Exfoliating Foam Gel is a very standard cleanser/scrub hybrid that contains polyethylene (plastic) beads as the abrasive agent. Although this is workable for normal to oily skin, there is no reason to choose this over topical scrubs from the drugstore unless you steadfastly believe Darphin has all the answers.
This clarifying and soothing gel with natural polishing grains, gently exfoliates dead cells and impurities to reveal a brighter, smoother, healthier-looking complexion.
Water, Peg-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Lauryl Glucoside, Polyethylene, Propylene Glycol, Jojoba Esters, Lauramidopropyl Betaine, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Butylene Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Hydroxide, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Magnesium Chloride, Magnesium Nitrate, Phenoxyethanol, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Fragrance, Blue 1, Yellow 5, Limonene, Linalool
From its beginnings as a spa line developed for French aestheticians in the late 1950s, Darphin's core belief is that beauty comes from inner balance and harmony of the body, mind, and soul. This vision was truly new decades ago, and while it sounds great as an image-enhancing philosophy, it never translated, either back then or now, into progressive products that will make a significant difference in the appearance of your skin. In fact, among all of the skin-care lines espousing natural ingredients and botanical extracts, Darphin is the least impressive, with inadequate, dated formulations. Close competitor (and forerunner) Clarins at least includes several daytime moisturizers with sunscreen and also offers a complete collection of sunscreens for the body. Not so with Darphin, whose sunscreen selection is limited at best. Apparently, inner balance involves putting your skin at risk for wrinkles, discolorations, sagging, and, potentially, cancer.
Estee Lauder acquired Darphin in 2003, but that investment has resulted in little improvement or change to this line, options that are desperately needed. Almost without exception, Darphin products are vastly overpriced for what you get. Many of them contain problematic ingredients or plants whose benefit for skin is unknown or merely anecdotal.
As you might expect, most of the anti-aging claims Darphin makes for its products stem from the exotic to commonplace plants and plant extracts they contain. Although it's appealing to think that familiar substances such as ginseng, sandalwood, and corn can firm skin and improve the signs of aging, they do no such thing. Adhering to Darphin's skin-care routines (all of which involve multiple products, most with redundant formulas) would leave skin vulnerable to sun damage, and the many fragrance components found in products throughout the line increase the chance that skin will suffer a phototoxic reaction when exposed to sunlight. Considering the premium prices of these products, that's a lot of potential for a literal and figurative burn!
For more information about Darphin Paris, owned by Estee Lauder, call (866) 880-4559 or visit www.darphhin.com.