This silky, antioxidant-rich hand cream has a lot going for it, but just when we thought we had a winner, irritating grapefruit oil crashes the party! Along with the fragrance chemical limonene, grapefruit oil causes irritation and has the potential to increase skin discolorations when skin is exposed to sunlight. In addition, this hand cream lacks sunscreen, so relying on it during the day is a serious mistake. As far as the irritation is concerned, irritating ingredients hurt the skin’s healing process and cause collagen to break down, which isn’t what aging hands need. Although the amount of grapefruit oil is low, it’s still cause for concern.
Without the fragrant oil, this hand cream would have earned our top recommendation for its blend of soothing plant extracts, vitamin-based antioxidants, and the cell-communicating ingredient retinol, but as is, this doesn’t deserve better than an AVERAGE rating.
Intense conditioning treatment relieves signs of aging on dry, rough hands. Smooth this non-greasy, fast-absorbing treatment over hands and nails daily to help hydrate, minimize nail peeling, and shield against environmental damage. Fast-absorbing formula helps reverse the signs of premature aging with Vitamin A (Retinol) while evening skin tone with brightening Licorice Extract and Vitamin C. Pro-Vitamin B5 (Panthenol) and soothing Algae Extract hydrate while Ginkgo Biloba, Grape Seed and Vitamin E leave hands softer and nails healthier.
Water/Aqua/Eau, Methylheptyl Isostearate, Di-C12-15 Alkyl Fumarate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glycerin, Stearic Acid, Dimethicone, Sodium Dihydroxycetyl Phosphate, Pentylene Glycol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Rosa Centifolia Flower Extract, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan) Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Ascorbyl Palmitate,Retinol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride,Arginine/Lysine Polypeptide, Panthenol, Allantoin, Sodium PCA, Hydrogenated Palm Glycerides, Sodium Hyaluronate, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract, Lupinus Albus Seed Extract, Spirulina Maxima Extract, Carbomer, Disodium EDTA, Aminomethyl Propanol, Limonene, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil.
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.