La Roche-Posay Mela-D Dark Spots SPF 15
1 fl. oz. for $51.95
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This daytime moisturizer with sunscreen includes avobenzone for UVA protection, but the base formula contains enough alcohol to cause irritation and free-radical damage for all skin types. Moreover, the amount of kojic acid is likely too low to impact skin discolorations. Daily sun protection is a key element of keeping discolorations related to sun damage from recurring or getting worse, but this product isn’t a sound way to go about doing that, there are far better options for a lot less money.

Last Updated:02.21.2013
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
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Mela-D Dark Spots is a daily moisturizer for face and neckline developed to provide dermatologists with an efficient solution to address dark spots on a daily basis. Mela-D Dark Spots has been rigorously formulated with Kojic Acid, LHA and broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection to effectively treat dark spots (age spots, brown spots, discoloration) every day. Hydroquinone-free formula.


Active: Avobenzone (3%), Octisalate (5%), Octocrylene (5%), Oxybenzone (6%), Other: Water, Glycerin, Alcohol Denat., C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Cyclopentasiloxane, PEG-40 Stearate, Silica, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Kojic Acid, Sorbitan Tristearate, Dimethicone, Dimethiconol, Ammonium Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate, Disodium EDTA, Capryloyl Salicylic Acid, Xanthan Gum, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin, Caprylyl Glycol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Myristic Acid, Palmitic Acid

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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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