Intensive Holistic Lightener (Discontinued)

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$52 - 0.5 fl. oz.
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Category:
Skin Care > Retinol Products > Lighteners Without Hydroquinone
Last Updated:
7/28/2011
Jar Packaging:
No
pH:
3.50
Tested On Animals:
Yes

Intensive Holistic Lightener is an effective AHA product with dubious skin-lightening ability. The sensible packaging and pH-correct formula permit the glycolic acid to function as an exfoliant. The inclusion of salicylic acid and azelaic acid (other agents that can help pigmented areas look better) will also impart some benefit.

A powerful blend of six holistic ingredients to help fade discoloration and even skin tone. Targets age spots.

Water, Triethanolamine, Glycolic Acid, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Propylene Glycol, Salicylic Acid, Azelaic Acid, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Methylparaben, Phenoxyethanol, Xanthan Gum, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Disodium EDTA, Propylparaben, Morus Alba Leaf Extract, Dmdm Hydantoin, Arctostaphylos Uva Ursi Leaf Extract, Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract

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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