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Age Perfect Glow Renewal Day Lotion Moisturizer SPF 30
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1.7 fl. oz. for $24.99
Last Updated:06.18.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

This daytime moisturizer with sunscreen has a creamy-smooth texture and provides broad-spectrum sun protection, but that's where the good news ends. While the sun protection includes stabilized avobenzone for reliable UVA (think anti-aging) protection this moisturizer has more problems than positives and it's an understatement to write that lots of other lines offer better daytime products!

The main issue is the amount of fragrance and fragrant oils present, along with a potentially problematic amount of denatured alcohol. All of these pose a strong risk of irritation and can potentially make the synthetic sunscreen actives more likely to cause a sensitized reaction, especially if applied near the eyes. Of particular concern is the lavender oil this contains, which we detail in the More Info section.

Fragrance isn't skin care, and seeing so much of it in one product spells trouble for everyone's skin—even if you cannot see or feel the damage taking place it is still happening (that's irritation's sneaky little secret). This moisturizer contains some good non-fragrant ingredients, but your skin doesn't have to tolerate some of the bad to get some of the good; why not buy products that only contain good ingredients, so your skin has the best chance to improve? See More Info to learn why daily use of highly fragrant products can cause pro-aging irritation—definitely not a good way to get your glow back!

Pros:
  • Provides broad-spectrum sun protection.
Cons:
  • Highly fragrant formula poses a strong risk of irritation.
  • Lavender oil is a problematic ingredient for all skin types.
  • The irritating ingredients can potentially make the sunscreen actives more sensitizing.
  • Formula contains more denatured alcohol than state-of-the-art ingredients.
More Info:

Lavender Oil: Research indicates that components of lavender, specifically linalool, can be cytotoxic, which means that topical application causes skin-cell death (Source: Cell Proliferation, June 2004, pages 221–229). Lavender leaves contain camphor, which is a known skin irritant. Because the fragrance constituents in lavender oil oxidize when exposed to air, lavender oil is a pro-oxidant, and this enhanced oxidation increases its irritancy on skin (Source: Contact Dermatitis, September 2008, pages 143–150). Lavender oil is the most potent form, and even small amounts of it (0.25% or less) are problematic. Although it's fine as an aromatherapy agent for inhalation or relaxation, it is a must to avoid in skin-care products. (Sources: Psychiatry Research, February 2007, pages 89–96; and www.naturaldatabase.com).

Daily Use of Highly Fragrant Products: Daily use of products that contain a high amount of fragrance, whether the fragrant ingredients are synthetic or natural, causes chronic irritation that can damage healthy collagen production, lead to or worsen dryness, and impair your skin's ability to heal. Fragrance-free is the best way to go for all skin types. If fragrance in your skin-care products is important to you, it should be a very low amount to minimize the risk to your skin (Sources: Inflammation Research, December 2008, pages 558–563; Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, June 2008, pages 124–135, and November-December 2000, pages 358–371; Journal of Investigative Dermatology, April 2008, pages 15–19; Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, March 2008, pages 78–82; Mechanisms of Ageing and Development, January 2007, pages 92–105; and British Journal of Dermatology, December 2005, pages S13–S22).

Claims

Restore skin’s youthful glow with Age Perfect Glow Renewal SPF 30 Lotion. It deeply nourishes and replenishes dull, dry skin of the face, neck and chest with a unique blend of 5 Essential oils. The non-greasy and luxuriously lightweight formula absorbs quickly for all-day hydration.

Ingredients

Active Ingredients: Avobenzone 3%, Homosalate 5%, Octisalate 5%, Octocrylene 7%, Cosmetic Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Dicaprylyl Ether, Nylon-66, Stearyl Alcohol, Alcohol Denatured, Caprylic/Capric, Triglyceride, PEG-100 Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Ammonium Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Fragrance, Xanthan Gum, Disodium EDTA, Tocopherol, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil, Capryloyl Salicylic Acid, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-DI-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Limonene, Propylene Glycol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Citronellol, Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine) Flower Extract, Linalool, Geraniol, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Hydroxypalmitoyl Sphinganine, Citral, Royal Jelly Extract, Benzyl Alcohol, Eugenol, Sodium Hydroxide, Citric Acid

Brand Overview

L'Oreal Paris At-A-Glance

Strengths: Budget-friendly prices; good makeup removers; wide assortment of self-tanning options; one of the best, most comprehensive makeup collections at the drugstore, with superb options in almost every category; the mascaras are a tough act to follow.

Weaknesses: Jar packaging hinders some of the skincare formulas; many of their skincare formulas contain problematic amounts of fragrance and/or other irritants; exaggerated anti-aging claims.

L'Oreal's extensive makeup collection retains its stature as one of the better selections at the drugstore, though they have stiff competition from Revlon and, in some cases, sister company Maybelline New York. In recent years L'Oreal has made significant strides with foundation shades, powder textures, concealers, and, of course, superlative mascaras that rarely fail to impress. Their lipsticks are excellent and you will find many L'Oreal makeup products have a Lancome counterpart, and that the differences are minor—if there are any at all.

L'Oreal's displays in many drugstores reflect better-organized products and shade categories (though testers are still scarce). Given the number of lipsticks they sell, it only makes sense to put them in color families so consumers have a better shopping experience. Their True Match products are also sensibly laid out, but the rest of the foundations aren't as organized, likely due to the smaller selection of shades. Speaking of foundations, L'Oreal has made further strides by offering more that provide sufficient UVA protection. Revlon still has the edge for consistently launching impressive foundations with sunscreen, but at least L'Oreal is (finally) catching up.

The bottom line is that every category of L'Oreal’s makeup has some winning (and in some cases, benchmark-setting) products.

Unfortunately, despite the brands’ enormous presence in the beauty industry, L'Oreal's moisturizers and treatment products are a nearly all unremarkable and repetitive. When it comes to moisturizers or serums, just about anything from Dove, Olay, Neutrogena, or Aveeno is preferred. L'Oreal does well with most of their cleansers, along with scrubs and self-tanning products, but given the widespread availability and financial resources of this line, they could be doing so much more. The good news is their makeup has made major strides and now ranks as the best overall color collection at the drugstore—imagine the results if their skin care followed suit.

For more information about L'Oreal, call (800) 322-2036 or visit www.loreal.com or www.lorealparisusa.com.

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