Monday, April 23, 2012

Fighting Aging with Parisian Botanicals: Darphin Paris Skincare Review

Darphin Paris Skincare Review

I was recently asked to review some skin care products from Darphin, a skin care company that I've been really curious about for years. I've only had the products for a short period of time (I'll be posting an update after my typical six week trial period), but so far I've really been liking the products!

I started using the products two weeks ago, right as the cold(ish) winter weather was suddenly giving way to mid-70 early summer weather? What was up with that? And it was a challenging time of the month for blemishes. So, from several perspectives, these products have already been through some skincare-challenging times.

Azahar Cleansing Micellar Water

This was a completely different skin cleanser for me. It looks like water, but you basically use it like a toner. Which means you apply with a cotton round and don't rinse it off. It did remove all of my makeup without issue, including mascara and eye liner. Since Darphin says to not rinse afterwards, I was worried about residue, but there wasn't any. I had no after wash irritation or redness. It seemed to just get the job done and to be very gentle. Darphin says that this product has been formulated to be ultra-gentle and suitable even for those with rosacea.

Age-Defying Dermabrasion

I'm super picky about scrubs, particularly if they will be used on my face. My phobia stems from a comment made by one of the faculty during a lecture when I was in medical school. They showed a picture of the skin surface after using a scrub. It was full of deep scratches, and while they weren't visible to the naked eye, it really it looked horrible. It made most of us cringe. I had a few tubes of the same scrub stockpiled in my bathroom at home, they were promptly thrown out! The problem? The grit was unevenly sized, sharp and there wasn't enough of it. To compensate, most women really scrub with the scrub, resulting in skin injury.

This scrub really does have all of my ideal scrub qualities. When looking for a scrub I look for grain that it small, uniform in size and not at all sharp. The grit (silica, pearl and lava powders) is small, consistent in size and I haven't had any issues with sharp edges. There's just enough grit to spread around and get every little bit of skin. With light washing I found that this scrub has a good balance between being gentle enough to use a few times a week and still get a nice exfoliating effect.

Ideal Resource

Ideal Resource is the real star here, the anti-aging cream. Sure, it has the usual suspects such as anti-oxidants (Tocopheryl Acetate), my beloved sqaulene and sodium hyaluronate are there for some hydration, and there's even caffeine for some added temporary skin tightening. But, you'll also find some new ingredients here such as Centella Asiatica, Knotweed, and White Hibiscus.

What exactly do these things do? Truthfully, I was a bit confused by the paperwork sent to me by Darphin on these ingredients. (What exactly does "increased oxygen resource" mean?) The MD in me needed more info, so I dug some up.

Centella Asiatica

According to Darphin, Centella recharges the dermo-epidermal junction with oxygen resources by stimulating cutaneous microcirculation, resulting in an increased "glow." What does this mean? It took me a while to figure out because that term "oxygen resources" was confusing me. What I can figure out from that sentence is that the underlying levels of the skin see improved oxygen delivery because their microcirculation is better, essentially because there are more blood vessels in the area. Is it true?

A quick search for this ingredient over in Pubmed found that it is used in a wide array of applications, and this reference in particular mentioned decreased edema, anti-oxidant properties, anti-inflammatory actions, collagen modulation to prevent scarring, and yes effects on blood vessel creation in the area. I even found quite a few references about wound healing (2, 3, 4). Perhaps more encouraging was the effects on fibroblasts, preventing them from early death (reference 5).

So, overall there are quite a few ways that this little extract could fight aging, and the increased "oxygen resource" claim is true as there is evidence in the literature for improved microcirculation in the area.

Knotweed Knotweed extract is rich in Resveratrol, the amazing wondrous anti-oxidant found in red wine. Preventing damage from reactive oxygen species will help fight the signs of aging, but in particular premature aging due to sun exposure (reference).

White Hibiscus Here's another claim that I was confused by when reading the info sent to me by Darphin. White Hibiscus is present to "recharge the epidermis with cellular vitality resources by stimulating keratinocyte renewal" and the "epidermis is transformed progressively, and skin surface imperfections are removed." Which I think means improved cell turnover and maybe improved cellular life so that the cells are around to improve that skin surface.

