Sheer Moisture SPF 15 includes zinc oxide for reliable UVA protection, but also contains lavender oil. Lavender smells great but its fragrant components cause a number of problems for skin, including cell death and the potential to enhance oxidative damage—none of this helps protect skin or allows it to act younger. This daytime moisturizer with sunscreen also contains English walnut seed (listed as Juglans regia), which, when applied topically, can cause yellow to brown skin discolorations and contact dermatitis (Source: www.naturaldatabase.com).
This lightweight, oil-free cream provides the ideal combination of moisture to combat dehydration, antioxidants to protect against free radical damage, and UV protection. Natural Zinc Oxide minerals protect against sunlight and make skin radiant, while extracts from Olive Oil and Walnut Seeds provide antioxidant protection and improve skin texture. A full spectrum sunscreen provides daily solar defense. Contains no artificial fragrance or color.
Active: Octinoxate (7.5%), Zinc Oxide (5.0%). Other: Water, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Butylene Glycol, Methyl Gluceth-20, Dimethicone, Lactamide MEA, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Stearic Acid, Cetearyl Alcohol, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Extract, Juglans Regia (Walnut) Seed Extract, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Extract, Lavandula Hybrida Oil, Cetyl Alcohol, Panthenol, Sorbitol, Glycerin, Pentylene Glycol, Polysorbate 60, Urea, Allantoin, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Lactate, Lactic Acid, Sodium Chloride, Xanthan Gum, Disodium EDTA, Aminomethyl Propanol, Serine, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Linalool, Limonene, Mica, 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.