Tested on animals:Yes
L'Oreal took the concept of facial oils and added an extra benefit, broad spectrum sun protection! Although this might seem like a good idea (we thought so at first), both the concept and this particular formula have problems you need to know about!
The issue with the sunscreen is that liberal application is necessary to provide the amount of protection stated on the label. But how liberal are you going to apply a facial oil? Most people would just dab on a drop or two (L'Oreal advises using 4 or 5 drops per use), which is enough for extra moisture and a supple feel—but not enough to work as your sole source of sun protection. So, for this product, we consider the sunscreen a nice bonus but unless you apply it liberally, it isn't an "extra" benefit for skin.
Although the liberal application issue is easily overcome by pairing this facial oil with your regular sunscreen, your skin won't be able to overcome this formula's strong potential to become sensitized because of the fragrant oils it contain.
Age Perfect Hydra-Nutrition Facial Oil SPF 30 is highly fragrant, and the scent comes from added "perfume" ingredients not specifically listed and fragrant plant oils such as orange and lavender. See More Info to learn why daily use of highly fragrant products is a problem for all skin types.
Summing up, this facial oil's fragrance is its major deal-breaking drawback and the SPF is not something you can rely on without generous application, which makes skin feel greasy, not silky. If you use just a little bit during the day so your makeup doesn't slide off under your sunscreen, it could work fine for dry skin—but ultimately the fragrant oils trump a recommendation to use this at all.
One more quick comment: Although most facial oils lack sunscreen and can be applied morning and evening, your skin doesn't need sun protection at night.
- Provides broad spectrum protection (when applied liberally).
- Oil-rich formula provides lasting moisture.
- Leaves skin feeling exceptionally smooth and soft.
- Highly fragrant formula poses a strong risk of sensitizing skin.
- Applied liberally to get the stated level of SPF, the slippery finish isn't a good base for makeup application.
- Unless you apply this product liberally you shouldn't rely on this as your sole source of sun protection.
Why Fragrance is a Problem for Skin: Daily use of products that contain a high amount of fragrance, whether the fragrant ingredients are synthetic or natural, causes a chronic sensitizing reaction on skin.
This leads to all kinds of problems, including disruption of skin's healthy appearance, worsening dryness, redness, depletion of vital substances in skin's surface, and generally keeps skin from looking healthy, smooth, and hydrated. Fragrance free is always the best way to go for all skin types.
A surprising fact: Even though you can't always see the negative influence of using products that contain fragrance has on skin, the damage will still be taking place even if it's not evident on the surface. Research has demonstrated that you don't always need to see or feel the effects on your skin for your skin to be suffering. This negative impact and the visible damage may not become apparent for a long time.
References for this information:
Biochimica and Biophysica Acta, May 2012, pages 1,410-1,419
Aging, March 2012, pages 166-175
Chemical Immunology and Allergy, March 2012, pages 77-80
Experimental Dermatology, October 2009, pages 821-832
International Journal of Toxicology, Volume 27, 2008, Supplement pages 1-43
Food and Chemical Toxicology, February 2008, pages 446—475
American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, 2003, issue 11, pages 789-798