Youthful Wear Cosmeceutical Youth-Boosting Spotless Powder SPF 15 promises to make you look 10 years younger and undo the signs of aging, but that's an over-exaggerated claim. Furthermore, the term "cosmeceutical" is merely a marketing gimmick; it has no regulation or standards behind it so anyone can slap it on the product regardless of what it contains.
The good news is this powder contains some promising ingredients such as, the paeonia suffruticosa (peony) root extract, which has some research showing it may be able to help inhibit dark spots. In the way it's being used here, the likelihood of seeing noticeable results is slim, but the formula also contains some wrinkle-fighting antioxidants and other skin-repairing ingredients.
Youthful Wear Cosmeceutical Youth-Boosting Spotless Powder SPF 15 also helps prevent sun damage and reduces signs of aging due to its mineral, broad spectrum sun protection. SPF 15 is below the recommend amount of sun protection by doctors and dermatologists worldwide, but since we always advise pairing a powder with sunscreen with another source of sun protection anyway, that's not a huge issue. (Any sunscreen must be applied liberally to provide adequate protection, but if you applied that much of any powder it would look overdone and thick.)
Unfortunately, the formula loses its luster due to the inclusion of some fragrant ingredients that have the potential to cause irritation below the surface of skin and break down collagen with prolonged use (see More Info for the full scoop).
That's a shame because in terms of aesthetics, this pressed powder has a silky texture that blends on weightlessly and offers short-term oil-absorbing properties. Its sole translucent shade has a radiant finish that enlivens skin instead of making it look chalky and is sheer enough to work for a variety of fair-to-medium complexions (those with deeper skin tones will notice a subtle white cast).
Ignorance is bliss, but in this case there are just too many downfalls to give this a spotless review.
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.)
Active: Titanium Dioxide (2%). Other: Talc, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Mica, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Dimethicone, Ribes Nigrum (Black Currant) Seed Oil, Paeonia Suffruticosa Root Extract, Laminaria Digitata Extract, Ceramide 3, Olive Glycerides, Sodium Hyaluronate , Nylon-12, Alcohol, Dimethiconol, Fragrance, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Magnesium Silicate, Nylon 6/12, Octyldodecanol, Octyldodecyl Oleate, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Silica, Solidago Virgaurea (Goldenrod) Extract, Tin Oxide, Tocopherol, Water, Zinc Stearate, Benzyl Alcohol, Caprylyl Glycol, Dehydroacetic Acid, Hexylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol. May Contain: Iron Oxides, Titanium Oxide.
Physicians Formula At-A-Glance
Strengths: Inexpensive; almost all products fragrance-free; outstanding cleansers; pressed powder with broad-spectrum sunscreen; several bronzing powder options (primarily for fair to light skin tones); one of the only lines at the drugstore selling matte finish eyeshadows; the loose powder; most of the blushes; good liquid liner; excellent automatic brow pencil.
Weaknesses: Dated moisturizer formulas; several sunscreens lack sufficient UVA protection; jar packaging; several of the makeup products epitomize wasteful packaging; the shade selection for almost all the foundations and concealers is awful; tons of gimmicky products that don’t perform as well as you'd think but are eye-catching in their compacts; the lip color and lip plumper; mostly average to disappointing mascaras; the Organic Wear products either have undesirable textures or contain irritating ingredients.
There aren't really any doctors at Physicians Formula (the founder of the company was an allergist, Dr. Frank Crandell, but that was back in 1937), and no physicians currently sell or endorse it either. The company asserts that "The term hypoallergenic is more than just a cosmetic claim for Physicians Formula. It is the basis for every product that is created. Physicians Formula honors this claim through stringent product testing and quality control. In fact, Physicians Formula products are formulated without 132 known irritating ingredients still found in many cosmetics on the market today." While the line doesn't list the "132 known irritating ingredients" that they claim not to use, one of their newer products contains menthol, which serves no purpose for skin other than to cause irritation, and other products contain alcohol and witch hazel, which won't make any cosmetic chemist's or dermatologist's list of anti-irritants.
It's good that the skin-care products have been streamlined. There are some excellent makeup removers and a couple of gentle sunscreens whose sole active ingredient is titanium dioxide. Surveying this line in its entirety reveals that makeup is its major focus. However, as you'll see from the Physicians Formula makeup reviews below, things aren't exactly rosy there, either.
For more information about Physicians Formula, call (800) 227-0333 or visit www.physiciansformula.com.
Physicians Formula Makeup
Does this assortment of makeup products have what the doctor ordered? The enormous selection of makeup (no other line at the drugstore sells more individual pressed powders, concealers, or powder bronzers) has seen some noteworthy improvements in recent years, but far too much of it is still built on gimmicky premises or eye-catching graphics while performance and texture are given short shrift. And for a line where just about every product carries on about its goodness for sensitive skin and the non-comedogenic nature of its ingredients, they're not using anything that other companies aren't also using, not to mention that many of the ingredients that show up in these products (such as waxes and occlusive thickening agents) can absolutely clog pores.
Still, for a line with increased retail presence in major drugstores, you may be wondering just what to pay attention to, and the good news is that there are indeed some finds among all the mosaic powders and oddly packaged concealers. Physicians Formula has never done foundations and concealers well, and for the most part that still holds true today. Only one of their concealers is recommended, while the others are best described as dismal. The expansive powder category has several attractive options, including a pressed powder with sun protection and many worthwhile bronzing powders. You'll also find best beauty buys among the blushes and other key products, including the matte eyeshadows, felt-tip eyeliner, brow pencil, and a few of the mascaras. There isn't anything medical or extra-pure about Physicians Formula makeup, but if you know what to look for and are on a budget there are some products that any doctor concerned with the subject of beauty would appreciate!
Note: The shade range of this line does not cater to darker skin tones. In fact, for some products, only those with fair to light skin will find options.
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