This moisturizer is nearly identical to MyChelle’s regular Deep Repair Cream, and it definitely contains fragrance in the form of phenethyl alcohol (which smells like roses) so the unscented claim is bogus. The same review applies: This moisturizer is far more ordinary than reparative. It contains some emollient ingredients that are helpful for dry skin and several of the plant extracts have great antioxidant potency.
Unfortunately, other components keep this moisturizer from doing much that’s positive for skin. The jar packaging won’t keep the antioxidants stable during use (see below), the inclusion of epidermal growth factor is a potential risk for skin due to the unknowns associated with daily application, and this contains fragrant oils and fragrance chemicals that are known irritants.
The fact that it’s packaged in a jar means the beneficial ingredients won't remain stable once it is opened. All plant extracts, vitamins, antioxidants, and other state-of-the-art ingredients break down in the presence of air, so once a jar is opened and lets the air in these important ingredients begin to deteriorate. Jars also are unsanitary because you’re dipping your fingers into them with each use, adding bacteria which further deteriorate the beneficial ingredients (Sources: Free Radical Biology and Medicine, September 2007, pages 818-829; Ageing Research Reviews, December 2007, pages 271-288; Dermatologic Therapy, September-October 2007, pages 314-321; International Journal of Pharmaceutics, June 12, 2005, pages 197-203; Pharmaceutical Development and Technology, January 2002, pages 1-32; International Society for Horticultural Science, www.actahort.org/members/showpdf?booknrarnr=778_5; Beautypackaging.com, and www.beautypackaging.com/articles/2007/03/airless-packaging.php).
Deep Repair Cream is an advanced nourishing cream providing exceptional extracts to improve and maintain moisture balance and radiance. Venucean, is from the deep sea of the Gulf of California, is rich in antioxidants and strengthens the skin’s resistance against aggression such as UV light. Kambuchka, is a black tea ferment that improves the skin’s quality and smoothness. Epidermal Growth Factor (EGF) assists skin healing and cellular repair.>/p>
Aqua (Water), Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (Coconut), Squalane (Olives), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Thermus Thermophilus Ferment (Venuceane™), Saccharomyces/Xylinum Black Tea Ferment (Kombuchka™), Cetearyl Olivate (Olive Oil), rh-Oligopeptide-1 (Epidermal Growth Factor), Lecithin, Sorbitan Olivate (Olive Oil), Ribes Nigrum (Black Currant) Seed Oil, Glycerin (Vegetable), Rosa Canina (Rose Hip) Fruit Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Levisticum Officinale (Loveage) Oil, Brassica Campestris (Rapeseed) Seed Oil, Lycium Barbarum (Goji Berry) Fruit Extract, Elaeis Guineensis (Palm) Oil (Tocomin®), Tocotrienols, Tocopherol (D-Alpha), Cetearyl Alcohol (Plant), Dimethicone (Mineral), Polysorbate 60 (Plant), Xanthan Gum (Fermented Sugar), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder, Allantoin (Comfrey), Hydroxethylcellulose (Plant), Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Phenethyl Alcohol (Rose), Caprylyl Glycol (Coconut), Citric Acid, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Alcohol Denatured (Grain), Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate
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.