Hydra-Protective Cream

by Sothys Paris  Hydra-Protective
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$39 - 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

This is a very basic emollient moisturizer that’s a barely passable option for dry skin. It contains thickeners, emollient, slip agent, emulsifiers, fragrance, and preservatives, and is almost void of antioxidants, cell-communicating ingredients, or skin-identical ingredients. You could do worse than this formula, but more important, you can also do a lot better, and for less money, too.

The Divatonyl Sothys refers to in their marketing information for this product is the name Croda, a cosmetic ingredient manufacturer that blends butylene glycol, Larrea divaricata extract, and polyethylene glycol-8, which is hardly a blend to highlight! Larrea divaricata is the chaparral plant. Other than Croda’s marketing brochure, there is no other research demonstrating this ingredient has any significance for skin, although it may have minor anti-inflammatory properties. Overall, this product is just meaningless and useless for skin health.

This ultra-rich, soothing cream is enriched with Divatonyl, which helps diminish skin imperfections and hydrate skin. It can be used all over the face day or evening or as a spot treatment for stubborn imperfections.

Water, Decyl Oleate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Octyldodecanol, Shea Butter (Butyrospermum Parkii), Propylene Glycol, Butylene Glycol, Sodium Cetearyl Sulfate, Larrea Divaricata Extract, Fragrance, PEG-8, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Corn Extract (Zea Mays), Sorbic Acid, Tetrasodium EDTA, Butylparaben, Propylparaben, Ethylparaben

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 We would reply, "Not much, the formulas are either out of date or contain problematic ingredients and the price tag is silly for what you get."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.

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