This is a very good sunscreen that includes zinc oxide for sufficient UVA protection (among other sunscreen actives). The iron-encapsulating chelating claims made for the product are discussed in detail in the review of this brand’s Powerful Sun Protection SPF 30 Sunscreen Lotion, but suffice to say, this isn’t a special feature worth seeking out (though it’s certainly not harmful, either). This water-resistant sunscreen is great for normal to dry skin not prone to blemishes, and contains some unique antioxidants to help boost skin’s environmental defenses, and it’s fragrance-free.
Powerful Sun Protection SPF 45 Sunscreen Cream is a broad-spectrum physical sunscreen that protects against the sun’s harmful UVA/UVB rays and is the only sunscreen that contains an Iron-encapsulating Chelator. This Chelator removes Iron residue left on the skin by tap water and perspiration, which helps in skin cancer prevention and promotes healthy skin. This multi-functional product protects, prevents aging, moisturizes and promotes collagen growth. While SPF 30 is recommended for everyday use, Powerful Sun Protection SPF 45 Sunscreen Cream is necessary for extreme and prolonged exposure. Unlike sunscreens that leave behind a heavy, white residue this very water resistant, oil-free formula quickly absorbs into the skin and dries clean and clear. It retains SPF protection after 80 minutes of perspiration or activity in the water and will not sweat off, making it ideal for individuals with extremely active lifestyles, including sports enthusiasts.
Active: Octinoxate (7.5%), Octisalate (4%), Oxybenzone (4%), Zinc Oxide (4.36%), Other: Water, VP/Eicosene Copolymer, Ceteth-20, Sorbitan Stearate, Butylene Glycol, C30-45 Alkyl Methicone, Octyldodecyl Neopentanoate, Phenethyl Benzoate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Sodium Acrylate/Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Dimethicone, Glyceryl Stearate, Isononyl Isononanoate, Solanum Lycopersicum (Tomato) Extract, Vaccinium Angustifolium (Blueberry) Fruit Extract, Glycerin, Isohexadecane, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Pentasodium Pentetate, Disodium EDTA, Tetrasodium EDTA, Phytic Acid, Potassium Citrate, Potassium Gluconate, Polysorbate 80, Cetearyl Alcohol, Ceteareth-20, Phenoxyethanol, Benzoic Acid, Dehydroacetic Acid.
As you may have gleaned from the name, dermatologist Dr. Dennis Gross created this skin-care line. Based in New York City, he claims that all of his products provide "maximum results without side effects," a statement any doctor should know better than to make. For instance, a consumer would logically assume, especially coming from a doctor, that "maximum results" means the products in question really will firm, lift, tighten, plump, or peel the skin. But Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare products don't provide maximum results, not in the least, and definitely not in any of the ways suggested by the marketing copy. In fact, although Gross includes some very impressive ingredients in his products, they cannot make good on the most enticing claims he makes for them.
As for the promise of "no side effects," that is easily refuted with a simple overview of his underachieving products. A quick summary: lavender oil can cause skin-cell death, sulfur is extremely irritating and drying to skin, ascorbic acid can be sensitizing, as can retinol, and the synthetic active sunscreen agents he uses can also present their share of problems. That's not to say that all of these ingredients are bad for skin (only the sulfur and lavender oil qualify for that description), but it's foolish to make a blanket statement that your cosmeceutical-type products are free of side effects. How could he possibly know what a person may react to?
Gross also asserts that he uses cutting-edge technology in his products, a point which I concede given the number of superior moisturizers and serums he offers, all of which compete nicely with other well-formulated products. His products are expensive, but if you're going to spend a lot of money on skin-care products, you should be purchasing state-of-the-art formulas, and these do rate. Of course, this technology (read: efficacious ingredients) doesn't extend to every Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare product, but overall this is one line whose formulas have improved considerably since the previous edition of this book, and that is excellent news!
Several of the products in this line contain emu oil. While there is research indicating that emu oil is a good emollient that can help heal skin, it is not that different from other oils that offer the same benefit, such as grape or olive or even mineral oil for that matter (Source: Australasian Journal of Dermatology, August 1996, pages 159–161).
Last, please ignore the tired claim that these products are your alternative to surgical procedures and that they use medical-grade ingredients. Concerning the latter, there is no such thing; Gross uses the same cosmetic and over-the-counter active ingredients found throughout the cosmetics industry. And although his line offers some remarkable products, none of them can provide results equivalent to Botox, dermal fillers, chemical peels, or laser treatments (and definitely not a face-lift).
Note: Unless mentioned otherwise, all MD Skincare products are fragrance-free.
For more information about Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare, call (888) 830-7546 or visit the Web site at www.dgskincare.com.
NOTE: In Spring 2010, MD Skincare became Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare.