This emollient body cream contains some very good ingredients for dry skin from the neck down, but not enough to warrant its price. Far from a necessary splurge, at this price the formula should be brimming with state-of-the-art ingredients, and it isn’t. We’re pleased to report that Dermalogica did include some proven antioxidants and skin-repairing ingredients, but for your money all of these should be more front-and-center, and it doesn’t compete with products from CeraVe, Clinique, or Paula’s Choice, among other brands.
Aside from price, the only significant problem with this body cream is its lavender fragrance. Lavender extract is the first ingredient and although it isn’t as much of a problem for your skin as lavender oil, this much of any form of lavender isn’t good. It is definitely possible that the lavender extract may cause irritation that hurts your skin’s ability to heal and produce healthy collagen. Please see our list of Best Body-Care Products for better formulas that cost less.
Ultra-rich, long-lasting moisture treatment to replenish and repair extra-dry skin. Dermalogica’s super-rich formula includes our unique Environmental Protection Complex, Hyaluronic Acid and Evening Primrose Oil. May also be used for massage.
Water/Aqua/Eau, Dicaprylyl Maleate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Isopropyl Isostearate, Butylene Glycol, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Polysorbate 60, Cetyl Dimethicone, Pentylene Glycol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Extract, Panthenol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Glycolipids Sodium Hyaluronate, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Disodium EDTA, Aminomethyl Propanol, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexlyglycerin.
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.