Thursday, August 6, 2015

derma e: Product Review

Nowadays people are becoming conscious of not only what they put IN their bodies, but what they put ON them.

Reports of various carcinogens being put into commercial makeup and hygiene products is scaring folks and leading them to look for alternatives that are better for us and for the environment.

derma e is one of the companies that offer healthier alternatives.  Here is some info on derma e:

Keeping It Real

derma e® was founded in 1984 by David Stearn and Dr. Linda Miles, D.O.M. with the humble commitment of offering skin-friendly, earth-friendly, highly effective skincare. This commitment still guides everything derma e® does today.
derma e® now offers over 80 unique face care, body care and treatment items enriched with healthy vitamins and antioxidants to address various skin types and concerns. Each item is still hand-formulated by Dr. Linda herself and is produced in David Stearn’s family-owned, small-batch manufacturing facility in Southern California, USA. Yep, you could say that we're pretty down to earth.

Driven by Results

As a Doctor of Oriental Medicine, Dr. Linda ascribes to the antioxidant theory of aging. She designed the derma e® line to quench the environmental oxidative stress that ages and debilitates the skin. Hence, derma e® facial skincare products are formulated with active levels of scientifically proven antioxidants such as Astaxanthin, Pycnogenol®, C-Ester and Vitamin E. And derma e® Therapeutic Topicals utilize vitamins and botanicals to address a wide variety of skin conditions and physical ailments such as blemishes, age spots, scars and aching extremities.

Driven by Beliefs

derma e® is passionate about a future with healthier skin, a healthier environment and a healthier world.
  • To respect our skin, every derma e® formula is paraben-free, phthalate-free, GMO-free, gluten-free, sodium lauryl sulfate-free, petrolatum-free, mineral oil-free and dye-free.
  • To respect our animal friends, every derma e® formula is 100% vegan and cruelty-free. Finished formulas are never tested on animals.
  • To respect our environment, derma e® products are made with recyclable material, and we offset 100% of our electrical usage with wind energy certificates.
  • To respect our world, derma e® actively volunteers and supports the humanitarian organizations, animal welfare and land conservation programs that are near and dear to our hearts, including Special Olympics, Meet Each Need with Dignity (MEND), the World Wildlife Fund and Polaris Project. A percentage of all our product sales is donated to The Paraguay Project, a non-profit program we established to aid the disadvantaged people, rainforest and land of Paraguay.
The company sent me 2 products from their Purifying line, their 2-in-1 Carcoal Mask:

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And their Purifying Youth Serum:

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I was a bit concerned about the mask as I have very dry skin and I thought it might just dry out my skin more, but, in fact, it didn't at all.  I haven't done a 'mud' mask in a million years, so it brought back memories, ha!  The kids were hysterical seeing me walk around for the 5 minutes while it dried with a blue face.  Yes, it actually dries to a beautiful robin's egg blue!  I traded in my usual nighttime facial moisturizer for the Youth Serum, again, wondering if my skin would feel parched.  Nope!  Skin felt smooth and adequately hydrated.  Even better though, is my sensitive skin didn't react to them.  Its always a crap-shoot for me since my skin will often react to new products, even if they are unscented and hypoallergenic.  I can assure you I will be using these products throughout the sweaty summer, especially since my skin seems particularly prone to breakouts over the past few years.

The products are, of course, more costly than a lot of the generic drug-store stuff, but obviously safer, more ethical and better quality.  You can find them in stores across the U.S. and Canada, and purchase them online. 

Disclosure: I was sent some complimentary products from derma e, but all the opinions on this blog are my own.

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