White Hibiscus was a bit harder to find information about, and surprisingly enough a lot of what I initially found was about insulin resistance and hyperlipidemia (1 and 2). What was more interesting about those references was the potential for anti-oxidant activity, which was then confirmed in reference 3, and then in reference 4 there was event discussion of specifically improving White Hibiscus for topical application. I'm not certain that what I found matches what was in my paperwork, but it does sound promising as an active ingredient in skin care.

So, get to the point

After all of that, how did I actually like the cream? I really like it. It is thick, light ivory color, and it has a subtle floral scent. It feels really, really good going on. It seemed like it should have been much too heavy for my combination skin, in particular once the weather turned so warm. But it really wasn't. The cream absorbs within 1 or 2 minutes and there wasn't a residue left behind. I can use it at night or in the morning since it doesn't interfere with makeup application at all. And since it is so hydrating it seems to just make me glowy. All sorts of glowy goodness is going on. And there were no issues with blemishes, despite some hormonal issues and weather changes. So far I really like this cream!

Darphin Paris

This is a sponsored post, so I have been given both free product (from Darphin) and money for my time (from BlogHer) to write an honest review. All opinions are my own.



Sweepstakes

Now that I've tried the Darphin Age Defying Dermabrasion that I was lusting after, what do you want to try? Leave me a comment to enter for a chance to win a Darphin products valued at a minimum of $100.

Plus, Darphin has a special offer (one of their best!) just for readers of this post: Get a free Age Defying Dermabrasion Deluxe Sample, Dark Circles and De-puffing Eye Serum Deluxe Sample and Spa Headband with any order at Darphin.com through 5/31/12. Use code BLOGGER at checkout.

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57 comments:

Karen said...

The cleansing water appeals to me since I like to use a toner after cleansing at night and in the morning. These products sound quite nice.

Something Nice and Pretty said...

I've taken care of my skin since I was in my 20's so I was glad to find your blog. I didn't know about the scrub, now I have to read what mine says on the label! I'd love to try these products! I'm now a follower and I'll be adding you to my blog list!

Rondell

Ray said...

This sounds wonderful. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

The Good Luck Duck said...

I'd like to try the anti-aging cream. Not that I'm opposed to aging; I'd like to continue doing it for a long time. I just don't want to look like I've been aging for a long time.

Roxanne
The Good Luck Duck
whotookmybucket at gmail dot com

S Rochele said...

The anti-aging cream looks fab! I would love to try something that's packed with so many good antioxidants!

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Duffi McDermott said...

This looks like it would be a fun win. I'm always looking for a good anti-aging cream. Darphin has quality stuff.

Karina said...

i'd love to try the Dark Circles and De-puffing Eye Serum

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nycRed714 said...

I'd love to try the anti-aging cream!

Pang, The Wallflower said...

Wow, the darphin cream sounds amazing. I definitely look forward to this sweepstake! Thank you!

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Deb Anderson said...

Intral Redness Relief Soothing Serum is my choice. I have sensitive skin prone to redness, and I have a lot of trouble finding effective products for my condition.

tomatefarcie said...

The Ideal Resource looks great! I know that the Stimulskin line is fantastic. love Darphin!

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Amy said...

I would love to try Darphin’s Clear White Brightening and Soothing Serum. I have very visible age spots and the brightening serum sounds amazing and might help with my issue.
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Amy said...

tweeted about this giveaway: https://twitter.com/#!/uTry_it/status/196503174239105025

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MoonRae said...

I keep seeing and hearing about Darphin products,thanks for this opportunity!!

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Shannon (Lipstick Musings) said...

The cream sounds absolutely lovely! I've been wanting to try Darphin for quite some time now.

Shannon
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ness said...

the microdermabrasion! thanks!

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Liz Fahy Scott said...

I've wanted to try Darphin products for a while. Thanks for a great giveaway!

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beautybaboon said...

I've had Darphin samples and they smell lovely. They also work in the gentle, non irritating way that I like.

JC said...

I'd like to try the Wrinkle Corrective Eye Contour Cream for my fine lines problem.
tcarolinep at gmail dot com

JC said...

https://twitter.com/#!/tcarolinep/status/196820892918091776

Lulubelle said...

