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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 pointAfter 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!

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  1. 4.23.12
    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.

  2. 4.25.12

    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!


  3. 4.25.12
    Ray said:

    This sounds wonderful. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

  4. 4.25.12

    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.

    The Good Luck Duck
    whotookmybucket at gmail dot com

  5. 4.26.12
    S Rochele said:

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


  6. 4.26.12

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

  7. 4.27.12
    Karina said:

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

    karinaroselee at gmail dot com

  8. 4.28.12
    nycRed714 said:

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

  9. 4.28.12

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


  10. 4.28.12

    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.

  11. 4.28.12

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

    blowens32 at hotmail dot com

  12. 4.29.12
    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.
    Amy [at] utry [dot] it

  13. 4.29.12
    Amy said:

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

    Amy [at] utry [dot] it

  14. 4.29.12
    MoonRae said:

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

    lunrei at yahoo dot com

  15. 4.29.12

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

    lipstickdiva at comcast dot net

    http://bit.ly/Ijt3FI — Tweeted!

  16. 4.30.12
    ness said:

    the microdermabrasion! thanks!

    nesssf at gmail dot com

  17. 4.30.12

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

    kittylitter1 at gmail dot com

  18. 4.30.12

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

  19. 4.30.12
    JC said:

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

  20. 4.30.12
    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!

  21. 4.30.12
    Elena said:

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


  22. 5.1.12
    wizardewu said:

    I would like to try the Stimulskin Plus Rejuvenating Lifting Serum because I would love to even out my skin tone.
    eugeniewu at gmail dot com

  23. 5.1.12

    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

  24. 5.2.12
    misslilad said:

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


  25. 5.5.12

    oh yes, PLEASE bless me with the chance!


  26. 5.5.12
    cw said:

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

  27. 5.7.12
    Tabathia said:

    I want to try the Dark Circles and De-puffing Eye Serum
    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

  28. 5.8.12
    Tina said:

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

  29. 5.9.12
    M said:

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

  30. 5.12.12
    sy said:

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

  31. 5.13.12
    Anash said:

    Mandatory Entry:
    Thanks for the opportunity!
    Email: anashct1 [at] yahoo [dot] com

  32. 5.13.12
    Anash said:

    Thanks for the chance to win!
    email: anashct1 [at] yahoo [dot] com

  33. 5.15.12
    Kerry said:

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

  34. 5.15.12
    Kerry said:
  35. 5.15.12

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

  36. 5.15.12

    (my Email address is sheckpatricia at yahoo dot com)

  37. 5.15.12
    Deb said:

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

  38. 5.16.12
    wizardewu said:

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

    eugeniewu at gmail dot com

  39. 5.17.12
    NYSam said:

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

  40. 5.17.12

    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!

  41. 5.23.12
    ms-texas said:

    i tweeted here:


    debbiebellows (at) gmail (dot) com

  42. 5.23.12
    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

  43. 5.23.12
    ms-texas said:

    i tweeted here:


    debbiebellows (at) gmail (dot) com

  44. 5.23.12
    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!

  45. 5.24.12

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

    purple_lover_04 at msn dot com

  46. 5.24.12
    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.


    starseeds88 (at) yahoo dot com

  47. 5.24.12
    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

  48. 5.24.12

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