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Bliss

The Youth As We Know It Anti-Aging Moisture Lotion SPF 30

1.70 fl. oz. for $ 74.00
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A chief problem of this daytime moisturizer with sunscreen is its price. Knowing sunscreen must be applied liberally to achieve the stated level of protection, how likely will you be to slather this on given its price? Used correctly and applied to face and neck each morning, you’d be replacing this every four to six weeks!?

Price issue aside, this wins points for including an in-part avobenzone sunscreen to provide reliable UVA protection. It also has a lightweight, silky texture that’s laced with antioxidants, including vitamins A and C, in packaging that will keep these delicate ingredients stable during use.

On the other hand, it’s disappointing that the amount of fragrance is high enough to pose a risk of irritation, not to mention this contains more fragrance than anti-aging ingredients, save for the sunscreen actives.

The biggest issue is the use of the preservative methylisothiazolinone. This is known to be sensitizing (Source: Contact Dermatitis, June 2011, pages 330–336) when used in leave-on products (it’s fine in rinse-off products) and we’re concerned that this preservative combined with the sunscreen actives and fragrance sets skin up for acute irritation. Because of these concerns, this product is not recommended—even if the price doesn’t bother you.

As for the 10 age-battling benefits Bliss claims, some are what every well formulated sunscreen does and some are stretching what’s possible. In the end, the statement sounds more impressive than it ends up being, and without question you don’t need to spend this much money to get maxiumum anti-aging benefits from your daytime moisturizer.

Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: No

Packed with turn-back-time perks. A daytime alternative to the much-loved moisture cream, this lightweight lotion boasts the same 10 age-battling benefits (visibly diminishing wrinkles, filling fine lines, hydrating and firming, to name a few), but adds SPF 30 to the mix for UVA/UVB protection that keeps both aging and burning at bay. Its a sun-beatable daily moisturizing must-have!

Active: Avobenzone (3%), Homosalate (8%), Octinoxate (7.5%), Octisalate (5%), Oxybenzone (3.5%), Other: Water, PPG-3 Benzyl Ether Myristate, Butylene Glycol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Saccharomyces/Xylinum/Black Tea Ferment, Glycerin, Dimethicone, Cetyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Retinyl Palmitate/Carrot Polypeptide, Diethylhexyl 2, 6-Naphthalate, Lactobacillus/Dipteryx Odorata Seed Ferment Filtrate, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Seed Extract, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, PEG-75 Stearate, Carbomer, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Chlorphenesin, 1, 2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Ceteth-20, Steareth-20, Fragrance, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Ascorbic Acid/Orange/Citrus Limon/Citrus Aurantifolia Polypeptides, Saccharomyces Lysate Extract, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium PCA, Urea, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Disodium EDTA, Pantothenic Acid/Yeast Polypeptide, Xanthan Gum, Dimethylcyclosiloxane, Zea Mays (Corn) Oil, Trehalose, Polyquaternium-51, Tocopherol/Wheat Polypeptide, Cyclotetrasiloxane, Hydrolyzed Algin, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Sodium Citrate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Phenoxyethanol, Sea Water, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Polysorbate 20, Citric Acid, Macadamia Integrifolia Seed Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Ceramide 2, Lecithin, Methylisothiazolinone, Saccharomyces/Zinc Ferment, Saccharomyces/Copper Ferment, Saccharomyces/Iron Ferment, Saccharomyces/Magnesium Ferment, Saccharomyces/Silicon Ferment, Corallina Officinalis Extract, Propylene Glycol, Triacetin, Methylparaben, Chlorella Vularis Extract, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Tropolone, Lepidium Sativum Sprout Extract, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Litchi Chinensis Pericarp Extract, Ethylparaben, Butylparaben, Vaccinium Myrtillus Fruit/Leaf Extract, Isobutylparaben, Propylparaben, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract, Biotin, Crithmum Maritimum Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Acer Saccharum (Sugar Maple) Extract, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Triacetin, Mica, Titanium Dioxide

The story of Bliss starts in 1996, when personal trainer Marcia Kilgore opened a New York spa designed around no-fuss skin treatments and de-stressing regimens for busy lifestyles. Over time, clients asked for Bliss-branded skin care products, and so Bliss skin care was born.

Bliss enjoyed success for years, being sold in spas as well as online and at some brick-and-mortar retailers. Kilgore eventually sold Bliss, and after changing hands a couple more times, the brand began to lose some of its identity. Its most recent owners decided it was time for a back to our roots makeover, with lower prices across the board and a cleaner version of Blisss iconic white with splashes of color packaging.

Blisss biggest appeal is in providing people with a spa-like experience at home. The line features multiple masks, in addition to exfoliation treatments, moisturizers, and body care products for a variety of skin types and concerns. While there are some missteps in the line (including fragranced products and some instances of jar packaging), there are some gems to be found among Blisss offerings you just have to know where to look.

For more information on Bliss, visit www.blissworld.com.

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