Age Defy Moisture Cream SPF 15

by Sephora  
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$30 - 1.69 fl. oz.
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Category:
Skin Care > Moisturizers (Daytime and Nighttime) > Moisturizer with Sunscreen
Last Updated:
2/5/2013
Jar Packaging:
Yes
Tested On Animals:
Yes

If only the claims on a skin-care product could guarantee you were getting great skin care we would be out of a job and everyone would have great skin! Regrettably, this product proves once again why you need us to help you through the jungle of poor products and misleading information.

In this case the problems start with the sunscreen ingredients. Although this daytime moisturizer contains titanium dioxide which is typically a great option to provide much needed UVA protection for skin, the amount in here is 0.5% which isn't enough to do much of anything in that regard. Adding to this product's disappointing profile is the mundane formulation of mostly waxes and mineral oil and the lack of proven anti-aging ingredients such as an array of antioxidants, skin-repairing ingredients, and cell-communicating ingredients. Although this contains a small amount beneficial ingredients, it isn't enough for skin to get what it needs to be younger. There is more preservative in here than the good stuff. But even if it was enough of the good stuff, the jar packaging it comes in wouldn't keep the vitamin E stable (see More Info to find out why jar packaging is a problem for any anti-aging skin-care product).

One of the marketing claims about this product is that it is supposed to contain an ingredient called HydroSenn +. Sephora says this ingredient is more hydrating and lasts longer than hyaluronic acid. It's important to realize this product doesn't contain anything called HydroSenn + on the ingredient label so there is no way to know which ingredient or ingredients Sephora is alluding to. There isn't one ingredient in here with research showing it to be more hydrating than any other ingredient in the cosmetic world including hyaluronic acid. Even if we were to suspend conventional wisdom and believe Sephora's claim about HydroSenn + being better than hyaluronic acid, hyaluronic acid is hardly the best ingredient for skin hydration; there are many, many others, and in fact a blend of hydrating ingredients would be best of all, something this product doesn't contain.

Pros:
  • Adequate sunscreen protection.
Cons:
  • Ordinary, basic formula.
  • Only contains a tiny amount of the UVA protecting ingredient titanium dioxide which is unlikely to be enough for truly effective UVA protection.
  • Lacks any appreciable amounts of ingredients that can fight aging.
  • The jar packaging won't keep the few beneficial it does contain stable after opening.
  • There is no research supporting the claims about the HydroSenn + it contains as being more hydrating than hyaluronic acid.

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).

A complete antiaging treatment and day cream. This cream moisturizes and protects skin, targets wrinkles, and boosts overall radiance. Its updated formula includes HydroSenn+, a natural ingredient proven to deliver immediate and long-lasting hydration more effectively than hyaluronic acid. Packed with incredible ingredients, it actively fights wrinkles with lipoamino acid, its light-reflecting pigments create a healthy glow, and UVA/UVB filters protect skin from sun damage.

Active: Octinoxate (7.496%), Octisalate (5%), Octocrylene (1.7%), Ensulizole (1.7%), Titanium Dioxide (0.575%), Oxybenzone 0.45%), Other: Water, Diisopropyl Sebacate, Propanediol, Paraffin, Myristyl Myristate, Dimethicone, Paraffinum Liquidum (Mineral Oil), Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Olus Oil (Vegetable Oil), Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Sclerotium Gum, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Palmitoyl Glycine, Palmitic Acid, Stearic Acid, Tocopheryl Acetate, Benzophenone-3, Sodium Hydroxide, Caprylyl Glycol, Polysilicone-14, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance, Pentylene Glycol, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Cellulose Gum, Mica, Polyglyceryl-10 Pentaoleate, Tetrasodium EDTA, Butylene Glycol, Silica, Cassia Angustifolia Seed Polysaccharide, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Ceramide 3, Disodium EDTA, Ethylhexylglycerin, D-Limonene, BHT, Linalool, Benzyl Salicylate, Iron Oxides, Tin Oxide, Tocopherol

Sephora's first foray into skin care was back in 1994, when they offered a colorful, artfully packaged selection of bath gels. Their facial skin-care came on the scene a few years later, but for the most part wasn't worth waiting for. Sephora must not have been too pleased with these earlier versions, because lots of retooling has been done, although, sad to say, that hasn't improved on the ordinary, mundane status their products have consistently shared. Makeup is what Sephora's house brand does best. The only reason to shop this inexpensive skin-care selection is for everyday basics or the occasional impulse buy you may or may not enjoy adding to your routine. Otherwise, most of the skin-care products can't compete with the other brands sold in Sephora boutiques worldwide.

Note: Sephora is categorized as one that tests on animals because their products are sold in China. Although Sephora may not conduct animal testing for their products sold elsewhere, the Chinese government requires imported cosmetics be tested on animals, so foreign companies retailing there must comply. This requirement is why some brand’s state that they don’t test on animals “unless required by law”. Animal rights organizations consider cosmetic companies retailed in China to be brands that test on animals, and so does the Paula’s Choice Research Team.

For more nformation about Sephora, call (877) 737-4672 or visit www.sephora.com.

Sephora Makeup

Once an incomplete line lacking such basics as foundation and concealer, Sephora's color collection has blossomed into a comprehensive group of products, most of which are priced considerably lower than products from the many other lines sold in their boutiques. Although the low price and the selection may draw you in, not everything is worth exploring; for example, some of the products (for example the inexpensive pencils, which are not worth considering) demonstrate the old adage that sometimes you really do get what you pay for. That's not to say you have to spend a lot of money for quality makeup, but it does seem that many of Sephora's potential bargains are below average in terms of performance.

What you really should pay attention to are the pressed-powder foundation, one of the concealers, the powder blush, the liquid shimmer, and a few of the mascaras. Of course, the hallmark of this line has always been an extensive selection of makeup brushes. That still holds true, and you'll find that in this case the prices are more than fair.

More than most other makeup lines, Sephora excels with their accessory offerings. From makeup bags to train cases and on to all manner of beauty tools (from tweezers to nail clippers and manicure aids), the selection means you will assuredly find something that meets your needs. It's easy to get caught up in the variety and scope of Sephora's makeup, and testers are readily available so you can play all you want. That's great, but it doesn’t compensate for a line with more than its share of average to poor products (and they change frequently, often not for the better). However, if you pay attention to the favorably rated products, you're more than likely to be very pleased.

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