This water-soluble, highly fragrant cleansing gel contains ingredients known to inhibit melanin production (at least in vitro), but they’re of little use for skin discolorations when formulated in a cleanser because they are mostly rinsed down the drain. Although this could’ve been a very good cleanser for normal to oily skin, it contains citrus oils that may cause irritation and are definitely a problem if used in the eye area. Do we need to mention that this is not an all-natural cleanser and that the size is ridiculously small for the price?
Apple Brightening Cleanser is a sulfate-free cleanser designed to assist in skin brightening and gently exfoliate dead, hyperpigmented skin with natural apple fruit acids while powerful antioxidants protect against free radical damage.
Aqua (Water), Sodium Laurylglucosides Hydroxypropylsulfonate (Coconut/Palm), Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate (Coconut/Palm), Polyglyceryl-4 Caprate (Vegetable), Sodium Cocoyl Hydrolyzed Amaranth Protein, Bellis Perennis (Belides™) (Daisy) Flower Extract, Hibiscus Sabdariffa Flower Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract (Applephenon™), Euterpe Oleracea (Acai) Fruit Extract, Yogurt Extract, Lactic Acid (L) (Glucose), Gallic Acid (Plant), Yucca Schidigera Leaf/Root/Stem Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Polygonum Cuspidatum (Giant Knotweed/Resveratrol) Extract, Morus Alba (Mulberry) Bark Extract, Glucosamine HCI (D) (plant), Citrus Grandis (Red Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Fragrance/Parfum (Natural), Gluconolactone, Sodium Benzoate, Glycerin (Vegetable), Sodium Decylglucosides Hydroxypropylsulfonate (Coconut), Citric Acid
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.