Green Labs Canna-B Pore Perfecting Serum Cream Fragrance Free SPF 30
Garnier’s Green Labs Canna-B Pore Perfecting Serum Cream Fragrance Free SPF 30 is a good daytime moisturizer for normal, combination, and dry skin; it’s just not quite as impressive as the brand makes it seem.
Packaged in an opaque bottle with a pump dispenser, this moisturizer has a creamy lotion texture that glides across skin with ease. It absorbs quickly, making skin feel hydrated and plumped, and has a slightly mattifying finish. This makes it good for those with normal, combination, and slightly dry skin – but the claims that this is mattifying enough for oily skin don’t quite hold up. If you have oily to very oily skin, this won’t provide enough oil control; shine will likely come through during its wear time.
Part of the reason for this is that this contains a good amount of Cannabis sativa (hemp) seed oil, a great, non-fragrant plant oil that moisturizes and provides antioxidant benefits, but this much oil in an oil-control product is, well, counter-intuitive.
That aside, this provides broad-spectrum SPF 30 benefits via synthetic sunscreen ingredients, and includes niacinamide, a skin-replenishing antioxidant that also refines pores, making the pore-improving claims by Garnier for this product true. This also contains antioxidant vitamin E.
A couple of notes about the claims for this product: Garnier says it’s a 3-in-1 serum, moisturizer, and sunscreen, and while it can certainly say it is all those, keep in mind this isn’t the most innovative claim. Many of the best daytime moisturizers out there (in fact, most of them) have these same benefits! Also, the non-comedogenic claim made for this product (meaning it won’t clog pores) isn’t a regulated term, so take that with a grain of salt.
That aside, this is still a very good daytime moisturizer with sunscreen for most skin types.
- Cream-lotion texture is suitable for most skin types.
- Feels moisturizing and plumping.
- Finish is slightly mattifying for slightly oily areas.
- Provides broad-spectrum SPF 30 benefits.
- Contains pore-refining and skin-replenishing niacinamide.
- Includes antioxidant hemp seed oil and vitamin E.
- Packaged to protect its light- and air-sensitive ingredients.
- Fragrance free.
- Isn’t mattifying enough for oily to very oily skin.
- Misleading claims about this being a 3-in-1 product.
Garnier Green Labs Pore Perfecting Serum Cream Fragrance Free is a face serum, a face cream, and a sunscreen, all-in-1 lightweight formula. This formula, with Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil and Niacinamide Vitamin B3, works to improve combination to oily skin and enlarged pores for skin that is balanced with reduced pores. Skin looks instantly less oily and skin texture is improved in 3 days. Skin imperfections look reduced in 1 week. This non-comedogenic moisturizer is suitable for all skin types and skin tones. The lightweight, fast-absorbing formula will provide 24-hour hydration while not leaving a white residue on skin. This fragrance free moisturizer is allergy tested & dermatologist tested for safety and suitable for sensitive skin. Vegan formula does not contain mineral oils, parabens, or dyes.
Garnier Nutritioniste At-A-Glance
Strengths: Interesting and potentially helpful cleansing oil and foundation primer.
Weaknesses: Insufficient UVA protection from some of the sunscreens; average to below average moisturizers and eye creams; mostly irritating cleansers; no effective products for blemish-prone skin; jar packaging.
Debuting with permanent hair dye and then making the segue to a full line of hair-care products emphasizing carefree, casual styles with can't-miss-it colorful packaging has been Garnier's formula for penetrating the U.S. market. Several well-known actresses have had dual roles as spokesperson for Garnier's hair dyes and skin-care products, with splashy ads appearing in magazines and on television commercials.
Unfortunately, this group of products hasn't got much going for it except the lure celebrity spokespeople provide. The amount of fragrance is perhaps forgivable for a French-owned product line, and in most of the Nutritioniste products it's not too intrusive. What is deplorable is the lack of sufficient UVA protection in the sunscreens. A skin-care line has no right to speak about the anti-aging benefits and "breakthrough approach" of its products when they cannot get this fundamental aspect consistently right.
It's also disappointing that some products contain irritating peppermint, which made us wonder whether the dermatologists who consulted for Garnier had any idea of what's good for skin and what isn't. It seems they didn't, because what they ended up with is a mix of pro and con products that make it impossible for consumers to assemble a sensible skin-care routine, not to mention products that make skin-lifting claims most dermatologists would dismiss as cosmetics puffery.
The hook for this line is the way it is said to bring nutrition and dermatology together. The products are "fortified" with antioxidants such as lycopene and nutritional ingredients such as fatty acids, vitamins (A and C, never present together in the same product!), and minerals. Garnier wants you to think this is a revolutionary idea, but it isn'tdid they also overlook that everyone else, from L'Oreal (Garnier is owned by L'Oreal) to Estee Lauder and Clinique, has been using such ingredients in their products for years? And why consult a nutritionist (as Garnier did) when their training and professional expertise has little to do with application of anything to the skin? The whole scenario proves Garnier was more concerned with creating an attention-getting story for this line rather than formulating truly breakthrough products.
Despite our disdain for the way Garnier's marketing takes precedence over making the products as good as they could be formulary-wise, there are some bright spots. Because Garnier is owned by L'Oreal, it's no surprise to find that there are lots of similarities between the better and worse aspects of L'Oreal's skin care as well as with L'Oreal's department-store sister company Lancome. In some ways, Garnier's formulas best those of both companies by including a greater array of antioxidants and intriguing skin-identical ingredients. The occasional jar packaging choice reduces the effectiveness of some of these products, but other than that, Lancome users should take note of the happy facerated products in this line. You'll be getting a better product for considerably less money here (though, at least for now, no free gift with purchasebut you can buy Lancome foundations or mascaras instead when gift time comes around).
For more information about Garnier Nutritioniste, call (800) 370-1925 or visit www.garnierusa.com.
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