Active Moist is said to be a best-seller for Dermalogica, but that doesn't mean it's a brilliant product. The fragrant formula contains several irritating plant extracts including lavender, ivy, sage, lemon, and arnica. All of these are problematic ingredients for skin. This is otherwise a very bland, lightweight moisturizer lacking any state-of-the-art ingredients to justify its price. Note that this contains the sunscreen ingredient ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate which, when combined with the irritating plant extracts, increases the likelihood of stinging and burning when applied near the eyes. Unfortunately, this product tends to be “active” in all the wrong ways! The tiny amount of proven beneficial ingredients it contains is too little, too late.
A lightweight, oil-free lotion for daily moisture protection to actively combat surface dehydration. This sheer, easy-to-apply formula contains Silk Amino Acids and a unique combination of plant extracts to help smooth and improve the skin's texture.
According to company history, Dermalogica products came into being because founder Jane Wurwand could not find a spa-oriented skin-care line that met her criteria. She was dismayed that so many skincare lines aimed at the aesthetics market had products that contained alcohol, artificial colors, fragrance, mineral oil, and lanolin, ingredients he believed had a well-documented history of problems. That's true for fragrance and alcohol (and artificial colors to a lesser extent), but mineral oil and lanolin have no documented history of causing skin problems.
The line is positioned as a no-nonsense, no frills take on skincare, with clinically-inspired packaging that does protect its beneficial ingredients from light and air. Speaking of ingredients, Dermalogica does include a lot of beneficial ones in its skincare, though there are a number of formulas in the line that also make the misstep of including potentially-irritating fragrance ingredients.
For more information about Dermalogica now owned by Unilever, call 1-800-345-2761 or visit www.dermalogica.com.
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