r3p Cream
1.7 fl. oz. for $125
Last Updated:03.11.2013
Jar Packaging:Yes
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

Dr. Brandt’s r3P has been reformulated, and although the claims of diminishing deep lines are more surface than factual, the revised version is a distinct improvement over the original.

Despite the inclusion of some excellent skin-repairing ingredients along with cell-communicating ingredients and antioxidants, this moisturizer has two weaknesses that shouldn’t be overlooked—not a this price! The first is jar packaging. The fact that it’s packaged in a jar means the beneficial ingredients won't remain stable once it is opened. All plant extracts, vitamins, antioxidants, and other state-of-the-art ingredients break down in the presence of air, so once a jar is opened and lets the air in these important ingredients begin to deteriorate. Jars also are unsanitary because you’re dipping your fingers into them with each use, adding bacteria which further deteriorate the beneficial ingredients.

The other problem is lavender oil, a fragrant ingredient that can irritate skin and incite oxidative damage even in small amounts (Sources: Cell Proliferation, June 2004, pages 221–229; and Contact Dermatitis, September 2008, pages 143–150). Most likely the jar packaging will cause the lavender oil to lose its potency for irritation, but overall it’s an ingredient your skin doesn’t need.


A superior anti-aging formulation of three intense polypeptides, and potent antioxidants to refinish, replenish and retexturize your skin. For normal to dry skin that has begun to see the first signs of aging: fine lines and wrinkles, loss elasticity and a diminished glow.


Water, Isodecyl Neopentanoate, Sodium PCA, Butylene Glycol, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Isopropyl Palmitate, Saccharide Isomerate, Cetearyl Glucoside, Cetearyl Alcohol, Squalane, Shea Butter, Ethoxydiglycol, Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract, Polyacrylamide, Ascorbic Acid, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Matricaria Flower Extract, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Retinyl Palmitate, Ahnfeltiaconcinna Extract, Carbomer, Triethanolamine, Ginger Root Extract, Grape Seed Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf, Laureth-7, Betaine, Sorbitol, Glycine, Alanine, Proline, Serine, Threonine, Arginine, Lysine, Glutamic Acid, Cyclopentasiloxane PVP, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Lavender Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate

Brand Overview

Dr. Brandt At-A-Glance

Strengths: Provides complete ingredient lists on the company website; a good daytime moisturizer with sunscreen.

Weaknesses: Expensive; overwhelming number of products that contain irritating ingredients with no established benefit for skin; no products to comprehensively address acne or oily skin; every Pores No More product is a disappointment; jar packaging; several products make claims on par with what cosmetic procedures (not skin care) can do.

The late Dr. Fredric Brandt (he passed away in April, 2015 at the age of 65) was a Miami- and New York City–based dermatologist whose claim to fame rested on two main points. The first (and it is a very important credibility factor for consumers) included the many celebrity clients worked with, while the second was his assertion that he performed more Botox and collagen injections than any other dermatologist in the world. According to Allergan, the company that makes Botox, they no longer rank the physicians who purchase Botox from them; however, they did confirm that Dr. Brandt was definitely one of their biggest buyers. Yet regardless of how much Botox or collagen Dr. Brandt or any other physician uses, what in the world does that have to do with cosmetic formulations? If anything, you have to wonder why Brandt was using so much Botox and collagen if his products truly fight wrinkles, sagging, and on and on.

Beyond Brandt's cosmetic enhancement procedures, he is the author of Age-less: The Definitive Guide to Botox, Collagen, Lasers, Peels, and Other Solutions for Flawless Skin. His book and skin-care line are competing against the vastly more popular books and product line from fellow dermatologist Dr. N.V. Perricone. Although Perricone's skin-care line has some drawbacks, including irritating ingredients and the lack of supporting research for his neuropeptide products, the majority of his products, though overpriced, have more pros than cons. Sadly, the same cannot be said for Dr. Brandt, whose namesake skin-care line is on the disappointing side, especially given the product's price points.

Brandt's products are sold with the tag line that they are "prescription strength, prescription-free," and "are formulated under dermatologic control for maximum safety and efficiency and offer the highest performance without a prescription." Aside from how unbelievable that assertion is, what is not mentioned is the fact that none of the ingredients in Brandt's products are comparable to prescription formulations. And what is "dermatologic control" anyway, given that there are no such standards anywhere in the world? Moreover, what do dermatologists know about the manufacturing of pharmaceuticals, much less cosmetics? The two arenas of expertise are completely unrelated.

Dr. Brandt positioned his products as clinically superior to what you would find in other cosmetics lines, an unproven assertion to say the least. Many of his products tout benefits that don't just stretch the truth, but snap it in two—and these fallacies were more disconcerting coming from an esteemed dermatologist. When products contain the problematic ingredients that are so pervasive in Brandt's line, such as irritating plant extracts, drying detergent cleansing agents, and far too many products with skin cell-damaging lavender oil, it becomes nothing more than a line that should be approached with extreme caution.

The line does have a few bright spots: many of Brandt's products do contain significant amounts of antioxidants, though that certainly doesn't make his line unique because many other product lines do that, too. (Here it's fair to say that while no specific amounts have been established for any antioxidant that will ensure their effectiveness, the general consensus among researchers is that more antioxidants are better than less, and less is still better than none at all.) Unless you were a devoted patient of Dr. Brandt and would be racked with guilt for not purchasing his products while visiting for an appointment, there is no reason to seek out this disappointing line.

For more information about Dr. Brandt's products, call (800) 234-1066 or visit www.drbrandtskincare.com.

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