This sunscreen is said to be specially formulated to help nourish and protect the face, but its formula is standard and the price is cause for concern. Knowing that any SPF-rated product must be applied liberally to get the stated level of sun protection, how likely are you to apply such an expensive sunscreen generously? You absolutely don’t need to spend this much for an effective, elegant sunscreen.
Getting back to the formula, this provides broad-spectrum sun protection and includes stabilized avobenzone for reliable UVA protection, all in a slightly creamy formula that’s best for normal to dry skin. There are some antioxidants included, but none of them are particularly noted for being a boon to sun-exposed skin. Plus there are some plant extracts that are known irritants, which, combined with the fragrance ingredients, make this not as nourishing or skin-caring as it seems. Bottom line: This fragranced sunscreen is overpriced for what you get, and doesn’t offer anything unique or worth the cost to protect your skin from the sun.
Irritation, whether you see it on the surface of your skin or not, causes inflammation, and as a result impairs healing, damages collagen, and depletes the vital substances your skin needs to stay young. For this reason, it is best to eliminate, or minimize as much as possible, your exposure to known skin irritants, especially when there are brilliant formulas available that do not include these types of problematic ingredients (Sources: Inflammation Research, December 2008, pages 558–563; Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, June 2008, pages 124–135, and November-December 2000, pages 358–371; Journal of Investigative Dermatology, April 2008, pages 15–19; Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, March 2008, pages 78–82; Mechanisms of Ageing and Development, January 2007, pages 92–105; and British Journal of Dermatology, December 2005, pages S13–S22).
The light-weight formula with heavy-weight sun protection. A product developed specifically to help protect and nourish the most exposed part of your body, your face. Sun Protection Emulsion SPF 30 helps guard your skin from potentially damaging rays from the sun as it moisturizes and energizes.
Active: Avobenzone (3%), Homosalate (10%), Octisalate (2.6%), Octocrylene (2.4%), Oxybenzone (5%), Other: Water, Caprylyl Methicone, Hexyldecanol, Dimethicone, Polyglyceryl-3 Methylglucose Distearate, Undecrylene Dimethicone, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Steareth-21, Octyldodecyl Olivate, Cetyl Alcohol, Silica, Glycerin, Glycoproteins, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Horsetail Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Corallina Officinalis Extract, Sea Water, Algae Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Steareth-2, Ethylhexyl Glycerin, Disodium EDTA, Benzylidene Dimethoxydimethylindanone, Sodium Hydroxide, Porphyra Umbilicalis Extract, Squalane, Carbomer, Potassium Sorbate, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/ Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Palmaria Palmata Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Diethylhexyl Syringylidenemalonate, Pelvetia Canaliculata Extract, Polysorbate 60, Lecithin, Caprylic/ Capric Triglyceride, Sodium Lactate, Caprylyl Glycol, Alcohol, Benzyl Alcohol, Fragrance, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin, Sodium Benzoate, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben
La Prairie At-A-Glance
Strengths: Most of the makeup categories present at least one good, though needlessly expensive, option.
Weaknesses: Very expensive; overreliance on jar packaging; many products contain a potentially irritating amount of astringent horsetail extract; no effective skin-lightening options; poor options for anyone dealing with blemishes (though La Prairie is concerned primarily with selling wrinkle creams anyway).
La Prairie has been at the forefront in the introduction of expensive anti-aging products for more than three decades. Many of the products in this originally Swiss skin-care line are called "cellular treatment." After a while, it all starts sounding silly. The attempt to align these products with the concept of being able to affect skin at the cellular level is over the top, although when it comes to making the ordinary sound extraordinary, La Prairie excels.
Assuming your skin could improve with these products, the prices alone might cause premature aging! So what do the women who can safely afford these products get for their money? The prestige of knowing they can afford them, period. High-priced skin-care lines attract women who think that the dollars they spend will buy them something special that most other women can't afford. To some extent, they're right: most women can't afford these products. Yet anyone who reads and understands the ingredient lists would find that price doesn't reliably translate into having better skin. What you're really getting from this line is a barrage of look-younger-now claims not backed up by one shred of substantiated scientific evidence, and a group of unimpressive formulations.
A particularly egregious error appears in the number of La Prairie moisturizers (and my goodness, does this company love moisturizers!) that arrive in jar packaging. La Prairie is in-the-know about the importance of antioxidants and cell-communicating ingredients for skin, yet almost all of their products that contain such ingredients ignore their vulnerability to oxidation. Containers like these ensure that these products will deteriorate shortly after you begin using them. Considering the premium prices, that is an almost unforgivable offense. At least the company gets their facial sunscreen right by including sufficient UVA-protecting ingredients. However, it's interesting to find that a visit to the La Prairie counter involves a lot more discussion about their moisturizers, ampoules, and other "treatment" products, while all the time you know that the only reliable antiwrinkle product everyone needs to use is sunscreen.
For more information about La Prairie, owned by Beiersdorf, call (800) 821-5718 or visit www.laprairie.com.
La Prairie Makeup
The brief makeup section in La Prairie's catalog poses the question "Consider the number of hours a day you wear makeup. Shouldn't the foundation you wear be an extension of your treatment program?" Well, calling most of La Prairie's skin-care products a "treatment" is a bit of a joke as what they seem to mean by "treatment benefit" has to do with the company's Cellular Complex, but that isn't complex in the least. This complex is primarily glycoproteins. Although it's true that glycoproteins are an integral part of the skin's intercellular matrix, they are far from the only element skin needs to look and feel its best. Functioning primarily as water-binding agents, glycoproteins won't firm, lift, or rejuvenate skin cells in the manner La Prairie would like you to believe. Further, of the makeup products below, only the ultra-pricey foundations contain a significant amount of this complex, and they have drawbacks of their own.Overall, La Prairie's makeup leaves much to be desired, especially given the high to ludicrous prices for what amount to ordinary cosmetics. A few of the products have supple, silky textures, but the expense is hard to justify when similar items are available for substantially less from so many other lines. Many of the products below earned happy face ratings, but keep in mind that you do not have to acquiesce to La Prairie's prices to beautify your face.
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