02.20.2013
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DDF - Doctor's Dermatologic Formula
Erase Eye Gel
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0.5 fl. oz. for $52
Category:Skin Care > Retinol Products > Eye Moisturizers
Last Updated:02.20.2013
Jar Packaging:False
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Tested on animals:Yes
Overview

Erase Eye Gel is a silky, fragrance-free serum that contains some intriguing ingredients for repairing wrinkles, but nothing that cannot be found in many serums designed for the face, including most sold by Olay Regenerist (and remember, DDF is now owned by the same company that owns Olay). None of the ingredients in this eye serum have research proving they do anything to make dark circles or puffiness better, though the small amount of caffeine may have some impact on minor swelling around the eyes (the kind that’s from fluid retention, not from aging).

This serum contains mineral pigments to add shine around the eyes, but shine isn’t skin care, it’s really a makeup effect. To some extent, the shine helps reflect light away from dark circles, but better results can be had from using a good concealer instead. If you decide to try this, it is suitable for all skin types.

Claims

A humectant formulation with seven natural ingredients to target under eye circles. The humectant formula combined with daily massaging application reduces the appearance of dark circles and puffiness.

Ingredients

Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glycerin, Niacinamide, Pentylene Glycol, Acetyl Glucosamine, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Butylene Glycol, Fraxinus Excelsior Bark Extract, Silanetriol, Potassium Citrate, Caffeine, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol, Carbomer, Triethanolamine, Panthenol, Disodium EDTA, Allantoin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Titanium Dioxide, Mica, Tin Oxide, Phenoxyethanol, Mica, Tin Oxide

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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