DermalogicaC-12 Concentrate
1 fl. oz. for $90
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This water- and silicone-based serum’s only unique ingredient is oligopeptide-34, an ingredient that allegedly is responsible for improving skin clarity and treating discolorations. It comes from raw material supplier Caragen, and the only information pertaining to its efficacy also comes from Caragen, which makes it not much to go on. You can consider the claim unsubstantiated and completely biased.

All in all, this is just an ordinary (and we mean really ordinary) serum for normal to dry skin, with nothing to offer for skin discolorations or any other skin concern. For the health and appearance of your skin you should opt for a product whose lightening ingredients have a better track record than those that Dermalogica chose. For the same amount of money you can get a prescription for a hydroquinone product with copious research proving its efficacy for treating skin discolorations, including melasma. Or, in the cosmetic realm, for this kind of money, selecting a product loaded with antioxidants (especially vitamin C given its role in mitigating sun-induced skin discolorations), cell-communicating ingredients, and skin-identical ingredients, which this one sorely lacks, would be far better!

Last Updated:03.16.2015
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
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A silky-rich, high-potency treatment that brightens, helps treat cellular discoloration and improves skin clarity. Velvety silicones absorb quickly to condition skin and help reinforce the barrier lipid layer.


Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Oligopeptide-34, Hydrolyzed Jojoba Esters, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Polysorbate 60, Squalane, Zinc Glycinate, Ascophyllum Nodosum Extract, Palmaria Palmata Extract, Phytic Acid, Butylene Glycol, Benzyl PCA, Phenoxyethanol

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Dermalogica At-A-Glance

According to company history, Dermalogica products came into being because founder Jane Wurwand could not find a spa-oriented skin-care line that met her criteria. She was dismayed that so many skincare lines aimed at the aesthetics market had products that contained alcohol, artificial colors, fragrance, mineral oil, and lanolin, ingredients he believed had a well-documented history of problems. That's true for fragrance and alcohol (and artificial colors to a lesser extent), but mineral oil and lanolin have no documented history of causing skin problems.

The line is positioned as a no-nonsense, no frills take on skincare, with clinically-inspired packaging that does protect its beneficial ingredients from light and air. Speaking of ingredients, Dermalogica does include a lot of beneficial ones in its skincare, though there are a number of formulas in the line that also make the misstep of including potentially-irritating fragrance ingredients.

For more information about Dermalogica now owned by Unilever, call 1-800-345-2761 or visit www.dermalogica.com.

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