Power Rich is an obscenely expensive product that is little more than a moisturizer packaged to resemble a highly specialized treatment. As far as moisturizer formularies go, this is pretty standard, which is really embarrassing given the sky-high price. Dermalogica and countless other cosmetic companies sell equivalent or better moisturizers for a fraction of what this costs, and there is no legitimate reason the price needs to be so high (or that products priced as this one is are automatically better or more powerful for your skin).
Power Rich has a notably silky, slightly spackle-like texture and contains several ingredients of benefit for those with dry skin (the company mentions this being great for mature skin but “mature” is not a skin type) but it contains some potent irritants, too. Regardless of your age or concerns, no one’s skin should be subjected to ginger, grapefruit, and jasmine oils. All of these fragrant plans oils contain volatile constituents capable of causing skin irritation—and none of them are proven to benefit skin that has lost its firmness or elasticity (Source: www.naturaldatabase.com). If anything, daily use of this product may lead to collagen breakdown, which isn’t what you want if your goal is to look younger, longer.
This powerful treatment formula was designed to restore firmness, elasticity and hydration to dry, devitalized, mature and prematurely aging skin. It provides vitamins, nutrients and moisture to reduce the appearance of fine lines while encouraging a plump, supple tone and texture. The complexion becomes firmer, smoother and more supple with a uniquely youthful tone, texture and vibrancy.
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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