This is a very good daytime moisturizer with sunscreen. Its sole active ingredient is zinc oxide, so it provides gentle, broad-spectrum protection suitable for sensitive skin, including those with rosacea. The creamy texture is best for normal to dry skin (it can feel too rich for combination or oily skin) and the fragrance-free formula contains a truly impressive range of soothing, anti-inflammatory ingredients.
With all of that positive news, why the average rating? Jar packaging. This type of packaging not only presents a hygiene risk, but it exposes delicate ingredients to degrading light and air each time its opened. What a shame! In better packaging (such as an opaque squeeze tube or bottle with a pump) this would earn our highest recommendation.
Nourishing ingredients combine with Zinc Oxide to hydrate and protect in one step!
Active Ingredient: Zinc Oxide 7%, Inactive Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Caprylic/ Capric Triglyceride, Zinc Oxide, Glycerin, Cetearyl Olivate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Sorbitan Olivate, Squalane, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil, Gluconolactone, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil*, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Populus Tremuloides Bark Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate (D-alpha), Beta-Glucan (D), Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Tocotrienols, Elaeis Guineensis(Palm) Oil, Tocopherol (D-alpha), Glyceryl Isostearate, Tetrahydrodiferuloylmethane, Tetrahydrobisdemethoxydiferuloylmethane, Tetrahydrodemethoxydiferuloylmethane, Astaxanthin, Phytic Acid, Xanthan Gum, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Alcohol Denatured, Potassium Sorbate, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Carbomer, Sodium Benzoate
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.