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L'Oreal Paris

Revitalift Bright Reveal Dual Overnight Moisturizer

1.00 fl. oz. for $ 19.99
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Revitalift Bright Reveal Dual Overnight Moisturizer feels nice on skin, but its skin-aggravating amounts alcohol and fragrance earn it a spot on the really bad for skin list (see More Info for the full scoop on these issues).

Making matters worse, this so-called "brightening plus anti-wrinkle night treatment" is lacking an array of anti-aging ingredients that you need to really improve skin. The antioxidants and skin-replenishing ingredients it does contain are in minimal concentration (mostly after the alcohol and fragrance). Your skin deserves much better than this!

The 4% glycolic acid could have been the one redeeming ingredient, but because it is formulated at a pH that's slightly above what's required for optimal exfoliation, we wouldn't count on seeing much of a "bright reveal" here.

What you will notice with this silky gel-lotion is that it imparts an instant radiance via finely milled sparkle. Not everyone wants skin that literally sparkles, but even if you do, this potentially sensitizing formula isn't a wise way to get it. Try a nighttime moisturizer with an exfoliant that earns our highest praise for results that will have you looking younger.

Pros:
  • Luxe silky gel-lotion feel.
Cons:
  • Contains high amounts of skin-aggravating alcohol and fragrance.
  • Lackluster formula in terms of anti-aging ingredients.
  • Glycolic acid's ability to exfoliate is compromised by the high pH of this formula.
More Info:Alcohol-Based Skincare Products: Alcohol's effect on your skin is similar to its effect on the rest of your body: it steals the good (hydration) and leaves the bad (dryness, redness, and discomfort). Research has made it clear that alcohol as a main ingredient in any skincare product you use repeatedly is a problem.

When we express concern about the presence of alcohol in skincare or makeup products, we're referring to denatured ethanol, which you'll most often see listed as SD alcohol, alcohol denat, denatured alcohol, or isopropyl alcohol on the ingredient label.

When you see these names of this type of alcohol listed among the first six ingredients on an ingredient label, without question they will aggravate and be cruel to skin. No way around that, it's simply bad for all skin types.

These types of volatile alcohols give products a quick-drying finish, immediately degrease skin, and feel weightless, so it's easy to see their appeal, especially for those with oily skin. But those short term benefits lead to negative long term outcomes!

Consequences include dryness, erosion of skin's surface (that's really bad for skin), and a strain on how skin replenishes, renews, and rejuvenates itself. Alcohol just weakens everything about skin.

We are often challenged on this information based on a study in the British Journal of Dermatology, July 2007, issue 1, pages 74-81 that concluded "alcohol-based hand rubs cause less irritation than hand washing…" The only thing this study showed is that alcohol was not as irritating as an even more irritating hand wash containing sodium lauryl sulfate. Think about it this way, if you test to see whether or not you'll get burnt by a flame or slowly boiling hot water, you will quickly get damaged by the fire. You will eventually be damaged by the slowly boiling hot water, it will just take longer, but burned you will be.

There are other types of "alcohols", known as fatty alcohols, which are absolutely non-irritating and can be exceptionally beneficial for skin. Examples you'll see on ingredient labels include cetyl, stearyl, and cetearyl alcohol. All of these are good ingredients for skin. It's important to discern these skin-friendly forms of alcohol from the problematic types of alcohol.

The irony of using alcohol-based products to control oily skin is that the damage from alcohol can lead to an increase in bumps and enlarged pores. Alcohol can actually increase oiliness because of the irritating feeling it creates, so the immediate de-greasing effect is eventually counteracted, prompting your oily skin to look even shinier.

References for this information:

Aging, March 2012, pages 166-175

Chemical Immunology and Allergy, March 2012, pages 77-80

Dermato-Endocrinology, January 2011, pages 41-49

Experimental Dermatology, June 2008, pages 542-551

Clinical Dermatology, September-October 2004, pages 360-366

Alcohol Journal, April 2002, pages 179-190

Why Fragrance is Bad 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 leads to all kinds of problems, including disruption of skin's healthy appearance, worsening dryness, redness, depletion of vital substances in skin's surface, and generally keeps 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 the negative influence of using products that contain fragrance has 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 always need to see or feel the effects on your skin for your skin to be suffering. This negative impact and the visible damage may not become apparent for a long time.

