Daily Protective Moisturizer SPF 15 (Discontinued)

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$40 - 1.7 fl. oz.
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Category:
Skin Care > Moisturizers (Daytime and Nighttime) > Moisturizer with Sunscreen
Last Updated:
2/7/2012
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No
Tested On Animals:
Yes

Daily Protective Moisturizer SPF 15 is best for normal to slightly dry skin. This fragrance-free daytime moisturizer with sunscreen provides UVA protection via avobenzone, but the amount (1%) is below what we like to see for sufficient protection. The formula contains a nice mix of antioxidants, which is always a helpful addition to a sunscreen.

This fragrance-free daily moisturizer hydrates skin while protecting against UV and environmental damage. Formulated with shea butter, squalene, grapeseed extract, Japanese green tea extract and an SPF of 15, it provides relief to parched skin as it conditions, nourishes and protects. The lightweight, non-greasy texture makes it perfect for all skin types.

Active: Avobenzone (1%), Octinoxate (7.5%), Octisalate (2%), Octocrylene (4%). Other: Water, Glycerin, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Dimethicone, Propylene Glycol, Polysorbate 80, Triethanolamine, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Titanium Dioxide, Carbomer, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Extract, Squalane, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, DMDM Hydantoin, Polyacrylamide, Disodium EDTA, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Panthenol, Propylparaben, Laureth-7, Zinc Oxide, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Tocopherol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Centella Asiatica Extract, Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Retinyl Palmitate, Zinc Gluconate, Pinus Pinaster Bark/Bud Extract, Genistein, Acetyl Cysteine, Anthocyanins, Ubiquinone, Xanthophyll

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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