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Alchemy Moisture Emulsion Concentrated Antioxidant Moisture Lotion
Rating
1.7 fl. oz. for $105
Category:Skin Care > Moisturizers (Daytime and Nighttime) > Moisturizer without Sunscreen
Last Updated:01.04.2010
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

For a moisturizer that claims to be “loaded” with apple extract, there isn’t much of it in here. In fact, it’s the 15th ingredient in this lightweight yet emollient moisturizer that’s below average and a way-overpriced option for normal to slightly dry skin. Not only does the formula shortchange skin on the antioxidants and cell-communicating ingredients it needs, but also this contains irritating fragrance chemicals such as eugenol, amyl cinnamal, and linalool. Don’t be fooled by the claims: This moisturizer is more trouble than it’s worth, and your skin doesn’t need even a little bit of trouble—especially not for this much money!

Claims

Loaded with firming apple extract, antioxidants green tea and grapeseed (the lofty levels of which cause its signature pink hue), an all-skin type fitting powerful hydrating plant cell oil, and a mound of anti-wrinkle warrior: vitamin C, this infamous moisture cream keeps even the most fickle of faces coming back.

Ingredients

Water, Cyclomethicone, Squalane, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Pentadecalactone, Glycerin, Stearyl Alcohol, Benzophenone-4, Butylene Glycol, PEG-40 Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate, Steareth-2, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Propylene Glycol, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Cetyl Alcohol, Dea-Cetyl Phosphate, Amyl Cinnamal, Eugenol, Triethanolamine, Geraniol, Bisabolol, Linalool, PEG-6, Benzyl Benzoate, PEG-32, Fragrance (Parfum), Hexyl Cinnamal, Limonene, Disodium EDTA, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Sodium Citrate, Methylparaben, Diazolidinyl Urea, BHT, Propylparaben

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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