Laser Lightning Foaming Cleanser, for All Skin Types (Discontinued)

by Dr. Brandt   Laser Lightning
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$45 - 8 fl. oz.
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Category:
Skin Care > Cleansers (including Cleansing Cloths) > Cleansers/Soaps
Last Updated:
3/12/2013
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No
Tested On Animals:
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Laser Lightning Foaming Cleanser, for All Skin Types is a good though very expensive cleanser for normal to dry skin. Slightly lathering but not completely water-soluble because of the amount of castor oil, this will cushion dry skin and remove makeup easily. The tiny amount of mandarin orange peel oil is not likely to cause problems. By the way, nothing in this cleanser will help fade freckles or dark spots, nor does it have anything to do with lasers.

An effective strategy to target UV damage and reverse visible signs of photo-aging. A daily cleanser that dissolves impurities leaving skin fresh and clean. Helps fade freckles, even out skin tone and minimize the appearance of dark spots (hyperpigmentation) and post blemish discoloration. Contains a unique melablock system formulated with lightening properties and powerful anti-aging ingredients to help inhibit melanin production.

Water, Coco-Betaine, Peg-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Polypropylene Terephthalate, Decyl Glucoside, Peg-150 Pentaerythrityl Tetrastearate, Castoryl Maleate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycol Distearate, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Phospholipids, Diacetyl Boldine, Aminoethylphosphinic Acid, Peg-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Glycerin, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract, Allantoin, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Peel Oil, Laureth-10, Cocamide Mea, Alcohol, Peg-12 Glyceryl Distearate, Lecithin, Tocopherol, Sodium Ascorbate, Glycolipids, Butylenes Glycol, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Sterols, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben

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.

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