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Dermalogica

Clear Start Oil Clearing Matte Moisturizer SPF 15

2.00 fl. oz. for $ 24.00
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Although the latest version of this lightweight, soft matte finish daytime moisturizer with sunscreen provides true broad-spectrum protection, the formula still contains high amounts of several irritating plant oils, and irritation increases oil production in the pore (see More Info for details).

This product has a great matte finish upon application, but it doesn't hold up as the day goes by.

Note: This product was formerly named Clean Start Welcome Matte SPF 15.

Pros:
  • Provides broad-spectrum sun protection.
  • Lightweight lotion sets to a soft matte finish.
Cons:
  • Formula contains an obnoxious amount of fragrant plant oils proven to irritate skin.
  • The matte finish doesn't last too long, and the irritants this contains are likely to make oily skin more of a problem.
  • So many irritating ingredient oils increases the chance of the sunscreen actives being sensitizing.
More Info:

Applying irritating ingredients to oily skin stimulates excess oil production at the base of the pores, so skin ends up being more oily and pores become (or stay) enlarged. If you want to see improvements in oily skin, the best approach is to treat your skin gently with effective products designed to absorb excess oil, exfoliate inside the pore, and help normalize pore function (Sources: Clinical Dermatology, September-October 2004, pages 360–366; and Dermatology, January 2003, pages 17–23).

Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: No

A moisturizer that minimizes oil and shine? Its true! This ultra-light, non-greasy hydrating formula controls oily areas like the nose and forehead for an all-over matte finish. SPF helps shield against the UV rays that can make breakouts worse and cause dark spots.

Active ingredients: Avobenzone 2.50%, Octinoxate 6.00%, Octisalate 5.00%, Oxybenzone, 4.00%. . Other ingredients: Water, Butylene Glycol, Cyclopentasiloxane, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Silica, Dimethyl Capramide, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Cariandrum Sativum (Coriander) Fruit Oil, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Flower Oil, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Elettaria Cardamomum Seed Oil, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil, Eugenia Caryophyllus (Clove) Leaf Oil, Lavandula Hybrida Oil, Salvia Sclarea (Clary) Oil, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Oil, Enantia Chlorantha Bark Extract, Arctium Lappa Root Extract, Arnica Montana Flower Extract, Betula Alba Bark Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Oleanolic Acid, Tocopherol, Cetearyl Phosphate, Stearic Acid, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Nylon-12, Xanthan Gum, Cetyl Alcohol, Aminomethyl Propanol, Sodium Benzoate, Disodium EDTA, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891).

Dermalogica At-A-Glance

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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