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Lancome

Absolue Precious Cells Rose Drop Night Peeling Concentrate

0.50 fl. oz. for $ 110.00
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Absolue Precious Cells Rose Drop Night Peeling Concentrate isn't precious, and in fact isn't a peel, at least not if you're expecting a transformative exfoliating experience akin to what alpha or beta hydroxy acids can do.

Housed in an elegant glass bottle, this dual-phase formula is primarily a moisturizing facial oil blend for normal to dry skin. It contains the AHA ingredient glycolic acid, but the amount isn't something Lancome is divulging, despite the pH being within the range necessary for exfoliation to occur.

It's possible the amount of glycolic acid is between 4 and 5%, but this oil-enriched formula contains quite a bit of fragrance and fragrance ingredients known to irritate skin, plus denatured alcohol, although the oils that precede it likely keep it from doing much harm. See More Info to learn why daily use of fragrant products isn't a good approach.

The sugar and fruit extracts do not function as exfoliants. Citrus extracts can contain some of an AHA known as citric acid, but the amounts of fruit extracts in this product are so low as to be inconsequential for any kind of skin renewal.

The bottom line is that this is a mixed-bag product that can certainly smooth, hydrate, and replenish aging skin, but for the money your skin would be better served by (and likely spend less money) by using a separate AHA exfoliant and facial oil as an overnight treatment for aging skin.

Pros:
  • Hydrates and replenishes skin.
  • The pH is in the correct range for the glycolic acid to exfoliate.
Cons:
  • Fragrant formula poses a risk of irritating skin.
  • Unknown amount of glycolic acid.
  • The fruit extracts cannot work to exfoliate.
  • Contains more coloring agents than antioxidant vitamins.
More Info:

Why Fragrance Is a Problem for Skin: Daily use of products that contain a high amount of fragrance, whether the fragrant ingredients are synthetic or natural, causes a chronic sensitizing reaction on skin.

This reaction in turn leads to all kinds of problems, including disrupting skin's barrier, worsening dryness, increasing or triggering redness, depleting vital substances in skin's surface, and generally preventing skin from looking healthy, smooth, and hydrated. Fragrance free is always the best way to go for all skin types.

A surprising fact: Even though you can't always see or feel the negative effects of fragrant ingredients on skin, the damage will still be taking place, even if it's not evident on the surface. Research has demonstrated that you don't need to see or feel the effects of irritation for your skin to be suffering. Much like the effects from cumulative sun damage, the negative impact and the visible damage from fragrance may not become apparent for a long time.

References for this information:

Biochimica and Biophysica Acta, May 2012, pages 1410–1419

Aging, March 2012, pages 166–175

Chemical Immunology and Allergy, March 2012, pages 77–80

Experimental Dermatology, October 2009, pages 821–832

Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, 2008, pages 191–202

International Journal of Toxicology, Volume 27, 2008, Supplement, pages 1–43

Food and Chemical Toxicology, February 2008, pages 446–475

American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, 2003, pages 789–798

Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: Yes
The rosy exfoliating phase is enriched with fruit acids and exfoliating ingredients. The golden oil phase is a concentrated blend of precious rose extracts, including rose essential oil. Blended together, this formula leaves skin looking smoother and clearer. It helps stimulate skin cell renewal, soothes newly exfoliated skin and nourishes it with moisture. The appearance of fine lines looks softened. Your complexion looks bright and even to reveal a youthful golden glow.
Aqua/Water, Limnanthes Alba Seed Oil /Meadowfoam Seed Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Isononyl Isononanoate, Caprylic/Capric Glycerides, Glycolic Acid, Propylene Glycol, Alcohol Denat., Glycerin, Sodium Hydroxide, Hydroxyethylpiperazine Ethane Sulfonic Acid, Ci 75130/Beta-Carotene, Ci 17200/Red 33, Ci 15985/Yellow 6, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Tocopherol, Vaccinium Myrtillus Fruit Extract, Saccharum Officinarum Extract/Sugar Cane Extract, Hydrolyzed Linseed Extract, Sodium Benzoate, Acer Saccharum Extract/Sugar Maple Extract, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil /Sunflower Seed Oil, Limonene, Panthenol, Linalool, Xanthan Gum, Propanediol, Geraniol, Rosa Canina Flower Extract, Rosa Damascena Flower Oil, Rose Extract, Rosa Centifolia Flower Extract, Citric Acid, Citronellol, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis Fruit Water/Orange Fruit Water, Citrus Limon Fruit Extract/Lemon Fruit Extract, Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate, Squalane, Parfum/Fragrance.

