Overnight Repair Serum
Like many products from Dermalogica, this serum contains a litany of fragrant plant oils research has proven are problematic for skin (Source: www.naturaldatabase.com). Jasmine, rosewood, and lemon oils do not moisturize skin any more than a martini helps to rehydrate your body or quench your thirst!
Beyond those specific fragrant plant oils, it's nothing short of scream-inducing (with us doing the screaming) that women are offered products like this that are loaded with problematic ingredients. Ironically, the first two ingredients in this serum (safflower and argan oils) would've been much better on their own. After them, it's pretty much a "who's who" of problematic ingredients that won't repair anyone's skin or help it act younger. Please see our list of Best Serums for superior options—and check out More Info to learn why daily use of highly fragrant products is the wrong move for anyone's skin.
- The first two ingredients are good, non-fragrant plant oils for dry skin.
- Expensive considering most serums offer at least an ounce of product.
- Contains several fragrant plant oils known to be irritating.
- The called-out plant oils of lemon, etc. are not moisturizing.
Daily use of products that contain a high amount of fragrance, whether the fragrant ingredients are synthetic or natural, causes chronic irritation that can damage healthy collagen production, lead to or worsen dryness, and impair your skin's ability to heal. Fragrance-free is the best way to go for all skin types. If fragrance in your skin-care products is important to you, it should be a very low amount to minimize the risk to your skin (Sources: Inflammation Research, December 2008, pages 558–563; Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, June 2008, pages 124–135, and November-December 2000, pages 358–371; Journal of Investigative Dermatology, April 2008, pages 15–19; Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, March 2008, pages 78–82; Mechanisms of Ageing and Development, January 2007, pages 92–105; and British Journal of Dermatology, December 2005, pages S13–S22).
Dermalogica Age Smart Overnight Repair Serum hydrates, nourishes and restores the skin while you sleep to smooth fine lines and improve elasticity. Peptides increase collagen production and even your skin tone. Jasmine, rosewood and lemon oils moisturize and brighten the skin.
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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