Overnight Repair Serum

by Dermalogica   AGE Smart
Price:
$63 - 0.5 fl. oz.
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Category:
Skin Care > Retinol Products > Serums
Last Updated:
3/4/2014
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
No

Like many products from Dermalogica, this serum contains a litany of fragrant plant oils research has proven are problematic for skin (Source: www.naturaldatabase.com). Jasmine, rosewood, and lemon oils do not moisturize skin any more than a martini helps to rehydrate your body or quench your thirst!

Beyond those specific fragrant plant oils, it's nothing short of scream-inducing (with us doing the screaming) that women are offered products like this that are loaded with problematic ingredients. Ironically, the first two ingredients in this serum (safflower and argan oils) would've been much better on their own. After them, it's pretty much a "who's who" of problematic ingredients that won't repair anyone's skin or help it act younger. Please see our list of Best Serums for superior options—and check out More Info to learn why daily use of highly fragrant products is the wrong move for anyone's skin.

Pros:
  • The first two ingredients are good, non-fragrant plant oils for dry skin.
Cons:
  • Expensive considering most serums offer at least an ounce of product.
  • Contains several fragrant plant oils known to be irritating.
  • The called-out plant oils of lemon, etc. are not moisturizing.
More Info:

Daily use of products that contain a high amount of fragrance, whether the fragrant ingredients are synthetic or natural, causes chronic irritation that can damage healthy collagen production, lead to or worsen dryness, and impair your skin's ability to heal. Fragrance-free is the best way to go for all skin types. If fragrance in your skin-care products is important to you, it should be a very low amount to minimize the risk to your skin (Sources: Inflammation Research, December 2008, pages 558–563; Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, June 2008, pages 124–135, and November-December 2000, pages 358–371; Journal of Investigative Dermatology, April 2008, pages 15–19; Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, March 2008, pages 78–82; Mechanisms of Ageing and Development, January 2007, pages 92–105; and British Journal of Dermatology, December 2005, pages S13–S22).

Dermalogica Age Smart Overnight Repair Serum hydrates, nourishes and restores the skin while you sleep to smooth fine lines and improve elasticity. Peptides increase collagen production and even your skin tone. Jasmine, rosewood and lemon oils moisturize and brighten the skin.

Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Rosa Moschata Seed Oil, Portulaca Pilosa Extract, Sucrose Cocoate, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-38, Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine) Oil, Alaria Esculenta Extract, Cananga Odorata Flower Oil, Aniba Rosaeodora (Rosewood) Wood Oil, Eugenia Caryophylus (Clove) Flower Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens Oil, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Rose Flower Oil, Geranium Maculatum Oil, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia, Ocimum Basilicum (Basil) Oil, Cymbopogon Schoenanthus Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Seed Oil, Murraya Koenigii Leaf Oil, Cinnamomum Zeylanicum (Cinnamon) Leaf Oil, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary), Leaf Extract, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Citronellol, Eugenol, Limonene, Geraniol, Linalool, Benzyl Benzoate Benzyl Salicylate, Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate, Sorbitan Isostearate

Dermalogica's name implies a logical relationship to dermatology, which makes it sound as if you are getting serious skin care. The subtitle on their products is even more commanding: "A Skin Care System Researched and Developed by the International Dermal Institute." But what is the International Dermal Institute, you ask? Are there any dermatologists there? Apparently not: The International Dermal Institute is a Dermalogica-owned school for aestheticians who want an education beyond what is required for their cosmetology license, and the classes are taught by aestheticians.

Does the professional atmosphere of the school associated with Dermalogica mean better products? The proof is in the pudding, and this pudding is, for the most part, just Jell-O, not chocolate mousse. A company so concerned with skin-care education should be ashamed of itself for offering so many products that damage skin with known irritants and, more egregiously, offering so many sunscreens that lack sufficient UVA-protecting ingredients. Dermalogica's education-oriented, serious-minded, and clinical positioning doesn’t mesh with the majority of their products, and is on par with tobacco company executives teaching an aerobics class.

According to company history, the reason Dermalogica products came to be was that founder Jane Wurwand could not find a spa-oriented skin-care line that met her criteria. She was dismayed that so many skin-care lines aimed at the aesthetics market had products that contained alcohol, artificial colors, fragrance, mineral oil, and lanolin, ingredients that she believed had a well-documented history of problems. That's true for fragrance and alcohol (and artificial colors to a lesser extent), but mineral oil and lanolin have no documented history of causing skin problems. If anything, quite the opposite is true. Further, if Dermalogica's founders were so concerned about potentially or definitively harmful ingredients, why do their products contain so many of them? Where is the research proving that lavender oil, camphor, balm mint, arnica, ginger oil, and citrus oils are helpful for skin?

For more information about Dermalogica, call 1-800-345-2761 or visit www.dermalogica.com.

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