Aug 15, 2010

Avon Solutions Total Radiance Day Lotion SPF 15

When it comes to skin care, Avon is not usually my first choice. For a while it seemed as thought they had over perfumed, dated formulas. With the introduction of numerous products, that has all changed. Avon is now using very modern formulas and going easy on the fragrance which makes many of their products a great choice for those wanting something modern and effective.

Avon Solutions Total Radiance Day Lotion SPF 15 is a very lightweight and silky face lotion that spreads and absorbs quickly. It dries to an almost matte finish, doesn't feel oily or sticky, and leaves my skin feeling soft and hydrated. While the scent is quite noticeable, it is not overpowering or floral and smells rather fresh and citrusy.

This product, along with many of the others in the Avon Solutions line, contain peptides, vitamins, plant extracts, intense hydrators, and numerous other ingredients meant to help hydrate the skin and improve the look and feel. These elegant products contain ingredients found in much more expensive brands. There are numerous products available for different skin types as well as the recent addition of serums to correspond with the particular moisturizers. Overall, this is a very nice product and good for those who prefer a lotion.

While this product does contain numerous chemicals, the majority of such products do, it would be nice if companies would reduce their use of petrochemicals, silicones, preservatives, etc. A lot of companies have jumped on the bandwagon and are reformulating their products to remove the chemicals. Some chemicals are needed; however, many are not. Mastey de Paris, while their customer service skills may be lacking when it comes to communicating with their customers, has figured out a way to formulate high quality, elegant, skin care formulas without silicones, mica, titanium, alumina, mineral oil, or petrolatum. Their formulas are simple, effective, and some of the best.

This product is available in a 4 ounce pump bottle from the Avon website or Avon representative.

Active Ingredients: Octinoxate 7.5%, Octisalate 5.0%, Avobenzone 2.0%.
Other Ingredients: Water/Eau, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Cyclopentasiloxane, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Hydroxyethyl Urea, Dimethicone, Lauryl Lactate, Dilauryl Thiodipropionate, Calcium PCA, Lactoferrin, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Saccharomyces Ferment Filtrate, Saccharomyces Lysate Extract, Phospholipids, Phytol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Aframomum Melegueta Seed Extract, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Ceramide 2, Cholesterol, DNA, Foeniculum Vulgare (Fennel) Seed Extract, Viola Tricolor Extract, Yeast Extract/Extrait De Levure, Peg-10 Rapeseed Sterol, Urea, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Peg-100 Stearate, Pentylene Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Caprylyl Glycol, Boron Nitride, Silica, Isohexadecane, Cetyl Alcohol, Dimethiconol, Tribehenin, Polysorbate 60, Sorbitan Isostearate, Xanthan Gum, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Butylene/Ethylene/Styrene Copolymer, Ethylene/Propylene/Styrene Copolymer, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Parfum/Fragrance, Carbomer, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Chlorphenesin, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Hydroxide.

Aug 1, 2010

Garnier Nutritioniste Moisture Rescue Gel-Creme

Garnier is still a relatively new brand, owned by L'Oreal. It has been made popular through advertising featuring Sex and the City's Sarah Jessica Parker who is known for her beautiful hair and skin. Garnier has a line of hair and skin care products that contain natural fruit extracts. I haven't tended to be over excited about the Garnier skin care line because they tend to contain titanium dioxide, aluminum, and mica. However, Garnier Nutritioniste Moisture Rescue Gel-Creme contains none of those ingredients. It also does not contain sunscreen. The lotion version of this product contains sunscreen and comes in a larger pump bottle.

This is a very light, quickly absorbed gel with a very delicate, clean scent. It spreads quickly and easily and absorbs leaving a matte finish. The scent is refreshing and gender neutral. This product is amazing, it provides hydration big time plumping up the skin and making it look soft and dewy. It does not feel heavy and provides ample hydration.

I have found that using too much causes it to ball up some as well as if I layer it with other products; however, a little goes a long way since it spreads so easily. Also, I have been using it as a sort of face mask. I sort of goop it on and let it soak in for a while before showering. It is cool and refreshing and makes my skin feel very soft and hydrated.

The 1.7 ounce jar of Garnier Nutritioniste Moisture Rescue Gel-Creme is available at a variety of stores and retails for under $8.00.

Ingredients: Aqua/Water, Glycerin, Alcohol Denat., Dimethicone, Isononyl Isononanoate, Carbomer, Dimethiconol, Chlorphenesin, Caprylyl Glycol, Sodium Hydroxide, Vitis Vinifera Extract/Grapefruit Extract, Xanthan Gum, Tetrasodium EDTA, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Menthoxypropanediol, Magnesium Gluconate, Sodium Citrate, Benzyl Salicylate, Linalool, Calcium Gluconate, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, CI 19140/Yellow 5, CI 42090/Blue 1, Parfum/Fragrance, Phenoxyethanol.