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An intro to Derma MD skincare: results from a 30-day regimen

October 31, 2014
Derma MD skincare
Derma MD skincare

Derma MD is a brand that’s pretty new to me, and I’ve had the opportunity to test out a number of their products in a new regimen. I’m excited to share my thoughts on all of the products and giving an overall impression on how the routine has been working for me. I wanted to take some time to touch on each of the products as an intro to the brand, and I hope it’s helpful if you’re interested in finding some new skincare or perhaps just enjoy learning about what’s out there.

Derma MD’s website says they are committed to using the highest percentages of active ingredients and the newest delivery systems for those ingredients, and it looks to me like they generally tend to blend high tech ingredients with more natural plant-based extracts. I’ve been trying out these products for over a month, but I took a few weeks to slowly introduce myself to each product. Although I was interested in testing a full regimen, I also wanted take a moment to get familiar with how each product affected my skin before expanding the routine.

I received these products right after coming back from a long stretch of traveling, and my skin was in bad shape. I’m not sure what tipped it off, I suspect it was a cumulative effect (lots of sun, lots of flying, traveling to different climates, and changing seasons), but it got bad right at the end of summer. At first I thought that it might make the products look like superstars, as improvement in my skin was (hopefully) inevitable. However, the problems ended up taking a long time to fully cycle through, and I began to think the products instead really had some big challenges to tackle. I had some blemishes when my skin isn’t normally blemish-prone, and I developed a rash of little bumps in certain areas of my face. It was more than I normally deal with for sure, and it was an interesting time to try out some brand new products.

In general, I think that the regimen I’ve been using has done a really nice job with gentle exfoliation, softening, and moisture. It didn’t completely make over my skin overnight, but it made slow, consistent progress at correcting the irritation and texture issues, and I also think it’s been evening my skin tone. The redness that blemishes leave behind has been healing quickly. About a month in, I feel like my skin is looking really nice and it feels pretty balanced and hydrated. I also think I’m seeing a boost in my skin’s luminosity. I’ve gone from wearing medium coverage foundation with concealer to feeling comfortable just wearing a lighter coverage foundation. Normally my combination skin gets a little oily in the very center but otherwise is prone to being tight and dry, so it’s really great to feel nicely hydrated, especially considering we’re getting into colder weather.

I’m going to go over each of the products I’ve been using, and at the end I’ll point out my favorites as well as a discount code for a purchase. I just want to note that the full list of ingredients for each product is available on Derma MD’s website, and I will link each product’s page below.

What I’ve been using:

Derma MD Enzymatic Cleanser ($19 for 4 oz. or $35.75 for 8 oz.)
Derma MD Enzymatic Cleanser ($19 for 4 oz. or $35.75 for 8 oz.)

Enzymatic Cleanser with Pineapple & Papaya ($19 for 4 oz. or $35.75 for 8 oz.): First in the regimen is this cleanser, and we’re starting out with one of my top picks from the lot. I love this stuff. This is a gel cleanser with exfoliating pineapple and papaya enzymes, as well as chamomile and other plant extracts. It lathers a little (but not a lot) and just feels really smooth when massaged over skin. I was really impressed to find that my skin felt clean yet soft and moisturized after every wash. Also, it has a wonderful, light pineapple scent while remaining free of any added fragrance, and it doesn’t sting my eyes.

It cleanses skin well and it helps me get rid of whatever makeup my dedicated makeup remover may have left behind, and I think it has helped to smooth over the textural problems in a very gentle but consistent manner. As it claims, it does feel very mild. When I’m washing my face in the shower, I like to also bring the cleanser down to my neck, collarbone, and even the tops of my shoulders (which have seen too much sun recently and have been a little rough and dry), and I think it works nicely to maintain these areas, as well. My boyfriend uses and enjoys this, and loves the smell.

