Daily Resurfacer

by Dermalogica   Skin Health
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$68 - 35 application
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Category:
Skin Care > Anti-Acne Products > BHA
Last Updated:
3/3/2014
Jar Packaging:
Yes
pH:
3.60
Tested On Animals:
No

Daily Resurfacer is an expensive, somewhat gimmicky way to exfoliate skin, and its exfoliating benefit is dubious. Enclosed in a jar are almost three dozen packets of a liquid solution and a pre-soaked sponge designed to fit on your index finger. You’re directed to massage this in circular motions over skin, with no need to rinse. The solution has in its base a bitter-orange extract, which is a fragrant extract and a skin irritant, so things aren’t off to a good start. Salicylic acid (BHA) is included, at about a 1% concentration, but the AHAs touted on the label are sugarcane and apple extracts, neither of which are true AHAs that can exfoliate skin, or at least not with any supporting research. Either way, the pH of this solution is too high for exfoliation to occur, so you’re left hoping the sponge applicator will be abrasive enough to do the job. (It isn’t, but that’s a good thing.) Making matters worse, especially because the product remains on the skin, is grapefruit peel oil. This citrus oil can cause contact dermatitis and phototoxic reactions due to its volatile chemical constituents (Source: www.naturaldatabase.com).

Dermalogica's exclusive three-in-one treatment that resurfaces and smoothes skin without causing irritation or redness, helps reduce the signs of premature aging, and brightens with a unique botanical complex that helps even skin tone and balance pigmentation. Leaves skin smoothed, brightened and hydrated.

Water/Aqua/Eau, PPG-2 Isoceteth-20 Acetate, Ethoxydiglycol, Butylene Glycol, Salicylic Acid, Pentylene Glycol, Perfluorononylethyl Carboxydecyl PEG-10 Dimethicone, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Flower Extract, Aspalathus Linearis Leaf Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Extract, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Citrus Unshiu Peel Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Glycerin , Bacillus Ferment, Zostera Marina Extract, Hydrolyzed Glycosaminoglycans, Hibiscus Esculentus Fruit Extract, PEG-90M, Aminomethyl Propanol, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Benzoate, Limonene, Propylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol.

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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