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
Jar Packaging:
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.

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/.

Special Note:

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.

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