Purely Nourishing Moisturizer with RareMinerals ActiveSoil Complex: Combination Skin
It’s been said that it only takes one bad apple to spoil the bunch, and with this moisturizer, the “bad apple” is lavender oil. This fragrant oil may appeal to your nose, but it’s a problem for your skin. Lavender oil causes cell death and enhances oxidative damage—not what you want if your goal is younger-looking skin. What a shame, because this moisturizer is loaded with beneficial ingredients, including some very good antioxidants and anti-irritants. As for the RareMinerals ActiveSoil Complex, that’s essentially a fancy way to describe dirt, and no matter the source, minerals don’t offer special benefits for your skin. Moreover, the label merely states it contains “soil minerals,” so you have no idea what you’re actually putting on your face. Just because it’s a mineral doesn’t mean it contains something rare—minerals can contain sulfur, lead, chlorides—how rare does that sound?
- Lightweight yet creamy texture contains several beneficial emollients, antioxidants, and anti-irritants.
- Contains two forms of lavender oil, a fragrant oil that causes irritation even in small amounts.
- The supposedly rare soil minerals have no research showing they offer any special benefit for skin.
Hydrate skin with this lightweight, remarkably effective moisturizer for improved firmness, elasticity, radiance and skin texture. Powered by our 100% pure RareMinerals ActiveSoil Complex with a unique electrolyte delivery system, its formulated to provide the perfect amount of hydration for combination skin while potent antioxidants help protect skin from environmental stressors.
Bare Escentuals At-a-Glance
Makeup is what this San Francisco-based cosmetics line is primarily about, and they use the pure and natural marketing angle to entice consumers. Founded in 1976 by Diane Ranger, who left the company in the early '90s Bare Escentuals was one of the first brands to introduce the concept of loose powder foundation. Since then, they have moved beyond it to include liquid foundations and tinted moisturizers and an ever expanding line of color cosmetics as well as skincare products.
The products are sold in most Sephora boutiques and Ulta stores, though the full selection of skincare products is most often found at the Bare Escentuals freestanding stores scattered throughout the United States.
We should note that loose powder makeup does take some practice to get the hang of, yet there is no denying that this type of foundation has its fan base. There is a lot to love about Bare Escentuals, even if mineral makeup isn't your thing (especially their price ranges, which have remained affordable in comparison to many of their neighbors at Sephora).
Strengths: Good makeup removers; a few well-formulated powders with SPF; some nice eyeshadows and impressive mascaras; some impressive foundations; several elegant brush options; not too expensive.
Weaknesses: Some of the loose powder products have texture and finish concerns; some of the skincare contain potentially problematic ingredients.
For more information about Bare Escentuals, call 1.888.795.4747 or visit www.bareescentuals.com.
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