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DermaDoctor eye cream: a chemist in overdrive?

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Sagging Skin
Reviewed by Marta February 5, 2008 2 Comments
Unfortunately, I have never been able to get past DermaDoctor's packaging. I know I should be grateful that it isn't faux pharma. And, of course, I shouldn't be so superficial. Yet, whenever the DermaDoctor display in Sephora enters my peripheral vision, I think teenagers. Unfair of me really, because this range is for grown-ups and behind it presides a real doctor (unlike at StriVectin), Audrey Kunin MD.

So in the pursuit of fair-mindedness and objectivity, I decided to take a closer a look at one of DermaDoctor's products - albeit with the most sober packaging: Wrinkle Revenge Rescue & Protect Eye Balm.

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There are plenty of things to like about this eye cream. At the end of the day, however, I am just not convinced. I've thought long and hard about why that should be and I think that this eye cream simply is the very opposite of simple: it contains a whopping 50 ingredients. You read that right, five zero. That's like 35 too many.

Granted that some of them are rather good ones. There is palmitoyl pentapeptide-3 (also known as matrixyl and a good anti-oxidant. There is also palmitoyl tetrapeptide-3. Curiously, there is no palmitoyl oligopeptide. Curious because, combined with tetrapeptide, you get matryxl 3000, a very powerful anti-oxide.

Then we go into free radical overkill with two more anti-oxidant/free radical zappers plus loads of different plant extracts; marine life (plankton and squalane); there are two different ingredients for dark circles, plus an anti-inflammatory; umpteen emollients; almost every preservative known to the laboratory; two silicones; two stabilizers...

Its as if DermaDoctor Wrinkle Revenge Rescue & Protect Eye Balm was concocted by some manic, insomniac chemist. I'm tired just thinking about it.
  • February 5, 2008

    by Marta

    <p>Thank you Chris. It is very nice of you not plug your own products, but I was intrigued and did a little detective work. Is your line Azure Hydropeptide? If so, it looks very interesting. I confess that I'm not a big fan of neuropeptides, but the other peptides used make for a powerful concoction. </p>

  • February 5, 2008

    by Chris P.

    <p>Great review. Funny Story. I was a Strivectin Rep before Dermadoctor came out with her own line. Back in the day she just had a website and I called her every other week for a month trying to get her to buy some Strivectin and she never would. It use to piss me off but now that I have my own line, I have much more respect for what she's done. I love her packaging from a branding stand point but I see what you're saying. </p>

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