This product is supposed to be Darphin’s “luxurious answer to an un-glamorous skincare problem,” that being acne. Before you get carried away by the luxury aspect (which is only tied to this brand’s faux prestige, not its skin-care expertise), you need to know that using this product is guaranteed to harm your skin. It contains an irritating amount of alcohol along with too many fragrant plant oils to name. None of them can do anything for skin other than cause more problems, such as irritation and redness. Plus, irritation can trigger increased oil production and the alcohol causes free-radical damage.
An essential oil infused Darphin spot treatment gel to purify the skin and help reduce the appearance of imperfections on targeted areas. Darphin's luxurious answer to an un-glamorous skincare problem.
Water, Alcohol Denatured, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Peg-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Leaf Extract, Pelargonium Graveolens (Geranium) Flower Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Oil, Melaleuca Leucadendron Cajaput Oil, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Oil, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Melaleuca Viridiflora (Niaouli) Leaf Oil, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, PEG-60 Almond Glycerides, Caprylyl Glycol, Sodium Salicylate, Dimethicone Copolyol, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Carbomer, Oleanolic Acid, Nordihydroguaiaretic Acid, Tetrasodium EDTA, Farnesol, Citral, Limonene, Geraniol, Linalool, Citronellol
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.