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DDF - Doctor's Dermatologic Formula
Ultra-Lite Oil-Free Moisturizing Dew SPF 15 (Discontinued)
Rating
1.7 fl. oz. for $40
Category:Skin Care > Moisturizers (Daytime and Nighttime) > Moisturizer with Sunscreen
Last Updated:07.28.2011
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Overview
The best thing about this daytime moisturizer for normal to dry skin is its in-part avobenzone sunscreen. Considering the main thickening agent is polyethylene, labeling this “ultra-lite” is misleading. Moreover, the amount of antioxidants and other specialty ingredients is paltry, especially for the money. If this DDF product is what we can expect to see now that Procter & Gamble has taken ownership of this supposed dermatology-oriented line (DDF stands for Doctor’s Dermatologic Formula), I am not enthusiastic about what’s next. Taking this product into consideration, P&G-owned Olay offers lighter sunscreens in their Regenerist and Total Effects lines for less money.
Claims
This fragrance and dye free moisturizer protects skin against harmful sun damage. Ultra Lite Oil Free Moisturizing Dew SPF 15 provides UVA/UVB protection, Aloe Vera, Vitamins A, C and E and Grapeseed for comfortable hydration. This oil-free formula absorbs quickly and won't clog pores. Formulated for all skin types including acne-prone skin.
Ingredients
Active: Avobenzone (2%), Ensulizole (1%), Octisalate (4%), Octocrylene (1.25%), Other: Water, Glycerin, Polyethylene, Dimethicone, Isopropyl Isostearate, Triethanolamine, Dimethiconol, Benzyl Alcohol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Silica Dimethicone Silylate, Stearyl Alcohol, Behenyl Alcohol, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Cetyl Alcohol, Sodium Pca, Panthenol, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Methylparaben, Allantoin, Ethylparaben, Cetearyl Glucoside, Cetearyl Alcohol, Carbomer, Peg-100 Stearate, Disodium Edta, Propylparaben, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Peg-4 Laurate, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Retinyl Palmitate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Ascorbic Acid
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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