Wrinkle Revenge Eye Balm
Given how packed with beneficial ingredients this eye cream for dry skin is, it’s really disappointing that jar packaging was chosen. All of the helpful ingredients you’re paying extra for (peptides and antioxidants) will see their potency lessened with the repeated exposure to light and air. In better packaging, this fragrance-free product would have earned a Best Product rating. One more comment: a main ingredient in this product is hesperidin methyl chalcone, which shows up in many skin-care products with claims that it can lighten dark circles, despite any solid research supporting its use for that purpose. It is tied to being able to correct causes of venous (blood flow) insufficiency, but studies examining that benefit have involved it being taken orally, not being applied topically to skin (Source: International Angiology, September 2003, pages 250–262). Even if this ingredient could affect blood flow topically, blood flow is not responsible for causing dark circles.
Wrinkle Revenge rescue & protect eye balm contains the most active generation of amino acid peptides, along with potent antioxidants white tea, pomegranate and grape seed extracts, as well as components to restore the ceramide barrier lost as skin ages. Hydration is restored without oiliness, inflammation is visibly decreased and dark circles fade. Elasticity is heightened and tone is reestablished.
Strengths: Company provides complete product ingredient lists on its Web site; well formulated AHA products; sunscreens provide critical broad-spectrum protection, good oil-control product; a couple of great, though pricey, cleansers.
Weaknesses: Expensive; mostly poor anti-acne products; anti-wrinkle products making imossible claims; clinical studies alluded to are not made available to the public (which is odd, given that this is a brand fronted by a dermatologist); some product formulas suffer due to jar packaging.
The DERMAdoctor line is the brainchild of Kansas City-based dermatologist Dr. Audrey Kunin. Dr. Kunin's Web site retails not only the DERMAdoctor brand but several products from other brands, many of which have ties to specific dermatologic concerns (everything from athlete's foot to warts). Many of these specialty products are available from your local drugstore, but Kunin's site provides helpful, mostly reliable information concerning various skin-care concerns.
We wish her own products followed the strength of her advice, but alas, most do not. This is another dermatologist-developed line with plenty of products whose names and claims make you think they're a cosmetic corrective procedure in a bottle (or, in some cases, a jar, which is never a good packaging move). There are some products to pay attention to, though whether you want to strongly consider them or not comes down to how much you feel comfortable spending (DERMAdoctor products aren't cheap).
DERMAdoctor isn't exactly "your prescription for beautiful skin" but Dr. Kunin gets enough right that her line isn't one to gloss over, particularly if you're shopping for sunscreens, AHA products, and facial cleansers. Those with acne should look elsewhere, because DERMAdoctor's products don't have the solution, despite their cute product names.
For more information about DERMAdoctor, call (877) 337-6237 or visit www.dermadoctor.com.
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