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This soap-free bar cleanser is similar to the classic bar cleanser from Dove. Unlike the Dove product, however, Dermalogica’s Clean Bar contains irritating plant extracts of lavender and sandalwood plus numerous irritating citrus oils. If you prefer this type of cleanser (though we wish you didn’t because it can be too drying and irritating for all skin types), save your money and stick with the Dove Beauty Bar instead. The dryness and irritation Clean Bar can cause are a big step backward for all skin types.
One more comment: None of the exfoliant ingredients this soap contains (and retinol is not among them because retinol does not exfoliate) will have that benefit due to the cleanser's brief contact with skin.
Lift impurities and breakdown surface oils without stripping skin's natural moisture barrier. Hydroxy acids gently exfoliate for smoother skin. Travels easily in a gym or travel bag. Formulated without artificial fragrances and colors. Fortified with Licorice Extract and Allantoin to help soothe. Lactic Acid, Oat Kernel and Retinol exfoliate. Tea Tree, Lavender and a complex of botanicals maintain bar purity during use. Ideal for the most sensitive of skins, and for those who currently wash with traditional soap bars that are too high in skin-aggravating alkalis.
Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Dextrin, Cetyl Alcohol, Sodium Isostearoyl Lactylate, Sodium Lactate, Sucrose Cocoate, Lactic Acid, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Flour, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Extract, Santalum Album (Sandalwood) Wood Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Extract, Valerianna Officinalis (Valerian) Extract, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract, Berberis Vulgaris Fruit Extract, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Fruit Extract, Glycerin, Retinol, Tocopheryl, Allantoin, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Polysorbate 60, Titanium Dioxide, Polyacrylamide.
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.