Vitamin C Pure Radiance Day Cream

by Lumene  
Price:
$19.99 - 1.7 fl. oz.
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Category:
Skin Care > Moisturizers (Daytime and Nighttime) > Moisturizer without Sunscreen
Last Updated:
8/27/2013
Jar Packaging:
Yes
Tested On Animals:
No

Labeling this a day cream is misleading because the only difference between a day cream and a night cream is that the daytime product should provide sun protection, which isn't needed at night. All moisturizers, treatments, or serums for any time of day should be loaded with antioxidants and skin-repairing ingredients.

The showcased ingredient in this formula is vitamin C, and in its many forms it can be a very helpful ingredient for aging skin, especially for brown spots, but not when it's present in very small amounts or when it's packaged in a jar, as this one is. See More Info to find out why jar packaging + vitamin C = a bad decision for your skin.

As for the cloudberry oil (listed by its Latin name Rubus chamaemorus), it's a good antioxidant, but there are lots and lots of other great antioxidants that can help your skin, not only this one—cloudberry isn't a miracle ingredient in the least.

In addition to the inflated claims for cloudberry (which won't hold up well in jar packaging) and the low vitamin C content, this moisturizer contains fragrance ingredients known to cause irritation. That places it far from being an exciting, beneficial anti-aging product—it's best left on the shelf!

Note: Lumene also has a version of this product with SPF 15 labeled a day cream; it seems odd that one would contain sunscreen and the other one not. But, for daytime, without question, you need sunscreen if you really want to have radiant skin.

Pros:
  • Makes skin softer and smoother.
Cons:
  • Jar packaging won't protect the most beneficial ingredients from breaking down once opened.
  • Amount of vitamin C is paltry.
  • Arctic cloudberry is neither a miracle nor a must-have ingredient for skin.
  • Contains fragrance ingredients that pose a risk of irritation.
  • Not suitable for daytime use because it doesn't provide sun protection.
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The fact that it's packaged in a jar means the beneficial ingredients won't remain stable once it is opened. All plant extracts, vitamins, antioxidants, and other state-of-the-art ingredients break down in the presence of air, so once a jar is opened and lets the air in, these important ingredients begin to deteriorate. Jars also are unsanitary because you're dipping your fingers into them with each use, adding bacteria, which further deteriorate the beneficial ingredients (Sources: Free Radical Biology and Medicine, September 2007, pages 818–829; Ageing Research Reviews, December 2007, pages 271–288; Dermatologic Therapy, September-October 2007, pages 314–321; International Journal of Pharmaceutics, June 12, 2005, pages 197–203; Pharmaceutical Development and Technology, January 2002, pages 1–32; International Society for Horticultural Science, www.actahort.org/members/showpdf?booknrarnr=778_5; Beautypackaging.com, and www.beautypackaging.com/articles/2007/03/airless-packaging.php).

Rich and soft cream gives your skin instant radiance, moisture and energy. Arctic cloudberry seed oil, which is bursting with natural antioxidants, fortifies the skin and protects it from both external and internal stress factors.
Aqua (Water), Steareth-2, Betaine, Heptyl Undecylenate, Dimethicone, Steareth-21, Octyldodecanol, Stearic Acid, Cetearyl Alcohol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, PEG-30 Dipolyhydroxystearate, Phenoxyethanol, Butylene Glycol, Tocopheryl Acetate, PPG-15 Stearyl Ether, Rubus Chamaemorus Seed Oil, Panthenol, Cetearyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Mica, CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), Lecithin, Xanthan Gum, Acrylates/c10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Ethylhexylglycerin, PEG-8, Caprylyl Glycol, Sodium Hydroxide, Tocopherol, Sodium Lactate, Lactic Acid, Glycerin, Serine, Sorbitol, TEA-Lactate, Urea, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Rubus Chamaemorus Seed Extract, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Sodium Chloride, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan), Ascorbic Acid, Citric Acid, Allantoin, Citral, Geraniol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Limonene, Linalool, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Parfum (Fragrance).

The Cosmetics Cop Team strongly suspects that the interest in this product line from Finland is its prestige packaging, coupled with a relatively attractive price point. This is an eye-catching brand that really stands out on drugstore shelves; however, these products aren't really all that inexpensive, especially in comparison to products from Olay, Neutrogena, or RoC. In the United States, you'll find Lumene products at most CVS drugstores as well as at Ulta, Target, and Walgreens. Although the Cosmetics Cop Team loves to find and recommend inspired skin-care and makeup products at reasonable prices, this line isn't one of them.

Two major shortcomings are: (1), the jar packaging, which means any state-of-the-art ingredients in those products won't remain stable once the jar is opened because they deteriorate in the presence of air, and (2), most of Lumene's formulas contain only a dusting of the superstar ingredients they brag about. Vitamin C, ceramides, antioxidants, peptides, and the like are all essential, brilliant ingredients for skin, but when only minute amounts are included, your skin isn't getting much of the good stuff.

What it comes down to is this: Shopping Lumene shortchanges your skin, leaving it needing, and deserving, far better. A bargain isn't a bargain if it isn't the best possible care for your skin. What good is saving money on skin care if your skin is left wanting and, in fact, needing more?

Aside from the jar packaging and the paltry amount of important skin-care ingredients, there are other limitations, adding to this line's woes. If you have acne, skin discolorations, or uneven skin tone, you need to look elsewhere.

From a marketing point of view, Lumene capitalizes on the erroneous notion that age is a skin type, so they group their products according to decades. Complete nonsense! Age is not a skin type, nor is race, height, weight, or ethnic background. Regardless of your age, if you have acne, rosacea, dry skin, oily skin, sun damage, or blackheads, the same ingredients that work for someone in their 30s will work for someone in their 40s, 50s, or 60s. There isn't a single piece of research showing that any specific ingredients or formulations are better for skin depending on your age.

Like a vast number of cosmetics companies, Lumene leads you to believe their products are all natural and loaded with beneficial plant extracts, in this case, from the remote wilderness of Finland. Nothing could be further from the truth. These products are loaded with synthetic ingredients. That doesn't make them inherently bad, it just makes the marketing claims obnoxious and misleading.

For those intent on exploring what this Finnish line has to offer, despite the fact there isn't much here worth your attention, your best bet is to stick with the products for sensitive skin, which are truly fragrance-free, and the cleansers. Oh, and if you want to find out if the cult classic status of Lumene's Blueberry Curl mascara is deserved, look no further: It most certainly is!

One more comment: Many Lumene products contain an extract or oil from the Arctic cloudberry plant. Although there is research proving this plant has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, it is far from the only one, and isn't even close to being the best for skin. The fact that Lumene chooses to highlight this plant is about marketing nonsense, because stories sell better than reality. Whether it is from the Amazon, the Swiss Alps, or the Himalayas, geographic location is not what makes a plant extract of any kind superior for skin.

For more information about Lumene, call (888) 253-8916 or visit www.lumeneusa.com.

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