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.
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.
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
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.