Extreme C

by Dermalogica   ChromaWhite TRx
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$85 - 0.3 fl. oz.
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Category:
Skin Care > Retinol Products > Lighteners Without Hydroquinone
Last Updated:
6/30/2014
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
No

This liquid powder product would be an interesting way to experiment with stabilized vitamin C. The form of vitamin C is magnesium ascorbyl phosphate. Based on its concentration, there is reason to believe you will see some improvement in skin discolorations, although the research is clear that the results aren't likely to be as impressive as what you’d get from a hydroquinone-based skin-lightening product.

It’s good that there are other antioxidants, a cell-communicating ingredient, and some skin-identical ingredients included, too, because without them this would have been a one-note product not worth its price. Although this is still pricey, i’s a good formula in stable packaging. This product is suitable for all skin types, and it's mercifully fragrance-free, which is a rarity from Dermalogica.

Intense brightening power to minimize areas of discoloration. Mix with your moisturizer or apply directly to areas of concern: powder emulsifies upon contact with skin, delivering a potent dose of Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (MAP), a highly-effective and stable form of Vitamin C. MAP combines with antioxidant White Tea to accelerate skin brightening and strengthen skin's defenses against future discoloration on a cellular level. Exfoliate surface cells to smooth, enhance skin tone and minimize dark spots with Glucosamine, Algae Extract, Urea and Yeast Extract.

Water/Aqua/Eau, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Propylene Glycol, Silica Dimethyl Silylate , Polymethylsilsesquioxane, C9-15 Fluroalcohol Phosphate, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Glycerin, Urea, Saccharide Hydrolysate, Magnesium Aspartate, Glycine, Alanine, Creatine, Lactobacillus/Pumpkin Fruit Ferment Filtrate, Niacinamide, Zinc Glycinate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Glucosamine HCI, Algae Extract, Yeast Extract, Saccharide Isomerate, Phospholipids, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Sorbic Acid.

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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