L'Oreal Paris

Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care 72H Comfort Extra Dry Skin

1.70 fl. oz. for $ 17.99
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Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care 72H Comfort Extra Dry Skin is a rich, creamy moisturizer that feels comforting on contact, immediately alleviating signs of dry skin. Although that sounds great, this moisturizer makes formulary and packaging missteps that prevent an enthusiastic recommendation, especially if your skin is extra dry.

The first mistake is the choice of putting this moisturizer in a jar. This Hydra Genius moisturizer contains several non-fragrant plant oils along with antioxidant-rich shea butter, all of which can have their effectiveness reduced from exposure to light and air that occurs with each use. See More Info for the full story!

Next on the list of concerns is the amount of denatured alcohol this contains. Although the numerous oils this moisturizer contains keep the alcohol from drying out skin, it still poses a risk of irritation, as we detail in the More Info section.

Problem number three is the fragrance this moisturizer contains, which is fairly intense. Highly fragrant products like this also pose a risk of irritating skin. So, despite its decadent-feeling cream texture that leaves a healthy-looking glow, this hydrator is no genius for skin!

We couldn't end this review without discussing L'Oreal claim that Hydra Genius provides 72 hours of "instant and continuous hydration". We're not disputing the instant hydration part (although the amount of alcohol is likely to make this short-lived), but if this really provides 72 hours of hydration, then why does L'Oreal direct you to apply it morning and evening (meaning every 12 hours)? If it hydrated as long as they say, you'd only need to reapply every three days!

See our list of Best Moisturizers for superior options that omit the problematic ingredients this one contains yet deliver richly beneficial ingredients.

  • Silky cream texture feels richly moisturizing.
  • Good mix of hydrating ingredients, including hyaluronic acid.
  • Makes skin feel supple with a soft, healthy-looking glow.
  • Jar packaging won't keep the plant oils and antioxidants stable once opened.
  • The amount of alcohol poses a risk of irritating skin.
  • Highly fragrant formula can irritate skin.
  • The 72-hour hydration claim is contradicted by the directions to apply this every morning and evening.
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Jar Packaging & Anti-Aging Moisturizers: This anti-aging formula is packaged in a jar, which means the light- and air-sensitive beneficial ingredients won't remain stable for long once it's opened.

All plant extracts, almost all vitamins, antioxidants, and other state-of-the-art ingredients begin to break down in the presence of air. Therefore, once a jar is opened and lets the air in, these important ingredients begin to deteriorate, becoming less and less effective. Routine exposure to daylight can also be problematic for maintaining ingredient stability.

Jars are also unsanitary because you're dipping your fingers into them with each use, contaminating the product. This stresses the preservative system, leading to further deterioration of the beneficial ingredients.

When shopping for an anti-aging moisturizer, the ingredients that provide the most benefit for addressing visible signs of aging need to be in airtight or air-restrictive packaging. Switching to this type of packaging means you'll be buying products that stand the best chance of working!

References for this information:

Pharmacology Review, July 2013, pages 97-106

Dermatologic Therapy, May-June 2012, pages 252-259

Current Drug Delivery, November 2011, pages 640-660

Journal of Agricultural Food Chemistry, May 2011, pages 4,676-4,683

Journal of Biophotonics, January 2010, pages 82-88

Guidelines of Stability Testing of Cosmetic Products, Colipa-CTFA, March 2004, pages 1-10

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: Yes
Tested on animals: Yes

Daily Liquid Care Extra Dry Skin is specifically formulated to meet the needs of Extra Dry Skin with Aloe Water + Hyaluronic Acid for 72H of instant and continuous hydration and a comfortable, velvety skin finish. Skin is ultra-hydrated, fresh and healthy looking.

Aqua/Water, Glycerin, Dimethicone, Alcohol Denat., Paraffinum Liquidum/Mineral Oil, Limnanthes Alba Seed Oil/ Meadowfoam Seed Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter/Shea Butter, Bis-Behenyl/Isostearyl/Phytosteryl Dimer Dilinoleyl Dimer Dilinoleate, C30-45 Alkyl Dimethicone, PEG-20 Stearate, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Silica, PEG-100 Stearate, PEG-30 Dipolyhydroxystearate, Stearyl Alcohol, Silanetriol, Cera Microcristallina/Microcrystalline Wax, Paraffin, Potassium Hydroxide, Carbomer, Glyceryl Stearate, Trideceth-6, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Sodium Hyaluronate, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Hyaluronic Acid, Ammonium Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate, Disodium EDTA, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Acer Saccharum Extract/Sugar Maple Extract, Capryloyl Salicylic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Citric Acid, T-Butyl Alcohol, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Octyldodecanol, Butylene Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Tocopherol, Pentaerythrityl, Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Potassium Sorbate, Sorbic Acid, Sodium Benzoate, Phenoxyethanol, Linalool, Limonene, Citral, Parfum/Fragrance.

L'Oreal Paris At-A-Glance

Strengths: Budget-friendly prices; good makeup removers; wide assortment of self-tanning options; one of the best, most comprehensive makeup collections at the drugstore, with superb options in almost every category; the mascaras are a tough act to follow.

Weaknesses: Jar packaging hinders some of the skincare formulas; many of their skincare formulas contain problematic amounts of fragrance and/or other irritants; exaggerated anti-aging claims.

L'Oreal's extensive makeup collection retains its stature as one of the better selections at the drugstore, though they have stiff competition from Revlon and, in some cases, sister company Maybelline New York. In recent years L'Oreal has made significant strides with foundation shades, powder textures, concealers, and, of course, superlative mascaras that rarely fail to impress. Their lipsticks are excellent and you will find many L'Oreal makeup products have a Lancome counterpart, and that the differences are minorif there are any at all.

L'Oreal's displays in many drugstores reflect better-organized products and shade categories (though testers are still scarce). Given the number of lipsticks they sell, it only makes sense to put them in color families so consumers have a better shopping experience. Their True Match products are also sensibly laid out, but the rest of the foundations aren't as organized, likely due to the smaller selection of shades. Speaking of foundations, L'Oreal has made further strides by offering more that provide sufficient UVA protection. Revlon still has the edge for consistently launching impressive foundations with sunscreen, but at least L'Oreal is (finally) catching up.

The bottom line is that every category of L'Oreals makeup has some winning (and in some cases, benchmark-setting) products.

Unfortunately, despite the brands enormous presence in the beauty industry, L'Oreal's moisturizers and treatment products are a nearly all unremarkable and repetitive. When it comes to moisturizers or serums, just about anything from Dove, Olay, Neutrogena, or Aveeno is preferred. L'Oreal does well with most of their cleansers, along with scrubs and self-tanning products, but given the widespread availability and financial resources of this line, they could be doing so much more. The good news is their makeup has made major strides and now ranks as the best overall color collection at the drugstoreimagine the results if their skin care followed suit.

For more information about L'Oreal, call (800) 322-2036 or visit www.loreal.com or www.lorealparisusa.com.

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