All of the Red Elements products below contain red tea leaf extract. Most consumers familiar with antioxidants in skin-care products are aware of green and white teas, but what about red tea? Is it a better choice? Red tea is also known as rooibos tea, and is a bit of a misnomer because it comes from a completely different plant than green, black, or white teas. According to information on, red tea has antioxidant capabilities, but not nearly to the same extent as green tea. Dr. Weil points out that his research turned up a mere 17 studies on red tea, compared to over 1,000 on green tea. My own database searches confirmed his findings. To date, the research does not demonstrate that red tea is superior to green tea (or lots of other plant extracts) in terms of antioxidant potency and stability. I suspect JASON Natural included it for the novelty, because red tea is seemingly new and a change of pace that may draw consumer attention since so many other products now contain green tea.

Red Elements Gentle Gel Cleanser ($14 for 7.25 ounces) is worth an audition if you prefer a gentle, fragrance-free gel cleanser and have sensitive skin. This product's lack of detergent cleansing agents makes it a poor choice for removing excess oil or makeup, but it's fine for those with normal to dry skin who use minimal to no makeup.

$$$ Red Elements Calming Toner ($13 for 4.5 ounces) is rather pricey, but does provide skin with the antioxidant red tea as well as several water-binding agents. It contains tiny amounts of alcohol and witch hazel, but not really enough to cause irritation. Without them, however, this product would have earned a Paula's Pick rating.

Red Elements Exfoliating Scrub ($15 for 4 ounces) doesn't contain any abrasive agents, so this doesn't work as a facial scrub. It's best described as a creamy cleanser, and the amount of plant oil it contains makes it difficult to rinse. Still, it's an OK fragrance-free cleansing option for someone with dry to very dry skin.

Red Elements Daily Moisturizing Creme with SPF 15 ($18.95 for 1.75 ounces) does not contain the UVA-protecting ingredients of titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, or avobenzone, and is not recommended. Even with sufficient UVA protection, this product's jar packaging compromises the effectiveness of the antioxidants it contains.

$$$ Red Elements Eye Cream ($23 for 0.5 ounce) contains some great antioxidants, but the choice of jar packaging leaves them susceptible to breaking down shortly after this emollient eye cream is opened. I've seen more elegant formulas, but this product is suitable for dry skin anywhere on the face, assuming you're not looking for a well-packaged product with antioxidants.

Source: Paula Begoun