Precious Moroccan Argan Oil Meltdown Cleansing Crème

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$20 - 4.5 fl. oz.
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Skin Care > Cleansers (including Cleansing Cloths) > Cleansing Cloths
Last Updated:
8/24/2012
Jar Packaging:
Yes
Tested On Animals:
Unknown

Like Signature Club A's other Meltdown cleansers, this version is similar to classic cold cream and is highly fragranced (even though fragrance isn't skin care and causes problems for skin). This works to remove all types of makeup but tends to leave a residue if not used with a washcloth.

In many ways, all of Signature Club A's Meltdown cleansers are truly dated formulas, and the jar packaging adds another negative to the mix. It's not hygienic to dig your cleanser out of a jar, not to mention it can hurt the stability of the natural ingredients this contains, and that includes the argan oil and "tree of life" baobab mentioned in the claims (and, by the way, baobab is an intriguing ingredient, so seeing it go to waste in a product like this is disappointing).

As for the argan oil, it isn't "precious" or the best plant oil around (clearly Signature Club A doesn't think so or they'd include argan in all of their products). Rather, argan oil (or extract) is but one of many very good plant oils to consider. But with this product, the benefits of argan oil are muted by the problems the high amount of fragrance presents.

One more thing about argan oil: The intense hype around it mirrors other ingredient crazes we've seen over the years and, like every one of them, will fade into the background when women realize it doesn't live up to the claims. See More Info to learn more about argan oil.

Pros:

  • Removes all types of makeup without making skin feel dry.

Cons:

  • Expensive.
  • Jar packaging is an unsanitary, inelegant way to use facial cleanser.
  • The argan oil and other natural ingredients won't remain stable once this cleanser is opened.

More Info:

The fact that this cleanser is 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).

Argan oil

Non-fragrant plant oil expressed from the kernels of rarified argan trees. Argan trees are extremely capable of adapting to severe environmental conditions, including droughts. Argan oil contains several beneficial lipids and fatty acids for skin, including oleic acid, palmitic acid, and especially linoleic acid. It is also a good source of vitamin E (Tocopherol) and, like several other plant oils, is a source of antioxidant compounds. Argan oil is a natural source of the antioxidant ferulic acid. The cosmetics industry is hailing argan oil as a restorative wonder owing to its use by Moroccan women for years to tend to their hair, skin, and nails. Despite the folklore stories (which is irrelevant because not all Moroccan women have great skin, hair, and nails, or use argan oil, not to mention different cultures in the Middle East use different oils with mixed results), and limited availability of the trees (plus the difficult extraction process to obtain the oil), argan oil isn't a miraculous ingredient by any stretch of the imagination.

The research on argan oil has shown that, like sunflower and olive oils, its fatty acid and antioxidant content has health benefits (such as lowering cholesterol) when consumed orally. As for topical use, there is limited information about argan oil's unique benefits. In one study, 20 subjects with combination to oily skin were evaluated using a cream containing argan oil, saw palmetto, and sesame seeds. Subjective and qualitative analysis showed that the oil was reduced by 20-42% depending on the inherent oiliness of various parts of the face. The study did not demonstrate that argan oil played a specific role in the results—all we know is that the random formula itself showed the benefit and it wasn't compared to any other product so the results are irrelevant. Moreover, the cream was only used for four weeks, so we don't know if ongoing use may have caused breakouts (and given the fatty acids present in argan oil, there is a possibility it can cause breakouts). Argan oil is a good plant oil to consider if skin or hair is dry to very dry, but is not better than many other non-fragrant plant oils used in cosmetics (Sources: Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, June 2007, pages 113–118; Clinical Nutrition, October 2004, pages 1,159–1,166; European Journal of Cancer Prevention, February 2003, pages 67–75; and Journal of Ethnopharmacology, October 1999, pages 7–14).

What we know to be true at this point is that argan oil isn't the one oil to look for, nor is it the best (Source: Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology, December 2010, pages 1,669–1,675).

Infused with argan oil, this facial cleanser gets a moisture boost with Baobab tree extract. This tree, popularly known as the "Tree of Life", thrives in the extremely arid climate of the desert in sub-Saharan Africa.

Water, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, Stearyl Alcohol, Ceteareth-20, Tridecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Neopentyl Glycol Dicaprylate-Dicaprate, Tridecyl Trimellitate, Isocetyl Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Dimethicone, Fragrance, Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Extract, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Hydrolyzed Adansonia Digitata Extract, Carbomer, Titanium Dioxide, Triethanolamine, Diazolidinyl Urea, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Sodium Benzoate, Disodium EDTA, Zea Mays (Corn) Oil, Retinyl Palmitate, Red 33

Signature Club A is a line of skin care and makeup sold exclusively on the Home Shopping Network (HSN). The woman behind this brand, Adrien Arpel, has been involved in the world of cosmetics for over 40 years. Back in the 1970s she owned a namesake skin-care and makeup company sold in department stores.

Adrien Arpel sold her namesake line to a large corporation, but several years later, she had a falling-out with them. As a result of this falling out, she was prevented from attaching her name to another brand, so she began to market herself and her new products under the name "Adrienne." These products are now being sold under the brand Signature Club A.

As was true when Paula first reviewed Adrien Arpel's brand in the 1980s, there are more disappointments then strengths. This is not a line to turn to for anti-aging formulas despite the myriad options available, especially considering Signature Club A offers only one sunscreen. Dozens of anti-aging products and only one sunscreen should be illegal, but sadly it isn't, even though your skin will suffer as a result! Abundant research makes it incontrovertibly clear that you can't fight wrinkles, brown spots, and sagging skin without daily (and we do mean daily) use of a sunscreen designed for your skin type. And it should be loaded with antioxidants for even greater benefits.

Beyond skin care, the key to looking younger longer is to consider the corrective cosmetic procedures (Botox, dermal fillers, laser treatments) you feel comfortable having done. Indeed, the combination of a brilliant skin-care routine with the right cosmetic procedures can make a strikingly positive difference.

Whether you're intrigued by Signature Club A's skin care or makeup, there are only a handful of products to consider. This line is known for its large makeup kits. Although these may seem like a great deal, they aren't because most contain so-so products that aren't nearly as good as what many brands at the drugstore offer. They definitely don't have anything over the e.l.f. brand, which costs far less. Note that Adrienne's on-air presentations often spotlight makeup kits. These may seem like a  great value, but they're not if the products are mediocre (most of them are) which means you'll be less likely to use them often, if at all.

Bottom line: You're not missing out on some anti-aging miracle or secret formula if you skip this line altogether. The curious should shop carefully, and follow our recommendations on what to avoid so you can be sure you're getting the best of what Signature Club A has to offer.

For more information about Signature Club A, call 1.800.284.3900 or visit www.hsn.com.

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