Aquaphor Lip Repair + Protect Broad Spectrum SPF 30
This is a very good, inexpensive, and fragrance-free lip balm with sunscreen! Kudos to Eucerin for providing broad-spectrum sun protection that includes stabilized avobenzone for critical UVA (think anti-aging) screening. The Vaseline (petrolatum)-based formula feels emollient and leaves a soft glossy finish. This is too greasy to apply lipstick over (at least if you expect the lipstick to last) but is fine on its own or topped with a light layer or lip gloss. Don’t worry about the lip gloss negating the sunscreen; although it will be affected a bit, as long as you gently dab the gloss on you won’t be losing much sun protection.
This lip balm with sunscreen would’ve earned a BEST product rating had the formula included more than a token amount of vitamin E (tocopheryl acetate) for an antioxidant boost. On balance, though, it’s worth strong consideration to keep lips protected from sun damage.
Temporarily protects and heals relieve chapped or cracked lips. Helps protect lips from the drying effects of wind and cold weather. Helps prevent sunburn. If used as directed with other sun protection measures (see Directions), decreases the risk of skin cancer and early skin aging caused by the sun.
Strengths: Inexpensive and widely distributed; fragrance-free cleansers; some good body washes and body moisturizers; widely available.
Weaknesses: Anti-redness products that added questionable ingredients instead of increasing the anti-inflammatory agents; nothing for acne-prone skin; jar packaging; some standard body lotions that are OK for dry skin but "OK" isn't good enough.
This drugstore staple line claims to be dermatologist-preferred skin care, but any dermatologist who recommends this line in its entirety without reservation needs a crash course in what skin really needs to be protected and look its best.
There are some basic products that a dermatologist would want to consider, but Eucerin falls short in products to address acne. Further, their latest facial skincare products aren't keeping pace with what industry frontrunners are doing in an effort to create elegant, effective products. For example, serums from Olay, Neutrogena, and Aveeno have much more interesting formulations, while moisturizers from many other drugstore lines (including Nivea, which is owned by Eucerin parent company Beiersdorf) include a greater complement of antioxidants and ingredients that mimic the structure and function of healthy skin. Eucerin is making some strides here, though, which is an encouraging sign.
A major pro for this line is that all of the products are fragrance-free. Although that's helpful for all skin types, it certainly isn't compelling enough for dermatologists to green-light this line without cautions about which products to avoid.
For more information about Eucerin, call (800) 227-4703 or visit www.eucerin.com.
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