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Laboratoire Remède
Wrinkle Therapy Eye Baume Restorative Eye Balm
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0.5 fl. oz. for $110
Category:Skin Care > Retinol Products > Eye Moisturizers
Last Updated:03.22.2013
Jar Packaging:Yes
Tested on animals:No
Overview

This is a basic emollient moisturizer that is far from its self-proclaimed status of “brilliant.” A brilliant moisturizer would contain a better blend of skin-identical ingredients, a greater amount and array of well-researched antioxidants, and some cell-communicating ingredients. It also would not be packaged in a jar as this one is, which won’t keep the beneficial ingredients it does contain stable, nor would it contain fragrant plant wax or fragrance chemicals. This moisturizer is the skin-care equivalent of a C- on a report card, while your skin deserves nothing less than A+ treatment, and given the price tag, this doesn’t even come close. By the way, there is nothing in this product that makes it uniquely suited for skin around the eyes.

Claims

This brilliant balm pampers notoriously paper-thin undereye skin by lifting, strengthening and redensifying for a smoother, less-lined look. Soft focus powders offer instant illumination to get you on the ‘bright’ track.

Ingredients

Water, Isopropyl Palmitate, Glyceryl Stearate, Butyrospermum Parkii Extract (Shea Butter), Stearic Acid, Hydroxystearic/Linolenic/Oleic Polyglycerides, Palmitic Acid, Glycerin, Capric/Caprylic Triglycerides, Glycol Palmitate, Hydrogenated Starch Hydrolysate, Mangifera Indica Seed Butter (Mango), Methylmethacrylate Crosspolymer, Oleic/Linoleic/Linolenic Polyglycerides, Nymphaea Alba Flower Extract, Jasminum Officinale Flower Wax (Jasmine), Tocopherol, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil (Sunflower), Hibiscus Abelmoschus Seed Extract, Myrtus Communis Leaf Extract, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Fragrance, Limonene, Xanthan Gum, Linalool, Potassium Sorbate, Geraniol, Maltooligosyl Glucoside, Citral, Hydroxyproline, Benzyl Benzoate, Hydroxymethyl Dioxolanone, Citronellol, Tetrasodium Edta, Farnesol, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Butylene Glycol, Isohexadecane, Triethanolamine, Sodium Myristoyl Glutamate, Polysorbate 60, Aluminum Hydroxide, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Mica, Titanium Dioxide

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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