Sound Sleep Cocoon Transformative Night Gel-Cream
You might get a restful night’s sleep from the calming scent of the lavender oil wafting from Dermalogica’s Sound Sleep Cocoon Transformative Night Gel-Cream, but your skin is bound to be irritated from nightly use of this problematic moisturizer.
Packaged in an airless jar that you pump to dispense product, we love this moisturizer’s super-hydrating gel-cream texture. The formula (for normal to dry skin) is laced with some interesting and lesser-known antioxidants, always a nice change of pace, and the packaging keeps these vulnerable ingredients stable during use.
Back to the lavender oil: it’s an issue for skin because research indicates that components of lavender oil, specifically linalool and linalyl acetate, can have damaging effects on skin in as low a concentration as 0.25%. Additionally, when exposed to air (which happens when you put in on skin, since we can’t escape air exposure) these components oxidize, meaning their potential for causing a reaction increases.
Dermalogica also includes other problematic plant oils (patchouli and sandalwood) in this moisturizer and although they each have some benefits for skin, too, there are plenty of plants that deliver only good things without risking exposure to the bad parts. You’ll find them on our list of the best moisturizers—all of which can do what this one can’t, which is “optimize nighttime recovery”. Skin cannot optimally recover when irritating ingredients are part of the mix.
- Super-hydrating gel-cream texture.
- Contains some uncommon but interesting antioxidants.
- Airless jar packaging keeps light- and air-sensitive ingredients stable during use.
- Potent scent of lavender oil is highly likely to irritate skin—even if you can’t see the damage.
- Contains other fragrant oils known to irritate skin.
- Doesn’t contain ingredients proven to “optimize nighttime recovery.”
Irritating Ingredients: We cannot stress this enough: Sensitizing, harsh, abrasive, and/or fragrant ingredients are bad for all skin types. Daily application of skincare products that contain these irritating ingredients is a major way we unwittingly do our skin a disservice!
Irritating ingredients are a problem because they can lead to visible problems, such as redness, rough skin, dull skin, dryness, increased oil production, and clogged pores, and they contribute to making signs of aging worse.
Switching to non-irritating, gentle skincare products can make all the difference in the world. Non-irritating products are those packed with beneficial ingredients that also replenish and soothe skin, without any volatile ingredients, such as those present in fragrance ingredients, whether natural or synthetic.
A surprising fact: Research has demonstrated that you do not need to see or feel the effects of irritants on your skin for your skin to be suffering, and visible damage may not become apparent for a long time. Don’t get lulled into thinking that if you don’t see or feel signs of irritation, everything is OK.
Generally, it’s best to eliminate, or minimize as much as possible, your exposure to ingredients that are known to irritate skin. There are many completely non-irritating products that contain effective ingredients, so there’s no reason to put your skin at risk with products that include ingredients research has shown can be a problem.
References for this information:
Journal of Dermatological Sciences, January 2015, pages 28–36
International Journal of Cosmetic Science, August 2014, pages 379–385
Clinical Dermatology, May-June 2012, pages 257–262
Aging, March 2012, pages 166–175
Chemical Immunology and Allergy, March 2012, pages 77–80
Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, June 2008, pages 124–135
Food and Chemical Toxicology, February 2008, pages 446–475
American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, 2003, pages 789–798
Revitalizing treatment gel-cream transforms skin overnight by optimizing nighttime skin recovery. Tamarind Seed Extract creates a nourishing cocoon of comfort for softer, more hydrated skin while encapsulated, motion-activated French Lavender Essential Oil (with Sandalwood and Patchouli) work all night to promote deep, restful sleep for healthier-looking skin by morning.
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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