Just like most cosmetics companies that espouse their products’ natural content, MyChelle has to offer products that claim to work like Botox (oddly Botox is indeed natural, as it is derived from a bacteria, and bacteria is surely natural). The peptides in this water-based serum cannot replicate in any way what Botox can do for wrinkles and expression lines. At best, the peptides in here serve as water-binding agents and theoretically as cell-communicating ingredients, but none of them can prevent wrinkles. It is very disappointing that witch hazel water (which almost always contains alcohol, and that’s damaging for skin) is a main ingredient in this product and it also contains fragrant oils. Epidermal growth factors are on board, too, and that’s a risky ingredient to apply daily due to the unknown effect of using it on otherwise healthy, normal skin.
NoTox Anti-Wrinkle Serum is a treatment delivering five peptides supporting collagen and elastin production with ultimate nutrition for a healthy Epidermal, Dermal Junction (EDJ) and wrinkle defense.
Water, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Glycerin, Thermus Thermophilus Ferment, Pisum Sativum (Pea Peptide) Extract, Dextran, Acetyl Tetrapetide-2, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5, Hydrolyzed Myrtus Communis Leaf Extract, Withania Somnifera (Ashwagandha) Root Extract, Cereus Grandiflorus (Cactus) Flower Extract, Palmitoyl Tripeptide Diamino-Butyloylhydroxythreonine, Palmitoyl Dipeptide Diamino-Hydroxybutyrate, Epidermal Growth Factor (EGF), Brassica Campestris (Rapeseed) Seed Oil, Levisticum Officinale (Loveage) Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens (Geranium) Flower Oil, Xanthan Gum, Potassium Sorbate, Phenethyl Alcohol, Caprylyl Glycol, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract
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.