Derma MD Serums: Vitmin C Milk ($129), Pink Silk ($138.95), and S-Cargot ($149.95)
Derma MD Serums: Vitmin C Milk ($129), Pink Silk ($138.95), and S-Cargot ($149.95), each 1.0 oz.
Derma MD serum, with pump
Derma MD Vitamin C Milk Collagen Booster

I’ve been trying 3 serums, and I know that these are products I’ll want to say more about in the future because I want a chance to try them individually for longer and give them some time to show some results (I find it unlikely that a serum will provide full results in 30 days). But, I’ve tried to get to know them over the last month.

The canisters they come in don’t allow you to see how much product you have left, but I appreciate that they don’t expose the serum to light or air, which preserves the potency of the active ingredients.

Vitamin C Milk Collagen Booster ($129 for 1 oz.): “Milk” is about right when it comes to describing the consistency of this treatment, and its consistency is the lightest of the 3 serums. I’ve been using 1 to 1.5 pumps of this on my face, neck, and décolletage. This contains antioxidants vitamin C (in the form of ascorbyl palmitate), resveratrol, and pycnogeol to reduce inflammation, lighten dark spots, protect skin from UV-related damage, and promote collagen production. It also offers a handful of ingredients that offer some hydration, but the texture is still really light and it sinks into quickly, and it smells like fresh citrus which is lovely. This seems like a nice basic treatment that would be appropriate for a number of different skin types. I’ve been using this the longest, and though I found myself wishing I saw more of a difference in my skin, I like the consistency of it and find it pleasant to use.

Pink Silk Face Firming Serum ($138.95 for 1 oz.): According to the website, this is Derma MD’s #1 seller. It’s formulated with anti-inflammatory antioxidants and claims to slow the appearance of aging, calm redness, and make skin more luminous. I’m willing to guess that the reason people enjoy this serum so much is the texture. The first three ingredients are cyclomethicone, dimethicone cross polymer, and dimethicone, so if you’ve had experience with silicone-based serums or primers in the past, you’ll have a good idea of what to expect. It has a silky and slippery texture that spreads easily, and I need less than a full pump for an application. I think the smooth finish and formulation that combats free radicals makes this particularly well-suited for daytime use.

S-Cargot Lifting Serum ($149.95 for 1 oz.): This is my personal favorite of the three serums. This one has snail filtrate and apple stem cell extract, and the claims focus on repairing and hydrating skin, increasing collagen, tightening skin, and reversing the signs of aging. It’s a white, creamy serum with a slightly medicinal almost cinnamon-like smell, and of the 3 serums this one has the richest texture. Snail filtrate contains vitamins, allantoin, collagen, and elastin. The serum is hydrating and takes longer to sink into skin than the other two serums mentioned, but it does dry down and gives skin an instant luminosity without being shiny or greasy at all. I use about one full pump for an application and then make sure to give it a few minutes to sink in before moving on with the rest of my routine.

Derma MD Eliminate & Lighten Eye Cream ($58.95)
Derma MD Eliminate & Lighten Eye Cream ($58.95 for 0.5 oz.)
Derma MD Eliminate & Lighten Eye Cream ($58.95)
Derma MD Eliminate & Lighten Eye Cream ($58.95 for 0.5 oz.)

Eliminate & Lighten Eye Cream ($58.95 for 0.5 oz. – update: read my full review): This eye cream targets puffiness, dark circles, and fine lines. This product really appeals to me because I have all three of those things! It’s a yellow cream that has a substantial enough consistency and feels hydrating, yet it sinks into skin well and doesn’t interfere with my eye makeup. I will admit that I have some reservations about whether creams can really alleviate dark circles, and I haven’t seen a change in mine. I also think the change in my fine lines has been very minimal so far, but it may need more time than a month to show real progress. However, I haven’t had any eye puffiness in a couple of weeks so I love it for that. Some of the key ingredients include vitamin C (in the form of magnesium ascorbyl phosphate), shea butter, chrysanthemum extract, kojic acid, and licorice root. I like it.

Derma MD Daytime Moisturizer SPF 50 ($44.95 for 1.7 oz.)
Derma MD Daytime Moisturizer SPF 50 ($44.95 for 1.7 oz.)
Derma MD Daytime Moisturizer SPF 50 ($44.95 for 1.7 oz.)
Derma MD Daytime Moisturizer SPF 50 ($44.95 for 1.7 oz.)
Derma MD Daytime Moisturizer SPF 50 ($44.95 for 1.7 oz.)
Derma MD Daytime Moisturizer SPF 50 ($44.95 for 1.7 oz.)

