Possible HG moisturizer for my picky, problematic dry-in-winter, normal-in-summer product-sensitive skin. This is a fantastic moisturizer that does nothing but moisturize, which it does very effectively. It doesn't cause my skin to break out or my pores to clog (if I apply it thinly on moist skin). It doesn't make my skin peel. (All products with active "rejuvenation"-type ingredients make my skin exfolitate madly, but Atopalm MLE Cream contains no ingredients of this type.) It seems to be designed for use in conjunction with aggressive skin treatments which I would not be able to use even with this product; I use it as a basic daily moisturizer. It contains no SPF ingredients. I'm very senstitive to stearic acid (causes breakouts), which this contains, but it seems to be far enough down on the list of ingredients not to trouble me. Finally, it's not too expensive: $36 for a 65 ml. jar from www.skinstore.com, which offers free shipping on everything they sell. If you sign up for their email list, you'll often get a 10% discount offer as well. I think that Skinstore.com is the only distributor of this product currently. Here are the blurb and ingredients from their website: ATOPALM MLE Cream This concentrated formula works to replenish the skin's own barrier function by providing essential lipids. MLE (Multi Lamellar Emulsion) Cream is ideal for those with extremely dry and sensitive skin types, including irritable or flaky skin and redness. Intended for use over the entire body, this cream soothes symptoms associated with bothersome skin conditions. With ATOPALM there is no longer a need to rely on steroidal products, which have numerous side effects. The MLE technology of ATOPALM has the potential to restore skin's own barrier function (what protects us from environmental damages such as sun exposure and pollutants). SkinStore Insider says,"Customers are raving about adding Atopalm MLE Cream to their cosmeceutical skin care regimens to soothe the often harsh drying side effects. If you’re sensitive to Retin-A, Retinols, Glycolic Acids, Hydroquinone etc. use Atopalm right before and you’ll be amazed. Others have reported great results soothing the skin after cosmetic procedures such as microdermabrasions, laser treatments and facial peels." Ingredients: Aqua, Butylene glycol, Glycerin, Cetyl alcohol, PEG-15 glyceryl stearate, Vitis vinifera, Glyceryl stearate, Macadamia ternifolia, Squalane, Stearic acid, Biosaccharide gum-1, PEG-10 glyceryl stearate, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Sodium lactate, Myrisyl/Palmityl Oxostearamide/Arachamide MEA, Decyl sunflower esters, Dimethicone, Glycyrrhiza glabra,Tocopheryl acetate, Carbomer, Cholesterol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Allantion, BHT
Tinted Moisturizer -Cover Girl - Cover Girl CG Smoothers Tinted Moisturizer SPF 15
kedves 10/28/2006 1:46:00 PM
Dirt cheap, looks lovely, but causes me to break out. I have product-sensitive, dry skin.
Moisturizers -Unlisted Brand - Extra Virgin Olive Oil
kedves 9/15/2006 7:48:00 PM
I'm reviewing this as a moisturizer because that's the section we're in now, not as a facial cleansing oil, hair treatment, eye makeup remover, etc. As a moisturizer, I find it to be mediocre. I have dry, product-sensitive skin; many common moisturizing ingredients cause me to break out, so I should love olive oil as a moisturizer. I don't, though. The problems are probably obvious: it never sinks into the skin, so if used in the morning it makes one's face shiny for hours but if used at night, it rubs off on one's pillowcase. It also doesn't seem to do much for my dry, flaky skin (more so in winter) compared with a conventional cream moisturizer. And it clogs my pores. It doesn't cause breakouts, so it's a winner in that respect, but I use it only when I'm having a dry-skin emergency--and even then I prefer petroleum jelly.
Lovely rose scent, but gives me mild (but annoying) product-generated breakouts. I haven't been able to identify the ingredient or combination of ingredients that cause the problem in this case, but I would not repurchase and won't use the remaining product on my face. I have dry, product-sensitive skin.
Moisturizers -Desert Essence - Jojoba Oil - 100% pure
kedves 9/15/2006 7:32:00 PM
I find jojoba oil to be so-so as a moisturizer (the function for which I'm reviewing it here in the Moisturizer section). It clogs my pores, it's not easy to apply, and it's not a great moisturizer. I'd just as soon use Vaseline in a dry-skin emergency (and I have). I'm not finding it easy to use up my bottle and will probably end up throwing it away.
I've tried it. It's worthless for me. It's not expensive, so it might be worth a try. The placebo effect is not to be laughed at; it's a genuine effect for many people.
It's cheap but harsh and drying. I wouldn't recommend it for skin unless yours is quite oily. It's a good once-in-a-long-while product stripper for hair.
