Creme Reparatrice Active Cream

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$41 - 1.7 fl. oz.
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Category:
Skin Care > Moisturizers (Daytime and Nighttime) > Moisturizer without Sunscreen
Last Updated:
4/25/2013
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
Yes

The claims for this product are so far from the truth we are tempted to change the name to Pinocchio’s Cream! Each claim is more surprising than the last, and when you look at the formula, the claims are about as far from reality as one can get. How this formula of mostly water, thickeners, slip agent, and fragrance (there’s more fragrance than almost anything else) is supposed to refine pores, clear skin, purge impurities, and help scarred or blemish-prone skin is beyond the laws of physics. There is no research supporting these claims; in fact, this is one of Sothys least impressive products, which is saying a lot for a line that has very few interesting options. At most, this moisturizer will ease minor dryness, but don’t expect even a little change for the better if scarring or blemishes are a concern.

An effective program to help balance the skin, refine pores and clear up problem areas. Normalizes blemishes and rids the skin of other types of impurities. Regenerates, hydrates and soothes the skin. Works well on scarred and blemished skin.

Water, Cetearyl Alcohol, Diethylhexyl Succinate, Propylene Glycol, Fragrance, Decyl Oleate, Dimethicone, Octyldodecanol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Fruit, Sodium Cetearyl Sulfate, Methylparaben, Phenoxyethanol, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Extract, Zea Mays (Corn) Kernel Extract, Sorbic Acid, Tetrasodium EDTA, Butylparaben, Allantoin, Usnea Barbata (Lichen) Extract, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Tocopherol

We have to admit we weren't looking forward to reviewing this line. We've been aware of Sothys for some time, and over the years many women have asked us what we thought of it. We don't ever mind being asked what we think of a product line, but in this case it was the way we were asked that we found depressing. Somehow this spa-oriented line has developed an almost reverent reputation for being a superior skin-care line.

A question would go like this, "What do you think of Sothys?" We would reply, "Not much, the formulas are either out of date or contain problematic ingredients and the price tag is silly for what you get." Inevitably, the response would be, "Really? I thought it was one of the best lines around … it's French, you know?" Sigh. Yes, we do know. But …

Despite a long French-heritage, dating back to 1946, this spa-oriented brand with a vast array of products doesn't deserve a reputation for being anything other than an overpriced spa  brand to avoid.

Most of Sothys skin-care formularies are so far behind the times that using them is akin to using a typewriter instead of a computer—the formulations are as ordinary and mundane as it gets. Almost all their moisturizers lack any reasonable amount of antioxidants, skin-identical ingredients, or cell-communicating ingredients. Also consider that there are no effective products for those struggling with blemishes or blackheads, despite their claims. It is astounding that in a line with dozens of facial moisturizers (most with repetitive formulas), not a single one includes a sunscreen. How can this brand be so incredibly blind to the number one cause of wrinkles and skin aging? If they aren't aware of the critical importance of sun protection, then how much do you want to trust them in any other aspect of helping your skin?

Sothys makes much ado about the training it provides to aestheticians. Not having attended any of their classes, we can't speak specifically to the content of what they teach, but if their products are even vaguely representative of what they inculcate, woe to those aestheticians who rely on Sothys as their source of skin-care education.

When all is said and done, and you've gotten past the smoke and mirrors, nothing else matters if you don't have well-formulated products, sunscreens, exfoliants, acne products, options for rosacea and sensitive skin, and/or reasonable pricing. And that's where Sothys falls flat on its scrubbed, steamed, masked, and spa "purified" face.

For more information about Sothys Paris, call (305) 594-4222 or visit www.sothys-usa.com.

Note: Several names on Sothys Web site and other sites retailing this brand list one name on the product page and another on the product itself. In our reviews we list the name on the product itself.

Member Comments

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  2. Was this product a good value? (4 = Best)

    3 / 4 Good
  3. Would you recommend this product? (4 = Best)

    3 / 4 Good
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  1. Zuzka
    Reviewed on Saturday, August 23, 2014
    • Value
      4 / 4
    • Results
      4 / 4
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    perfect
    • I absolutely disagree with your review, paulaschoice. This product leaves my skin soft, balanced. The frangrance is very light and nice to me. I got this as a gift for buying some other product and liked it more than the product i bought originaly. I love it and wont stop using it. I have oily skin.

  2. T Green
    Reviewed on Saturday, June 21, 2014
    • Value
      3 / 4
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    • Results
      4 / 4
    Works well
    • It was recommended by my aesthetician, I was skeptical due to the price, and when I ran out I switched to another pricey but high street brand. I couldn't understand why I suddenly had dry blotches on my face. I switched back and my skin is perfect again. Maybe there are better brands but this does work.

  3. Enny M
    Reviewed on Sunday, June 01, 2014
    • Value
      4 / 4
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    • Results
      4 / 4
    This product helpt me a lot
    • I don't know why you refer this as a pinnoccio cream because this product helpt me a lot! I have had acne almost all my teenage years and as an adult now i use this cream on a daily basis. I still had oily skin with scars and after one year of using this cream my skin is better than it has ever been before! It has really blemish the scars that you don't see them in the daylight, only when you look really close.

  4. Ann, M.
    Reviewed on Saturday, February 15, 2014
    • Recommend
      3 / 4
    • Results
      4 / 4
    • Value
      3 / 4
    Active Cream
    • I love the Active skin cream . It feels great on my combination-oily skin. It seems to tighten everything and if there is fragrance it is super subtle - I don't notice it as compared with Guinot products which fragrance I cannot stand. I am a little disappointed in the price (I'm sure I paid more than $41.00 for it) and in the review from Paula. But, I love this site and will look at other creams perhaps. Are not creams with SPF super thick? Anyway, thanks. A.

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