Émulsion Lactèe Demaquillante (Purifying Milk Wash)
This is a very basic, ho-hum, fragranced, cleansing lotion that is an OK option for normal to dry skin (that is not prone to breakouts). It removes makeup easily, but you may need to use it with a washcloth to avoid leaving a skin-dulling residue.
Cleansers like this aren’t adept at removing dead skin cells as claimed; for that, you need a cleanser that rinses better or has scrub particles in the formula. But for best results with removing dead, dry skin cells you should be using a well-formulated AHA or BHA exfoliant.
- Removes makeup without leaving skin dry or tight.
- Can leave a skin-dulling residue (with repeated use and in the absence of a good exfoliant).
- Cannot remove dead skin cells.
Rich in emollients and gently cleanses the face, leaving your face feeling soft and smooth. This product gently removes pollutants, dead skin cells, excess oil, dirt and makeup without irritation.
Weaknesses: Outdated formulas; products contain fragrance; does not contain any cell-communicating ingredients to help repair and reinforce a healthy skin barrier.
This small, French-themed skin-care brand was created in the 1950s by a physician (his name was not provided by the company) who wanted to offer products to his patients. We suppose in that sense this line pre-dates the late 1990s boom of doctor-designed skin care, which is really its only claim to fame.
The main problem with Embryolisse products is how outdated the formulas are. These products may have been state-of-the-art in the 1950s, but several decades later we know much more about what skin needs to be healthy and act young. There is no question that skin care ingredient research from the 1950s compared to today is vastly different (to your skin's benefit)!
Embryolisse advertises their line's simplicity, and this line is simple. That can be a good thing for sensitive, reactive, skin (the fewer the ingredients in a given product, the less likely it is that someone with sensitive skin to react to that product). However, in terms of barrier repair technology, these products are far from modern. Where are the ceramides, cholesterol, essential fatty acids, and cell-communicating ingredients that research has shown repair and reinforce a healthy skin barrier? They're not here; instead, you get mostly standard cosmetic ingredients with fragrancesomething sensitive, reactive skin never needs.
Last, none of these products contain "active" ingredients as claimedat least not active in the sense of retinol, niacinamide, or other proven anti-aging ingredients. And although the company states that all their claims are "sincere" without "unrealistic promises" this isn't true across the board; indeed, several products carry claims that stretch the truth or are simply not possible--either due to the formula, or because cosmetic ingredients have limitations. In the end, despite the buzz you may have heard or seen on beauty blogs or You Tube, Embryolisse offers little of value for your skin and absolutely nothing you cannot find elsewhere for less money with (more often than not) better formulas.
For more information about Embryolisse, call (813) 814-9000 or visit www.embryolisseusa.com.
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