Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Alchimie Forever Daily Defense Cream SPF 23 Review

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Alchimie Forever is a phenomenal line created by a dermatologist and a biomedical researcher who wanted to create the best and most effective products that were gentle enough to be used post-procedure in office and at-home. The result of their hard work is an amazingly effective and gentle line of products that are luxurious and a delight to use.

The origin of Alchimie Forever is based on the need for post-procedure skincare formulated to immediately treat sensitized skin and accentuate anti-aging benefits long term. This conviction directed our brand’s progression as effective yet gentle formulations utilizing the latest in Alchimie Antioxidant Technology, supporting visible results for all skin types, especially sensitive. Scientific integrity. At the heart of Alchimie Forever. The Polla family’s dedication to the development of anti-aging technologies, research of antioxidants and the use of lasers in dermatology led to the creation of Alchimie Forever. We firmly believe that healthy skin can be achieved using effective botanicals designed to inspire sustainable beauty. Self-care. Self-renewal. Self-appreciation.

Dr. Luigi Polla - world-renowned dermatologist recognized as the first medical doctor to introduce pulsed dye laser technology to Europe. His pioneering treatment of children suffering from skin issues such as hemangiomas and port wine stains eventually led to the use of pulsed dye laser technology in the aesthetic treatment of adults.

Dr. Barbara Polla - biomedical researcher specializing in internal medicine, pneumology, immuno-allergy and anti-aging technologies. Her extensive work with heat shock (stress) proteins, the oxidant/ antioxidant balance and iron chelation, published in 150+ peer-reviewed medical journals, is the foundation of our anti-aging product formulation.

In 1997, Dr. Barbara and Dr. Luigi Polla combined their knowledge of and passion for healthy, youthful skin by establishing the first fully integrated European medical day spa known as the Forever Laser Institut. This became the starting point for Alchimie Forever, manifested through Dr. Luigi Polla’s earliest personalized formulations to ensure optimal rejuvenation results for his patients, both immediately post-procedure and at-home.

Alchimie Forever Daily Defense Cream SPF 23 is an antioxidant rich moisturizer that hydrates and protects the skin against premature aging. The texture rich and emollient, and feels a bit more like an anti-aging cream than one that includes a sunscreen. Skin is left soft, supple, moisturized and protected. I find that it also makes an excellent base for makeup, and leaves behind no white cast.

This daily defense contains filters to help defend against damaging UV rays. It helps protect skin to keep it looking younger. Alchimie Forever's signature ingredient, the blueberry, in synergy with vitamins C and E and edelweiss, fights free radical damage to minimize the appearance of signs of premature aging. Formulated in Switzerland. Dermatologist-formulated and tested. Cruelty-free and vegan-friendly.

- protects against UVA and UVB
- moisturizes
- antioxidant rich
- anti-aging effects
- helps prevent sunburn
ALCHIMIE ANTIOXIDANT TECHNOLOGIES: Blueberries (anthocyans, quercetin, resveratrol), edelweiss, vitamin C, vitamin E, homosalate (7%), octocrylene (7%), octisalate (5%), avobenzone (3%).

DIRECTIONS FOR USE: Smooth over cleansed face and neck every morning for hydration, protection against UV, and anti-aging effects. Perfect under makeup. Suitable for all skin types including sensitive or sensitized skin. Non comedogenic.

POST-PROCEDURE USES: Apply after photo-rejuvenation treatment. Apply after injectables. Apply after anti-redness treatment. Apply after photo-facial treatment. Apply after peels.

BEAUTIFUL WITHOUT: Parabens, animal byproducts, dyes, phthalates, sulfates, gluten, soy, mineral oil, propylene glycol, formaldehyde and formaldehyde releasers, animal testing.
Overall assessment: A lovely antioxidant rich anti-aging daily face cream that protects as it treats the skin. However, you must remember to reapply it every couple of hours to maintain the sun protection. When I know that I will be outdoors for longer stretches of time I tend to wear a tinted moisturizer on top of this cream that has an SPF of 30 or higher. Alchimie Forever Daily Defense Cream SPF 23 also pairs very nicely with their Gentle Refining Scrub (reviewed here).

$69.00 for 1.7 oz. from Alchimie Forever (Affiliate Link).
Press Sample. All views expressed are categorically my own.
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