Kakadu-C High Potency Evening Oil
Fragrance-free facial oils are hard to come by; most brands offer fragrance-forward oils and while those can smell wonderful, the high amount of fragrance doesn't do skin any favors. Enter Kakadu-C High Potency Evening Oil, which not only provides an impressive mix of antioxidant-rich, non-fragrant plant oils, it also delivers a healthy dose of 20% vitamin C (as tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate) plus vitamin E (tocopherol acetate) and a derivative of antioxidant ferulic acid, all in packaging that keeps these delicate ingredients stable during use.
Best for dry skin but a potential option for all skin types with dry areas, this facial oil/vitamin C hybrid will smooth, soften, and brighten a dull skin tone—and just might also help lighten dark spots. You can also apply this around the eyes, where it could prove helpful for lightening non-genetic dark circles, too. All told, it's one of the better products from DERMAdoctor, and well worth considering.
- Very good mix of replenishing oils + vitamin C.
- All of the plant oils provide antioxidant benefits.
- Helps brighten dull skin tone.
- Potentially effective for brown spots.
- Packaged to protect the delicate ingredients from light and air exposure.
- Fragrance free.
Luxurious and lightweight, this high potency anti-aging evening elixir absorbs quickly to help nourish, hydrate, and renew skin challenged by the impact of free radical damage while you sleep. It is fortified with an intensive dose of five complexion brightening vitamin C sources to help soften and smooth the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. This luxe concentrate is further enriched with must-have ferulic acid and vitamin E esters.
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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