Age Perfect Glow Renewal Day Lotion Moisturizer SPF 30

by L'Oreal Paris  Age Perfect
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$24.99 - 1.7 fl. oz.
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Skin Care > Moisturizers (Daytime and Nighttime) > Moisturizer with Sunscreen
Last Updated:
6/18/2014
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
Yes

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).

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.

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

Just like its sister company Lancome, L'Oreal doesn't have its act together when it comes to skin-care products. For all their talk of advanced formulas, fancy double-page ads in fashion magazines, and impressive-sounding quotes from scientists at their research and development facilities, most of what L'Oreal offers for skin care is a whole lot of nothing—or at least nothing tremendously helpful for helping skin look and feel its best.

An ongoing issue with L'Oreal (at least in the United States) is the lack of sufficient UVA-protecting ingredients in their daytime moisturizers with sunscreen. Very few of them contain the actives that provide as much UVA protection as you can get from a sunscreen. Yet this major oversight (and it’s not just with the older products—several newer sunscreens launched with this deficiency) didn't stop L'Oreal from heralding the FDA's approval of their patented ecamsule (Mexoryl SX) sunscreen for use in the United States. (Mexoryl SX has been approved for years in Europe, and L'Oreal routinely uses it in the sunscreens they sell there.) The attention-getting headline was that Mexoryl SX provides "the best" and "most stable" UVA protection, but that's not entirely true; there are other options. Why didn't anyone in the media point out to L'Oreal that while Mexoryl SX may be great, that doesn't explain why the majority of their other sunscreens leave the consumers who use them vulnerable to UVA damage… Sigh… Inadequate UVA protection is not only unhealthy for your skin, it severely damages L'Oreal's credibility as an international skin-care authority.

Aside from the sunscreen frustrations, L'Oreal's moisturizers are a yawn-inducing, fairly repetitive bunch. A cursory review of their formulas demonstrates that L'Oreal is simply not keeping pace with the competition, just as Lancome isn't at the department-store level. 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. (You have to wonder if they're more interested in advertising and public relations than in advancing skin-care expertise.) The 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!

Note: Unless mentioned otherwise, all L'Oreal skin-care products contain fragrance.

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

L’Oreal Paris Makeup

L'Oreal's extensive makeup collection retains its stature as the overall best 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 they exist at all.

L'Oreal's displays in many drugstores have been updated to 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. They fall short with their powder eyeshadows, but not enough to warrant avoiding them, especially if you prefer sheer eye makeup. Still, with only minor tweaking and consistent adherence to the importance of UVA protection in their cosmetic products with sunscreen, L'Oreal could pull ahead to be the hands-down winner when it comes to shopping for makeup at the drugstore.

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