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This ranks as a good way to prepare facial skin for shaving, provided you use it gently. This cleansing scrub contains rounded silica beads which are strongly preferred to walnut shells or other rough abrasives (though it would be better if the cleansing agent was sodium LAURETH rather than LAURYL sulfate). It rinses clean and removes surface oils that can impede a close shave. This is recommended for normal to oily skin. The tiny amount of grapefruit oil is not cause for concern, but would be if this were a cleanser, only because the user would apply it around the eye area, too.
Dual-action exfoliating cleanser to prep skin for a closer, cleaner shave. A beard-lifting lather containing micro-fine Silica beads helps remove oil and dulling skin cells for clean-looking skin. Cleans deep to help keep pores clear and minimize ingrown hairs while clearing the way for a super-close shave. Salicylic Acid, Willow Bark Extract and Silica remove dead, dulling skin cells.
Water/Aqua/Eau, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Glyceryl Stearate, Silica, Cetyl Alcohol, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Glycerin, Polysorbate 20, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Disodium Lauryl Sulfosuccinate, Saccharomyces Cerevisiae Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Hydrolyzed Jojoba Esters, Cocamidopropyl PG-Dimonium Chloride Phosphate, Betula Alba Juice, Salix Nigra (Willow) Bark Extract, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Extract, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Hyaluronate, Disodium EDTA, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Limonene, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Titanium Dioxide
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.