Skin Mat Balancing Serum is a water-based serum that contains about 1% salicylic acid, but the pH of 4.7 prevents it from working optimally as an exfoliant, and at this price that’s the least you should expect. Although there are some good anti-irritants in this product, it lacks ingredients capable of making good on its claim of absorbing excess oil. The plant extracts it contains do nothing to reduce the appearance of pores, making this lightly moisturizing serum an expensive letdown.
Absorbs excess oil and diminishes appearance of pores.
Water, Butylene Glycol, Pentylene Glycol, Salicylic Acid, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Copper PCA, Laminaria Saccharina Extract, Phellodendron Amurense Bark Extract, Tocopherol, Alcohol, Caprylyl Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Cellulose Gum, Xanthan Gum, Tris (Tetramethylhydroxypiperidinol) Citrate, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Citrate, Disodium EDTA, Tetrasodium EDTA, Citric Acid, Fragrance, Linalool, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Limonene, Benzyl Salicylate
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.