Daytime Moisturizer SPF 50 ($44.95 for 1.7 oz.): This is an oil-free moisturizer with broad spectrum SPF 50, with active ingredients zinc oxide, titanium dioxide, and octylmethoxy cinnamate. What I really enjoy about this is the texture, which is very light, airy, and smooth, yet I need very little of it when applying it to my skin. The texture almost makes me want to eat it (is that weird?). Because of how little I need, this will last me a long time. That’s great, because I’d definitely like to try this out come spring and summer when the days are sunnier. Aloe is the second ingredient, and it also includes hyaluronic acid, vitamin E acetate, and allantoin further down the list.

Derma MD Diminish Lightening & Brightening Creme ($62.95 for 1.0 oz.)
Derma MD Diminish Lightening & Brightening Creme ($62.95 for 1.0 oz.)
Derma MD Diminish Lightening & Brightening Creme ($62.95 for 1.0 oz.)
Derma MD Diminish Lightening & Brightening Creme ($62.95 for 2.0 oz.)

Diminish Lightening & Brightening Creme ($62.95 for 2.0 oz. – update: read my full review): This cream claims to lighten hyperpigmentation, age spots, and scarring related to surgical procedures, and ingredients include kojic powder, bearberry leaf extract, mulberry extract and licorice root. I also really enjoy the texture of this one, it’s thicker than the previous moisturizer but I don’t find it makes me oily. I apply this mostly to the areas on my skin that see the most sun, including most of my face, my collarbone area, and the very tops of my shoulders. I have noticed my skin tone even out throughout the last month and I think this cream can take some of the credit. I will say that this has a slightly menthol-like medicinal smell to it which was unpleasant when I opened the tub for the first time. I think it may have something to do with being shipped in warm weather, but the smell faded substantially after a week or so of being open. Once applied to skin, the smell literally dissipated in a matter of seconds, so it wasn’t a huge deal. It’s no longer a concern now that it’s faded, but I just wanted to give a heads-up because it was initially took me by surprise.

So far, this has been my favorite moisturizer in the routine because I enjoy the feeling of it on my skin, a little goes a long way, and I think I’ve already started to notice results even though I wouldn’t describe sun spots as my primary skin concern.

Derma MD Uplifting Neck & Face Creme for nighttime repair ($89 for 1.7 oz.)
Derma MD Uplifting Neck & Face Creme for nighttime repair ($89 for 1.7 oz.)
Derma MD Uplifting Neck & Face Creme for nighttime repair ($89 for 1.7 oz.)
Derma MD Uplifting Neck & Face Creme for nighttime repair ($89 for 1.7 oz.)

Uplifting Neck & Face Creme for nighttime repair ($89 for 1.7 oz.): I’ve been using this as my night cream, and it’s the heaviest of the three moisturizers I’ve been testing. While all creams can (and should) be taken down the neck, I like that they call that out as a strength of this one. Strangely, this looks and smells a little like vanilla pudding, but there’s no fragrance in it … it might be the almond oil that’s contributing to the effect. At first I felt like this really sat on top of my skin, but I’ve recently realized that I can use less product and actually get a better result by making sure I pat it into my skin rather than massaging it. It still is noticeable on skin throughout the night, though, so it almost feels a little balm-like. The entire ingredients list on this sounds really nice, and highlights include peptides, palmitoyl oligopeptide, Syn-Coll™, alpha lipoic acid, and DMAE complex. The claims are a little dramatic (neck and face will appear younger looking within days) but I like it even though my results haven’t been quite that sensational.

Derma MD Revitalizing Avocado & Pumpkin Mask ($58.95 for 2 oz.)
Derma MD Revitalizing Avocado & Pumpkin Mask ($58.95 for 2 oz.)
Derma MD Revitalizing Avocado & Pumpkin Mask ($58.95 for 2 oz.)
Derma MD Revitalizing Avocado & Pumpkin Mask ($58.95 for 2 oz.)

