Hyaluronic Marine Collagen Lip Cushion
Hyaluronic Marine Collagen Lip Cushion from Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare has an overall impressive formula but it missed getting our top rating due to a single ingredient. We also must mention that the claims stretch the boundaries of what’s really possible, but that doesn’t keep us from praising what’s great about this lip moisturizer.
Notice we wrote “lip moisturizer” and not “lip balm”, and that’s because this opaque squeeze tube-packaged product isn’t balm-like in either appearance or feeling. Instead, it’s a silky gel-cream whose comfortable, ergonomic applicator lets it glide over lips, following every contour.
We love that this feels hydrating without being greasy, occlusive, or too slick. The hydrating, slightly glossy finish is very smooth, yet when it comes to moisturizing this has good staying power: hours later we still felt a protective veil of moisture even though we originally thought it would wear away fast.
As for the claims, despite some good anti-aging ingredients (like non-fragrant plant oils, amino acids, peptides, and sodium hyaluronate) this lip moisturizer cannot strengthen the lip border, at least not in the sense that lines around the mouth go away or the mouth’s border becomes plump, both of which are strongly implied.
What this can do, besides moisturize dry lips, is temporarily cosmetically fill in and smooth lines on lips and around the mouth; however, keep in mind if you plan to apply lipstick over this the oils won’t keep color from migrating into lines around the mouth (the brand does mention using this under lipstick on their web site and on the product box).
Our disappointment in this product comes from the inclusion of orange oil. Like all citrus oils, orange poses a risk of irritating lips and making them more sensitive to sunlight. On the upside, the amount of it in this product is low enough that the citrus scent is barely detectable. This lessens but doesn’t eliminate the risk of irritation-- fragrance-free is always better.
In the end, there’s far more to love than loathe about Hyaluronic Marine Collagen Lip Cushion. If nothing else, it’s a creative, well-formulated twist on standard lip balms.
- Comfortable, ergonomic applicator.
- Feels hydrating without being greasy or occlusive.
- The smooth, moisturized feeling lasts longer than you might expect.
- Temporarily smooths and softly fills in lines on and around lips.
- Fragrant orange oil can irritate lips.
- Doesn’t define or strengthen lip’s border as claimed.
Hyaluronic Marine™ Collagen Lip Cushion rejuvenates lip surface, defines and strengthens lip border and locks in hydration to provide lasting moisture to dehydrated and damaged lips. Loaded with hyaluronic acid, marine algae, VoluMax Complex, and antioxidants, this cushiony formula smooths the look of fine lines; reinvigorates lip plumpness, definition and structure; and revives lips' natural hue. Experience beautifully transformed, kissable lips in days.
Dr. Dennis GrossSkincare At-A-Glance
Strengths: Almost all of the products are fragrance-free; several serums and moisturizers contain a brilliant assortment of beneficial skin-care ingredients; all of the sunscreens contain sufficient UVA protection; almost all of the antioxidant-rich products are packaged to ensure stability and potency.
Weaknesses: Expensive; no effective AHA or BHA products (including the at-home peel the line is "known" for); problematic toner; incomplete selection of products to treat acne, and whats available is more irritating than helpful; a few "why bother?" products.
As you may have gleaned from the name, dermatologist Dr. Dennis Gross created this skin-care line. Based in New York City, he claims that all of his products provide "maximum results without side effects," a statement any doctor should know better than to make. For instance, a consumer would logically assume, especially coming from a doctor, that "maximum results" means the products in question really will firm, lift, tighten, plump, or peel the skin. ButDr. Dennis GrossSkincare products don't provide maximum results, not in the least, and definitely not in any of the ways suggested by the marketing copy. In fact, although Gross includes some very impressive ingredients in his products, they cannot make good on the most enticing claims he makes for them.
As for the promise of "no side effects," that is easily refuted with a simple overview of his underachieving products. A quick summary: lavender oil can cause skin-cell death, sulfur is extremely irritating and drying to skin, ascorbic acid can be sensitizing, as can retinol, and the synthetic active sunscreen agents he uses can also present their share of problems. That's not to say that all of these ingredients are bad for skin (only the sulfur and lavender oil qualify for that description), but it's foolish to make a blanket statement that your cosmeceutical-type products are free of side effects. How could he possibly know what a person may react to?
Gross also asserts that he uses cutting-edge technology in his products, a point which I concede given the number of superior moisturizers and serums he offers, all of which compete nicely with other well-formulated products. His products are expensive, but if you're going to spend a lot of money on skin-care products, you should be purchasing state-of-the-art formulas, and these do rate. Of course, this technology (read: efficacious ingredients) doesn't extend to everyDr. Dennis GrossSkincare product, but overall this is one line whose formulas have improved considerably since the previous edition of this book, and that is excellent news!
Several of the products in this line contain emu oil. While there is research indicating that emu oil is a good emollient that can help heal skin, it is not that different from other oils that offer the same benefit, such as grape or olive or even mineral oil for that matter (Source: Australasian Journal of Dermatology, August 1996, pages 159161).
Last, please ignore the tired claim that these products are your alternative to surgical procedures and that they use medical-grade ingredients. Concerning the latter, there is no such thing; Gross uses the same cosmetic and over-the-counter active ingredients found throughout the cosmetics industry. And although his line offers some remarkable products, none of them can provide results equivalent to Botox, dermal fillers, chemical peels, or laser treatments (and definitely not a face-lift).
Note: Unless mentioned otherwise, all MD Skincare products are fragrance-free.
For more information about Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare, call (888) 830-7546 or visit the Web site at www.dgskincare.com.
NOTE: In Spring 2010, MD Skincare became Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare.
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