Taking a cue from Benefit’s Benetint liquid blush, DERMAdoctor offers their nearly identical version in which 25% of the proceeds are donated to the American Heart Association. The tint’s name comes from this Association’s popular red dress campaign designed to create awareness of heart disease in women. Formula-wise, this liquid blush contains sweet cherry extract, which provides color and a dose of antioxidants. That’s nice but the clear glass bottle packaging won’t keep the antioxidant compounds stable during use, not to mention it’s the artificial coloring agents that give this blush it’s rosy-fuchsia tint. Just like Benetint, this is best dotted on cheeks or lips and must be blended quickly to avoid a streaky, uneven finish. The formula dries fast and stays on very well. Fans of Benetint looking to be charitable may want to consider this fragrance-free alternative.
The DERMAdoctor line is the brainchild of Kansas City-based dermatologist Dr. Audrey Kunin. Dr. Kunin's Web site retails not only the DERMAdoctor brand but several products from other brands, many of which have ties to specific dermatologic concerns (everything from athlete's foot to warts). Many of these specialty products are available from your local drugstore, but Kunin's site provides helpful, mostly reliable information concerning various skin-care concerns.
We wish her own products followed the strength of her advice, but alas, most do not. This is another dermatologist-developed line with plenty of products whose names and claims make you think they're a cosmetic corrective procedure in a bottle (or, in some cases, a jar, which is never a good packaging move). There are some products to pay attention to, though whether you want to strongly consider them or not comes down to how much you feel comfortable spending (DERMAdoctor products aren't cheap).
DERMAdoctor isn't exactly "your prescription for beautiful skin" but Dr. Kunin gets enough right that her line isn't one to gloss over, particularly if you're shopping for sunscreens, AHA products, and facial cleansers. Those with acne should look elsewhere, because DERMAdoctor's products don't have the solution, despite their cute product names.
For more information about DERMAdoctor, call (877) 337-6237 or visit www.dermadoctor.com.