Map-15 Regenerator ranks as one of the few Dermalogica products that does not assault skin with irritating fragrant oils. That’s a plus, and there is every reason (other than the price, that is) to consider this an excellent way to treat your skin to the benefits of stabilized vitamin C. The “Map” in this product’s name stands for magnesium ascorbyl phosphate, a form of vitamin C that research has shown to be beneficial for skin (Sources: Skin Research Technology, August 2008, pages 376-380; Photochemistry and Photobiology, June 1998, pages 669–675; and Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis, March 1997, pages 795–801).
The amount of vitamin C in this product means it has skin-lightening ability, so it can be effective for dark spots and uneven skin tone. The silicone-enhanced, powder-to-lotion texture is unique, and skin is also treated to some good water-binding agents and additional antioxidants, all without a hint of fragrance. This does not contain hyaluronic acid as claimed; rather, it contains the salt form (sodium hyaluronate) of this ingredient. That’s fine, but the company shouldn’t call out an ingredient that isn’t used in its pure form. Map-15 Regenerator is suitable for all skin types, but those with rosacea may not be able to tolerate the amount of vitamin C it contains.
This revolutionary powder-to-emulsion technology delivers the highest concentration of Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (MAP) directly into the skin to help dramatically improve skin firmness and clarity. Our highly-effective form of Vitamin C works with a blend of White Tea, Hyaluronic Acid, Glucosamine, Phospholipids, Algae and Yeast extracts to help stimulate collagen production, brighten skin tone, and neutralize free radicals to dramatically increase hydration, firmness and elasticity while helping to prevent the signs of aging caused by Advanced Glycation End-products (AGEs – a damaged by-product of sugar/protein reactions in the skin). Contains no artificial fragrance or color.
Water/Aqua/Eau, Glycerin, Silica, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Phospholipids, C9-15 Fluoroalcohol Phosphate, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Glucosamine HCl, Algae Extract, Yeast Extract, Saccharide Isomerate, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Nelumbo Nucifera Flower Extract, Saccharide Hydrolysate, Magnesium Aspartate, Glycine, Alanine, Creatine, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Silica Silylate, Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone, Silsesquioxane, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Urea, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol, Caprylyl Glycol, Sorbic Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Propylene Glycol, Sodium Citrate, Phenoxyethanol.
Dermalogica's name implies a logical relationship to dermatology, which makes it sound as if you are getting serious skin care. The subtitle on their products is even more commanding: "A Skin Care System Researched and Developed by the International Dermal Institute." But what is the International Dermal Institute, you ask? Are there any dermatologists there? Apparently not: The International Dermal Institute is a Dermalogica-owned school for aestheticians who want an education beyond what is required for their cosmetology license, and the classes are taught by aestheticians.
Does the professional atmosphere of the school associated with Dermalogica mean better products? The proof is in the pudding, and this pudding is, for the most part, just Jell-O, not chocolate mousse. A company so concerned with skin-care education should be ashamed of itself for offering so many products that damage skin with known irritants and, more egregiously, offering so many sunscreens that lack sufficient UVA-protecting ingredients. Dermalogica's education-oriented, serious-minded, and clinical positioning doesn’t mesh with the majority of their products, and is on par with tobacco company executives teaching an aerobics class.
According to company history, the reason Dermalogica products came to be was that founder Jane Wurwand could not find a spa-oriented skin-care line that met her criteria. She was dismayed that so many skin-care lines aimed at the aesthetics market had products that contained alcohol, artificial colors, fragrance, mineral oil, and lanolin, ingredients that she believed had a well-documented history of problems. That's true for fragrance and alcohol (and artificial colors to a lesser extent), but mineral oil and lanolin have no documented history of causing skin problems. If anything, quite the opposite is true. Further, if Dermalogica's founders were so concerned about potentially or definitively harmful ingredients, why do their products contain so many of them? Where is the research proving that lavender oil, camphor, balm mint, arnica, ginger oil, and citrus oils are helpful for skin?
For more information about Dermalogica, call 1-800-345-2761 or visit www.dermalogica.com.