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Dior

Capture Youth Redness Soother Age-Delay Anti-Redness Soothing Serum

1.00 fl. oz. for $ 95.00
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Capture Youth Redness Soother Age-Delay Anti-Redness Soothing Serum hydrates all skin types and mixes well with other products, but it's overpriced for what you get and, especially, for what you won't get: namely, a significant amount of proven soothing ingredients.

The whole concept of adding a booster-type serum to your routine is to give your skin a shot of specific ingredients to address concerns like wrinkles, discolorations, and redness. What Dior offers is akin to an average serum, not a special treatment—and it's not without some serious missteps for those with sensitive, redness-prone skin.

Chief among the problems is the inclusion of a rather strong fragrance (see More Info for details), followed closely by the iris root extract, which research has shown is a severe skin irritant. As you can imagine, neither of these is calming or anti-redness, which is why this is absolutely not a good pick for already-sensitive skin.

We can't deny the texture of this dropper-dispensed fluid serum is lovely, but there's just too much here redness-prone skin doesn't need, and too little of what research has shown can truly help improve this skin concern. See our list of Best Serums & Boosters for better (and usually less expensive) options.

Pros:
  • Hydrates skin and leaves a silky finish.
  • Mixes well with other products.
Cons:
  • Contains fragrance, which is the last thing redness-prone skin needs.
  • Lacks a significant amount of proven soothing ingredients.
  • Iris root is considered a severe skin irritant.
  • Expensive compared to superior products in in this category.
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
Capture Youth offers five targeted serums to meet the specific needs of each skin type. Enriched with antioxidant-rich iris extract, each serum is infused with a naturally-derived active ingredient to target and treat a specific skin concern: dullness, dryness, lack of firmness, oily skin, and redness. These serums are formulated to be used with the universal antioxidant cream for maximum efficacy. Redness Soother Serum (for red, irritated skin): natural peptides from cotton reduce redness and irritation for a smoother, more even complexion.
Water, Glycerin, Cetearyl Isononanoate, Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Phenyl Trimethicone, Methyl Gluceth-20, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite Jojoba Esters, Caprylyl Methicone, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Phenoxyethanol, Steareth-21, Parfum (Fragrance), Steareth-2, Caprylyl Glycol, Xanthan Gum, Bisabolol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Titanium Dioxide, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Gossypium Hirsutum (Cotton) Extract, Carbomer, Adenosine, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Dilauramidoglutamide Lysine, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Tocopheryl Phosphate, Iris Florentina Root Extract, BHT, Tin Oxide, Tocopherol, Yellow 5, Blue 1.

Dior At-A-Glance

Strengths:Nearly all of the SPF-related products offer sufficient UVA protection; a few extraordinary foundations and mascaras; a good liquid concealer; an excellent powder eyeshadow set; some good lipsticks and eyeliners.

Weaknesses: Expensive; lackluster moisturizers and serums that contain more fragrance and preservatives than elegant ingredients; irritating toners and self-tanners; ordinary masks; lack of products to address the needs of those with blemishes or skin discolorations; some foundations with SPF ratings that are too low; mostly average makeup brushes.

If you're looking for a clear-cut case of style winning out over substance, here it is. The Dior name is synonymous with couture fashion and countless other lifestyle accoutrements, but they continue to falter when it comes to establishing a first-rate collection of skin-care products. Of course, the company believes their products are the crme de la crme and if we're judging on aesthetics alone, we see what they mean. However, what's inside the gorgeous components is what counts for your skin, and Dior's formulas leave a lot to be desired. On one hand, it's great that all of their sunscreens contain sufficient UVA protection; on the other, all of their moisturizers either leave skin wanting more or contain problematic ingredients with no skin-redeeming qualities.

Fragrance is huge for Dior, and a visit to their counter attests to this, as fragrances line the counter right beside the skin-care tester unit. It would be better for skin if the two categories were kept separate, but in most cases the amount of fragrance added to Dior's skin-care products is greater than the token amounts of state-of-the-art ingredients (and the effectiveness of most of those is further diminished by jar packaging). If you wouldn't put perfume on your face, think twice about applying it in the form of an expensive skin-care product.

On the plus side, there are a few very good products to consider if you don't mind spending the extra money. If you're a fan of Dior's fashions and want to experiment with their cosmetic products, you'll find that their makeup outshines the skin care and has improved in ways that keep the panache while making genuine improvements. Despite all manner of claims to the contrary (everything from purifying pores to lifting skin to the point that sagging is a thing of the past), the most attractive part of Dior's formulas is how they're dressed, not how they perform.

For more information about Dior, call (212) 931-2200 or visit www.dior.com.

Dior Makeup

Always fashion-forward, Dior's makeup is more well-designed and attractive than ever, offering standout products in almost every category. The most notable change over the past several years has been Dior's improved foundation formulas and shades. It's now the exception rather than the rule to find overtly peach, pink, or rose-toned shades among Dior's many complexion-enhancing options. Even better, Dior has recently introduced foundations to compensate for its previous too-low SPF efforts, with formulas available in SPF 15, 20 and 25, a couple of which even include UVA-protecting ingredients. Such a move shows that while Dior may still struggle with an overall lackluster skin care line, they are at least working to meet dermatologist-recommended benchmarks for sun protection.

You will also be very impressed with Dior's powder blush, eyeshadows (though their shiny finish is not the best for Baby Boomer eyes), the DiorSkin concealer, brow gel, and most of the mascaras. If you're a fan of lip gloss and are willing to tolerate a double-digit price, you'll be in cosmetics heaven wading through all the lip-shining options here. On the flip side, neither the standard pencils nor most of the lipsticks are worth the money. With any designer-based line built on artifice, price is more than a matter of dollars. It's indicative of a companys image and remains a prestige factor that often speaks louder than the products themselves. Dior is guilty of maximizing its assets to play up its image, but with their makeup line the good news for you is that, for the most part, they really pay attention to whats inside all the luxe containers, too.

One more note: Diors makeup tester units are much more accessible and user-friendly than for previous editions of this book. We also found their counter staff to be more accommodating and definitely less condescending than several other European-bred lines.

Note: Dior is categorized as a brand that tests on animals because its products are sold in China. Although Dior 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.

About the Experts

The Beautypedia team consists of skin care and makeup experts personally trained by the original Cosmetics Cop and best-selling beauty author, Paula Begoun. We’re fascinated by skin care and makeup products and thrilled when they meet or exceed our expectations, but we’re also disappointed when they fail to perform as claimed, are wildly overpriced, or contain ingredients scientific research has proven can hurt skin.

Our mission has always been to help you find the best products for your skin, no matter your budget or preferences. Beautypedia’s thorough and insightful reviews cut through the hype and provide reliable recommendations for all ages, skin types, and skin tones.