L'Oreal claims this moisturizer with an in-part avobenzone sunscreen fights the 10 visible signs of aging. They mention just about every sign-of-aging concern a person may have, from wrinkles to loss of firmness and sagging, yet the truth is that no single product (or ingredient) can address all those issues. Think of it like your diet and how there isn't one powerhouse meal you can eat that addresses all aspects of your health.
Perhaps L'Oreal is banking on the fact that their "Clinical Strength Retinol" is the does-it-all ingredient, but retinol cannot amend everything that happens to our skin with age (although it would be great if that were true). Besides, there are no standards for "Clinical Strength" when it comes to retinol, so most likely L'Oreal is describing it that way hoping consumers will think this product is somehow more potent.
Without question this product provides the broad-spectrum sun protection that's necessary to keep skin from suffering the aging effects of sun exposure. The base formula is a lightweight cream that contains standard thickening agents along with antioxidant soybean oil and retinol. It's not a very exciting formula but some may find it convenient to have retinol in a product with sunscreen.
What can be problematic is the combination of the synthetic sunscreen actives with retinol and several fragrance ingredients L'Oreal added to the formula. This is not a daytime moisturizer with sunscreen for those with sensitive skin, and it's capable of causing irritation if applied around the eyes (where sun protection is most definitely needed).
All told, you're getting sun protection with light hydration for normal to slightly dry skin and a decent dose of retinol, but this combination isn't enough to make good on L'Oreal's claims of fighting 10 signs of aging. Plus, the potential for irritation from the fragrance ingredients can be a step backward in the fight for younger-looking, more radiant skin.
- Provides broad-spectrum sun protection and includes stabilized avobenzone for UVA (think anti-aging) screening.
- Contains a good amount of retinol plus the antioxidant soybean oil.
- Some may find the combination of synthetic sunscreen actives plus retinol and several fragrance ingredients to be irritating.
- Not capable of fighting all the signs of aging L’Oreal mentions. For example, this cannot lift sagging skin or restore elasticity to sun-damaged skin.
Revitalift Clinical Repair 10 with SPF 20 and Clinical Strength Retinol fights the 10 visible signs of aging and helps reverse the signs of damage done by time.
Active: Avobenzone (3%), Homosalate (10%), Octisalate (5%), Octocrylene (7%) Other: Water, Glycerin, Cetyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-40 Stearate, Sorbitan Tristearate, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Sodium Hydroxide, Retinol, Ammonium Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Caprylyl Glycol, Acetyl Trifluoromethylphenyl Valylglycine, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorhexidine Digluconate, Linalool, Geraniol, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Coumarin, Limonene, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Citronellol, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Benzyl Alcohol, Benzyl Salicylate, Fragrance
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.