DD Eye Dermatologically Defining Eye Radiance Cream SPF 30
DERMAdoctor’s DD Eye Dermatologically Defining Eye Radiance Cream SPF 30 is a fragrance free daytime eye cream done right, providing numerous benefits without the missteps of many other eye-area products.
First, the packaging is spot-on. This comes in an opaque squeeze tube, which protects its delicate ingredients (like antioxidants) from light and air exposure so they remain stable longer.
Second, the texture strikes a good balance of being moisturizing without being too emollient, with a mousse-like cream texture that provides instant hydration and works well both under makeup and applied over other skin care products.
Now to the ingredients: This provides broad-spectrum SPF 30 with a mineral-only formula that’s appropriate for the delicate eye area (which can be sensitized from synthetic sunscreen actives). Since sun damage can be a cause of dark circles (not to mention wrinkles), we’re always happy to see an eye-area product that includes sunscreen.
The other ingredients are mostly non-fragrant plant-based emollients that also have antioxidant benefits, among them argan oil, rice bran, coconut oil, and jojoba. There’s also soothing aloe and a skin-replenishing ceramide in the mix. We should point out this also contains caffeine, which has antioxidant properties but in higher concentrations can be sensitizing. The amount included here though is not of concern.
As for the radiance part of the equation, that comes from mineral pigments including mica, which provide a cosmetic brightening effect.
The cream itself is a light salmon pink color (a color which can offset the appearance of under eye darkness). When blended in it’s barely perceptible, but if you have very fair or very deep skin, it will likely be apparent, so wearing concealer over this might be necessary (good news on this front – it won’t cause your concealer to crease).
Other than that, this is a good eye cream recommended for all skin types.
Note: The inactive ingredients are listed in alphabetical rather than descending order. Although this is acceptable due to sunscreen’s status in the United States as an over-the-counter drug, it isn’t as helpful to consumers as listing ingredients in descending order.
- Hydrating formula works well under makeup and over other skin care products.
- Includes mineral-only broad-spectrum SPF 30.
- Provides a cosmetic skin-brightening effect.
- Packaged to protect its beneficial ingredients.
- Fragrance free.
- Brightening salmon pink shade doesn’t quite work for all skin colors.
Eyeluminate your life! This multi-tasking 360 degree radiance booster instantly illuminates, blurs, brightens, smooths, hydrates, defends, protects and perfects your delicate eye area with a natural looking radiant finish.
Strengths: Company provides complete product ingredient lists on its Web site; well formulated AHA products; sunscreens provide critical broad-spectrum protection, good oil-control product; a couple of great, though pricey, cleansers.
Weaknesses: Expensive; mostly poor anti-acne products; anti-wrinkle products making imossible claims; clinical studies alluded to are not made available to the public (which is odd, given that this is a brand fronted by a dermatologist); some product formulas suffer due to jar packaging.
The DERMAdoctor line is the brainchild of Kansas City-based dermatologist Dr. Audrey Kunin. Dr. Kunin's Web site retails not only the DERMAdoctor brand but several products from other brands, many of which have ties to specific dermatologic concerns (everything from athlete's foot to warts). Many of these specialty products are available from your local drugstore, but Kunin's site provides helpful, mostly reliable information concerning various skin-care concerns.
We wish her own products followed the strength of her advice, but alas, most do not. This is another dermatologist-developed line with plenty of products whose names and claims make you think they're a cosmetic corrective procedure in a bottle (or, in some cases, a jar, which is never a good packaging move). There are some products to pay attention to, though whether you want to strongly consider them or not comes down to how much you feel comfortable spending (DERMAdoctor products aren't cheap).
DERMAdoctor isn't exactly "your prescription for beautiful skin" but Dr. Kunin gets enough right that her line isn't one to gloss over, particularly if you're shopping for sunscreens, AHA products, and facial cleansers. Those with acne should look elsewhere, because DERMAdoctor's products don't have the solution, despite their cute product names.
For more information about DERMAdoctor, call (877) 337-6237 or visit www.dermadoctor.com.
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