A Cornucopia of Skin-Enhancing Ingredients from DermaQuest

If there’s anything that excites me more than new products, I can’t think of it. So when I discovered  Dermaquest Skin Care at a Red Light Public Relations editor’s preview, I was excited!  I’m not drying to sound overly dramatic, but when I started to check out Dermaquest’s products, they seemed very promising.

DermaQuest Skin Therapy is a clinical skin care company created by a master chemist,  Sam Dhatt, using cutting edge  Peptide and Plant Stem Cell technologies.  The philosophy of the brand is that: “maximum results are achieved by building the strength of the skin to better tolerate more advanced treatment products. Whether you are looking to diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, perk up tired eyes, lighten dark spots and pigmentation or address acne and texture issues, DermaQuest’s products are there to help.”

In the past and coming weeks, The Advice Sisters have focused a lot of skincare, and especially high end products that have a lot of powerful ingredients and science behind them.  So what makes Dermaquest Skin Therapy as good or better than any other high tech product line you’re considering?

Perhaps the best way to help describe Dermaquest is to share with you some of their major ingredients that are being featured in their product lines, and after that, my personal experience with a few of the many products they offer.:

Hyaluronic Acid (HA) – Popular in virtually every good skin care product these days, Hylauronic acid molecules can  hold 1,000 times its molecular weight in moisture.  HA is known for its hydrating properties along with its natural delivery into the skin. DermaQuest Skin Therapy has incorporated this active into 90% of its product line to provide increased smoothness for plump, hydrated skin from the inside out.
Skin Brighteners/Hydroquinone – The SkinBrite Collection is formulated with advanced skin brighteners to date! Each formula is created with many different tyrosinase inhibitors  (tyrosinase is an oxidase (enzyme)  which limits the production of melanin. ChromaBright helps to correct pigmentation and smooth out your skin tone. This ingredient is incorporated in all the DermaQuest SkinBrite products.
Plant Stem Cells – Stem Cells are a hot and trendy item in skin care. These are bio-identical, derived from marine and botanical stem cells and not from humans. These stem cells are supposed to reduce pigmentation, fine lines, and protect the skin from environmental damages. They supposedly contain all the active molecules of the plant to effectively address multiple areas of concern. Sea Fennel, Edelweiss, Gardenia, and Lilac plant stem cells are incorporated into some of the most advanced anti-aging products included in the Stem Cell 3D collection.
Peptides –  Every advanced skincare product, and many drug store products also contain advanced peptides to help minimize skin damage and the aging process.  Made up of essential amino acids, these active ingredients are small yet powerful in helping to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, promote collagen, reduce inflammation and brighten skin tone.
Vitamin C –  This is not a new or high tech ingredient, but it’s a proven and known antioxidant that  brightens and tightens the skin.  DermaQuest uses the latest lipid soluble form of vitamin C, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, in their formulations. The most stable form of vitamin C with three times better penetration than L-Ascorbic acid, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate can be found throughout the DermaQuest line and is most concentrated in C-Lipoic products.
AHA/BHA – Alpha Hydroxy Acids and Beta Hydroxy Acids have been around for many years, but they are known to promote an increased cell turnover to reveal luminous new skin cells at the surface. While providing a quicker cell turnover rate AHA’s/BHA’s impart multi functional qualities to improve skin texture, decrease pore size, reduce congestion, moisturize, and promote collagen.
Benzoyl Peroxide – One of the most common active ingredients to effectively treat acne conditions is used in DermaQuest’s Purity products. Benzoyl Peroxide’ helps to eliminate p. acne bacteria which cause breakouts.
Minerals – DermaQuest uses high quality micronized minerals in their sun protection products. Zinc and Titanium are utilized for  UV ray protection and pro-longed broad spectrum coverage. ZinClear SPF 30 offers clear and tinted versions. Minerals are safe, effective, reduce inflammation, and are designed to be used on all skin types especially sensitive and acneic.
Argan Oil – Hardly a day goes by when I don’t get pitched something that has Argan Oil in it. In fact, the Advice Sisters recently reviewed a bunch of products with this precious Oil from Morocco in them.  The Oil is  rich in Vitamin E and essential fatty acids, consisting of Omega-3 and Omega-9. Argan oil strengthens the skin’s barrier function and makes it less susceptible to environmental saboteurs. It has been used for centuries to treat burns and skin conditions such as acne and skin allergies.
Antioxidants – Powerful antioxidants generate healthy cell renewal and acts as a cellular bodyguard for our skin. They protect the skin from free radical damage that skin encounters on a daily basis. Co-Enzyme Q10, Idebenone, Alpha Lipoic Acid, and Green Tea Extract are widely used in DermaQuest products.
Enzymes –  Enzymes in skin care help to digest dead surface skin cells (as yukky as that sounds, exfoliation of these cells is absolutely essential for good skin).  Papaya-Pineapple and Pumpkin Enzymes provide gentle yet visible results.  When used in a daily regimen, this also helps other active ingredients to penetrate into the skin to provide quicker skin care results.


