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Power Rich
Rating
1.5 fl. oz. for $180
Category:Skin Care > Serums > Serums
Last Updated:03.31.2015
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

Power Rich is an obscenely expensive product that is little more than a moisturizer packaged to resemble a highly specialized treatment. As far as moisturizer formularies go, this is pretty standard, which is really embarrassing given the sky-high price. Dermalogica and countless other cosmetic companies sell equivalent or better moisturizers for a fraction of what this costs, and there is no legitimate reason the price needs to be so high (or that products priced as this one is are automatically better or more powerful for your skin).

Power Rich has a notably silky, slightly spackle-like texture and contains several ingredients of benefit for those with dry skin (the company mentions this being great for mature skin but “mature” is not a skin type) but it contains some potent irritants, too. Regardless of your age or concerns, no one’s skin should be subjected to ginger, grapefruit, and jasmine oils. All of these fragrant plans oils contain volatile constituents capable of causing skin irritation—and none of them are proven to benefit skin that has lost its firmness or elasticity (Source: www.naturaldatabase.com). If anything, daily use of this product may lead to collagen breakdown, which isn’t what you want if your goal is to look younger, longer.

Claims

This powerful treatment formula was designed to restore firmness, elasticity and hydration to dry, devitalized, mature and prematurely aging skin. It provides vitamins, nutrients and moisture to reduce the appearance of fine lines while encouraging a plump, supple tone and texture. The complexion becomes firmer, smoother and more supple with a uniquely youthful tone, texture and vibrancy.

Ingredients

Water/Aqua/Eau, Cyclopentasiloxane, Methylheptyl Isostearate, Diglycerin, Dimethicone, Cetyl Alcohol, Aleurites Moluccana Seed Oil, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Isohexadecane, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Allantoin, Rosa Centifolia Flower Extract, Dimethiconol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Urea, Glucosamine HCl, Algae Extract, Yeast Extract, Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-4, Arginine/Lysine Polypeptide, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Protein, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Panthenol, Bisabolol, Polyquaternium-37, Retinyl Palmitate, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Corallina Officinalis Extract,Macrocystis Pyrifera Extract,Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein,PVP,Oleth-20,Carbomer, Polysorbate 20, Benzyl Alcohol,Phenoxyethanol, Limonene, Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine) Oil, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Oil.

Brand Overview

Dermalogica At-A-Glance

Strengths: Good eye-makeup remover; a unique skin-lightening product; a couple of commendable moisturizers, one with stabilized vitamin C.

Weaknesses: Expensive; almost every category has one or more products that contain irritating ingredients with no established benefit for skin; Clean Start and MediBac lines are particularly disappointing; the SPF products tend to be mediocre to poor.

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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