Although there is a lack of research that the peptide in this product will lighten skin discolorations (it might help but we'd prefer using more proven ingredients), this is, for the most part, an outstanding moisturizer for dry to very dry skin. It contains a copious amount of antioxidants (including some that rarely show up in other products), cell-communicating niacinamide, and skin-conditioning emollients. The only drawback (and the reason this is not a Best Product) is the inclusion of ylang ylang oil, listed by its Latin name Canaga odorata. Although the small amount present is not likely to cause irritation, it serves no purpose for skin and contains potentially irritating fragrance chemicals.
A nourishing, brightening overnight treatment to help minimize surface spots while conditioning and hydrating skin. Use nightly to help treat and prevent cellular lines and defend against environmental damage and moisture loss.
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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