07.28.2011
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DDF - Doctor's Dermatologic Formula
Cellular Revitalization Age Renewal
Rating
1.7 fl. oz. for $130
Category:Skin Care > Moisturizers (Daytime and Nighttime) > Moisturizer without Sunscreen
Last Updated:07.28.2011
Jar Packaging:True
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Tested on animals:Yes
Overview
Cellular Revitalization Age Renewal makes all manner of cellular repair claims tied to the company’s proprietary complex of proteins and peptides. However, there isn’t much of those high-tech ingredients in this emollient moisturizer for dry to very dry skin, and several of the beneficial ingredients will be compromised by jar packaging. The phytoestrogen ingredients in this product cannot control skin symptoms associated with menopause. If you were intending to explore the potential antiwrinkle benefits of copper, this product contains barely a dusting of it.
Claims
Revitalizes mature or damaged skin. Encourages younger acting skin cells and the appearance of firmer skin. Contains a proprietary complex of proteins and peptides that have been associated with making skin look younger. Formulated with vitamin b complex, copper, flax oil and phytonutrients for cellular nutrition at the deepest level.
Ingredients
Water, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Glycerin, Glyceryl Stearate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Octyldodecyl Ricinoleate, Dimethicone, {Sodium Acrylate/Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Isohexadecane, Polysorbate 80}, Isononyl Isononanoate, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, Borago Officinalis Seed Oil, Propylene Glycol, Polyglyceryl-6 Isostearate, Peg-100 Stearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Trifolium Pratense (Clover) Flower Extract, Cimicifuga Racemosa Root Extract, Genistein, Linum Usitatissimum (Linseed) Seed Oil, Arnica Montana Flower Extract, Disodium Edta, Colostrum, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Seed Oil, Panthenol, Niacinamide, Folic Acid, Glucose, Retinyl Palmitate, {Ceramide-3, Ceramide-1, Phytosphingosine, Cholesterol}, Copper Gluconate, Methylparaben, Phenoxyethanol, Dmdm Hydantoin, Propylparaben, Fragrance
Brand Overview

DDF At-A-Glance

Strengths: Several good water-soluble cleansers; excellent Photo-Age sunscreens and every DDF sunscreen includes sufficient UVA-protecting ingredients; some truly state-of-the-art moisturizers and serums; a few good AHA and skin-lightening options; a good benzoyl peroxide topical disinfectant.

Weaknesses: Expensive; products designed for sensitive skin tend to contain one or more known problematic ingredients; several irritating products based on alcohol, menthol, or problematic plant extracts; more than a handful of average moisturizers, many in jar packaging.

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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