Future Solution LX Protective Day Cream SPF 15

by Shiseido  Future Solution LX
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$240 - 1.7 fl. oz.
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Category:
Skin Care > Moisturizers (Daytime and Nighttime) > Moisturizer with Sunscreen
Last Updated:
2/7/2013
Jar Packaging:
Yes
Tested On Animals:
Yes

According to one of my assistants, the Shiseido salesperson she spoke to insisted this day cream had an SPF 15 rating, despite the fact that there is no SPF rating on the packaging. That conflicting information becomes even stranger because this lists active ingredients. Yet, without an SPF rating a salesperson’s assurance about sun protection is bad for your skin. There is no way to know if you are getting an SPF 2 or an SPF 200, and that is not a bet you want to take. Moreover, beyond the obnoxious price tag, this day cream can’t fully protect skin because it doesn’t contain UVA-protecting ingredients, which means it’s not a “solution” for anyone’s “future”! The base formula is mostly disappointing, too. At this price, it should be loaded with state-of-the-art ingredients proven to repair damage and help skin look and behave in a younger manner. Instead, it’s mostly water, silicone, slip agents, thickener, and alcohol. There is only a small amount of alcohol and so it’s unlikely a cause for concern, but this product is woefully short on beneficial ingredients, and what little there is will break down thanks to the jar packaging. Protective Day Cream is absolutely not recommended.

A multi-functional daytime moisturizer that protects skin from UV rays, the main causes of pre-mature skin aging. Reduces the appearance of wrinkles and sagging while maintaining long-lasting moisture for resilience and radiance. Formulated with Shiseido's exclusive Skingenecell 1P to counteract the appearance of future aging. Protects skin from dryness and prevents cellular damage caused by UV rays.

Active: Ensulizole (2%), Octinoxate (4.9%), Octocrylene (5%), Other: Water, Cyclomethicone, Glycerin, Dipropylene Glycol, Behenyl Alcohol, SD Alcohol 40-B, Diphenylsiloxyphenyl Trimethicone, Jojoba Seed Oil, Polysorbate 60, Dimethicone, Glyceryl Stearate, Triethanolamine, PEG-20, Erythritol, Piperidinepropionic Acid, Xanthan Gum, Saccharomyces Lysate Ferment Filtrate, Glycine, Arginine HCI, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Sodium Acetylated Hyaluronate, Hibiscus Esculentus Extract, Camilla Sinensis Extract, Sodium Methyl Stearoyl Taurate, Butylene Glycol, Sodium Citrate, Sodium Metaphosphate, Citric Acid, Alcohol, BHT, Tocopherol, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance, Iron Oxide.

Shiseido is one of the largest cosmetic companies in Japan, and the founder wants consumers worldwide to know that the brand he began is meant for all who seek beauty. Oddly enough, Shiseido (pronounced "she-say-doe"), whose products have a distinctly Japanese appearance and appeal, began in 1872 as Japan's first Western-style pharmacy. Its products have been sold in the United States for over 40 years, and it has become a nearly overwhelming product line. Although there are some respectable products, Shiseido's skin-care collection is far from a total approach to anything, unless your skin-care mantra is "it has to be average yet needlessly expensive and the routine has to include more products than any other line recommends."

A total approach to health and beauty would take into account all that has been learned to date about how skin functions, how it can repair itself, how it ages, and what it realistically takes for it to look, feel, and function at its best. Such an approach does not, however, involve cleansers with alkaline ingredients that cause skin to be unnecessarily dry, lackluster toners, or far too many products with alcohol; that can only harm the skin, which isn't beautiful in the least.

Shiseido doesn't have the issue of sun protection down yet, as witness a few of their sunscreens that still lack sufficient UVA protection - even though they participate in Japan's UVA-based PA rating system (explained in the Sun Products reviews below). And when it comes to state-of-the art essentials such as antioxidants, cell-communicating ingredients, and substances that reinforce the structure of healthy skin, Shiseido typically comes up short. You'll hear (and read) much talk about the company's exclusive technologies, but terms like Bio-Regenerine, Phyto-Capsule Emulsification, Optimal Balance Network, and Deacti-Complex are meaningless without significant, proven ingredients to support each technology's alleged function. We're sure they are intended to make the products seem more advanced and special to consumers, but the proof is in the ingredient lists, and very few of Shiseido's lists fall under the category of impressive.

If anything, the numerous skin-care options presented here are merely average or really disappointing. Many of the moisturizers have luscious textures, but again, it takes more than a sensational feel to create exceptional products that have your skin's best interest (and best appearance) in mind.

One point of difference with this line is that Shiseido insists on regular facial massage. That means you'll find several facial massage creams, although most of them have traditional moisturizer formularies that differ little from what's seen throughout the lineup. Shiseido maintains that routine facial massage creates firmer skin that's less prone to sagging because the massage action tones the muscles, but that simply isn't true. The muscles of the face are among the most frequently used. Repetitive muscle movements are a prime cause of expression lines around the eyes, mouth, and on the forehead. Botox has become such a popular procedure because it selectively prevents these muscles from working, which smoothes creases and lines. Massage alone cannot do that; if anything, routine facial massage can encourage lines and sagging by stretching the skin. Furthermore, when skin slackens and sags, it involves more than just the muscles. Sun damage plays a role in collagen and elastin destruction, as does gravity, which causes fat pads beneath the skin to slip. And then there's bone loss, and the fact that, as we age, skin continues to grow (yet has less to hold on to). Massage to repair sun damage—give me a break!

For more information about Shiseido, visit www.shiseido.com.

Shiseido Makeup

Although Shiseido is known more for their seemingly endless array of skin-care products, their makeup, while not without its problem-child products, is clearly not just an afterthought. The main and most impressive part of the color collection is the foundations. For the most part they have silky textures, and provide adequate sun protection (at least an SPF 15 with UVA-protecting ingredients). If you're keen on shopping this line you should also pay attention to their Perfect Rouge Lipstick, lip gloss, the mascaras, and some distinctive specialty products. Items to avoid entirely include the eye and brow pencils and a couple of the eyeshadows; the makeup brushes are serviceable, but pale in comparison to what makeup artist–backed lines offer. Ignore the inflated claims that accompany many of Shiseido's makeup products, but don't ignore the best of what they have to offer—because in that regard, they're better than ever!

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  1. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Friday, February 01, 2013
    • Value
      3 / 4
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      4 / 4
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    I disagree with the review PG has provided
    • I have been using this product for 2 yrs. I am 50 yrs old and this cream has improved the surface and colour of my skin - it has got rid of the dry patches that I once had. The leaflet which comes with the cream explains that it has SPF15 and protects against UVB and UVA. It's horrendously expensive - but it works. This cream seems to provide continuous moisturisation - which is not something that I have ever experienced with any of the other (many) brands that I have tried.

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