There is nothing ultimate about this basic fragranced cleanser. It is a lotion-like water-soluble cleanser best for normal to dry skin, but it's not all that different from lots of other well-formulated cleansers we recommend. In other words, there's no need to splurge for this kit to get the cleanser, but if the rest of the kit appeals to you, the full-size (6 oz.) bottle of cleanser works well and removes makeup easily. Keep in mind, however, that it is unlikely to last for 90 days as claimed, unless you dole it out in teeny amounts, and even then we're skeptical.
We're not sure what Derm Exclusive means by labeling this cleanser "nutrient-rich," as there are no nutrients (such as vitamins) in the product. Even if this did contain nutrients, their benefit to skin is minimal at best when added to a rinse-off product, which this is.
Note: Facial Cleanser is not part of any of the Derm Exclusive kits but may be purchased on its own. The club/auto-shipment price for this product is $17.
- Water-soluble formula cleanses gently.
- Soft lotion texture works well to remove makeup.
- To get this cleanser, you need to buy the 7-piece Ultimate Kit, and not every product in the kit is worth the cost.
- There are excellent water-soluble cleansers that sell for far less, and you don't have to buy six other products to get them.
This luxurious, nutrient-rich cleanser is completely free of harsh sulfates. So it won't strip skin of healthy, natural oilsit just washes away impurities.
Strengths: Complete ingredient lists available on the companys website; AHA exfoliants formulated in the correct pH range for efficacy; products packaged to keep the beneficial ingredients protected from degrading air and light; the sunscreen provides broad-spectrum protection; gentle cleanser.
Weaknesses: Expensive; confusing pricing structure; lip-plumping balm with sunscreen does not provide sufficient UVA protection and contains potent lip irritants; none of the products are equivalent to in-office cosmetic corrective or surgical proceduresthe claims are over the top and misleading.
Derm Exclusive is a small collection of anti-aging products from Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Dr. Andrew Ordon. You may have seen him on the television show The Doctors, where he's credited as their plastic surgery expert and co-host.
Derm Exclusive products are sold online or by phone. On their website, the products are arranged in kits ("Collections") ranging in cost from $39.95 for the 4 product Introductory Collection to $164.55 for the 7-piece Ultimate Collection. Once you've purchase a set, you then have the option to reorder products individuallybut first you must decide if you want to become a Derm Exclusive club member (which means you sign up for automatic shipments and enjoy a discount on reordering individual products) or if you prefer to pay the "regular" price and not sign up for the auto-replenishment club.
The kit and individual product pricing structure is among the most confusing we've ever come across for a mail-order line. Despite the headache of trying to figure it all out, we must acknowledge how helpful the customer service representatives at Derm Exclusive were. This is not a line with straightforward pricing, no matter which option you choose, and they were exceedingly patient.
The Ultimate Collection includes a well-formulated sunscreen, but only 1 ounce of it. Research shows conclusively that all sunscreens must be applied liberally to face, neck, and chest to achieve the SPF on the label. If you use this sunscreen as you shouldliberallythen it will be used up in less than one month, despite their claim that all of the products in the collection will last for 90 days. To us, claiming 1 ounce of sunscreen will last 90 days is unconscionable. Generally, the size of each product from Derm Exclusive is on the small side, but, as mentioned, you can reorder some of the products individually if you call the company.
The line is represented with pictures of a stunning, though clearly "Photoshopped," picture of actress Minnie Driver's smooth and flawless skin. While we admire Ms. Driver's work (she is an amazingly talented woman), her endorsement of this product line is far less than what we expected of her.
Despite his profession, Dr. Ordon feels, as he should, that for some people, plastic surgery isn't the answer. As the rest of his story goes, he began looking for skin-care alternatives to surgery. In time, he discovered and decided to align himself with the Derm Exclusive brand and their "instant results" technology. This technology is built around four peptides meant to work their magic without needles, scalpels, lasers, or downtime. That sounds great, but here's the catch: There's no substantiated research, or any research of any kind that you can get from the company, proving that any peptide or peptide blend works in any manner akin to cosmetic corrective procedures that a doctor can perform. From almost any perspective, it's sheer nonsense, but obviously not to Dr. Ordon.
Dr. Ordon steps beyond medical reality with his claim that "Now you can see the same instant age-reversing results as the patients who come into my Beverly Hills office, without surgery or invasive techniques." That's the tempting hook that has so many curious about these products, but it's about as disingenuous as it gets in the world of doctor-fronted skin care.
Believe us when we say that plastic surgeons and dermatologists who perform cosmetic corrective procedures are not going out of business because of products from Derm Exclusive! Even Dr. Ordon hasn't closed his practice.
Just to clarifyskin care is important to keep your skin looking its healthy, youthful best, but any plastic surgeon or dermatologist who's being honest about the abundant research on skin-care and medical procedures would have to admit that the best approach to younger, smoother, firmer skin is a balance of skin care with cosmetic corrective procedures and, possibly, cosmetic surgery. Skin care alone does not cut it if you want to address signs of aging such as sagging, volume loss, and deep wrinkles.
In short, Derm Exclusive isn't the non-surgical instant miracle it's made out to be. Dr. Ordon's Derm Exclusive line ends up being more hype (and we mean a load of hype) than substance, and a far cry from what's possible with in-office cosmetic corrective or surgical procedures.
For more information about Derm Exclusive, call 866-482-6401 or visit www.beachbody.com.
Note: All prices listed are the regular, single-item price. We have indicated the product's club/auto-shipment price in the review itself.
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