Revitalizing Avocado & Pumpkin Mask ($58.95 for 2 oz.): I think of this as being a perfect partner to the enzyme cleanser as it features natural exfoliating enzymes that are effective yet gentle. I’ve been using this faithfully 3 times a week and I think it’s fantastic. It’s a white cream that I apply for 15 minutes or so, and I don’t get any sort of tingle, pain, or irritation from it. In fact, it’s actually formulated to hydrate and reduce redness while exfoliating and fighting free radicals. It makes my skin feel great, but beyond that I also notice that my fake tan lightens evenly each time I use it. I’ve never experienced anything quite like that before! Besides the fruit extracts and avocado oil, the mask also includes kaolin clay, green tea extract, and beeswax. This is a pretty expensive mask, but if you can swing it I’d recommend trying it out.

Derma MD Intense Healing Soy Moisturizer, Body ($52 for 2 oz.)
Derma MD Intense Healing Soy Moisturizer, Body ($52 for 2 oz.)
Derma MD Intense Healing Soy Moisturizer, Body ($52 for 2 oz.)
Derma MD Intense Healing Soy Moisturizer, Body ($52 for 2 oz.)

Intense Healing Soy Moisturizer, Body ($52 for 2 oz.): I have to admit that this one baffled me a bit at first, because it comes with a high price tag and a small pot, yet it didn’t do a lot for me when I tried it out as a general body moisturizer. I revisited the website to read more about it, and found it’s actually targeted to repairing eczema and psoriasis as well as broken fissures in heels and callouses. I’ve seen that it helps with the rough skin on my elbows as well as any cracked skin on my hands, and it has ingredients that are described as repairing skin, soothing itchiness and irritation, and softening dry patches, so I’m no longer thinking of it as a normal body moisturizer. I feel like I’m not able to fully evaluate it right now, but I’ll save it for the winter and will try it out if I get irritated skin. However, I do live in a pretty mild climate and I’m not prone to eczema-like patches, so ultimately I’m not sure I’m the best person to assess how effective it is. If you struggle with eczema or psoriasis, this may make a bigger difference for you. It’s completely unscented, and while it isn’t particularly heavy it does have some slip to it.

Glamur Lip Plumper ($25.95/ea)
Derma MD Glamur Lip Plumper ($25.95/ea)
Glamur Lip Plumper ($25.95/ea)
Derma MD Glamur Lip Plumper ($25.95/ea)
Derma MD Glamur Lip Plump
Derma MD Glamur Lip Plumper ($25.95/ea)

Glamur Lip Plumper glosses ($25.95/ea): The last items I received were these plumping lip glosses. These are sheer glosses with a doe foot applicator and a very gentle menthol plumping sensation. They also include niacin to stimulate blood flow, hyaluronic acid spheres for moisture, and tri-peptide 1 to stimulate new collagen. The website says that with twice-daily use, lip size will increase within 30-45 days. Full disclosure, I have reached for these throughout the month but have not been using them twice-daily. I do like them, though. The menthol sensation really is quite gentle, they’re scented like cake, aren’t sticky, and the sheer color makes it easy for me to apply without using a mirror. I don’t find them to instantly moisturize like a good balm would and they’re not very long-lasting, but they’re pleasant to use and could be an interesting product to try if you’re interested in plumping up your lips. They’re certainly cheaper than injections.

 

Favorites: After trying things out for a month, I think my personal top picks would be the enzyme cleanser, S-Cargot serum, the Diminish Lighten & Brighten moisturizer, and the enzyme mask. I’m going to definitely continue using everything, perhaps in a simpler routine that allows me to better assess the longer term results each product individually provides. I’m really happy with the progress I’ve made with my skin after how rough it got at the end of the summer, and I hope things continue to improve.

Derma MD has kindly offered readers 40% off of an entire purchase using the code dermamd40.

Have you ever heard of Derma MD, and have you tried any of these products? I’d love to hear your thoughts, and if there are any particular products you’re interested in hearing more about, let me know!

These products were provided to me by Derma MD. All opinions are my own.

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