Wrinkle Resist Plus Pore Minimizer Moisturizing Serum
You may recall that Procter & Gamble, the giant consumer goods company that owns the Olay brand, now also owns DDF. As we expected, DDF’s latest products are straight out of P&G’s Olay brand, and DDF is now offering a version of Olay’s Regenerist serums. The difference: you guessed it: Price! Whether you pay $80 for DDF’s serum or $20 for one from Olay, you’ll be getting a very good serum that treats skin to smoothing silicone, glycerin, cell-communicating ingredients (niacinamide and peptides), plus notable antioxidants. This pale peach-tinted version from DDF has pigments for a slight shimmery finish, but in our estimation that doesn’t make it worth considering over the considerably less expensive version from Olay (and Olay offers a fragrance-free version). Still, if you’re loyal to DDF, we can’t dispute that this is an impressive formula for normal to slightly dry or slightly oily skin, but then again, so is Olay’s. One more note: the fragrance of this DDF serum is identical to that of Pantene's latets shampoos and conditioners (Pantene is another P&G brand).
Instantly minimizes the look of pores while it exfoliates and hydrates to continually diminish the appearance of wrinkles. Immediate gratification with long-term results for younger, more flawless looking skin.
Strengths: Several good water-soluble cleansers; excellent Photo-Age sunscreens and every DDF sunscreen includes sufficient UVA-protecting ingredients; some truly state-of-the-art moisturizers and serums; a few good AHA and skin-brightening options; a good benzoyl peroxide topical disinfectant.
Weaknesses: Expensive; products designed for sensitive skin tend to contain one or more known problematic ingredients; several irritating products based on alcohol, menthol, or problematic plant extracts; more than a handful of average moisturizers, many in jar packaging.
This skin-care company's Web site has it right with the statement that "before the beauty world discovered dermatologic skincare brands, there was DDF." Launched in 1991, well before it became common practice for "known" dermatologists to create their own skin-care lines, pioneering dermatologist Dr. Howard Sobel began and is still behind this brand. This is a long-standing line that has the backing of a dermatologist (and later that of nutritional consultant Elaine Linker), so you would expect DDF to be just what the doctor ordered. In some respects, it is. However, more often than not, products from dermatologists are just as prone to outlandish claims, exorbitant prices, and use of unproven ingredients as products from any other cosmetics line. A founder's medical background isn't a guarantee that every product he or she creates will do exactly what it claims or even be sensibly formulated. In that sense, DDF falters more than it succeeds. Sobel's credibility for creating treatment-based skin-care products is diminished when inappropriate ingredients (alcohol, menthol, and others) are included in products positioned as prestige products with a medicinal slant. Still, there are some very impressive options available (particularly in the moisturizer and serum categories) that, price notwithstanding, are worthy of consideration.
It will be curious to see what the future holds for this line, as its ownership has recently changed hands. Consumer product giant Procter & Gamble bought DDF in 2007 to expand the line's global reach, but has since sold it to UK-based Designer Parfums. Designer Parfums says it intends to bring Dr. Sobel on board to play a larger role in the company's marketing and development of both current and future products. Sobel himself says he looks forward to "Playing an active role in rebuilding this brand." (Source: www.wwd.com) We'll have to see exactly what that means as DDF moves ahead!
For more information about DDF, call1-800-818-9770or visit www.ddfskincare.com/.
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