Wondering if you need to "precleanse"? Most of us don't need to take the extra step of using such products (which tend to be oil- or silicone-based) as your regular facial cleanser should be up for the task. But if you routinely apply long-wearing makeup or SPF products, pre-cleansing may be a good idea—but not with these wipes!
Precleanse Wipes contain a potent mix of volatile fragrant plant oils, including citrus, eucalyptus, lavender and menthol (to name a few). See More Info for additional details on fragrance in skin care—particularly why you should be wary of formulas containing an abundance of these types of ingredients.
While fragrance-free is best, we are generally more lenient on fragrances in cleansers as they have such a brief contact with skin before they are rinsed down the drain. However, a few of the essential oils present in the Precleanse Wipes are particularly problematic for their potential to irritate skin. As Dermalogica recommends that these wipes be used for the eye area as well as the face, you risk getting ingredients such as eucalyptus or lavender oils into your eyes. Ouch!
Using a bit of non-fragrant oil to emulsify your makeup and sunscreen, then washing it all off with your regular cleanser would work just as well as a formula like the Precleanse Wipes—minus the strong potential for irritation and the extra cost.
- Contains several fragrant plant oils.
- Potent irritants, like eucalyptus and lavender oil, make this problematic for use around the eye area (as Dermalogica recommends you use them).
Irritation from Fragrance and Fragrant Oils: 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).
Lavender Oil: Research indicates that components of lavender, specifically linalool, can be cytotoxic, which means that topical application causes skin-cell death (Source: Cell Proliferation, June 2004, pages 221–229). Lavender leaves contain camphor, which is a known skin irritant. Because the fragrance constituents in lavender oil oxidize when exposed to air, lavender oil is a pro-oxidant, and this enhanced oxidation increases its irritancy on skin (Source: Contact Dermatitis, September 2008, pages 143–150). Lavender oil is the most potent form, and even small amounts of it (0.25% or less) are problematic. Although it's fine as an aromatherapy agent for inhalation or relaxation, it is a must to avoid in skin-care products. (Sources: Psychiatry Research, February 2007, pages 89–96; and www.naturaldatabase.com).
Achieve ultra clean and healthy skin on the go with the Double Cleanse regimen that begins with PreCleanse. Each biodegradable wipe melts away layers of excess sebum (oil), sunscreen, waterproof make-up, pollutants and products.
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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