Super Aqua Day Triple Protection Shield SPF 30
As far as sunscreen is concerned this basic formula does a decent job of achieving the SPF rating with an okay amount of the UVA-protecting ingredient titanium dioxide, but that’s where the good news stops. From any angle, there is no triple protection in this formula. When it comes to sunscreen the price itself should be a deterrent because of the need to apply sunscreen liberally. How liberally is anyone going to apply a sunscreen costing this much? Other than the price, the rest of the mattifying formula is at best mediocre with fragrance and preservative outpacing any of the potentially good ingredients (of which there is only a handful anyway). Given the prevalence of exceptionally well-formulated sunscreens with higher amounts of UVA protecting ingredients this one is easy to leave on the shelf.
- Adequate broad spectrum sunscreen protection.
- Contains only 2.4% titanium dioxide which is only passable for reliable UVA protection.
- Overly fragranced and fragrance isn’t skin care.
- Price will likely prevent liberal application which is essential when using sunscreen.
- Lacks appreciable amounts of anti-aging ingredients.
Strengthens cellular resistance to time. With a SPF 30 triple protective shield, it fights photo-ageing. Intensely hydrated and protected, the skin is smooth, supple and radiant, its youthfulness preserved In vitro test.
Strengths: Lavish packaging (if that appeals to you); a good mascara; some excellent lipsticks.
Weaknesses: Very expensive; over-reliance on jar packaging; pervasive fragrance; overall mediocre to just plain bad skincare.
Guerlain's Paris pedigree, having evolved from a centuries-old fragrance house to a "lifestyle" line that prides itself on luxurious indulgences that promise to beautify (and perfume) almost every inch of you, still manages to hook plenty of unsuspecting women. Yet behind all of the enticing names and extraordinary claims lie some of the most unremarkable, overpriced skin-care products available. It may sound luxurious to find that gold is included in some of their formulations, unless you happen to know that when it's applied topically, gold is simply a potent allergen; there is no research showing it to have any effect on wrinkles or aging.
Guerlain's skin-care products contain a preponderance of ordinary cosmetic ingredients, with only a smattering of antioxidants, skin-identical ingredients, and anti-irritants, and most of these elegant ingredients are hindered by jar packaging. It's one thing to spend more than you need to on a skin-care routine, but at least if you decide to do so you should shop the overpriced lines that will reward you with far better formulations than what Guerlain offers. Guerlain is the very definition of style usurping substance. For example, there are dozens and dozens of moisturizers in this line that are at best described as mediocre and out of date, while the sunscreens have issues of their own, including low SPF ratings and potentially insufficient UVA protection due to smaller-than-usual amounts of avobenzone. And despite the specialty claims they make for each product grouping, repetitive formulations are the hallmark of the Guerlain linetoo bad not a single moisturizer or serum formula comes close to beating the competition; more often than not they fail miserably.
Guerlain has been under the ownership of Sephora parent company Louis Vuitton-Moet-Hennessy since 1994, and is available in many Sephora boutiques.
For more information about Guerlain, visit www.guerlain.com.
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