A friend asked for a skin cream recommendation – something that falls in the range of low toxin but with some anti-aging benefits and at a good price point.
The Derma E brand ranks high for me. I’ve used a good share of their products over the years; including their Hyluronic Acid eye cream and serum, scar remedies, and anti-aging creams.
Right now on my top shelf list is Derma E’s Firming DMAE moisturizer.
For the good: It’s a less toxic version of Dr. Perricone’s very expensive and effective DMAE cream. If you look at both formulations, they are very similar – at least in theory. Both include DMAE, C-Ester, and Alpha Lipoic Acid, which are all effective anti-aging vitamins. (Another post on that to come.) The percentages of these key ingredients are not disclosed, but I believe you’re getting more bang for your buck with Derme E’s product because you aren’t paying for advertising and packaging.
(Dr. Perricone’s Face Finishing cream includes some chemicals that I’m not comfortable using including: Polyacrylamide, PEG-100 Stearate, PEG/PPG-18/18, Methylpropional)
Here’s the price point breakdown: Derma E’s comes in at $15-$22 for a 2 ounce container. Dr. Perricone’s costs $69 for 2 ounces. Ouch!
For the bad: The 1% ALA is an acid to help skin turnover. Some may be sensitive or allergic to this. This formula also includes a small amount of phenoxyethanol, and ethylhexylglycerin which I believe are relatively nontoxic as well. For now, I am OK with using phenoxyethanol in small quantities and haven’t found enough reason to avoid it just yet. Maybe when I’m preggers.
Ingredients: Water (aqua), dimethyl MEA (DMAE), stearic acid, thioctic (alpha lipoic) acid, allantoin, panthenol, caprylic/capric triglyceride, cetyl alcohol, polysorbate, glyceryl stearate and Peg-100 stearate, tocopheryl acetate (vitamin E), ascorbyl palmitate (C-ester), dimethicone, retinyl palmitate (vitamin A), organic simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil* (.1%), phenoxyethanol, ethylhexylglycerin, potassium sorbate, lavender fragrance