We're not going to dispute that this is, in fact, an advanced formula for dry skin. What’s not advanced is the jar packaging, which will lead to the light- and air-sensitive ingredients deteriorating shortly after you begin using this moisturizer.
The claims are mostly nonsense; for example, simply hydrating skin isn’t going to improve its firmness and the turmeric plant cannot completely protect skin from free-radical damage. It’s a good antioxidant, but not the one we should all be using to the exclusion of others. The claim of neutralizing 82% of free radicals is an in vitro claim, not an ongoing effect given skin’s continual exposure to the environment. Aside from the claims, this would have gotten a great recommendation if the packaging would help you get the good stuff delivered to your skin.
Hydrates to measurably improve skin firmness. The advanced formula contains a breakthrough Turmeric Complex to protect skin's surface from free radical damage and provide superior hydration to strengthen skin's moisture barrier. DDF Advanced Firming Cream helps reverse the appearance of aging, instantly firming and tightening skin for a radiant, younger-looking complexion. Neutralizes 82% of free radicals to minimize surface damage. Instantly firms and tightens. Fortifies skin's moisture barrier.
Water, Glycerin, Niacinamide, Isohexadecane, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Polyethylene, Dimethicone, Isopropyl Isostearate, Borago Officinalis Seed Oil, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, Panthenol, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Retinyl Propionate, Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-4, Copper Gluconate, Magnesium Aspartate, Zinc Gluconate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Allantoin, Butylene Glycol, Polyacrylamide, Stearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Behenyl Alcohol, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Titanium Dioxide, Benzyl Alcohol, Dimethiconol, DMDM Hydantoin, PEG-100 Stearate, Laureth-7, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Glucoside, Disodium EDTA, Citric Acid, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Phenoxyethanol
Strengths: Several good water-soluble cleansers; excellent Photo-Age sunscreens and every DDF sunscreen includes sufficient UVA-protecting ingredients; some truly state-of-the-art moisturizers and serums; a few good AHA and skin-lightening options; a good benzoyl peroxide topical disinfectant.
Weaknesses: Expensive; products designed for sensitive skin tend to contain one or more known problematic ingredients; several irritating products based on alcohol, menthol, or problematic plant extracts; more than a handful of average moisturizers, many in jar packaging.
This skin-care company's Web site has it right with the statement that "before the beauty world discovered dermatologic skincare brands, there was DDF." Launched in 1991, well before it became common practice for "known" dermatologists to create their own skin-care lines, pioneering dermatologist Dr. Howard Sobel began and is still behind this brand. This is a long-standing line that has the backing of a dermatologist (and later that of nutritional consultant Elaine Linker), so you would expect DDF to be just what the doctor ordered. In some respects, it is. However, more often than not, products from dermatologists are just as prone to outlandish claims, exorbitant prices, and use of unproven ingredients as products from any other cosmetics line. A founder's medical background isn't a guarantee that every product he or she creates will do exactly what it claims or even be sensibly formulated. In that sense, DDF falters more than it succeeds. Sobel's credibility for creating treatment-based skin-care products is diminished when inappropriate ingredients (alcohol, menthol, and others) are included in products positioned as prestige products with a medicinal slant. Still, there are some very impressive options available (particularly in the moisturizer and serum categories) that, price notwithstanding, are worthy of consideration.
It will be curious to see what the future holds for this line, as its ownership has recently changed hands. Consumer product giant Procter & Gamble bought DDF in 2007 to expand the line's global reach, but has since sold it to UK-based Designer Parfums. Designer Parfums says it intends to bring Dr. Sobel on board to play a larger role in the company's marketing and development of both current and future products. Sobel himself says he looks forward to "Playing an active role in rebuilding this brand." (Source: www.wwd.com) We'll have to see exactly what that means as DDF moves ahead!
For more information about DDF, call 1-800-818-9770 or visit www.ddfskincare.com/.
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