I'd like to try the Age Defying Dermabrasion and Ideal Resource cream. Love seeing the ingredient references from PubMed, but I'm geeky like that!

Elena said...

I want to try the Dark Circles and De-puffing Eye Serum to reduce the appearance of my dark circles

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Elena said...

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wizardewu said...

I would like to try the Stimulskin Plus Rejuvenating Lifting Serum because I would love to even out my skin tone.
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wizardewu said...

tweet; https://twitter.com/#!/wizardewu/status/197143690664349696
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mamavalveeta03 said...

I would LOVE to try Darphin skincare! It's one of those brands that I always gaze lovingly at in magazines, but have never had enough cash to purchase a whole system. valhoff 3 at yahoo dot com

mamavalveeta03 said...

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misslilad said...

i would be happy to try any of the products, but ideal resource sounds just heavenly

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Angel Jacklyn said...

oh yes, PLEASE bless me with the chance!

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Angel Jacklyn said...

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cw said...

I would love to try the Clear White brightening and hydrating creme to even out my skin tone

Tabathia said...

I want to try the Dark Circles and De-puffing Eye Serum
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Tabathia said...

tweet
https://twitter.com/#!/ChelleB36/status/199365780326985728
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Tina said...

Wrinkle Corrective Eye Contour Cream because I need help with my wrinkles
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Tina said...

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M said...

I'd really like the cleansing water, since I'm constantly on the hunt for a new toner.

sy said...

I want to try the cleansing milk to see if it helps with my blemish problem. Thanks for the review and giveaway.
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sy said...

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Anash said...

Mandatory Entry:
STIMULSKIN PLUS REJUVENATING LIFTING SERUM
Thanks for the opportunity!
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Anash said...

Tweeted:
https://twitter.com/#!/anashct3/status/201508669949612032
Thanks for the chance to win!
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Kerry said...

I'd like to try the INTRAL Redness Relief Soothing Serum.
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Kerry said...

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Patricia: The Wanna Be Mama said...

I would ADORE the opportunity to try Darphin! *crossing my fingers!*

Patricia: The Wanna Be Mama said...

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Deb said...

I would love to try the De-puffing Eye Serum to help with my aging eyes!

wizardewu said...

I get some redness around the eyes so I'd love to try the Intral Cleansing Milk.


eugeniewu at gmail dot com

NYSam said...

I wold like to try Darphin’s Clear White Brightening and Soothing Serum.

Kelly Massman said...

The main thing I do is moisturize and stay out of the sun. I'm starting to see some signs of aging anyway though at age 47 so I'd love to try Anti-Dark Spots Perfecting Treatment!!! Thanks for a chance to win and have a great day!
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ms-texas said...

i tweeted here:

https://twitter.com/bellows22/status/205153692498935808

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ms-texas said...

i would like to try the Dark Circles and De-puffing Eye Serum - i'm always looking for a good product for dark circles

debbiebellows (at) gmail (dot) com

ms-texas said...

i tweeted here:

https://twitter.com/bellows22/status/205161695113527296

debbiebellows (at) gmail (dot) com

Elisa said...

Fabulous blog post about these products! Your writing style is highly informative while still remaining personable and fun. I'm sold. I'll definitely be checking them out, and I'd love to enter the sweepstakes!

purplelover04 said...

CLEAR WHITE Brightening and Hydrating Cream sound like it would help me.

purple_lover_04 at msn dot com

purplelover04 said...

https://twitter.com/purplelover04/status/205507644193128449

BeautyToLove said...

I would LOVE to try the Ideal Resource Anti-Aging Cream!! Darphin products are wonderful! I have used their Vitaserum 40 for (12) years. It is amazing product that shriniks puffy, swollen and baggy eyes. It is the BEST product I have ever found for that.

THANKS SO MUCH FOR OFFERING THIS!!!! :)

starseeds88 (at) yahoo dot com

Betty C said...

I'd really like to try the HYDRASKIN LIGHT Gel Cream. My skin needs a lot of hydrating and this looks like a great way to do it.

willitara [at] gmail [dot] com

MCantu1019 said...

Next month I turn 51 and some of these products would help out alot.

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