There are a great many excellent skin care lines available and if you do any reading at all, you’ve become familiar with many of the US lines. However, there are small niche American companies and European lines that are also a fortuitous discovery. Although I have heard of the Dermophisiologique brand, my knowledge of this 30 year old Italian company pretty much ended there.

Happily, I can now say that I have made acquaintance with them, using their Polivalente Crema Tonificante for just over a month. To begin, their unique container is ingenious. With a twist of the cylinder’s top, the center rises up and is the airless pump dispenser. When done, another twist and it lowers back down flush, eliminating the need for caps that fall off when traveling or get lost at home. If only all skin care containers were so thoughtfully made.

As for the product contained inside, it is a quickly absorbed, pure white cream with the slightest somewhat mint fragrance that vanishes a few minutes after application. One of the treasured ingredients for me is hyaluronic acid, which has done an excellent job of keeping my skin hydrated. I began use of this product applying to my face and neck in the evening as directed.

After the first week I could see and feel a positive effect. Primarily, my skin felt softer, supple and hydrated upon waking and has remained so throughout use of this product. (The effects were most notable on the face but not so much on the neck). Also, my occasionally sensitive skin didn’t experience any breakouts nor increased oiliness during use. I found this product performed well and lived up to its claims.


Aqua (water), olea europaea oil, glyceryl triisostearate, cetearyl alcohol, sorbitan stearate, polysorbate 60, tocopheryl acetate, retinyl palmitate, glycerin, cera alba, zea mays corn oil, polyquaternium-7, allantoin, capryloyl glycine, calendula officinalis oil, dimethicone, carbomer, propylene glycol, centella asiatica (centella asiatica extract), humulus lupulus(hops extract), echinacea angustifolia (echinacea angustifoliaextract), parfum (fragrance), tetradibutyl pentaerthrityl hidroxyhydrocinnamate, hexamidine, diisethionate, hyaluronic acid, hydrolyzed, glycosaminoglycans, tocopherol, lecithin, citric acid, ascorbyl palmtoyl, bisabolol, sodium benzotriazolyl butylphenol sulfonate, buteth-3, tributyl citrate, triethanolamine, glycine, faex (yeast extract), potassium sorbate, sodium benzoate