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HydraLife Time to Glow Ultra Fine Exfoliating Powder

1.40 fl. oz. for $ 45.00
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HydraLife Time to Glow Ultra Fine Exfoliating Powder is an interesting concept for those who like using a scrub to exfoliate: It's a dry, free-flowing powder that you mix with water and form an emulsion before applying to skin. Were it not for the overpowering, borderline obnoxious fragrance wafting from this formula (more on that in a moment), this scrub would be highly recommended for all skin types.

Removing the cap from the opaque plastic bottle reveals a small opening in the neck, allowing you to dispense the powdery scrub mixture without making a big mess. You can end up with more coming out than you want if you're not careful, but otherwise this is relatively easy to use.

You're supposed to mix the powder with water then apply it to skin where the powder becomes a creamy, slightly foaming cleanser that's mildly abrasive. Using this gently reveals smooth, soft skin that doesn't feel dried out or stripped like most scrubs do. The scrub ingredient is sugar (sucrose), and it's finely milled, allowing it to polish skin gently as it breaks down with water (a key factor that prevents this scrub from being gritty or rough on skin).

What you'll notice immediately if you dare to try this is the strong fragrance it contains. Even if fragrance wasn't such a problem for skin, the amount and potency this product contains overshadows any benefit. Fragrance, especially this much fragrance, poses a significant risk of irritating skin, as we explain in the More Info section. What a shame, as other than the price, this otherwise gentle scrub has a lot going for it!

Pros:
  • Easy to use dry formula mixes readily with water.
  • Ultra-fine powder turns into a creamy, mild cleansing scrub when mixed with water.
  • Rinses easily, leaving skin smooth, soft, and refined.
Cons:
  • Strong, nearly overpowering fragrance poses a risk of irritation.
  • Very expensive for a formula that contains inexpensive ingredients.
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
The height of innovation, this powder offers the most natural and delightful exfoliation. The sugar extract refines the skin's texture, while the lotus seeds polish its surface. Upon contact with water, it transforms into a light foam that deeply cleanses the skin to reveal its natural radiance. Instantly, the skin's texture is refined and smooth; the appearance of pores is reduced. The complexion is clean, clarified and glowing. The skin is revitalized and naturally beautiful.
Sucrose, Sodium Cocoyl Glycinate, Sodium Lauroyl Glutamate, Talc, Nylon-6/12, Propanediol, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Disodium EDTA, Sorbic Acid, Parfum (Fragrance), Water, Butylene Glycol, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Nellumbo Nucifera Seed Powder, Saponins, BHT, Tocopherol.

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.

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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.

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