Jane Fonda is promoting her first exercise video for 28 years and I have to say that any woman who, at the age of 72 (actually make that just about any age), can say she likes her bum gets my vote. Of course, I couldn’t help but notice that the ever frank Fonda also admitted to several facelifts and a penchant for L’Oreal Age Perfect Hydra Nutrition Day/Night Cream ($16.98). Hmmm, Fonda's favorite face cream.... I took a look at what’s in it and all I can say is that it gives a whole new meaning to ‘the burn’.

Jane Fonda has always seemed to me to have a steely side and her toughness presumably is skin deep given that she is able tolerate L’Oreal Age Perfect Hydra Nutrition Day/Night Cream. Lesser women, I fear, would be breaking out within seconds. The main ingredient is pore clogging comedogenic mineral oil, which tends to interfere with the body’s own natural moisturizing mechanism, leading to sensitive skin that dries and chaps easily.

Perhaps Ms Fonda’s visits to plastic surgeons have left her with an attraction to hydroxypatite, a material used in implants because of its proximity to human bone. It is the key component of the injectable filler Radiesse. However, hydroxypatite made more sense in Age Perfect when I saw that it was paired with what amounts to L’Oreal’s signature ingredient, calcium pantethine sulfonate. There is some evidence that it can lighten the skin. The two together restore the skin’s barrier functions – well, according to research conducted by L’Oreal.

There are several ingredients that sensitive skins might prefer to steer clear of, such as disodium EDTA, and Hepes (or hydroxyethylpiperazine ethane sulfonic acid) carries all sorts of warnings against contact with the skin. Now, to be fair, this is in undiluted form, but it causes irritation and if absorbed the effects can be systemic. Linalool can also cause irritation and has been demonstrated to be cytotoxic.

There are a few botanical ingredients L’Oreal Age Perfect Hydra including antioxidant apricot kernal and passionflower. But I was reminded mostly of someone recently saying to me that many mainstream creams are “OK if you want to coat your face in wax”. L’Oreal Age Perfect pretty much fits that description with beeswax, carnauba and microcristalline.

All in all, L’Oreal Age Perfect seems about as appropriate for our times as a pair of leg warmers.

Aqua (Water) , Paraffinum Liquidum (Mineral Oil) , Glycerin , Isocetyl Stearate , Hydrogenated Polyisobutene , Cyclohexasiloxane , Butyrospermum Parkii Butter (Shea Butter) , Cera Alba (Beeswax) , Cetyl Alcohol , Glyceryl Stearate , PEG-100 Stearate , Hydroxyethylpiperazine Ethane Sulfonic Acid , Prunus Armeniaca Kernel Oil (Apricot Kernel Oil) , Zea Mays Oil (Corn Oil) , Linalool , Cera Carnauba (Carnauba Wax) , Cera Microcristallina (Microcrystalline Wax) , Paraffin , Geraniol , Royal Jelly Extract , Sorbitan Tristearate , Calcium Pantetheine Sulfonate , Eugenol , Dimethicone , Isohexadecane , Coumarin , Ascorbyl Glucoside , Limonene , Disodium EDTA , Propylene Glycol , Hydroxyapatite , Citronellol , Passiflora Edulis Oil (Passiflora Edulis Seed Oil) , Xanthan Gum , Polysorbate 80 , Acrylamide (Sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurate Copolymer) , Acrylates Copolymer , Oryza Sativa Bran Oil (Rice Bran Oil) , Methylparaben , Caprylyl Glycol , Ethylparaben , Benzyl Alcohol , CI 15985 (Yellow 6) , CI 47005 (Yellow 10) , Parfum (Fragrance)