This ultra-expensive product is nothing more than a gimmicky cleanser that adds AHAs and enzymes to the mix. You combine a small amount of cleansing powder with a liquid mixture that contains lactic acid and you then wash your face with it, rinsing after 2 or 3 minutes. Exfoliation will occur, too, but only if you leave it on your skin for several minutes, and that is not a good idea. There are many reasons not to leave this on your skin, including the fact that the product contains irritating grapefruit peel oil and detergent cleansing agents, which you should never leave on your skin any longer than necessary to cleanse because doing so is just too irritating and compromising to the skin’s barrier. Using a separate cleanser and a well-formulated, leave-on AHA product is not only less expensive, but also much better for your skin.
A potent, two-part powder-liquid system exfoliates to maximize the absorption of brightening treatments. The powder base of Vitamin C, Salicylic Acid, Papaya, antioxidant White Tea and Rice Extract activates when released into the liquid complex of Lactic Acid, Phytic Acid, Pumpkin and Lemon Extract to help dramatically smooth and brighten the skin. Dual-chamber delivery system ensures maximum potency and freshness upon activation for unsurpassed results.
Powder ingredients: Microcrystalline Cellulose, Talc, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Disodium Lauryl Sulfosuccinate, Sodium Lauroyl Glutamate, Colloidal Oatmeal, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Starch, Niacinamide, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, PCA, Allyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Limonene, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Salicylic Acid, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Papain, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Cyclodextrin, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate.
Liquid ingredients: Water/Aqua/Eau, Glycerin, Lactic Acid, Sodium Lactate, Sodium Hydroxide, Ethoxydiglycol, Phytic Acid, Lactobacillus/Lemon Peel Ferment Extract, Lactobacillus/Pumpkin Fruit Ferment Filtrate, Ferula Foetida Root Extract, Cocamidopropyl PG-Dimonium Chloride Phosphate, Butylene Glycol.
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.