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Dermalogica
Multivitamin Bodyblock SPF 20 (Discontinued)
Rating
4.2 fl. oz. for $35
Category:Skin Care > Sensitive Skin Products > Sun Products > SPF 15-29 Sunscreen
Last Updated:12.27.2012
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Overview

Multivitamin Bodyblock SPF 20 contains avobenzone for sufficient UVA protection, but also has lavender oil, which can irritate skin and cause skin-cell death (Source: Cell Proliferation, June 2004, pages 221–229).

Claims

Treat areas prone to aging while blocking damaging UVA and UVB rays with this intensely nourishing body moisturizing sunscreen. The fast-absorbing formula instantly hydrates, while forming a velvety, non-greasy layer on skin. No artificial color or frangrance.

Ingredients

Active: Avobenzone (2%), Octinoxate (7.5%), Octisalate (5%), Oxybenzone (3%), Other: Water, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Isopropyl Isostearate, Butylene Glycol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Dimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Polysorbate 60, Ceteareth-20, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Aminomethyl Propanol, Lavandula Hybrida Oil, Dicetyl Phosphate, Ceteth-10 Phosphate, Methylparaben, Linalool, Propylparaben, Chlorphenesin, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Extract, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, Panthenol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Glycolipids, Sodium Hyaluronate, Carbomer, Disodium EDT, Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate, Sodium DNA, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Limonene

Brand Overview

Dermalogica At-A-Glance

Strengths: Good eye-makeup remover; a unique skin-lightening product; a couple of commendable moisturizers, one with stabilized vitamin C.

Weaknesses: Expensive; almost every category has one or more products that contain irritating ingredients with no established benefit for skin; Clean Start and MediBac lines are particularly disappointing; the SPF products tend to be mediocre to poor.

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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