It’s wonderful that this daytime moisturizer with sunscreen contains titanium dioxide and zinc oxide in a silky, lightweight base formula with some very good antioxidants and a cell-communicating ingredient. What rains a bit on this parade is (1) the lack of substantiated research about the peptide that Dermalogica claims will treat discoloration and (2) the inclusion of a small amount of fragrant, but irritating, ylang ylang oil (listed by its Latin name Canaga odorata). There isn’t much of this fragrant oil present, but its inclusion means that what would’ve been a brilliant sunscreen is instead just a very good sunscreen but not for sensitive skin.
This medium-weight daytime moisturizer conditions and brightens while chemical-free sunscreens help defend against pigment-inducing UV light. Peptides, Vitamin C and botanical extracts help treat and prevent cellular discoloration while minimize fine lines.
Active: Titanium Dioxide (6.2%), Zinc Oxide (8.5%), Other ingredients: Water/Aqua/Eau, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Dicaprylyl Ether, Polygyceryl-3 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Triethoxysilyethyl Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Hexyl Dimethicone, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Aluminum Hydroxide, Stearic Acid, Oligopeptide-34, Niacinamide, Lactobacillus/Pumpkin Fruit Ferment Filtrate, Zinc Glycinate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Dimethicone/PEG-10/15 Crosspolymer, Lauryl PEG-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl, Dimethicone, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate, Sodium DNA, Tocopherol, Sodium PCA, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Cananga Odorata Flower Oil, Silica, Carbomer, Tetrasodium EDTA, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Citrate, Benzyl PCA, Phenoxyethanol, Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Salicylate, Linalool.
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.