Sheer Tint SPF 20
Although this tinted moisturizer includes an in-part zinc oxide sunscreen and comes in three sheer colors, the base formula contains pure lavender oil. Although it may smell soothing, lavender oil can be a skin irritant and a photosensitizer (Sources: Contact Dermatitis, August 1999, page 111; and Family Practice Notebook, www.fpnotebook.com/DER188.htm). Research also indicates that components of lavender, specifically linalool, can be cytotoxic, meaning that topical application causes skin-cell death (Source: Cell Proliferation, June 2004, pages 221–229). In addition, the fragrance constituents in lavender oil oxidize when exposed to air; this not only makes lavender oil a pro-oxidant, but also increases its irritancy on skin (Source: Contact Dermatitis, September 2008, pages 143–150). Lavender oil is a must to avoid if you care about the health of your skin. Other problematic fragrant oils are present, too, but we'll stop there!
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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