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Dermalogica

Ultracalming Serum Concentrate

1.70 fl. oz. for $ 55.00
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This water-based serum contains some skin-silkening and -repairing ingredients that anyone with a compromised skin barrier needs, sensitive or not. The formula also includes some plant-based antioxidants and soothing agents.

But, despite this good news, Dermalogica missed the opportunity to make this a truly effective product for sensitive skin because they included a problematic plant extract along with fragrance chemicals and, believe it or not, the irritant sage oil. Although sage oil has some beneficial properties, they are countered by several problematic components of the plant, including camphor, which is one of the must-avoid ingredients for all skin types because of the irritation it causes, and we know that irritation causes collagen to break down, impairs healing, and increases redness.

Far from being ultra-calming, this serum is a mistake for anyone with sensitive, reddened skin. Please refer to our list of Best Sensitive Skin Products for exemplary serums and other soothing products.

Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: No

This advanced formula contains exclusive UltraCalming complex to reduce sensitivity, redness and irritation. Clinical studies have shown that this high-performing serum yields up to 30% reduction in redness, allowing you to enjoy comfortable, calm skin.

Water/Aqua/Eau, Glycerin, Cyclomethicone, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, Dimethicone, Behenyl Alcohol, Butylene Glycol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Ophiopogon Japonicas Root Extract, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Coco-Glucoside, Acetyl Tetrapeptide-15, Pentylene Glycol, Hydroxyphenyl Propamidobenzoic Acid, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Bisabolol, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Extract, Boerhavia Diffusa Root Extract, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Phytosterols, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Extract, Decyl Glucoside, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Oil, Sodium Hyaluronate, Polysorbate 60, Limonene, Linalool.

Dermalogica At-A-Glance

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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