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e.l.f. Cosmetics

Beauty Shield Massaging Overnight Recovery Cream

2.29 fl. oz. for $ 14.00
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Beauty Shield Massaging Overnight Recovery Cream contains an impressive roundup of antioxidants and skin-replenishing ingredients. Unfortunately, its potentially irritating fragrance sets the formula to the back of the line.

Besides the wafting scent, the other thing you'll notice about this moisturizer is its large, rollerball applicator. It's a bit cumbersome for full face application, and the claim that it, "stimulates skin to encourage absorption," is gimmicky (A.K.A. not backed by research—it's no more effective than massaging the moisturizer into skin with your hands).

That aside, the lightweight gel-cream texture is ideal for combination skin and true to claim, the blend of antioxidants really do help shield against environmental aggressors, encouraging healthier looking skin.

But alas, the fragrance swoops in and throws a wrench in the formula. See More Info to learn how fragrance can irritate and pro-age skin.

Considering there are better nighttime moisturizers that omit the fragrance, you're better off passing on this one.

Pros:
  • Contains an impressive roundup of antioxidants and skin-replenishing ingredients.
  • Lightweight gel-cream texture ideal for combination skin.
Cons:
  • Contains a wafting amount of potentially irritating fragrance.
  • Rollerball applicator is cumbersome for full face application and doesn't live up to its claims.
More Info:

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: No
This lightweight gel-cream contains nourishing antioxidants that help fight against environmental aggressors. The rollerball applicator massages and stimulates skin to encourage absorption of nourishing antioxidants Vitamin C, Pomegranate Extract, Argan Oil, and Carrot Seed Oil.
Water (Aqua), Caprylic/Capric Glycerides, Glycerin, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Isododecane, Butylene Glycol, C10-18 Triglycerides, Propylene Glycol Dipelargonate, Diisostearyl Malate, 3-O-Ethyl Ascorbic Acid (Vc), Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Extract, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Extract, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Seed Oil, Beta-Carotene, Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vc), Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Root Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate (Ve), Dipotassium Glycyrrhizinate (Licorice Root Extract), Sodium Hyaluronate, Caffeine, Nicotinamide, Cetyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-75 Stearate, Ceteth-20, Steareth-20, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Fragrance (Parfum), Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Disodium EDTA

e.l.f. At-A-Glance

e.l.f. (it stands for which stands for Eyes, Lips, Face) was founded by Scott Vincent Borba and Joseph Shamah. The story goes that one day Borba was shopping in a dollar store and noticed women dressed in designer clothing and sporting designer handbags loading up their baskets with inexpensive nail polish, eye pencils, and lip balm. He took note of the products being sold in such stores and quickly decided he could offer products of even higher quality at the same competitive price. His idea paid off, as e.l.f. has enjoyed continued success and increased distribution online and in retail stores.

For a line offering many products for just a dollar (OK, there are plenty that cost $3 and $5, too), there are a surprising number of hits in the mix (especially the makeup brushes). True, not everything is going to be as luxurious or innovative as some higher-end brands, but overall you're likely to be impressed with what they developed for so little money, and you may just find some beauty bargains!

For more information about e.l.f., call (800) 231-4732 or visit www.eyeslipsface.com.

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