Lipstick -Vincent Longo - Lip Stain in Belle Etoile
kedves 3/14/2006 5:53:00 PM
Looks shockingly dark in the tube, and, indeed, looks shockingly dark--and purple-toned on the lips. On my lips, anyway. I have a light but not pale cool-to-neutral complexion, brown hair, and brown eyes. This was much too dark and mulberry-colored to be flattering on me, even for evening. It's a shame, because the formula is lovely.
Conditioner -Graham Webb - Stick Straight Smoothing Conditioner
kedves 1/24/2006 10:24:00 AM
This is one of the worst-smelling hair products I've ever tried. It's a horrible chemical-with-fruit-undertones smell; the dominant note is similar to paint stripper. I could tolerate it if it were a deep conditioner that I used only once every few weeks, but on a regular basis, I couldn't deal with it and had to toss it out mostly full. Otherwise, it worked like any other thick conditioner for me. It didn't make my wavy, sometimes frizzy hair straight, and other products such as Garnier's deep conditioning treatment (in the tub) work better for me.
Moisturizers -L'Occitane - Radiance Moisturizing Cream [DISCONTINUED]
kedves 1/8/2006 12:44:00 PM
It's moisturizing, although I have to use quite a lot to get any effects for my winter-dry sensitive skin. But it's also poor-clogging and occasionally acne-triggering for me, enough so that I've stopped using it.
Moisturizers -Alba Botanica - Sea Plus Renewal Night Cream
kedves 1/8/2006 12:40:00 PM
Horrible for my normal to winter-dry, senstive skin. This, like most of the Alba Botanica moisturizers, contains stearic acid. I've since found out that this ingredient triggers immediate but long-lasting acne reactions in my skin with red marks that last for months. If you don't respond badly to this or some of the other potentially acne-causing ingredients in the Alba creams, this would be a good one. It has a lovely texture, is moisturizing, and like all the Alba Botanica products, smells wonderful.
Moisturizers -Elizabeth Arden - Perpetual Moisture Cream [DISCONTINUED]
kedves 1/8/2006 12:35:00 PM
Toxic ingredients? I don't know what the reviewer below is talking about; the ingredients are fairly common and low-key. I have normal, winter-dry, sensitive skin that can't take retinols or acids and responds poorly to many of the non-essential oils that are thrown into "natural" product lines, so in some ways this cream might be just right for me. However, I don't find it very moisturizing and it occasionally triggers acne sensitivity for me.
Moisturizers -Korres - Sugar Crystal Cream Multivitamin Skin Shield
kedves 1/8/2006 12:30:00 PM
This has a lovely, light scent, unlike some Korres products. But my dry, product-sensitve (breakout-prone) skin doesn't seem to like it. I break out when I use it. I'm using up the remaining product on my neck and arms, but wouldn't repurchase from this line.
Moisturizers -Clinique - Repairwear Day SPF 15 Lotion [DISCONTINUED]
kedves 1/8/2006 12:08:00 PM
I've used Repairwear Day Lotion SPF, Day Cream SPF, and Intensive Night Cream. Each of these is moisturizing for my normal-to-dry, sensitive skin: barely moisturizing for the day lotion (which many people might prefer), somewhat moisturizing for the day cream, and nicely moisturizing for the night cream. The thicker product consistency of the creams causes slight pore blocking, but nothing terrible. I've had no breakouts with these. So what's the problem? Each of these causes unattractive over-exfoliation for me, peeling and skin flakes. This side effect is most pronounced with the night cream, unfortunately since that's the only one that is moisturizing enough for me. But what I really don't like is that when I emailed Clinique customer service to find out if the products contain an exfoliating ingredient, I went through a long exchange with them in which they tried to blame the effect on expired products. I told them that had purchased the products from the Clinique website only weeks earlier, so that shouldn't have been the problem. At that point, they stopped communicating with me. I would have just chalked up the product use to experience without this customer service exchange, but as a result of it, I've sworn off Clinique.
Moisturizers -Clinique - Repairwear Day SPF 15 Cream
kedves 1/8/2006 12:05:00 PM
I've used Repairwear Day Lotion SPF, Day Cream SPF, and Intensive Night Cream. Each of these is moisturizing for my normal-to-dry, sensitive skin: barely moisturizing for the day lotion, somewhat moisturizing for the day cream, and nicely moisturizing for the night cream. The thicker product consistency of the creams causes slight pore blocking, but nothing terrible. I've had no breakouts with these. So what's the problem? Each of these causes unattractive over-exfoliation for me, peeling and skin flakes. This side effect is most pronounced with the night cream, unfortunately since that's the only one that is moisturizing enough for me. But what I really don't like is that when I emailed Clinique customer service to find out if the products contain an exfoliating ingredient, I went through a long exchange with them in which they tried to blame the effect on expired products. I told them that had purchased the products from the Clinique website only weeks earlier, so that shouldn't have been the problem. At that point, they stopped communicating with me. I would have just chalked up the product use to experience without this customer service exchange, but as a result of it, I've sworn off Clinique.