Revitalift Complete SPF 30 Day Lotion with Photo-Aging Complex

by L'Oreal Paris  Revitalift
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$17.99 - 1.7 fl. oz.
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Category:
Skin Care > Moisturizers (Daytime and Nighttime) > Moisturizer with Sunscreen
Last Updated:
6/20/2014
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
Yes

If this is supposed to be L’Oreal’s “most complete” Revitalift product (the implication being that this does it all), then why do they continue to sell all of their other Revitalift products? Of course, as it turns out, this isn’t the complete, or even part of, the answer to your skin-care needs.

The main anti-aging benefit you get from this product is sun protection from avobenzone, which provides critical shielding from the sun’s UVA rays. L’Oreal also includes antioxidants and cell-communicating ingredients associated with helping you look younger, but the small amounts are disappointing.

As for the “pro-retinol A” (retinyl palmitate) and elastin, neither is present in an amount that makes this the best anti-aging moisturizer around. Besides, elastin in skin-care products cannot fuse with the elastin in your skin and somehow make it firmer and less prone to sagging; it just isn’t possible (although we all wish that weren’t the case).

At best, what this product provides is broad-spectrum sun protection in a lightweight lotion base that’s best for normal to oily skin. This is not rated higher because its numerous fragrance chemicals are cause for concern. All are known to irritate skin, and irritation is always a problem, especially if your goal is younger-looking skin.

Discover the latest innovation from the number on anti-wrinkle brand. Over 80% of wrinkles and skin aging are the result of UVA rays. The new RevitaLift Complete is now available in a potent formula that reverses the signs of photo-aging and better protects your skin. Broad spectrum SPF 30 sunscreen deflects damaging sunrays. Pro-Retinol A accelerates skin renewal and Elastin Complex helps rebuild skin's damaged fibers. The result is less wrinkles and firmer, younger-looking skin.

Active: Avobenzone (3%), Homosalate (4.7 %), Octisalate (5%), Octocrylene (7%), Other: Water, Isononyl Isononanoate, Glycerin, Dimethicone, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Sucrose Tristearate, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Polysorbate-61, PEG-12 Dimethicone, Carbomer, Glycine Soja Protein (Soybean), Triethanolamine, Dimethiconol, Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Adenosine, Disodium EDTA, Hydrolyzed Elastin, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Yeast Extract, Acetyl Trifluoromethylphenyl Valylglycine, Xanthan Gum, Pentylene Glycol, Butylene Glycol, Retinyl Palmitate, Methylparaben, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylparaben, Linalool, Geraniol, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Amyl Cinnamal, Limonene, Citronellol, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Hexyl Cinnamal, Benzyl Alcohol, Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Salicylate, Fragrance, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate

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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  1. Anna P.
    Reviewed on Thursday, February 13, 2014
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    Revitalift Triple Power Day Lotion - Strong Fragrance
    • I should have researched this product before I bought it, because only Paula gives us the REAL information about the ingredients, etc. So, I found out after I've used it for a short time, that it has a good sunscreen, but it otherwise is not a very good product, especially for what it claims to do. AND, from the first time I used it, the Fragrance / Smell is soooo strong, and has the type of scent that bothers a person like "bad" or "cheap" cologne. The smell alone is enough to not use it.

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