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.
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.
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)
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.