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La Roche-Posay

Toleriane Riche, Soothing Protective Cream

1.35 fl. oz. for $ 28.99
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This moisturizer is best viewed as a simple fragrance-free formula for sensitive skin, that is worth considering, but overall it is just completely ordinary and not worth the price tag in the least. There isn't one state-of-the-art ingredient and it contains aluminum starch octenylsuccinate, a drying ingredient that isn't the best for sensitive skin. For the money, the company should have at least included one antioxidant or skin-identical ingredient!

Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: Yes

Toleriane Riche is free of preservatives, parabens, artificial fragrance and colorants, making it perfect for sensitive and dry skin types. Its creamy, soothing texture provides comfort on contact with hydration and nourishment.

Water, Isocetyl Stearate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Squalane, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Glycerin, Cetyl Alcohol, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Pentylene Glycol, PEG-100 Stearate, Sodium Hydroxide, Citric Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer

La Roche-Posay At-A-Glance

L'Oreal-owned La Roche-Posay has a pharmaceutical lineage based in France, and the company speaks of their thermal spring water as the cornerstone of their commitment to dermatological skin care. In fact, the name La Roche-Posay comes from the French town that is the source of this water, which is said to be a rich in selenium. While selenium is an element that has potent antioxidant ability, it's unclear how much the water La Roche-Posay uses contains, since all water has to go through purification processes to be to used in cosmetic products.

That aside, this brand does have a number of standout products, including some good sunscreens and anti-aging treatments. Another positive: All of its skincare is packaged in containers that will keep beneficial products protected from light and air (no jar packaging here!). Unfortunately there are some missteps, namely that some otherwise-excellent products include potentially-irritating amounts of alcohol, fragrance, or other irritants. The line could also benefit from additional products that contain more state-of-the-art ingredients. Still, for a no-frills approach to serious skin care, there are some finds to be had!

For more information about La Roche-Posay, owned by L'Oreal, call (888) 577-5226 or visit www.laroche-posay.com.

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