DDF - Doctor's Dermatologic Formula
Dramatic Radiance TRF Cream
1.7 fl. oz. for $100
Category:Skin Care > Moisturizers (Daytime and Nighttime) > Moisturizer without Sunscreen
Last Updated:07.28.2011
Jar Packaging:False
Tested on animals:Yes

Dramatic Radiance TRF Cream is a fairly standard moisturizer whose formula is quite mundane for the price. It contains mostly water, glycerin, emollients, slip agents, silicones, shea butter, film-forming agent, several more thickeners, antioxidants, plant oil and preservatives. It purports to change the way skin utilizes oxygen in an effort to restore “youthful suppleness and elasticity,” but does not accomplish that goal. How can a product change the way skin handles oxygen? And does that increase free-radical damage? The claims are the only mildly interesting part of this product, and the only dramatic element of this moisturizer for normal to dry skin is the price.


A lightweight, anti-aging moisturizer formulated with TRF (Tissue Respiratory Factor) to help revitalize fatigued skin. Augments oxygen utilization to restore the appearance of youthful suppleness and elasticity.


Water, Glycerin, Squalane, Alkyl Benzoate, Butylene Glycol, C13-14 Isoparaffin (And) Isostearyl Isostearate (And) Sodium Polyacrylate (And) Polyacrylamide (And) Polysorbate 60, Dimethicone, Isononyl Isononanoate, Propylene Glycol, Cyclomethicone, Methyl Gluceth-20, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Fruit, Glyceryl Monostearate, Polysorbate 80, Polyglyceryl-3 Isostearate, Peg-100 Stearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Seed Oil, Xanthan Gum, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Sterols, Ethylparaben, Hordeum Vulgare Extract, Vaccinium Myrtillus Extract, Hedera Helix (Ivy) Extract, Juglans Regia (Walnut) Shell Extract, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Phenoxyethanol, Dmdm Hydantoin, Disodium Edta, Allantoin, Ceramide-1, Yeast Extract, Borago Officinalis Seed Oil, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose)

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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