One of Dermaquest’s more popular products is the Advanced B5 Serum ($69.00 1 fl. oz., $49.00 .5 fl. oz). The lightweight, advanced hydration serum in a nice, silvery pump smells fresh and herbal, and it conditions and strengthens the skin and is beneficial for all skin types. Not surprisingly, it features Sodium Hyaluronate (Hyaluronic Acid)  and Panthenol (B5) which draws in and attracts moisture. Anti aging ingredients Actifirm TS and MDI Complex also help support the skin and encourage collagen and elastin production. Actifirm TS is a complex of centella Asiatica extract and coneflower extract that promotes collagen elastin and hylauronic acid, to increase skin’s firmness and reduce fine lines and wrinkles. MDI complex is a marine enzyme which inhibits the breakdown of collagen. It also mimics glycosaminoglycans that increase the depth of hydration, moisture retention and skin firmness. Slather this on dry skin, and you notice that even rough, bumpy skin feels smoother and softer. It takes a short while to penetrate and be absorbed, but  it’s worth a short wait.

I also tried the DermaPerfection Primer ($39.99 1 fl. oz. ). The first thing I really liked about the product was the packaging — a tube with a pump top that is easy to tote and stands upright on your shelf or sink. The silky primer is a clear gel, and while it isn’t greasy, it slid on like silky.  You can wear it under liquid or powder foundation and is is even good for oily, sensitive and acne-prone skin types. Most primers don’t offer that kind of claim.  The star ingredient  is BV-OSC, a stable and effective form of Vitamin C that also has whitening, UV protection and collagen protection properties. At $39.99 for 1 fl. oz. it’s a good buy.

Perhaps my favorite product (so far) from this line is the on the go Finishing Powder SPF 30 ($62.00) 0.24 oz.   This mineral finishing powder in a jar with brush top is one of those products that is just tailored perfectly for purse and for and travel. The translucent powder Is dispensed through the brush top, so there is no spillage and you can apply it with one hand. The actives are 15% zinc oxide and 15% titanium dioxide. The translucent powder mattifies and reduces shine too.  With titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, it may not be the best choice for the deepest complexions, but otherwise, I can’t recommend it enough. The SPF 30 really is enough to keep you staying outdoors a little longer, with broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection. The powder has no parabens, no talc, no synthetic dyes, or bismuth oxycloride or oil. It also has the very coveted leaping bunny seal of approval.  It’s also water-resistant. Just sweep over shiny areas of the face and voilà! Refreshed and protected skin, in a flash!  Another thing I like is that you can dial up the amount you want from numbers on the neck of the jar.  Turn the dial from 0 to desired level of coverage, I, II, or III.  When you’re done, return the dial back to 0 to stop mineral powder flow.  I just love this! 

The Bottom Line:  I tried a few of the products, and I liked them all.  The clean, white pumps, tubes and bottles with silver tops are unisex, so your special someone can share them if you feel so inclined, and men will be more than comfortable using some of the products for their own skin care needs. There are a lot more products to discover on the Dermaquest web site, including another excellent product — the HERA Argan Oil for Skin And Hair  we reviewed in our Argan Oil round-up, on January 6th.

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Alison Blackman Dunham aka. “Advice Sister Alison” and “The Advice Sisters” is a writer, photographer, online advisor, and lifestyles consultant. She has built her reputation offering readers a unique perspective on life, in print, in person and through the camera lens. Her focus is on advice, beauty, fashion, lifestyles, relationships and things that help make life easier, more successful and more fun. Please follow Alison on Twitter @advicesisters and check out her other web (advice-related) sites: leatherandlaceadvice.com & leatherandlacespice.com

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