Although this water-based serum contains an impressive amount of the plant soothing agent willow herb among other really interesting ingredients, this serum also contains several fragrant plant oils that someone with sensitive skin should steer clear of at all costs. The claims this serum can detoxify skin is sheer myth; there is no proof there are toxins in skin in the first place, and certainly no evidence that they could be coaxed out by a skin-care product.
Capillary Calming Serum soothes and calms skin with Canadian willowherb, gotu kola and arnica, while totarol, spin trap, tocotrienols, and blue algae provide ultimate antioxidant protection. This skin calming formula soothes and relieves inflammation while strengthening the capillary walls to improve circulation and toxin removal. Relieves redness and irritability.
Aqua (Water), Epilobium Angustifolium (Canadian Willowherb™) Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Glycerin (Vegetable), Squalane (Olives), Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Montmorillonite (Clay Minerals), Folic Acid (B9), Centella Asiatica Meristem (Gotu Kola) Stem Cell Culture, Arnica Montana Flower Extract (Arnica Flower), Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Aphanizomenon Flos-Aquae Powder (Blue Green Algae), Cyanocobalamin (B12), Phenyl-N-Butyl Nitrone (Spin Trap), Elaeis Guineensis (Palm) Oil (Tocomin®), Tocotrienols, Tocopherol (D-Alpha), Totarol (SCO2 Totarol™), Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Oil, Cymbopogon Martini (Palmarosa) Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens (Geranium) Flower Oil, Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine) Oil, Rosa Damascena Flower Oil (Damaske Rose), Santalum Austrocaledonicum (Sandalwood) Oil, Potassium Sorbate, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Phytic Acid (Rice), Polysorbate 20 (Plant), Citric Acid (Fruit), Xanthan Gum (Fermented Sugar), Alcohol Denatured (Grain)
Colorado-based MyChelle is sold in many health food, specialty supplement and vitamin shops, and spas. It was started by Myra Michelle Eby, an entrepreneur whose background includes years working in the natural products industry. Eby's background was mostly in sales and she translated that talent into creating MyChelle.
Like many lines that heavily emphasize natural ingredients, MyChelle spurns synthetic ingredients as always being bad or toxic. The company's catalog provides an ingredient dictionary that glorifies every natural ingredient they use as having multiple benefits for skin, but it leaves out any of the negative research proving that many plant (i.e., natural) extracts can have a negative effect on skin. Once again consumers are being fed a pipe dream that a natural product is the answer to their skin-care concerns. Depending on the MyChelle product you choose, you could be putting your skin at considerable risk for irritation, free-radical damage, and potentially phototoxic reactions when skin is exposed to sunlight. As is often the case with new skin-care companies promising the world, MyChelle has over a dozen moisturizers and serums proclaiming their lifting antiwrinkle properties, but it sells only one sunscreen, which they identify as being for the body not the face. None of that adds up to great skin care.
Ironically, while MyChelle products have lots of missteps, many of the products also contain several proven beneficial ingredients for skin alongside the irritating ones. Antioxidants, retinol, peptides, and skin-identical ingredients are often included, but when these great ingredients are mixed with ingredients that cause irritation, destroy skin cells, and cause collagen breakdown, they are fighting an uphill battle to provide your skin with any benefit.
Please don't misunderstand: we're all for natural as long as it doesn't make matters worse for skin, but that's simply not the case with the majority of products in this line. As for the "Dermaceuticals" portion of the name, well, that's just one more meaningless marketing term to look past, as there is nothing dermatologic or pharmaceutical about any of these products.
For more information about MyChelle Dermaceuticals, call (800) 447-2076 or visit www.mychelle.com.