Although there is a lack of serious research that the peptide in this product will lighten skin discolorations, this is, for the most part, an outstanding moisturizer for dry to very dry skin. It contains a copious amount of antioxidants (including some that rarely show up in other products), cell-communicating niacinamide, and skin-conditioning emollients. The only drawback (and the reason this is not a Best Product) is the inclusion of ylang ylang oil, listed by its Latin name Canaga odorata. Although the small amount present is not likely to cause irritation, it serves no purpose for skin and contains potentially irritating fragrance chemicals.
A nourishing, brightening overnight treatment to help minimize surface spots while conditioning and hydrating skin. Use nightly to help treat and prevent cellular lines and defend against environmental damage and moisture loss.
Water, Triisononanoin, Squalane, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Isononyl Isononanoate, Oligopeptide-34, Hydroxycinnamic Acid, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Phytic Acid, Niacinamide, Lactobacillus/Pumpkin Fruit Ferment Filtrate, Zinc Glycinate, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Seed Oil, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Seed Oil, Dithiaoctanediol, Gluconic Acid, Sutilains, Beta-Carotene, Glycerin, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Sodium Polyacrylate, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Hydrolyzed Jojoba Esters, Boron Nitride, PEG-4, Trideceth-6, Cetyl Alcohol, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Cananga Odorata Flower Oil, Butylene Glycol, 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.