La Roche-Posay

Redermic + UV SPF 25

1.35 fl. oz. for $ 54.99
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Two of the highlights for this product are the over-the-top claims and the over-the-top price that may discourage liberal application of this very good moisturizing sunscreen for normal to oily or combination skin. It's formulated with a decent amount of vitamin C and a novel ingredient with a minor study showing it has benefit for skin.

Like any well-formulated sunscreen with avobenzone (or other UVA-protecting ingredients), this will improve wrinkling and prevent collagen and elastin breakdown. That is one of the brilliant results from wearing a well-formulated sunscreen on a daily basis. Given that it also contains 5% ascorbic acid, you are also getting a very good dose of an inexpensive form of vitamin C, which adds excellent antioxidant protection for skin. However, as helpful as a large amount of vitamin C can be for skin, an array of antioxidants and skin-repairing ingredients would be better. A cocktail approach with these types of ingredients is always better than a "single shot."

An interesting aspect of this formulation is that it contains an ingredient called madecassoside, a component of Centella asiatica, also known as the gotu kola. There is one formal study showing it to have antioxidant properties as well as cell-communicating properties because it improved skin cell formation, but this study was about oral consumption at high doses, not about a tiny amount applied topically to skin. Still, in all likelihood, it's a good antioxidant and a welcome addition to this formulation.

  • Provides broad-spectrum sun protection.
  • Lightweight, silky formula is great for combination to oily skin.
  • Impressive amount of vitamin C in packaging that will keep it stable during use.
  • Expensive, which may discourage the liberal application that's necessary to get the stated amount of sun protection.
  • Would be better with a range of state-of-the-art ingredients rather than the "single shot" approach with one special ingredient like vitamin C.

Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: Yes

Visibly promotes a youthful complexion by smoothing deep and fine wrinkles while restoring hydration. Fortified with UVA/UVB protection, it helps prevent collagen and elastin breakdown, making your skin more resistant to aging. Madecassoside encourages speedy repair as a 5% dose of vitamin C brightens and slows the effects of aging.

Active: Avobenzone (3%), Octisalate (5%), Octocrylene (7%), Other: Water, Isononyl Isononanoate, Glycerin, Ascorbic Acid, Dimethicone, Diisopropyl Sebacate, Silica, Sucrose Tristearate, Potassium Hydroxide, Polysorbate 61, PEG-12 Dimethicone, Madecassoside, Dimethiconol, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Ammonium Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate, Disodium EDTA, Caprylyl Glycol, Acetyl Dipepetide-1 Cetyl Ester, Xanthan Gum, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance

La Roche-Posay At-A-Glance

L'Oreal-owned La Roche-Posay has a pharmaceutical lineage based in France, and the company speaks of their thermal spring water as the cornerstone of their commitment to dermatological skin care. In fact, the name La Roche-Posay comes from the French town that is the source of this water, which is said to be a rich in selenium. While selenium is an element that has potent antioxidant ability, it's unclear how much the water La Roche-Posay uses contains, since all water has to go through purification processes to be to used in cosmetic products.

That aside, this brand does have a number of standout products, including some good sunscreens and anti-aging treatments. Another positive: All of its skincare is packaged in containers that will keep beneficial products protected from light and air (no jar packaging here!). Unfortunately there are some missteps, namely that some otherwise-excellent products include potentially-irritating amounts of alcohol, fragrance, or other irritants. The line could also benefit from additional products that contain more state-of-the-art ingredients. Still, for a no-frills approach to serious skin care, there are some finds to be had!

For more information about La Roche-Posay, owned by L'Oreal, call (888) 577-5226 or visit www.laroche-posay.com.

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