The claims for this two-step product are completely over the top—beyond reason, both scientifically and medically.
This product claims that it oxygenates the skin and “neutralizes toxic effects caused by pollutants, heavy metals, UV rays and electro-magnetic radiation.” There is absolutely nothing in either of these products that detox the skin. In fact, these two products have miserable, untenable formulations that are possibly more toxic to skin than the environment.
It is also important to point out that supplying extra oxygen to the skin isn’t helpful because research has made it abundantly clear that oxygen, despite the fact that we need it to stay alive, is also a source of free-radical damage throughout the entire body (Sources: Phytotherapy Research, November 2010, Epublication; Current Drug Metabolism, June 2010, pages 409–424; and Human and Experimental Toxicology, February 2002, pages 61–62).
Here is what you need to know about the “experience” these products really provide:
- Oxygenating Facial is a completely ordinary water-soluble cleanser that contains methyl perfluorobutyl ether and methyl perfluoroisobutyl, two ingredients known to generate oxygen, which essentially could put your skin on the fast track to aging. But there’s no need to worry because the effect of the oxygen will be nullified because the ingredients are quickly diluted with water and rinsed down the drain. This also contains a form of menthol—menthyl lactate—that causes irritation that hurts skin.
- Creme Concentree, which you’re supposed to apply after the Oxygenating Facial, is a shockingly standard emollient moisturizer for dry skin. Unfortunately, the state-of-the-art ingredients it does contain are listed after the preservative, so they don’t count for much. Creme Concentree also contains fragrant orange peel oil, which is another source of irritation that works against keeping your skin young and healthy.
Oxygenates, detoxifies, clarifies and purifies tired, dull, lackluster skin. This 2-step system is formulated with oxygen spheres to deliver a more radiant, luminous complexion and a technologically advanced skin detoxifying system with a protective shield that neutralizes toxic effects to provide a more pure healthy and clarified complexion.
Oxygenating Facial: Water, Glycerin, Kaolin, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Cocamide DEA, Methyl Perfluorobutyl Ether, Methyl Perfluoroisobutyl Ether, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Xanthan Gum, Perfluorodecalin, Ribose, Phenoxyethanol, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Ppg-26-Buteth-26, Isononyl Isononanoate, Ethylhexyl Isononanoate, Apple, Sodium Cocamidopropyl Pg-Dimonium Chloride Phosphate, Peg-12 Glyceryl Dimyristate, Peg-23 Glyceryl Distearate, Caprylyl Glycol, Menthyl Lactate, Peg-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol, Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract, Grape Seed Extract, Retinyl Palmitate
Crème Concentree: Water, Shea Butter, Cetyl Palmitate, Glycerin, Octyldodecyl Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Lecithin, C12-16 Alcohols, Palmitic Acid, Dimethicone, Polyglyceryl-3 Stearate, Phenoxyethanol, Ribose, Butylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Caprylyl Trimethicone, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/Vp Copolymer, Moringa Pterygosperma Seed Extract, Mandarin Orange Peel Oil, Sodium Acrylates Copolymer, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Tetrasodium Edta, Tocopherol, Soybean Sterols, Butylene Glycol, Oxothiazolidine, Chlorphenesin, Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Phospholipids, Sunflower Seed Oil, Polyglyceryl-10 Stearate, Sodium Hydroxide, Retinyl Palmitate
Dr. Fredric Brandt is a Miami- and New York City–based dermatologist whose claim to fame rests on two main points. The first (and it is a very important credibility factor for consumers) includes the many celebrity clients he claims to work with, while the second is his assertion that he performs more Botox and collagen injections than any other dermatologist in the world. (The picture on the back of his book shows him clad in white, wearing surgical gloves, and holding a syringe.) 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 is using so much Botox and collagen if his products truly fight wrinkles, as he claims they do.
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 one of the more disappointing ever assembled by a dermatologist.
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, in any way, shape, or form, 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 positions his products as clinically superior to what you would find in other cosmetics lines, when nothing could be further from the truth. Many of his products tout benefits that don't just stretch the truth, but snap it in two—and these fallacies are all the 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 too-expensive-for-no-good-reason 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're 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.