Renewal Lip Complex is a somewhat unconventional lip balm because it has a lighter texture than standard wax- or oil-based balms. Both of those substances (wax and oil) show up in Renewal Lip Complex (which is good because they help keep lips moist and have tenacity) along with vitamin E, emollients, plant oil, and some peptides. It is the peptides that Dermalogica claims are responsible for preventing signs of aging caused by AGEs, but there is no proof they can do this. We do not know yet whether applying small amounts of ingredients that inhibit AGEs in a petri dish or on cultured cells can do the same thing in a cosmetic product. Realistically, this balm will keep lips smooth and help prevent chapping, but that’s all you can legitimately rely on.
A sophisticated daily treatment with a patented polypeptide restores delicate tissue, minimizes contour lines and helps prevent the signs of aging caused by Advanced Glycation End-products (AGEs – a damaging byproduct of sugar/protein reactions in the skin). Vitamin E fights damaging free radicals (Reactive Oxygen Species) while a moisturizing blend of Avocado Oil, combined with Shea and Cocoa Seed butters, quickly smoothes rough, uneven lips. Contains no artificial fragrance or color.
Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Ricinus Communis (Caster) Seed Oil, Synthetic Beeswax, Tocopheryl Acetate, Di-C12-15 Alkyl Fumarate, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Lauryl Lactate, Arginine/Lysine Polypeptide, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Oil, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Sodium Hyaluronate, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Palm Oil, Aminopropanediol Esters, Squalane, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Butylene Glycol, Tribehenin, Sorbitan Isostearate, Stevioside, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Caster Oil, VP/Eicosene Copolymer, Benzyl Alcohol, Flavor (Aroma)
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.