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Darphin Paris
Clear White Brightening and Hydrating Cream
Rating
1.7 fl. oz. for $94
Category:Skin Care > Moisturizers (Daytime and Nighttime) > Moisturizer without Sunscreen
Last Updated:03.11.2013
Jar Packaging:Yes
Tested on animals:Yes
Overview

Wow! This costs a lot of money for a product that contains only a small amount of ingredients capable of lightening sun-induced skin discolorations. Even more troubling is the jar packaging, because routine exposure to light and air won’t keep the many plant extracts and vitamin C derivative this contains stable during use. This is merely an overpriced moisturizer for normal to dry skin; any whitening you get is accidental. If you’re serious about lightening skin discolorations, you should consider over-the-counter or prescription products that contain hydroquinone or arbutin (in stable packaging, of course).

Claims

This light Darphin gel-cream complexion brightener helps to reduce the appearance of brown spots, discoloration, and uneven pigmentation as it clarifies, hydrates and strengthens skin's natural moisture barrier. Clear White Brightening and Hydrating Cream inhibits the production of tyrosine, breaks up melanosome, exfoliates the skin, protects against environmental aggressors, soothes the skin while repairing and strengthening the skin's natural barrier.

Ingredients

Water, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Butylene Glycol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Isostearyl Neopentanoate, Sucrose, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Cetearyl Glucoside, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Fruit Extract, Gentiana Lutea (Gentian) Root Extract, Hydrolyzed Rice Bran Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Morus Bombycis (Mulberry) Root Extract, Yeast Extract, PEG-100 Stearate, Cholesterol, Polybutene, Caffeine, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Acetyl Glucosamine, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Ceramide 3, Propylene Glycol, Linoleic Acid, Sodium Sulfite, Sodium Metabisulfite, Fragrance (Parfum), Sodium Carbomer, Disodium EDTA, Chlorphenesin, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Phenoxyethanol, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Farnesol, Limonene, Linalool.

Brand Overview

Darphin Paris At-A-Glance

Strengths: Lauder's influence on this line has resulted in only a few improved products; there are some good cleansers; some worthwhile serums and moisturizers; a couple worthwhile masks and a good skin-lightening product that's remarkably similar to a less expensive option from Clinique (another Lauder-owned brand).

Weaknesses: Very expensive; no effective products to address acne or other types of breakouts; pervasive use of skin-irritating fragrant oils; only one sunscreen and it has problems; jar packaging for products that contain air- and light-sensitive ingredients.

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.

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