This day cream is not appropriate for daytime use because it doesn’t provide sun protection, which is the main difference separating a daytime moisturizer from a nighttime formula. Otherwise, this is a truly disappointing formula given its cost. It will take good care of dry skin, but the most intriguing anti-aging ingredients are listed after the fragrance, which is on the potent side. See the Appendix to find out why daily use of highly fragrant products like this isn’t a great idea for your skin.
The other issue this day cream brings to the table is jar packaging. This type of packaging won’t keep the plant ingredients (which have antioxidant benefit) it contains stable and effective once opened—not what you want if you’re going to spend $100+ on a facial moisturizer. Overall, this is a classic example of expensive skin care not being the better option! See More Info to learn why jar packaging is a problem for anti-aging products.
Your skin not only deserves better than this but so does your budget.
Irritation From Fragrance and Fragrant Oils
Daily use of products that contain a high amount of fragrance, whether the fragrant ingredients are synthetic or natural, causes chronic irritation that can damage healthy collagen production, lead to or worsen dryness, and impair your skin’s ability to heal. Fragrance-free is the best way to go for all skin types. If fragrance in your skin-care products is important to you, it should be a very low amount to minimize the risk to your skin (Sources: Inflammation Research, December 2008, pages 558–563; Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, June 2008, pages 124–135 and November-December 2000, pages 358–371; Journal of Investigative Dermatology, April 2008, pages 15–19; Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, March 2008, pages 78–82; Mechanisms of Ageing and Development, January 2007, pages 92–105; and British Journal of Dermatology, December 2005, pages S13–S22).
The fact that it’s packaged in a jar means the beneficial ingredients won't remain stable once it is opened. All plant extracts, vitamins, antioxidants, and other state-of-the-art ingredients break down in the presence of air, so once a jar is opened and lets the air in these important ingredients begin to deteriorate. Jars also are unsanitary because you’re dipping your fingers into them with each use, adding bacteria which further deteriorate the beneficial ingredients (Sources: Free Radical Biology and Medicine, September 2007, pages 818-829; Ageing Research Reviews, December 2007, pages 271-288; Dermatologic Therapy, September-October 2007, pages 314-321; International Journal of Pharmaceutics, June 12, 2005, pages 197-203; Pharmaceutical Development and Technology, January 2002, pages 1-32; International Society for Horticultural Science, www.actahort.org/members/showpdf?booknrarnr=778_5; Beautypackaging.com, and www.beautypackaging.com/articles/2007/03/airless-packaging.php).
Protects skin during the day and restores it at night. 24-hour age-defying hydration.
Water, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Isostearyl Hydroxystearate, Pentylene Glycol, Steareth-2, Stereth-21, Polyglycerin-3, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Cetyl Alcohol, Cetyl Palmitate, Stearyl Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Dimethicone, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Parfum (Fragrance), Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tetrasodium EDTA, Butylene Glycol, Hydrolyzed Millet, Phospholipids, Xylose, Tromethamine, Malva Sylvestris (Mallow) Extract, Centella Asiastica Leaf Extract, Adenosine, Viola Tricolor Extract, Citronellol, Geraniol, BHT, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Hexyl Cinnamal, Butyrospermum Parikii (Shea Butter) Seedcake Extract, Benzyl Salicylate, Linalool, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tocopherol.
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 line—too 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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