This moisturizer with sunscreen lacks the UVA-protecting ingredients of titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, avobenzone (also known as butyl methoxydibenzoylmethane), ecamsule, or Tinosorb and is not recommended. Using this product instead of a sunscreen that provides sufficient UVA protection will get your skin off to an unhealthy start. Even if this did contain reliable UVA-protecting ingredients, it also several irritating plant oils, and irritation increases oil production in the pore. This product is 100% incapable of banishing breakouts and cleaning pores. The small amount of salicylic acid and the pH won’t allow any exfoliation to occur, and the other aspects of the formula make it somewhat matte, but that doesn’t hold up as the day goes by.
A lightweight lotion that fights shine without drying out the skin, leaving the skin clear and protected. An oil-controller that minimizes shine, cleans out pores, banishes breakouts, and defends against UV rays without a chalky, heavy or greasy feel.
Active: Octinoxate (7.5%), Octisalate (5%), Oxybenzone (3%), Other: Water, Butylene Glycol, Isodecyl Neopentanoate, Corn Starch Modified, Cyclopentasiloxane, Stearic Acid, PEG-100 Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Arctuym Lappa Root Extract, Betula Alba Bark Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Arnica Montana Flower Extract, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Ceteareth-20, Xanthan Gum, Acrylate/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Aminomethyl Propanol, Cetyl Alcohol, Nylon-12, Sorbitan Stearate, Salicylic Acid, Alkyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Caprylyl Glycol, Chlorophenesin, Tetrasodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Limonene, Linalool, Eugenol, Citral, Coriandrum Sativum (Coriander) Fruit Oil, Elettaria Cardamomum Seed Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Lavandula Hybrid Oil, Salvia Sclarea (Clary) Oil, Citrus Retuclata (Tangerine) Leaf Oil, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Oil, Eucalyptus Globules Leaf Oil, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Oil, Eugenia Caryophyllus (Clove) Flower Oil
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.