Renewal Lip Complex
Renewal Lip Complex is a somewhat unconventional lip balm because it has a lighter texture than standard wax- or oil-based balms. Both of those substances (wax and oil) show up in Renewal Lip Complex (which is good because they help keep lips moist and have tenacity) along with vitamin E, emollients, plant oil, and some peptides. It is the peptides that Dermalogica claims are responsible for preventing signs of aging caused by AGEs, but there is no proof they can do this. We do not know yet whether applying small amounts of ingredients that inhibit AGEs in a petri dish or on cultured cells can do the same thing in a cosmetic product. Realistically, this balm will keep lips smooth and help prevent chapping, but that’s all you can legitimately rely on.
A sophisticated daily treatment with a patented polypeptide restores delicate tissue, minimizes contour lines and helps prevent the signs of aging caused by Advanced Glycation End-products (AGEs a damaging byproduct of sugar/protein reactions in the skin). Vitamin E fights damaging free radicals (Reactive Oxygen Species) while a moisturizing blend of Avocado Oil, combined with Shea and Cocoa Seed butters, quickly smoothes rough, uneven lips. Contains no artificial fragrance or color.
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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