Estee LauderNutritious Radiant Vitality Energy Lotion
6.8 fl. oz. for $55
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Wow! When we read the ingredient list for this toner, we couldn't believe the claims Estee Lauder is making about it! This is supposed to help dry skin, but, in fact, is likely to have quite the opposite effect.

While the lotion texture might certainly feel like the "cushioning" and "comforting" product Lauder describes (according to the brand, this product is supposed to "deeply hydrate" the skin), that is just a matter of aesthetics.

In truth, this contains a high amount of alcohol, which, in addition to being drying, is a problem for the skin and capable of causing free-radical damage in even small amounts. The antioxidants included in this formula are supposed to fight free radicals, but that's an uphill battle (to say the least!) considering that every one of them appears after the alcohol on the ingredient list. See More Info for all the reasons alcohol is a problem in skin-care products.

Without the alcohol, this toner-like product would be highly recommended, even if it is definitely on the pricey side.

  • Contains an impressive mix of antioxidants and cell-communicating ingredients.
  • Contains a high amount of alcohol, which is a problem for the skin and limits the benefits you might get from the antioxidants.
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Alcohol in skin-care products causes dryness and free-radical damage, and impairs the skin's ability to heal. The irritation it causes damages healthy collagen production and can stimulate oil production at the base of the pore, making oily skin worse (Sources: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta, May 2012, pages 1410–1419; Alcoholism, Clinical and Experimental Research, January 2011, pages 83–90; "Skin Care—From the Inside Out and Outside In," Tufts Daily, April 1, 2002; eMedicine Journal, May 8, 2002, volume 3, number 5, www.emedicine.com; Cutis, February 2001, pages 25–27; Contact Dermatitis, January 1996, pages 12–16; and http://pubs.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/arh27-4/277-284.htm).

Last Updated:04.01.2015
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Tested on animals:Yes
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This high-performance, energizing treatment lotion with anti-oxidants deeply hydrates skin. Rich, cushioning lotion infuses skin with comforting moisture and energy for a look of radiant vitality.


Water/Aqua/Eau, Alcohol Denatured, Glycerin, Dipropylene Glycol, Propanediol, Lycium Chinese (Wolfberry) Fruit Extract,Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Fruit Extract, Vaccinium Angustfolium (Blueberry) Fruit Extract, Centella Asiatica (Hydrocotyl) Extract, Sccharomyces Lysate Extract, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Extract, Morinda Citrigolia Fruit Extract, Polygonum Cuspidatum Root Extract, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Fruit Juice, PEG-8, Yeast Extract, Adenosine Phosphate, Creatine, Caprylyl Glycol, PPG-6-Decyltetradeceth-30, Acetyl Carntine, HCL, Carbomber, Tromethamne, Butylene Glycol, Polyquaternium-51, Cyclodextrin, Fragrance (Parfum), Citric Acid, BHT, Ethylbusminomethylguaiacolmanganese Chloride, Trisodium HEDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Red 4, Yellow 6

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Estee Lauder At-A-Glance

The history of Estee Lauder goes back to 1946, when the woman who created the brand (and for whom it is named) began selling creams and lotions made by her chemist uncle. From its humble beginnings, Estee Lauder has grown to become a multibillion-dollar company whose products are sold all over the world and advertised in just about every fashion and women's lifestyle magazine available.

The biggest compliment we can pay to the venerable Estee Lauder line is that their moisturizers and serums can largely be described as state-of-the-art. Though fragrance is often intrusive, but when it comes to formulary excellence culminating in products that give skin what it needs to function optimally, they are tough to beat.

When it comes to makeup, by and large the brand also exceeds expectations. Though there are some under-performing products (you can read more about them in our individual reviews), Lauder has a number of excellent options, most notably its lip colors.

For more information about Estee Lauder, call (877) 311-3883 or visit www.esteelauder.com.

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