09.24.2014
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Daily Defense SPF 15
3.4 fl. oz. for $36
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Last Updated:09.24.2014
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Tested on animals:No

This daytime moisturizer with sunscreen contains several forms of lavender, including lavender oil. Research indicates that components of lavender, specifically linalool, can be cytotoxic, which means that topical application causes skin-cell death (Source: Cell Proliferation, June 2004, pages 221–229). Lavender leaves contain camphor, which is a known skin irritant. Because the fragrance constituents in lavender oil oxidize when exposed to air, lavender oil is a pro-oxidant, and this enhanced oxidation increases its irritancy on skin (Source: Contact Dermatitis, September 2008, pages 143–150). Lavender oil is the most potent form, and even small amounts of it (0.25% or less) are problematic. It is a must to avoid in skin-care products, although it’s fine as an aromatherapy agent for inhalation or relaxation (Sources: Psychiatry Research, February 2007, pages 89–96; and www.naturaldatabase.com).

If that weren't bad enough, this also contains eucalyptus oil, which also a potent skin irritant due to its chemical components, some of which are toxic and can be fatal when ingested. Truly a mixed bag, because this oil, like rosemary oil, is one that has benefits and risks. Because the risks are primarily with topical application to skin, eucalyptus oil is an ingredient to avoid (Sources: www.naturaldatabase.com; Basic Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology, June 2006, pages 575-581).

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Claims

Non-greasy, non-chalky, fast-absorbing day defense. Don’t face the day without this multi-tasking daytime lotion. Lightweight formula helps condition and promotes skin recovery while defending against skin-aging UV rays. Beats dryness and leaves a shine-free finish. Everyday use means healthy, great-looking skin. Contains no artificial fragrance or color.

Ingredients

Active ingredients: Avobenzone (3%), Octinoxate (6.5%), Octisalate (3%), Oxybenzone (3.5%) Other ingredients: Water/Aqua, Butylene Glycol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetearyl Phosphate, Glycerin, Stearic Acid, Polyglyceryl-2 Stearate, Dimethicone, Lactamide MEA, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Dimethyl Capramide, Mahonia Aquifolium Root Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia, (Lavender) Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Hydrolyzed Opuntia Ficus Indica Flower Extract, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Extract, Saccharomyces Cerevisiae Extract, Lavandula Spica (Lavender) Flower Oil, Lavandula Hybrida Oil, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil, Sodium Hyaluronate, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5, Sodium DNA, Tocopherol, Lecithin, Allantoin, Panthenol, Palmitoyl Hydroxypropyltrimonium Amylopectin/Glycerin Crosspolymer, Glycerin Crosspolymer, Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate, Carbomer, Polyquaternium-10, Cetyl Alcohol, Xanthan Gum, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Aminomethyl Propanol, Disodium EDTA, Citric Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol.

Brand Overview

Dermalogica At-A-Glance

According to company history, Dermalogica products came into being because founder Jane Wurwand could not find a spa-oriented skin-care line that met her criteria. She was dismayed that so many skincare lines aimed at the aesthetics market had products that contained alcohol, artificial colors, fragrance, mineral oil, and lanolin, ingredients he 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.

The line is positioned as a no-nonsense, no frills take on skincare, with clinically-inspired packaging that does protect its beneficial ingredients from light and air. Speaking of ingredients, Dermalogica does include a lot of beneficial ones in its skincare, though there are a number of formulas in the line that also make the misstep of including potentially-irritating fragrance ingredients.

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

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Dermalogica At-A-Glance

According to company history, Dermalogica products came into being because founder Jane Wurwand could not find a spa-oriented skin-care line that met her criteria. She was dismayed that so many skincare lines aimed at the aesthetics market had products that contained alcohol, artificial colors, fragrance, mineral oil, and lanolin, ingredients he 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.

The line is positioned as a no-nonsense, no frills take on skincare, with clinically-inspired packaging that does protect its beneficial ingredients from light and air. Speaking of ingredients, Dermalogica does include a lot of beneficial ones in its skincare, though there are a number of formulas in the line that also make the misstep of including potentially-irritating fragrance ingredients.

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