Lancome At-A-Glance

Strengths: Some good cleansers; well-formulated scrubs; foundations with beautiful shades for almost every skin color; great concealers; several outstanding mascaras; the Artliner liquid eyeliners perform well; impressive powder eyeshadows; some fantastic lipsticks and automatic lipliner.

Weaknesses: Expensive for what amounts to mostly mediocre to below-average skincare products; lacking in effective treatments for blemishes or lightening skin discolorations; average toners; moisturizers that are short on including state-of-the-art ingredients; jar packaging; some foundations with sunscreen do not provide complete UVA protection.

French flair, free gifts with purchase, constant magazine ads, and attractive packaging impel women to seek out the Lancome counter. Once you're there, though, unless you're captured by the enticing claims, the skin-care products are resoundingly dull, and we mean really, really dull (the makeup is a different story). With new research and developments in skin care many cosmetics companies typically improve their formulas, even if just in a small way. Thats not the case with Lancome, which tends to raise their prices while producing lackluster, ordinary formulas with little benefit for skin.

Even more shocking is that their most expensive skin-care items tend to be the most disappointing, usually for what they lack rather than for what they contain. It's startling to realize that their priciest moisturizer is remarkably similar to dozens of other Lancome creams priced more reasonably (but still too high when you consider what you're getting for the money). It seems that all it takes to justify the excessive prices is a good story based around a rare ingredient and claims of delivering a younger look. What a shame so many consumers are taken in by this kind of marketing mumbo jumbo.

L'Oreal-owned Lancome, along with L'Oreal's own skin-care products sold at the drugstore, has fallen well behind their competition. For all their lofty claims and beautiful models, many other companies leave them in the dust. Most of the Lauder companies (Clinique, Estee Lauder), along with Dove, and Olay have skin-care formularies that consistently outperform those of Lancome and L'Oreal in terms of what substantiated research has shown is necessary to have healthy, more wrinkle- and age-resistant skin. Lancome claims to understand women, and they certainly know how to entice them with pretty packaging and scientific-sounding claims. It would be far better if they had an intimate understanding of what it really takes for skin to look its best and function optimally.

The biggest improvement Lancome has made is that almost all of their sunscreens now include the right UVA-protecting ingredients. Who knows why it took them so long to get this straightened out (L'Oreal is no stranger to this issue, as they have developed and patented new UVA filters throughout the years), but it is now easier than ever to find a reliable sunscreen from Lancome. Given their prominence and presence in department stores around the world, Lancome isn't easy to ignore. Our suggestion is to look beyond most of the skin care and focus on what they do best: makeup (especially foundations and mascaras).

Note: Unless mentioned otherwise, all Lancome products contain fragrance.

For more information about Lancome, owned by L'Oreal, call (800) 526-2663 or visit www.lancome.com.

Lancome Makeup

L'Oreal-owned Lancome is a stellar, French-bred collection of makeup that remains the best reason to shop this line. Because most of Lancome's skin-care products have problematic elements (be it jar packaging, insufficient sun protection, or dated formulas), it is a relief to find that, for the most part, the colorful side of their business has more than its share of innovative products. We enjoyed the fact that no matter where we shopped, Lancome's counter personnel were friendly, knowledgeable, and helpful. There's a lot to keep track of, and Lancome deserves credit for keeping their salespeople so well informed.

If you're looking for a force to reckon with for foundations, Lancome is a must-see. They continue to offer some of the most elegant, silky formulas anywhere and in a color range that is overwhelmingly neutral, whether your skin is porcelain or ebony. The only troubling aspect is that most of Lancome's foundations with sunscreen do not contain adequate UVA protection or the SPF rating is too low. Lancome obviously knows about the risks with these issues (after all, they market ecamsule, their version of the UVA-protecting ingredient Mexoryl SX, and brag about its UVA range). And considering that, we are not recommending as many of their foundations as we have in previously have. Beyond this major gripe, you will discover that Lancome has a well-deserved reputation for their fantastic mascaras, and that their latest powders and eyeshadows apply with a silkiness that makes them gratifying to work with. The rest of the makeup encompasses many valid choices, but before you commit to Lancome, consider the similar options available for less from sister companies L'Oreal and Maybelline New York. Striking a balance among the best of each of these lines will give you first-class makeup that beautifies without breaking the bank.

Note: Lancome is categorized as a brand that tests on animals because its products are sold in China. Although Lancome does not conduct animal testing for its products sold elsewhere, the Chinese government requires imported cosmetics be tested on animals, so foreign companies retailing there must comply. This requirement is why some brands state that they dont test on animals unless required by law. Animal rights organizations consider cosmetic companies retailed in China to be brands that test on animals, and so does the Beautypedia Research Team.

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