Wrinkle Revenge Lift & Replenish Serum
This water-based serum is a mixed bag. It’s great that it contains a high amount of sodium hyaluronate (the salt form of hyaluronic acid) polymer and skin-repairing glycerin, but the rest of the formula is truly disappointing for the money. The amount of alcohol is not cause for concern, but what’s troublesome is that the antioxidants this contains are listed after the alcohol and the preservative (phenoxyethanol).
The sodium hydluronate crosspolymer ingredients helps make skin feel a bit tighter and look smoother but it cannot lift sagging skin and cannot “fill” wrinkles from the inside out. Doing that require dermal fillers injected into skin, and this serum is in no way a reliable replacement for hyaluronic acid-based fillers (any cosmetic dermatologist experienced with how fillers work would agree).
This ends up being another case of a doctor-designed anti-aging serum whose over-the-top claims make it not different than numerous other products that over-promise and under-deliver.
This serum rapidly infuses advanced moisture-binding ingredients to rescue skin from the visible signs of aging and replenish youthful volume from the inside out. Multiple antioxidants offer protection against environmental damage. Use to smooth away facial wrinkles and folds, correct sagging skin and exaggerated smile lines, restore skin suppleness, and prevent the formation of new lines and wrinkles.
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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