Redness Relief Daily Perfecting Lotion SPF 15

1.70 fl. oz. for $ 14.99
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Redness Relief Daily Perfecting Lotion SPF 15 deserves praise for including titanium dioxide for sufficient UVA protection, but there are problems with this formula, especially for those with reddened, easily irritated skin. The active ingredients are two synthetic sunscreens, which, while generally well tolerated, are not the best for someone with sensitive skin. Eucerin would have been wise to use just titanium dioxide and/or zinc oxide as the active(s). Another issue is the inclusion of denatured alcohol. There’s not a lot of it in the product, but for someone with red, sensitive skin, it’s cause for concern. The alcohol is more prevalent than the played-up licorice extract, which is present in such a small amount its soothing benefit to skin is negligible. Finally, this lotion is tinted mint green in an effort to cancel facial redness. Such color-correction rarely looks convincing, but in this case it’s so sheer as to be barely noticeable on skin, so it doesn’t matter one way or the other. This moisturizing sunscreen is an OK option for normal to dry skin that is not affected by redness or sensitivity, but it’s certainly not what current research indicates is a state-of-the-art formula.

Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: Yes

Instantly diminishes red skin tones and protects from redness-provoking UVA/UVB rays. A fragrance, oil-free, non-irritating, non-comedogenic formula that is safe for sensitive skin and appropriate for rosacea.

Active: Octinoxate, Octisalate, Titanium Dioxide, Other: Water, Glycerin, Dimethicone, Polyglyceryl-3 Methylglucose Distearate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Lauroyl Lysine, Squalane, Alcohol Denat., Sorbitan Stearate, Phenoxyethanol, Butylene Glycol, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Glycyrrhiza Inflata Root Extract, Xanthan Gum, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Ethylparaben, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Trimethoxycaprylylsilane, Chromium Oxide Greens, Chromium Hydroxide Green, Ultramarines

Eucerin At-A-Glance

Strengths: Inexpensive and widely distributed; fragrance-free cleansers; some good body washes and body moisturizers; widely available.

Weaknesses: Anti-redness products that added questionable ingredients instead of increasing the anti-inflammatory agents; nothing for acne-prone skin; jar packaging; some standard body lotions that are OK for dry skin but "OK" isn't good enough.

This drugstore staple line claims to be dermatologist-preferred skin care, but any dermatologist who recommends this line in its entirety without reservation needs a crash course in what skin really needs to be protected and look its best.

There are some basic products that a dermatologist would want to consider, but Eucerin falls short in products to address acne. Further, their latest facial skincare products aren't keeping pace with what industry frontrunners are doing in an effort to create elegant, effective products. For example, serums from Olay, Neutrogena, and Aveeno have much more interesting formulations, while moisturizers from many other drugstore lines (including Nivea, which is owned by Eucerin parent company Beiersdorf) include a greater complement of antioxidants and ingredients that mimic the structure and function of healthy skin. Eucerin is making some strides here, though, which is an encouraging sign.

A major pro for this line is that all of the products are fragrance-free. Although that's helpful for all skin types, it certainly isn't compelling enough for dermatologists to green-light this line without cautions about which products to avoid.

For more information about Eucerin, call (800) 227-4703 or visit www.eucerin.com.

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