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MyChelle Dermaceuticals
Ultra Hyaluronic Hydrating Serum
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1 fl. oz. for $44.25
Category:Skin Care > Serums > Serums
Last Updated:03.03.2014
Jar Packaging:False
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Tested on animals:No
Overview

This water-based serum is one of the few well-formulated MyChelle products. Fragrant geranium oil is the only real problem, but the amount is probably not enough to be of concern. It does contain some very good skin-identical and cell-communicating ingredients, but it’s short on significant antioxidants. Regrettably, the formula leaves out many of the state-of-the-art ingredients that show up in other MyChelle products, which is disappointing because this could have been a great formula instead of just good. The tiny amounts of alcohol denatured and witch hazel are not cause for concern.

Claims

Sodium Hyaluronate strengthens collagen to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and over thinning. Used daily, it increases the skins natural water reservoir to protect against aging associated with dehydration.

Ingredients

Aqua (Water), Glycerin (Vegetable), Sodium Hyaluronate (L) (Sugar), Sodium PCA (Amino Acid), Squalane (Olive), Honey, Phospholipids (Plant Fatty Acid), Sphingolipids (Plant Fatty Acid), Rosa Canina (Rose Hip) Seed Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder, Pelargonium Graveolens (Geranium) Flower Oil, Arginine (L) (Amino Acid), Fructooligosaccharides (D-beta) (NutraFlora®), Allantoin (Comfrey Root), Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Alcohol Denatured (Grain), Citric Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Phenethyl Alcohol (Rose), Caprylyl Glycol (Coconut), Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate (Green & Biodegradable)

Brand Overview

MyChelle At-A-Glance

Strengths: MyChelle provides complete ingredient lists on their Web site; one good sunscreen for sensitive skin; sheer coverage stick foundation for dry skin.

Weaknesses: A natural product line that overemphasizes what their products don't contain yet offers no conclusive proof that their list of allegedly bad ingredients is harmful; almost every product contains one or more irritating ingredients (most notably lavender oil); ineffective routines for improving acne and skin discolorations; only one sunscreen and no facial sunscreen is recommended for any of the daytime routines; no pH-correct AHA or BHA products; jar packaging; most of the makeup is difficult to blend due to its high wax and oil content; no makeup options for oily or blemish-prone skin.

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.

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Sunday, March 02, 2014
ingredient change?

Based on Paula's "good" review, I went to find this serum. It's a little pricey - about $42 for 1 oz. I was considering it, and stopped to read ingredients. I was surprised to find both denatured alcohol and witch hazel. I believe both of those are 'No-no's", so I took a pass. I see the product was last reviewed end of 2012, so perhaps ingredients have changed since then. By the way, it had a pleasant, delicate scent. Dried to a satin matte finish.

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Replied on: Monday, March 03, 2014

Thanks for your review! The ingredient list and price for this serum have been updated; our rating stands as is, due to the low levle of problematic ingredients.

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