This in-part avobenzone sunscreen makes claims similar to those of Olay’s dwindling Definity brand, and the formulation isn’t that much different either. That’s not surprising given that Olay owner Procter & Gamble is at the helm of DDF, too. Of course, because DDF is a “dermatologist-developed” line sold in upscale stores, the price point is much higher than that of Olay. But the good news is you’re getting a well-formulated daytime moisturizer that is suitable for normal to dry skin.
The amount of niacinamide along with acetyl glucosamine will likely have a positive impact on skin discolorations, and the formula does include several antioxidants (though only a couple are present in meaningful amounts). The amount of mica in this moisturizer with sunscreen leaves a soft shimmer on skin that, to some extent, can indeed make it look “translucent,” but you can get that result from any cosmetic that contains soft shine ingredients. On balance, this is a nicely formulated, though overpriced, daytime moisturizer with sunscreen.
Reclaim the natural radiance of even-toned, youthful skin while helping to prevent future discoloration with DDF Protect and Correct UV Moisturizer SPF 15. This facial moisturizer contains a potent micro-radiance complex that diminishes the look of discoloration for translucent, healthy-looking skin. It also contains SPF 15 to help protect from UVA/UVB damage and future hyperpigmentation.
Active: Avobenzone (3%), Octisalate(5%), Octocrylene (2.6%), Homosalate (3%), Other: Water, Glycerin, Niacinamide, Polyethylene, Acetyl Glucosamine, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Dimethicone, Dimethiconol, Sodium Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Isohexadecane, Polysorbate 80, Pentylene Glycol, Panthenol, Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Benzyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Behenyl Alcohol, Allantoin, Cetyl Alcohol, Methylparaben, Tocopherol, Ethylparaben, PEG-100 Stearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Butylene Glycol, Euterpe Oleracea Fruit Extract, Tocopheryl Acteate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Retinyl Palmitate, Corn Oil, Beta-Carotene, Sunflower Seed Oil, Ubiquinone, Palmitic Acid, Thoatic Acid, Disodium EDTA, Propylparaben, Undecylenoyl Phenylalanine, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Stearic Acid, Mannitol, Glutamine, Aminopropyl Ascorbyl Phosphate, Propyl Gallate, Ascorbic Acid, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Pyridoxine Hcl, Cyanocobalamin, Spirulina Platensis Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root 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.
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/.
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.