Clean Start Brighten Up SPF 15 (Discontinued)

by Dermalogica   Clear Start
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$24 - 2 fl. oz.
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Category:
Skin Care > Moisturizers (Daytime and Nighttime) > Moisturizer with Sunscreen
Last Updated:
3/6/2014
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
No

This sunscreen lacks the UVA-protecting ingredients of titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, avobenzone (also known as butyl methoxydibenzoylmethane), ecamsule, or Tinosorb and is not recommended. Also, nothing in this formula is capable of refining or purifying pores. If anything, the triglyceride base can contribute to clogged pores.

A lightweight moisturizer that contains a natural tint and shimmer to keep skin looking even and fresh for all-day glow. Helps refine and purify pores, clears congestion for the best-looking skin, providing critical defense against UV rays without a chalky, heavy or greasy feel.

Active: Octinoxate (7.5%), Octisalate (3%), Oxybenzone (2%), Other: Water, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Butylene Glycol, Methyl Gluceth-20, Dimethicone, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Stearic Acid, Cetearyl Alcohol, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Betula Alba Bark Extract, Arctium Lappa Root Extract, Allantoin, Panthenol, Cetyl Alcohol, Xanthan Gum, Polysorbate 60, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Disodium EDTA, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Aminomethyl Propanol, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Chlorophenesin, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, Mica

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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