If you read the brand's description for Xtend Your Youth Face Cream, you'll see several mentions of all the antioxidant power it's supposed to have; look through the ingredients and you'll see a much different story! This didn't earn a good rating for two reasons: One, it lacks a powerhouse anti-aging formula to make good on its claims, and two, it includes some ingredients that should be left out due to their potential ability to irritate your skin.
This creamy moisturizer, which is best for normal to dry skin, does feel great because it contains beneficial emollients like sunflower and grape seed oil. Along with those emollients are some skin-identical ingredients, and yes, a few antioxidants (like grape seed oil and green tea extract). They're even packaged in a pump-style container that will protect them from light and air. This is not, however, an "antioxidant cream" as the brand claims. Aside from the ones mentioned, antioxidants are in surprisingly short supply here, especially considering the price!
Adding to the disappointment in this formula is the inclusion of clove flower extract, Rosa Damascena flower oil, and rose extract. They aren't present in huge amounts; still, all three contain chemical components such as eugenol that can pose a risk of skin irritation and allergic contact dermatitis (Toxicological Sciences, 2011, Herbal Medicines, 2007, p. 166, and Iranian Journal of Basic Medical Sciences, 2011).
Given the lack of a more potent anti-aging formula and the potential for irritation, we recommend giving this one a pass and considering instead one of the options on our list of Best Anti-Aging/Anti-Wrinkle Products.
This antioxidant-enriched moisturizer provides the skin with 12 hours of protection against free radicals and external aggressors, unveiling a luminous, healthy and youthful complexion. Formulated with Dr. Brandt’s revolutionary A3 power, a dynamic shield boosted with anti-oxidant, anti-aging and anti-stress ingredients. Day after day, skin is rehydrated, smoother, softer & more resistant to the signs of aging.
Water, Glycerin, Isohexadecane, Isopropyl Isostearate, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Dimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, Behenyl Alcohol, Sunflower Seed Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Stearic Acid, Stearyl Alcohol, Sodium Acrylates Copolymer, Sorbitol, PEG-100 Stearate, Dimethiconol, Clove Flower Extract, Cetyl Alcohol, Grape Seed Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Glucoside, Osmanthus Fragrans Flower Extract, Rosa Damascena Flower Oil, Grape Seed Extract, Rose Extract, C12-13 Pareth-3, Ammonium Polyacrylate, Xanthan Gum, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Wine Extract, Sucrose, Polyacrylamide, Butylene Glycol, Propanediol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Mineral Salts, Oleic Acid, Lecithin, Disodium EDTA, Aloe Vera Leaf Juice, Allantoin, Ceramide 3, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Shea Butter, Shorea Robusta Seed Butter, Palm Butter, Cocoa Seed Butter, Bassia Latifolia Seed Butter, Mango Seed Butter, Garcinia Indica Seed Butter, Shorea Stenoptera Seed Butter, Theobroma Grandiflorum Seed Butter, Astrocaryum Murumuru Seed Butter, Astrocaryum Tucuma Seed Butter, 1,2-Hexanediol, Oxothiazolidine, Sodium Hydroxide, Tocopheryl Acetate, Panthenol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Phospholipids, Carbomer, Laureth-7, Sodium Benzoate.
Dr. Brandt At-A-Glance
Strengths: Provides complete ingredient lists on the company website; a good daytime moisturizer with sunscreen.
Weaknesses: Expensive; overwhelming number of products that contain irritating ingredients with no established benefit for skin; no products to comprehensively address acne or oily skin; every Pores No More product is a disappointment; jar packaging; several products make claims on par with what cosmetic procedures (not skin care) can do.
The late Dr. Fredric Brandt (he passed away in April, 2015 at the age of 65) was a Miami- and New York City–based dermatologist whose claim to fame rested on two main points. The first (and it is a very important credibility factor for consumers) included the many celebrity clients worked with, while the second was his assertion that he performed more Botox and collagen injections than any other dermatologist in the world. According to Allergan, the company that makes Botox, they no longer rank the physicians who purchase Botox from them; however, they did confirm that Dr. Brandt was definitely one of their biggest buyers. Yet regardless of how much Botox or collagen Dr. Brandt or any other physician uses, what in the world does that have to do with cosmetic formulations? If anything, you have to wonder why Brandt was using so much Botox and collagen if his products truly fight wrinkles, sagging, and on and on.
Beyond Brandt's cosmetic enhancement procedures, he is the author of Age-less: The Definitive Guide to Botox, Collagen, Lasers, Peels, and Other Solutions for Flawless Skin. His book and skin-care line are competing against the vastly more popular books and product line from fellow dermatologist Dr. N.V. Perricone. Although Perricone's skin-care line has some drawbacks, including irritating ingredients and the lack of supporting research for his neuropeptide products, the majority of his products, though overpriced, have more pros than cons. Sadly, the same cannot be said for Dr. Brandt, whose namesake skin-care line is on the disappointing side, especially given the product's price points.
Brandt's products are sold with the tag line that they are "prescription strength, prescription-free," and "are formulated under dermatologic control for maximum safety and efficiency and offer the highest performance without a prescription." Aside from how unbelievable that assertion is, what is not mentioned is the fact that none of the ingredients in Brandt's products are comparable to prescription formulations. And what is "dermatologic control" anyway, given that there are no such standards anywhere in the world? Moreover, what do dermatologists know about the manufacturing of pharmaceuticals, much less cosmetics? The two arenas of expertise are completely unrelated.
Dr. Brandt positioned his products as clinically superior to what you would find in other cosmetics lines, an unproven assertion to say the least. Many of his products tout benefits that don't just stretch the truth, but snap it in two—and these fallacies were more disconcerting coming from an esteemed dermatologist. When products contain the problematic ingredients that are so pervasive in Brandt's line, such as irritating plant extracts, drying detergent cleansing agents, and far too many products with skin cell-damaging lavender oil, it becomes nothing more than a line that should be approached with extreme caution.
The line does have a few bright spots: many of Brandt's products do contain significant amounts of antioxidants, though that certainly doesn't make his line unique because many other product lines do that, too. (Here it's fair to say that while no specific amounts have been established for any antioxidant that will ensure their effectiveness, the general consensus among researchers is that more antioxidants are better than less, and less is still better than none at all.) Unless you were a devoted patient of Dr. Brandt and would be racked with guilt for not purchasing his products while visiting for an appointment, there is no reason to seek out this disappointing line.
For more information about Dr. Brandt's products, call (800) 234-1066 or visit www.drbrandtskincare.com.
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