My Dermitage Review

DermatageDermitàge is the trade name of an anti-aging system that includes “Instant Lifting Crème” and “Skin Renewal Complex”. With this two step system, Dermitage claims to effectively target the visible signs of aging for more youthful-looking skin.

Per the website, the effective ingredients in Dermitage are patented and “revolutionary.” Dermatage is the only skincare line with Rejuvaline, a proprietary ingredient complex that boosts the effectiveness of beneficial ingredients by delivering them deeper into the skin and continually releasing them to where they are needed most. Rejuvaline, per the website, contains a powerful combination of highly effective ingredients, which I will break down in the “product claims” sub-section.

Dermitage offers a supposedly free trial, with lots of teeny tiny print to read and hoops to jump through: be careful when signing up for this! You receive a 30 day supply of Dermitage Anti-Aging System for $6.95 shipping. You then have 14 days to try the system and at end, if you like it, you will be billed $99.95 per month for the system. All sales are final after the free-trial period and returns may be subject to a restocking fee (read: no full refund here). In addition, you must call to get a Return Merchandise Authorization number.

Product Claims:

  • Glucosamine Complex (UGL)™: Glucosamine Complex stimulates cellular turnover and increases your skin´s own natural collagen production, resulting in a significant reduction in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and improved skin clarity, firmness and hydration.
  • Lifting Spheres™: These patented spheres work with your skin´s own moisture to visibly smooth fine lines and wrinkles in minutes.
  • Inflacin: This patented ingredient helps calm your skin and reduce the appearance of redness and swelling for a more even–toned complexion.
  • Botanical Antioxidants: Natural extracts such as Green Tea, White Tea and Grape Seed soothe skin and protect against free–radical damage caused by environmental factors.
  • QuSomes: This patented delivery technology maximizes the effectiveness of skincare ingredients by helping them penetrate more deeply into the skin.

Cross Examination:

Ingredient lists (not available on the website, but I found them anyway):

Instant Lifting Crème: Water, PEG-12 Glyceryl Distearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Caprylic Capric Triglyceride, Dimethicone, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Glycerin, Cyclomethicone, PEG-23 Glyceryl Distearate, Hyaluronic Acid, Camellia Oleifera (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Camellia Sinensis (White Tea) Leaf Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Extract, Laminaria Digitata (Algae) Extract, Saccharomyces Cerevisiae (Yeast) Extract, Glucosamine HCI, Urea, Cyclopentasiloxane, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, PEG-100 Stearate, Butylene Glycol, Acacia Senegal Gum, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Dimethicone PEG-10 / 15 Crosspolymer, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Tropolone.

Skin Renewal Complex: Water, PEG-12 Glyceryl Distearate, Cyclopentasiloxane, PEG-100 Stearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Caprylyl Methicone, Cyclomethicone, Hydrogenated Coco Glycerides, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Hyaluronic Acid, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Camellia Oleifera (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Camellia Sinensis (White Tea) Leaf Extract, Laminaria Digitata (Algae) Extract, Saccharomyces Cerevisiae (Yeast) Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate, PEG-23 Glyceryl Distearate, Glucosamine HCl, Urea, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Acacia Senegal Gum, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Tropolone.

Before I review these lackluster ingredients, I have to share the musings of a fellow wrinkle cream reviewist, because I just about fell out of my chair laughing. For your mutual edification, (beware, there is a curse word!) here are the thoughts of another:

“If you surf the internet, it’s hard not to be assaulted by commercials for Dermitage where a waxy-looking young face is next to a withered old hag. I have to hand it to Dermitage though; they have managed to out-bullshit Dermapril SP and IQ Derma.”

Isn’t this true though? We look at the haggish woman and think, “Eek!” Not many of us want to admit that we have been lured by the computer generated wrinkle erase ads, but it happens. Hopefully, after you read all these reviews and Ingredients 101, thus becoming the empowered consumer, these silly ads will become less effective, and wrinkle cream companies will quit using them.

But I digress. We were looking at the ingredient lists of Instant Lifting Crème and Skin Renewal Complex!

The first thing I notice is that the only, and I mean only, difference between the active ingredients in these two products is the Skin Renewal Complex contains vitamins A and E. That is IT!! Right now I am feeling empathy for everyone who has paid $100 a month to use the Dermitage system, because it is a complete and utter rip off.

The two creams do contain hyaluronic acid which is a good moisturizer, and green tea, grape seed, and white tea, which are good anti-oxidants. They contain algae for moisturizing, glucosamine, and yeast extract, which skincare companies claim stimulates collagen production, but is unproven in the scientific community. As previously stated, the Skin Renewal Complex contains vitamins A and E, which are a good anti-oxidants and moderately effective in the treatment of wrinkles.

But alas, the Skin Renewal Complex comes in a pot, thus effectively exposing all the ingredients to oxygen and light. This leads to oxidation of the ingredients and renders the anti-oxidants useless.

The rest of the ingredients are silicone fillers (which are occlusive and prevent water-loss), preservatives, alcohol and other potentially irritating synthetics. None of these prevent or treat wrinkles.  There is Acacia Gum, which is a cheap ingredient and I think the source of their patented “Inflacin” ingredient, but this is unclear. If it is, I am not impressed.

I am left with more questions than answers on this product. Where are the patented QuSomes®? Lifting spheres™? Rejuvanile? Seriously?? If you see them on the list, let me know, but so far, I am relatively unimpressed by Dermitage.

The Bottom Line:

For $100/month, you get hyaluronic acid, glucosamine, some botanical extracts, vitamins and four different types of silicone. While this system is a decent moisturizer, there is nothing here that is going to digitally erase your wrinkles like the ads would suggest. I do not recommend this product for treatment of the signs of aging.