Skin Refining Masque contains the same irritating plant extracts as the Skin Hydrating Masque, but makes matters worse by adding menthol and sage to the mix. There are many clay masks that absorb oil and refine skin’s texture without causing undue irritation. Even without all of these irritants (which end up making oily skin and enlarged pores worse), this mask is bound to confuse your skin due to the mix of absorbent clays and a high amount of plant oil plus titanium dioxide.
A skin-clarifying masque with oil-absorbing Kaolin and Bentonite clays plus Zinc Oxide to remove impurities and refine the skin's surface, helping to reduce oily-skin breakouts.
Water, Kaolin, Bentonite, Polysorbate 20, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Polysorbate 60, TitaniumDioxide, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Zinc Oxide, Sambucus Nigra Flower Extract, Malva Sylvestris (Mallow) Extract, Hedera Helix (Ivy) Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Arnica Montana Flower Extract, Parietaria Officinalis Extract, Nasturtium Officinale Extract, Arctium Lappa Root Extract, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Saponaria Officinalis Extract, Menthol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Linoleic Acid, Linolenic Acid, Citric Acid, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Arachidonic Acid, Propylene Glycol, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Disodium EDTA, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Ethylparaben, Butylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Phenoxyethanol
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.