Advanced Micro-Exfoliation Cleanser

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$46 - 6 fl. oz.
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Category:
Skin Care > Cleansers (including Cleansing Cloths) > Cleansers/Soaps
Last Updated:
12/26/2012
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
Yes

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.

It will be curious to see what the future holds for this line, as its ownership has recently changed hands. Consumer product giant Procter & Gamble bought DDF in 2007 to expand the line's global reach, but has since sold it to UK-based Designer Parfums. Designer Parfums says it intends to bring Dr. Sobel on board to play a larger role in the company's marketing and development of both current and future products. Sobel himself says he looks forward to "Playing an active role in rebuilding this brand." (Source: www.wwd.com) We'll have to see exactly what that means as DDF moves ahead!

For more information about DDF, call 1-800-818-9770 or visit www.ddfskincare.com/.

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