DermalogicaDaily Resurfacer
35 application for $68
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Daily Resurfacer is an expensive, somewhat gimmicky way to exfoliate skin, and its exfoliating benefit is dubious. Enclosed in a jar are almost three dozen packets of a liquid solution and a pre-soaked sponge designed to fit on your index finger. You’re directed to massage this in circular motions over skin, with no need to rinse. The solution has in its base a bitter-orange extract, which is a fragrant extract and a skin irritant, so things aren’t off to a good start. Salicylic acid (BHA) is included, at about a 1% concentration, but the AHAs touted on the label are sugarcane and apple extracts, neither of which are true AHAs that can exfoliate skin, or at least not with any supporting research. Either way, the pH of this solution is too high for exfoliation to occur, so you’re left hoping the sponge applicator will be abrasive enough to do the job. (It isn’t, but that’s a good thing.) Making matters worse, especially because the product remains on the skin, is grapefruit peel oil. This citrus oil can cause contact dermatitis and phototoxic reactions due to its volatile chemical constituents (Source: www.naturaldatabase.com).

Last Updated:03.25.2015
Jar Packaging:Yes
Tested on animals:No
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Dermalogica's exclusive three-in-one treatment that resurfaces and smoothes skin without causing irritation or redness, helps reduce the signs of premature aging, and brightens with a unique botanical complex that helps even skin tone and balance pigmentation. Leaves skin smoothed, brightened and hydrated.


Water/Aqua/Eau, PPG-2 Isoceteth-20 Acetate, Ethoxydiglycol, Butylene Glycol, Salicylic Acid, Pentylene Glycol, Perfluorononylethyl Carboxydecyl PEG-10 Dimethicone, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Flower Extract, Aspalathus Linearis Leaf Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Extract, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Citrus Unshiu Peel Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Glycerin , Bacillus Ferment, Zostera Marina Extract, Hydrolyzed Glycosaminoglycans, Hibiscus Esculentus Fruit Extract, PEG-90M, Aminomethyl Propanol, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Benzoate, Limonene, Propylene Glycol, 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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