This is another Derm Exclusive product with AHA, this time glycolic acid all by itself. The water-based serum's pH is 4.7, though, so it's a bit above the borderline for effective exfoliation, and effective exfoliation is a benefit that definitely improves signs of aging. Although labeled a "serum," this has a light lotion texture best for normal to slightly dry or oily skin.
As mentioned, this doesn't have a traditional serum texture, but it feels light and contains a very good mix of antioxidants and skin-repairing ingredients, including some plant extracts that can help lighten dark spots. The inclusion of fragrance isn't welcome, though, and increases the chance that this product will cause irritation.
OK, one more comment, we just have to say it, even though we think it's self-evident: Despite the claims for this product, no exfoliant works like laser treatments or professional peels to improve sun damage. An AHA exfoliant can definitely help improve sun damage, but in-office laser procedures and peels can do exponentially more to improve the skin. Ideally, ongoing use of a good exfoliant, daily sun protection, and the right laser- or light-based treatments are the best way to significantly improve sun-damaged skin. We agree it would be great if one product like this was the cure-all for sun damage, but that's just not reality.
Note: Intensive Repair Serum is part of every kit Derm Exclusive sells and may also be ordered on its own. The club/auto-shipment price for this product if ordered on its own is $40.50.
Treat dark spots and uneven texture similar to a laser treatment as you help speed recovery from past damage and restore skin's luminosity.
Water, Glycolic Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, Propylheptyl Caprylate, Glyceryl Stearate, PPG-12/SMDI Copolymer, PEG-150/Decyl Alcohol/SMDI Copolymer, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Dimethicone, Acetyl Hexapeptide-9, Butylene Glycol, Hexapeptide-9, Glycerin, Saccharomyces Ferment Lysate Filtrate, Urea, Glucosamine HCI, Algae Extract, Yeast Extract, Allantoin, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ergothioneine, Evodia Rutaecarpa Fruit Extract, Lecithin, Plankton Extract, Micrococcus Lysate, Arabidopsis Thaliana Extract, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Hydrolyzed Corn Starch, Octenylsuccinate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Fruit, Lactic Acid, Cocamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Diacetyl Boldine, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Saxifraga Sarmentosa Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Fruit Extract, Morus Bombycis Root Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Cetyl Alcohol, PEG-75 Stearate, Ceteth-20, Steareth-20, PEG-100 Stearate, Xanthan Gum, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Chlorphenesin, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool, Fragrance.
Strengths: Complete ingredient lists available on the company’s website; AHA exfoliants formulated in the correct pH range for efficacy; products packaged to keep the beneficial ingredients protected from degrading air and light; the sunscreen provides broad-spectrum protection; gentle cleanser.
Weaknesses: Expensive; confusing pricing structure; lip-plumping balm with sunscreen does not provide sufficient UVA protection and contains potent lip irritants; none of the products are equivalent to in-office cosmetic corrective or surgical procedures—the claims are over the top and misleading.
Derm Exclusive is a small collection of anti-aging products from Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Dr. Andrew Ordon. You may have seen him on the television show The Doctors, where he's credited as their plastic surgery expert and co-host.
Derm Exclusive products are sold online or by phone. On their website, the products are arranged in kits ("Collections") ranging in cost from $39.95 for the 4 product Introductory Collection to $164.55 for the 7-piece Ultimate Collection. Once you've purchase a set, you then have the option to reorder products individually—but first you must decide if you want to become a Derm Exclusive club member (which means you sign up for automatic shipments and enjoy a discount on reordering individual products) or if you prefer to pay the "regular" price and not sign up for the auto-replenishment club.
The kit and individual product pricing structure is among the most confusing we've ever come across for a mail-order line. Despite the headache of trying to figure it all out, we must acknowledge how helpful the customer service representatives at Derm Exclusive were. This is not a line with straightforward pricing, no matter which option you choose, and they were exceedingly patient.
The Ultimate Collection includes a well-formulated sunscreen, but only 1 ounce of it. Research shows conclusively that all sunscreens must be applied liberally to face, neck, and chest to achieve the SPF on the label. If you use this sunscreen as you should—liberally—then it will be used up in less than one month, despite their claim that all of the products in the collection will last for 90 days. To us, claiming 1 ounce of sunscreen will last 90 days is unconscionable. Generally, the size of each product from Derm Exclusive is on the small side, but, as mentioned, you can reorder some of the products individually if you call the company.
The line is represented with pictures of a stunning, though clearly "Photoshopped," picture of actress Minnie Driver's smooth and flawless skin. While we admire Ms. Driver's work (she is an amazingly talented woman), her endorsement of this product line is far less than what we expected of her.
Despite his profession, Dr. Ordon feels, as he should, that for some people, plastic surgery isn't the answer. As the rest of his story goes, he began looking for skin-care alternatives to surgery. In time, he discovered and decided to align himself with the Derm Exclusive brand and their "instant results" technology. This technology is built around four peptides meant to work their magic without needles, scalpels, lasers, or downtime. That sounds great, but here's the catch: There's no substantiated research, or any research of any kind that you can get from the company, proving that any peptide or peptide blend works in any manner akin to cosmetic corrective procedures that a doctor can perform. From almost any perspective, it's sheer nonsense, but obviously not to Dr. Ordon.
Dr. Ordon steps beyond medical reality with his claim that "Now you can see the same instant age-reversing results as the patients who come into my Beverly Hills office, without surgery or invasive techniques." That's the tempting hook that has so many curious about these products, but it's about as disingenuous as it gets in the world of doctor-fronted skin care.
Believe us when we say that plastic surgeons and dermatologists who perform cosmetic corrective procedures are not going out of business because of products from Derm Exclusive! Even Dr. Ordon hasn't closed his practice.
Just to clarify—skin care is important to keep your skin looking its healthy, youthful best, but any plastic surgeon or dermatologist who's being honest about the abundant research on skin-care and medical procedures would have to admit that the best approach to younger, smoother, firmer skin is a balance of skin care with cosmetic corrective procedures and, possibly, cosmetic surgery. Skin care alone does not cut it if you want to address signs of aging such as sagging, volume loss, and deep wrinkles.
In short, Derm Exclusive isn't the non-surgical instant miracle it's made out to be. Dr. Ordon's Derm Exclusive line ends up being more hype (and we mean a load of hype) than substance, and a far cry from what's possible with in-office cosmetic corrective or surgical procedures.
For more information about Derm Exclusive, call 866-482-6401 or visit www.beachbody.com.
Note: All prices listed are the regular, single-item price. We have indicated the product's club/auto-shipment price in the review itself.
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