There really isn’t anything advanced about this overpriced cleanser. Calling this an advanced cleanser is like calling a typewriter an advanced word processing system.
This is mostly a mixture of water, wax, Vaseline, glycerin, and mineral oil, so it is little more than an old-fashioned cold cream base. A basic emollient cleanser that is recommended only for dry to very dry skin, this has a mild scrub action from the rice bran wax it contains, but the emollient base makes it difficult to rinse completely. DDF added some potent antioxidants and cell-communicating ingredients to this product, and because some of it remains on the skin due to the poor rinsability, you may in fact get some benefit from them, but that’s a stretch. There are far better ways to get beneficial ingredients to the skin.
Deeply cleanses and exfoliates while providing significant hydration. The advanced formula contains a breakthrough Turmeric Complex with exfoliating rice bran to reveal beautifully smooth and youthful-looking skin. Accelerates surface cell turnover. Eliminates impurities. Reveals beautifully smooth skin.
Water, Isopropyl Palmitate, Petrolatum, Glycerin, Mineral Oil, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Betaine, Decyl Glucoside, Distearyldimonium Chloride, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract, Niacinamide, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Wax, Polypropylene, Panthenol, Retinyl Propionate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Citric Acid, Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-4, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Steareth-21, Sodium Chloride, Steareth-2, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Glycolate, PEG-100 Stearate, Benzyl Alcohol, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone
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.