References for this information:

Biochimica and Biophysica Acta, May 2012, pages 1,410-1,419

Aging, March 2012, pages 166-175

Chemical Immunology and Allergy, March 2012, pages 77-80

Experimental Dermatology, October 2009, pages 821-832

Food and Chemical Toxicology, February 2008, pages 446—475

International Journal of Toxicology, 2008, Supplement pages 1-43

Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, 2008, pages 191-202

American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, 2003, pages 789-798

Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: Yes

Brighter, younger looking skin -1 week. Derm inspired. 4% Glycolic Acid. Deeply Moisturizing Overnight Treatment.

Water, Cyclohexasiloxane, Glycerin, Glycolic Acid, Alcohol Denat., Propylene Glycol, Dimethicone, Pentaerythrityl Tetraethylhexanoate, Sodium Hydroxide, Polysilicone-11, Hydroxyethylcellulose, PTFE, Inulin Lauryl Carbamate, Boron Nitride, Phenylethyl Resorcinol, Ammonium Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate, Phenoxyethanol, Caffeine, Titanium Dioxide, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/Steareth-8 Methacrylate Copolymer, Mica, Parfum / Fragrance, PPG-26-Buteth-26, Chlorphenesin, Bisabolol, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Xanthan Gum, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Limonene, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Retinyl Palmitate, Disodium EDTA, Silica, T-Butyl Alcohol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Farnesol, Linalool, Benzyl Salicylate, Benzyl Alcohol, Tin Oxide, Tocopherol.

L'Oreal Paris At-A-Glance

Strengths: Budget-friendly prices; good makeup removers; wide assortment of self-tanning options; one of the best, most comprehensive makeup collections at the drugstore, with superb options in almost every category; the mascaras are a tough act to follow.

Weaknesses: Jar packaging hinders some of the skincare formulas; many of their skincare formulas contain problematic amounts of fragrance and/or other irritants; exaggerated anti-aging claims.

L'Oreal's extensive makeup collection retains its stature as one of the better selections at the drugstore, though they have stiff competition from Revlon and, in some cases, sister company Maybelline New York. In recent years L'Oreal has made significant strides with foundation shades, powder textures, concealers, and, of course, superlative mascaras that rarely fail to impress. Their lipsticks are excellent and you will find many L'Oreal makeup products have a Lancome counterpart, and that the differences are minorif there are any at all.

L'Oreal's displays in many drugstores reflect better-organized products and shade categories (though testers are still scarce). Given the number of lipsticks they sell, it only makes sense to put them in color families so consumers have a better shopping experience. Their True Match products are also sensibly laid out, but the rest of the foundations aren't as organized, likely due to the smaller selection of shades. Speaking of foundations, L'Oreal has made further strides by offering more that provide sufficient UVA protection. Revlon still has the edge for consistently launching impressive foundations with sunscreen, but at least L'Oreal is (finally) catching up.

The bottom line is that every category of L'Oreals makeup has some winning (and in some cases, benchmark-setting) products.

Unfortunately, despite the brands enormous presence in the beauty industry, L'Oreal's moisturizers and treatment products are a nearly all unremarkable and repetitive. When it comes to moisturizers or serums, just about anything from Dove, Olay, Neutrogena, or Aveeno is preferred. L'Oreal does well with most of their cleansers, along with scrubs and self-tanning products, but given the widespread availability and financial resources of this line, they could be doing so much more. The good news is their makeup has made major strides and now ranks as the best overall color collection at the drugstoreimagine the results if their skin care followed suit.

For more information about L'Oreal, call (800) 322-2036 or visit www.loreal.com or www.lorealparisusa.com.

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