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The DermaStep skin care line is provided by LifeScript; a company that “provides personalized health and wellness solutions to help consumers make better and more informed lifestyle choices”, according to the LifeScript website. In addition to the DermaStep products, LifeScript also offers a line of supplements and diet products. The company states that the DermaStep line is “a clinically proven breakthrough in the science of anti-aging skin care”. The expert source that is cited for the DermaStep products is Dr. Bruce Edgar, who has extensive experience in obstetrics and gynecology, but not so much in dermatology. It is unclear from the website what his precise role in the development of the products is, other than his official title as Director of the DermaStep Scientific and Medical Advisory Board.
This line of skin care markets itself as “Three Steps to Beautiful Skin” that are designed to “refresh, replenish and renew”. The line includes a cleanser, toner and wrinkle treatment, which are sold in a single unit for about $125 at the time of this review. This approach may be a turn off to some consumers who are already happy with their cleansing routine and are simply looking for a wrinkle treatment to add to their current regimen. The price may also be a turnoff for some, since there doesn’t appear to be a way to order the items individually at a reduced price. What if the wrinkle cream lasts longer than the cleanser? Many times a set is not the most cost effective way to order your skin care products.
Complete ingredient lists for all of the products are listed on the company website, and they are long lists indeed. The wrinkle treatment claims it uses polypeptides to achieve the same result as alpha and beta hydroxyl acids, but without the harsh chemicals to do so. The active ingredient in the wrinkle treatment is LS polypeptide complex 21, which is said to “increase the production of collagen and hyaluronic acid for firm, youthful skin.” We are encouraged by the inclusion of this ingredient, since it includes properties similar to the proven anti-aging ingredient Matrixyl 3000. This substance promotes the production of collagen in the skin, which is a necessary process in the anti-aging function.
Shea butter is an effective hydrating ingredient that can lessen the appearance of fine lines with its superb moisturizing properties, and bearberry extract, which can be almost as effective as aquinone in lightening skin tone, but is much safer.
- The products include proven anti-aging ingredients.
- There is a 30-day money back guarantee on the products.
- There is a complete list of ingredients provided by the company.
- Availability of this line appears to be limited to purchasing through the company website.
- You must buy the complete set of the DermaStep line, raising the expense of the product.
- The “experts” don’t seem to specialize in dermatology or cosmetology.
- The products are expensive, since you must purchase all three in a set.
The Bottom Line
If you are looking for a complete skin care line, the DermaStep products might be a good choice for you. However, if you simply want a wrinkle treatment to add to your current skin care regimen, you will need to look elsewhere.