Dermalogica

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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Poor Overnight Repair Serum Dermalogica Serums  $63.00 0.50 fl. oz.
Poor Power Rich Dermalogica Serums  $180.00 1.50 fl. oz.
Average Age Reversal Eye Complex Dermalogica Eye Moisturizers  $75.00 0.50 fl. oz.
Good Multivitamin Power Firm Dermalogica Serums  $56.00 0.50 fl. oz.
Poor Multivitamin Power Serum Dermalogica Serums  $65.00 0.75 fl. oz.
Poor Multivitamin Thermafoliant Dermalogica Scrubs  $52.00 2.50 fl. oz.
Good Renewal Lip Complex Dermalogica Lip Balm Without Sunscreen  $26.00 0.06 fl. oz.
Poor Multivitamin Power Recovery Masque Dermalogica Moisturizing/Firming Masks  $46.00 2.50 fl. oz.
Best Map-15 Regenerator Dermalogica Moisturizer without Sunscreen  $85.00 0.30 fl. oz.
Average Dynamic Skin Recovery SPF 30 Dermalogica Moisturizer with Sunscreen  $64.00 1.70 fl. oz.
Poor Antioxidant Hydramist Dermalogica Toners  $40.00 5.10 fl. oz.
Poor Skin Resurfacing Cleanser Dermalogica Cleansers/Soaps  $40.00 5.10 fl. oz.
Best Extreme C Dermalogica Lighteners Without Hydroquinone  $85.00 0.30 fl. oz.
Poor Powerfoliant2 Dermalogica AHAs  $65.00 0.30 fl. oz.
Good Pure Light SPF 30 Dermalogica Moisturizer with Sunscreen  $60.00 1.70 fl. oz.
Good Clear Start Breakout Clearing Emergency Spot Fix Dermalogica Blemish/Acne Treatments  $19.00 0.30 fl. oz.
Poor Clean Start Brighten Up SPF 15 (Discontinued) Dermalogica Moisturizer with Sunscreen  $24.00 2.00 fl. oz.
Good Clean Start Smart Mouth Lip Shine (Discontinued) Dermalogica Lip Balm Without Sunscreen  $16.00 0.30 fl. oz.
Good Clear Start Breakout Clearing Daytime Treatment Dermalogica Benzoyl Peroxide  $24.00 2.00 fl. oz.
Poor Clear Start Blackhead Clearing Pore Control Scrub Dermalogica Scrubs  $19.00 2.50 fl. oz.
Poor Clear Start Breakout Clearing Cooling Masque Dermalogica Blemish/Acne Treatments  $24.00 2.50 fl. oz.
Poor Clear Start Breakout Clearing Overnight Treatment Dermalogica Blemish/Acne Treatments  $19.00 2.00 fl. oz.
Poor Clear Start Breakout Clearing All Over Toner Dermalogica Toners  $19.00 4.00 fl. oz.
Poor Clear Start Breakout Clearing Foaming Wash Dermalogica Cleansers/Soaps  $19.00 6.00 fl. oz.
Poor Waterblock Solar Spray SPF 30 (Discontinued) Dermalogica SPF 30-49 Sunscreen  $38.00 4.20 fl. oz.
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