RevitaLift Triple Power Day Lotion Moisturizer SPF 20
RevitaLift Triple Power Day Lotion Moisturizer SPF 20 provides broad spectrum sun protection and has a luxurious creamy texture that feels great on normal to dry skin. So it's especially disappointing that its fragrance (which lingers for hours) is so potent. Fragrance isn't skin care, and it poses a risk of irritation, as we explain in the More Info section.
Another formulary drawback is the overall lack of anti-aging ingredients, given L'Oreal is clearly marketing this as more than just a standard sunscreen. The sun protection counts for anti-aging, of course, but other than L'Oreal's overhyped Pro-Xylane ingredient (listed by its label-compliant name of hydroxypropyl tetrahydropyrantriol), there's very little here to get excited about—and the only research about Pro-Xylane being beneficial for skin comes from L'Oreal (Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry Letters, 2009).
If this were an antioxidant-rich formula, we'd compliment L'Oreal on their choice of opaque, airless packaging, but this type of protective packaging is practically wasted on a rather basic (but elegant-feeling) formula.
Ultimately, the wafting, long-lasting fragrance is the downfall of L'Oreal's RevitaLift Triple Power Day Lotion Moisturizer SPF 20. The in-part avobenzone sunscreen couples with other actives to deliver broad spectrum sun protection in a creamy, dry skin-pleasing base, but the claims suggest a much more advanced anti-aging formula that what you're actually getting.
- Provides broad spectrum sun protection.
- Luxurious creamy feel smooths dry skin.
- Other than the Pro-Xylane ingredient, the formula lacks a significant amount of anti-aging ingredients.
- Highly fragrant formula poses a strong risk of skin irritation.
The sneaky part about irritation is that research has demonstrated that you don't always need to see it or feel it for your skin to suffer damage, and that damage may remain hidden for a long time (Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, 2008).
In fact, the effect of inflammation in the skin is cumulative, and repeated exposure to irritants contributes to a weakened skin barrier, slower healing (including of red marks from breakouts), and a dull, uneven complexion (Aging, 2012 & Chemical Immunology and Allergy, 2012).
How We Rate Daytime Moisturizers with SPF: "Daytime Moisturizers with Sunscreen" are differentiated from ordinary sunscreens as formulas that make direct anti-aging or other cosmetic claims by the brand, such as "deep moisture" or "redness-relieving." Claims like "combats free radical damage," "protects and firms," "improves skin texture" or others that insinuate benefits beyond what a standard sunscreen formula provides.
Daytime Moisturizers with SPF are judged based upon whether they provide broad-spectrum sun protection, their SPF rating, potential for irritation, packaging and aesthetics. They must also meet the same standards as an anti-aging moisturizer—the inclusion of beneficial antioxidants or other ingredients to back up the claims of improvements in signs of aging on skin beyond what sun protection alone provides. For more detail on how we rate this category of products, see the Best Daytime Moisturizers with Sunscreen section of Beautypedia.
This luxurious, lightweight lotion helps transform the look of aging skin by combining the powerful anti-aging action of Pro-Xylane and Bright Active XP3 with broad spectrum protection against the sun's UVA and UVB rays. Repair wrinkles. Smooth out fine lines. Fade spots + discoloration.
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.
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