This ultra-expensive product is nothing more than a gimmicky cleanser that adds AHAs and enzymes to the mix. You combine a small amount of cleansing powder with a liquid mixture that contains lactic acid and you then wash your face with it, rinsing after 2 or 3 minutes. Exfoliation will occur, too, but only if you leave it on your skin for several minutes, and that is not a good idea. There are many reasons not to leave this on your skin, including the fact that the product contains irritating grapefruit peel oil and detergent cleansing agents, which you should never leave on your skin any longer than necessary to cleanse because doing so is just too irritating and compromising to the skin’s barrier. Using a separate cleanser and a well-formulated, leave-on AHA product is not only less expensive, but also much better for your skin.
A potent, two-part powder-liquid system exfoliates to maximize the absorption of brightening treatments. The powder base of Vitamin C, Salicylic Acid, Papaya, antioxidant White Tea and Rice Extract activates when released into the liquid complex of Lactic Acid, Phytic Acid, Pumpkin and Lemon Extract to help dramatically smooth and brighten the skin. Dual-chamber delivery system ensures maximum potency and freshness upon activation for unsurpassed results.
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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