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Korres Wild Rose 24-hour Moisturizer SPF6

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Sun Protection for Face
Reviewed by Marta October 14, 2008 1 Comment
Asked by a reader to look at Korres, I picked out - entirely at random - Wild Rose 24-hour Moisturizer SPF6 ($32.50). It proved to be as underwhelming as the amount of sunscreen it contains (is there any point to SPF6 ?).

The main botanical ingredient is imperata cylindrica, also known as speargrass. One study on rats, which set out to find out whether folkloric claims of anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties were true. It concluded that they were "insignificant". All in all, imperata cylindria appears to have no justification for lurking around in a pot of face cream. More promising is rosa canina, or rosehip, which is high in vitamin C, amongst other things.

Apart from some olive oil, grape seed extract and some vitamin C, there isn't much to write home about. The rest of the ingredients are mostly emollients and suspending agents. PEGs, we know thanks to Claire's well-researched post, are not worth losing sleep over. However, PEG-40 and PEG-8 are known irritants. Of more concern are two forms of aluminum, a neurotoxin. Several studies have shown it can alter the function of the blood-brain barrier. The Risk Assessment Information System, sponsored by the US Dept of Energy, says that it "may be involved" in Alzheimer's and Parkinsons.

Ingredients in Korres Wild Rose 24-hour Moisturizer

Water, C12-20 Acid PEG-8 Ester, Glycerin, Imperata Cylindrica Root Extract, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Hexyldecanol, Hexyldecyl Laurate, Pentylene Glycol, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Cetyl Alcohol, Hydrogenated Myristyl Olive Esters, PEG-20 Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate, Olive Oil (0lea Europea) Unsaponifiables, Alcohol, Aluminum Oxide, Aluminum Stearate, Ascorbic Acid, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Bezoic Acid, Citric Acid, Dehydroacetic Acid, Grape (Vitis Vinifera) Seed Extract, Isodecyl Salicylate, Fragrance, PEG-8, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Phytic Acid, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Tocopherol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Triethanolamine, Xanthum Gum.

  • February 25, 2013

    by Karen Mellinger

    While Is agree the 24 hour Wild Rose cream is not what I would have hoped for, I hope people won't be turned off all thing Korres. The similar product, Wild Rose and Vitamin C Brightening Sleep Mask (may not be the exact name) is really lovely. This nice smelling cream, has nice slip and sinks in quickly. You just massage some on before bed ( 2 or 3 nights weekly) and then prepare for a surprise in the morning. If you have super dry skin, you might need a moisturizer over top, but most people should find this enough (eyes and lip of course need regular treatment). My skin is smoother and indeed brighter in the morning. I bought this from Sephora and reviewed it there. It does seem more effective on older skin (say over 40) than younger. For under $50, I hope you'll give this a try, if you feel your skin is drab, tired looking. Not all Korres products hit it out of the park but if you search you will find some gems. Another to look for is their Whipped Body Butter, especially if you find their regular butter too much. Not perfect but I really like it.

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