It looks like Derma MD has been at work formulating new products and updating their website. I’ve previously tried a pretty large collection of of their skincare products, which you can read about here, and I recently received a couple of their new releases: the Sensitive Pearl Cleanser for hydrating skin and reducing redness, and the charcoal mud T.H.E. Purifying Mask, which features a handful of different alpha hydroxy acids, charcoal, and licorice root to reduce oil and minimize pores, fine lines, and darkened pigmentation.
Sensitive Pearl Cleanser ($28 for 4 oz.)
This was something I was very excited about because my skin is quite sensitive to cleansers and I increasingly prefer very gentle, SLS-free products. I also was quite optimistic because the Enzyme Cleanser was in my last round of products that I tried form Derma MD, and I loved it to bits. And, I really like this one, too. It has a creamy consistency and froths just a little bit, and feels more similar to a light, runny foaming cleanser than a cleansing milk or balm. It totally works and leaves my skin feeling soft, without drying it out at all.
The only little downside I’ve noticed is that it kind of melts in the heat, and so it can get the bottle a little messy if you try to transport or ship it in hot weather (which we’ve had so much of, recently). But if you’re looking for something gentle, I highly recommend this one.
Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, Glycerin, Behenyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Glycol Distearate, Sodium Cocoyl Hydrolyzed Amaranth Protein, Polyglyceryl-4 Caprate, Aesculus Hippocastanum (Horse Chestnut) Bark Extract, Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract, Olea Europaea (Olive) Leaf Extract, Epilobium Angustifolium Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Plantago Lanceolata Leaf Extract, Betula Alba (Birch) Bark Extract, Gluconolactone , Alcohol, Xanthan Gum, Alcohol Denat., Sodium Benzoate
T.H.E. Purifying Black Mud Mask ($39.95 for 2 oz.)
The last mask I used from Derma MD was also fantastic (it was the Avocado & Pumpkin Revitalizing Mask, which is both hydrating and exfoliating). Since my skin can get quite dry, avocados and pumpkins are a better match for my skin than charcoal and mud, but I still think this is a nice mask that will definitely be a good choice for a lot of people. This is geared toward normal to oily skin and contains alpha and beta hydroxy acids in addition to charcoal, kaolin clay, and licorice root. The combination is meant to absorb oil, clean pores, exfoliate, and lighten dark spots.
This works pretty nicely, and I just can’t leave it on too long. As long as I wash it off before in completely dries down, it isn’t noticeably drying on my skin. It does have a cold tingle, but I don’t think it hurts, and it has a strong eucalyptus-mint scent. You’re likely well aware if your skin is too sensitive to handle that, but it works fine for me and will work well for most. And, this has some really nice ingredients in it that take a step above the other mud masks I’ve tried in the past. The instructions say to use it 3 times a week, though I use it less frequently since my skin is on the dry/sensitive side.
Something I think is fun about this mud mask is that you can tell it has some more stuff in there besides clay and water, because it has a creamier (almost gel-like, even) texture than I’ve seen from other masks in the past. I think you can see in the jar that there’s a bit more of a shine to the product. I also really like the combination of acids, which include salicylic (a good one for my skin), mandelic and pyruvic (both of which are completely new to me), glycolic (a classic), and lactic (another one my skin really likes).
Ingredients: Aqua (water), kaolin, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf, Mandelic Acid, Charcoal CI 77266, Parfum, Glycolic Acid, Lactic Acid, Pyruvic Acid, Salicylic Acid, Xanthan Gum, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Maltodextrin, Iron Oxides CI 77491, Mentha Piperita Oil, Butlene Glycol, Glycyrrhiza Glabra Root Extract, Vegetable Glycerin, Chamoilla Recutita Flower Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Cucumis Sativus Fruit Extract, Hendera Helix Extract, Symphytum Officinale Leaf Extract, Phenoxyethanol.
In my little box from Derma MD, I also received samples of their Mid-Lift 11 Neck and Throat Creme, which is another new release, and the Pink Silk firming serum, which is an oldie but their most popular product, I believe. So, I can say a little about these products, too.
Mid-Lift 11 Neck and Throat Creme is a lifting and firming moisturizing cream that costs $99.95, which is … a lot. And the very idea of a cream designed for the neck area is a bit extravagant, as well. But I think this is a pretty neat product. It feels really nice on the skin and is very moisturizing. I didn’t get to trial it long enough to see whether the results are crazy good, but I did really enjoy trying it out. It does feel very luxurious, and Derma MD describes the formulation one that includes 11% active ingredients.
Pink Silk is one I’ve had the chance to try before, and I actually used up a full bottle of it a couple years back. It has a silicone feel to it, which I think is where the “silk” name comes from, but silicone-based serums aren’t my preference because I haven’t had great luck seeing results from them in the past. I think I’m actually enjoying this more now compared to the first time around because my skin is drier these days and the serum has been feeling nice on my sensitive, crackling skin (I’ve begun to have issues with summer sweat drying my skin out in certain places). Maybe it’s because it includes ingredients with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits.
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Let me know if you’ve tried any products from the brand, and how they worked out for you!
These products were provided to me by Derma MD. All opinions are my own.