We would love to give this product a better rating. It is beautifully formulated, though the caffeine has no special benefit for the eye area, despite the association with waking someone up. Caffeine has anti-inflammatory benefits, but unless your undereye puffiness is caused by inflammation, you won’t see any relief from applying caffeine (and caffeine won’t improve dark circles).
The jar packaging is why this product isn’t rated higher. It wastes all the air-sensitive ingredients, including vitamin A and the peptides. It is also important to point out that the eye-area claim and the idea it requires a higher price tag is just silly; it doesn’t contain any special ingredients exclusively for skin around the eyes. I am a bit concerned that the preservative DMDM hydantoin (a formaldehyde-releasing ingredient) may be a problem, but the small amount used is likely not troublesome. This contains titanium dioxide and mica for a cosmetic brightening effect, but firming is just a joke, and again, the jar packaging renders it unacceptable.
Hydrates to firm the eye area for a lifted appearance. The advanced formula contains a breakthrough Turmeric Complex with glycerin and caffeine to provide protection from free radical damage and strengthen skin's moisture barrier. DDF Advanced Eye Firming Concentrate instantly reduces the appearance of wrinkles for a more youthful eye contour. Instantly firms for a lifted look. Reduces the look of puffiness and wrinkles. Hydrates to help restore youthful eye contour.
Water, Glycerin, Niacinamide, Isohexadecane, Dimethicone, Isopropyl Isostearate, Caffeine, Panthenol, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Retinyl Propionate, Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-4, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium PCA, Betaine, Sorbitol, Glycine, Alanine, Proline, Serine, Threonine, Arginine, Lysine, Glutamic Acid, Stearyl Alcohol, Polyacrylamide, Behenyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Petrolatum, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Benzyl Alcohol, Dimethiconol, PEG 100 Stearate, Dmdm Hydantoin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Glucoside, Laureth-7, Allantoin, Disodium EDTA, Butylene Glycol, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Titanium Dioxide, Mica, Silica
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-lightening 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, call 1-800-818-9770 or visit www.ddfskincare.com/.
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