After Sun Rescue Balm with Aloe
This lightweight body lotion has a fairly good formula, although it doesn’t contain anything that’s special or that’s needed only when skin has been exposed to too much sun. Products like this can be misleading because the claims imply that a sunburn (next to a tan, the most obvious form of visible sun damage) can be repaired before it causes lasting damage, and that’s absolutely not the case.
When skin is sunburned, there are steps you can take to minimize the extent of the damage and encourage healing, but sun damage goes deeper than what any body lotion can fix.
Despite the misleading clams, this body lotion for normal to slightly dry skin contains a good mix of moisturizing ingredients (though nothing too heavy) along with antioxidants and a small amount of skin-repairing substances. It is fragrance-free, but contains coloring agents (the greenish-blue tint may look pretty, but it has no benefit for your skin).
- Lightweight, hydrating formula makes skin feel smooth and soft.
- Contains antioxidants and skin-repairing ingredients.
- Expensive (body lotions from CeraVe or Olay are worth considering first).
- Misleading claims may lead you to believe a bad sunburn or day of sun damage can be completely repaired.
Ultra-moisturizing balm with soothing aloe calms sun-exposed skin. Provides a post-sun repair to help prevent todays sun exposure from becoming tomorrows visible damage. Helps minimize peeling. Suitable for face and body. Oil-free. Non-acnegenic.
Strengths: A few excellent moisturizers and serums; excellent sunscreens; very good cleansers and eye makeup removers; unique mattifying products; impressive selection of foundations, good concealers; some remarkable mascaras; much-improved eyeshadows, lip colors and blush formulas.
Weaknesses: Bar soaps (which can clog pores and dull skin); alcohol-based toners; unfortunate choice of jar packaging for antioxidant-loaded moisturizers.
Estee Lauder-owned Clinique launched the concept of cosmetics being "allergy-tested," "hypoallergenic," "100% fragrance-free," and "dermatologist tested." Of those marketing claims, the only one with significance is "100% fragrance-free," which, for the most part, Clinique maintains (although it does add some fragrant extracts to a few products). Unfortunately, terms like hypoallergenic and dermatologist tested aren't regulated by the FDA and can mean anything, thus, you still need to rely on the ingredient list to tell you whether their product contains any ingredients with the potential to irritate skin.
That inconvenient fact aside, Clinique is leading the way with cutting-edge, state-of-the-art moisturizers and serums, plus some formidable makeup and more than a few excellent sunscreens. While Clinique has some products that we see as missteps for reasons discussed in their reviews, more than ever, what they offer is quite good (just have realistic expectations, as some of their claims go beyond what their products are capable of).
Turning to makeup, Clinique continues to offer a vast palette of colors and textures, especially with their enormous selection of foundations, many of which feature effective sunscreens. Without a doubt, the numerous formulas offer something for every skin type and almost every skin color, though the blushes, eye makeup and lip colors are frequently not pigmented enough for deeper skin tones.
The bottom line is that, despite a few shortcomings, Clinique is one of the most comprehensive (and comparably affordable) department-store makeup lines, and it is completely understandable why they enjoy such broad appeal.
Note: Clinique is categorized as one that tests on animals because their products are sold in China. Although Clinique does not conduct animal testing for their 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 Team.
For more information about Clinique, call (800) 419-4041 or visit www.clinique.com.
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