Vitamin C Pure Radiance Day Cream SPF 15

by Lumene  
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$19.99 - 1.7 fl. oz.
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Category:
Skin Care > Moisturizers (Daytime and Nighttime) > Moisturizer with Sunscreen
Last Updated:
8/27/2013
Jar Packaging:
Yes
Tested On Animals:
No

This daytime moisturizer with sunscreen is an OK option for normal to dry skin, but the jar packaging compromises the effectiveness of the vitamin C and plant-based ingredients it contains. See More Info for details on why jar packaging is a problem.

This provides broad-spectrum sun protection and includes avobenzone for critical UVA screening, and it contains a couple of good emollients to help dry skin, but that's about it.

Lumene treats their arctic cloudberry ingredient as an anti-aging miracle worker, but it's just another good plant extract that won't remain effective for long in jar packaging. 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 just marketing nonsense, because stories sell better than reality. The reality is that just like your diet, skin needs an array (we call it a cocktail) of beneficial ingredients to truly be healthy, younger, and radiant.

One more point: The SPF 15 on the label isn't bad, but most medical boards around the world recommend higher SPFs, and so do we, which you can get either from a product with a higher SPF or from layering several SPF-rated products, such as a moisturizer with SPF, a foundation with SPF, and a powder with SPF.

Pros:
  • Provides broad-spectrum sun protection.
  • Moisturizes dry skin.
Cons:
  • Jar packaging won't maintain the effectiveness of the plant and vitamin ingredients once opened.
  • Not a state-of-the-art anti-aging formula.
More Info:

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).

Natural radiance & detox for brighter skin! Fresh cream gives your skin radiance while protecting it against the harmful effects of the sun. Optimal UVA protection.
Active: Avobenzone 3.0%, Octisalate 4.0%, Octinoxate 7.5%, Oxybenzone 5.0%. Other: Water, Cetearyl Alcohol, Squalane, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Propanediol, Glycerin, Heptyl Undecylenate, Phenoxyethanol, Butylene Glycol, Cetearyl Glucoside, Tocopheryl Acetate, PEG-100 Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Rubus Chamaemorus Seed Oil, Panthenol, Polyacrylamide, Mica, Xanthan Gum, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Lecithin, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Disodium EDTA, Ethylhexylglycerin, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, PEG-8, Caprylyl Glycol, Sodium Hydroxide, Laureth-7, Tocopherol, Sodium Lactate, Lactic Acid, Serine, Sorbitol, TEA-Lactate, Urea, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Rubus Chamaemorus Seed Extract, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Sodium Chloride, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan), Ascorbic Acid, Citric Acid, Allantoin, (CI 77891) Titanium Dioxide, 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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