Map-15 Regenerator ranks as one of the few Dermalogica products that does not assault skin with irritating fragrant oils. That’s a plus, and there is every reason (other than the price, that is) to consider this an excellent way to treat your skin to the benefits of stabilized vitamin C. The “Map” in this product’s name stands for magnesium ascorbyl phosphate, a form of vitamin C that research has shown to be beneficial for skin (Sources: Skin Research Technology, August 2008, pages 376-380; Photochemistry and Photobiology, June 1998, pages 669–675; and Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis, March 1997, pages 795–801).
The amount of vitamin C in this product means it has skin-lightening ability, so it can be effective for dark spots and uneven skin tone. The silicone-enhanced, powder-to-lotion texture is unique, and skin is also treated to some good water-binding agents and additional antioxidants, all without a hint of fragrance. This does not contain hyaluronic acid as claimed; rather, it contains the salt form (sodium hyaluronate) of this ingredient. That’s fine, but the company shouldn’t call out an ingredient that isn’t used in its pure form. Map-15 Regenerator is suitable for all skin types, but those with rosacea may not be able to tolerate the amount of vitamin C it contains.
This revolutionary powder-to-emulsion technology delivers the highest concentration of Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (MAP) directly into the skin to help dramatically improve skin firmness and clarity. Our highly-effective form of Vitamin C works with a blend of White Tea, Hyaluronic Acid, Glucosamine, Phospholipids, Algae and Yeast extracts to help stimulate collagen production, brighten skin tone, and neutralize free radicals to dramatically increase hydration, firmness and elasticity while helping to prevent the signs of aging caused by Advanced Glycation End-products (AGEs a damaged by-product of sugar/protein reactions in the skin). Contains no artificial fragrance or color.
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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