We're not going to dispute that this is, in fact, an advanced formula for dry skin. What’s not advanced is the jar packaging, which will lead to the light- and air-sensitive ingredients deteriorating shortly after you begin using this moisturizer.
The claims are mostly nonsense; for example, simply hydrating skin isn’t going to improve its firmness and the turmeric plant cannot completely protect skin from free-radical damage. It’s a good antioxidant, but not the one we should all be using to the exclusion of others. The claim of neutralizing 82% of free radicals is an in vitro claim, not an ongoing effect given skin’s continual exposure to the environment. Aside from the claims, this would have gotten a great recommendation if the packaging would help you get the good stuff delivered to your skin.
Hydrates to measurably improve skin firmness. The advanced formula contains a breakthrough Turmeric Complex to protect skin's surface from free radical damage and provide superior hydration to strengthen skin's moisture barrier. DDF Advanced Firming Cream helps reverse the appearance of aging, instantly firming and tightening skin for a radiant, younger-looking complexion. Neutralizes 82% of free radicals to minimize surface damage. Instantly firms and tightens. Fortifies skin's moisture barrier.
Water, Glycerin, Niacinamide, Isohexadecane, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Polyethylene, Dimethicone, Isopropyl Isostearate, Borago Officinalis Seed Oil, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, Panthenol, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Retinyl Propionate, Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-4, Copper Gluconate, Magnesium Aspartate, Zinc Gluconate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Allantoin, Butylene Glycol, Polyacrylamide, Stearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Behenyl Alcohol, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Titanium Dioxide, Benzyl Alcohol, Dimethiconol, DMDM Hydantoin, PEG-100 Stearate, Laureth-7, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Glucoside, Disodium EDTA, Citric Acid, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Phenoxyethanol
This skin-care company's Web site has it right with the statement that "before the beauty world discovered dermatologic skincare brands, there was DDF." Launched in 1991, well before it became common practice for "known" dermatologists to create their own skin-care lines, pioneering dermatologist Dr. Howard Sobel began and is still behind this brand. This is a long-standing line that has the backing of a dermatologist (and later that of nutritional consultant Elaine Linker), so you would expect DDF to be just what the doctor ordered. In some respects, it is. However, more often than not, products from dermatologists are just as prone to outlandish claims, exorbitant prices, and use of unproven ingredients as products from any other cosmetics line. A founder's medical background isn't a guarantee that every product he or she creates will do exactly what it claims or even be sensibly formulated. In that sense, DDF falters more than it succeeds. Sobel's credibility for creating treatment-based skin-care products is diminished when inappropriate ingredients (alcohol, menthol, and others) are included in products positioned as prestige products with a medicinal slant. Still, there are some very impressive options available (particularly in the moisturizer and serum categories) that, price notwithstanding, are worthy of consideration.
The line's success has not gone unnoticed by larger companies eyeing the growing trend of anti-aging skin care and the popularity of niche lines. It will be interesting to see how things shake out for DDF now that it is owned by consumer product giant Procter & Gamble. P&G released a statement that they intend to "infuse the line with a steady stream of innovation", add marketing expertise, and level its global reach and go-to-market capability to drive future growth (Source: www.cosmeticsdesign.com). They certainly have the money and staff to accomplish these goals, but it's worth mentioning that P&G's Olay brand, although mass market and at a lower price point, features many products that rival the best of what DDF offers, and with far fewer missteps.
For more information about DDF, call 1-800-818-9770 or visit www.ddfskincare.com/.
As of Summer 2011, DDF launched a new website and reformulated many of their products, but their new site contains incorrect and incomplete ingredient lists for most of their products. We've alerted DDF to the issue and are continuing to research these changes in store. In the meantime, we urge anyone considering a DDF purchase based on our recommendation to double check the product's ingredient list against ours in case the product has been reformulated. We will update the brand as information becomes available to us.