims

Restorative cream for maturing skin. Finally, Laboratoire Remede has taken everything you love about Alchemy and put it in a cult-worthy cream that's designed to work overnight (when your body does its blue-ribbon repair work) to fix the free-radical damage done by day and return that refined, luminous, younger-looking skin. With BioBright Complex, Phytokine, vitamines A and C, sodium hyaluronate, grapeseed extract and ultra-hydrating vitamin E capsules that melt upon contact for fast absorption.

Ingredients

Water, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Butylene Glycol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Coco Caprylate/Caprate, Cetyl Alcohol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-40 Stearate, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Saxifraga Sarmentosa Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Fruit Extract, Morus Nigra Root Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Zea Mays (Corn) Kernel Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Hydrolyzed Potato Protein, Sodium Hyaluronate, Atelocollagen, Serine, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sorbitan Tristearate, Caprylyl Glycol, Carbomer, Mannitol, Algin, Methylparaben, Cellulose, Ascorbic Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, Dipeptide Diaminobutyroyl Benzylamide Diacetate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, Sorbitol, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, PEG-8, Sodium Citrate, Disodium EDTA, Tocopherol, Propylene Glycol, Silica, Sodium Metabisulfite, Fragrance, Propylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Phenoxyethanol, Limonene, Xanthan Gum, Linalool, Ethylparaben, Butylparaben, BHT, Citric Acid, Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, Yellow 5, Red 33

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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