12.30.2014
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Vit-A-Plus Night Recovery (Discontinued)
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1 fl. oz. for $50
Category:Skin Care > AHA Exfoliants > AHA
Last Updated:12.30.2014
Jar Packaging:No
pH:4.00
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

Vit-A-Plus Night Recovery is a combination AHA/BHA product with 8% glycolic compound (consisting of ammonium glycolate and glycolic acid) and 1% salicylic acid. The pH of 4 is borderline for exfoliation, but you should net some results. The lightweight texture and reduced amount of thickening agents is preferred for normal to slightly oily skin, but this can be used by all skin types. The amount of antioxidants and water-binding agents isn’t expansive, but the concentrations of each are above average. This exfoliant is fragrance-free, which is yet another plus.

Claims

Younger-looking skin starts here! Our Vit-A-Plus Night Recovery will transform your skin, revealing the smooth, beautiful skin you were born with. For smoother skin almost overnight, Vit-A-Plus Night Recovery rapidly improves skin texture and refines pores, while controlling blemishes. Our revolutionary solution diminishes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and increases skin resiliency. The time-released formula works all night to reveal younger-looking skin every morning.

Ingredients

Water, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Ammonium Glycolate, Glycerin, Dimethicone, Salicyclic Acid, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sucrose Cocoate, Acrylates Copolymer, Cellulose, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Retinyl Palmitate, Linoleamidopropyl PG-Dimonium Chloride Phosphate, Glycolic Acid, Hyaluronic Acid, Allantoin, Sea Whip Extract, Millet (Panicum Miliaceum) Extract, Tocopherol, Ceteareth-20, Dimethicone Copolyol, Silica, Butylene Glycol, Carboxymethyl Cellulose, Xanthan Gum, Disodium EDTA, BHT, Imidazolidinyl Urea, Methylparaben, Propylparaben

Brand Overview

MD Formulations At-A-Glance

Strengths: The entire line is fragrance-free; some well-formulated AHA products featuring glycolic acid and ammonium glycolate; a selection of very good cleansers; some extraordinary moisturizers and serums; very good toner; an oil-rich lip balm with broad-spectrum sunscreen.

Weaknesses: Some AHA products that include alcohol and other irritants; jar packaging; sunscreens without sufficient UVA protection; the at-home peel kit is an irritation waiting to happen; adhering to a routine of several MD Formulations products may expose skin to an excessive amount of exfoliation; incomplete routine(s) for blemish-prone skin.

This medically oriented, spa- and salon-sold skin-care company has its roots in alpha hydroxy acids, and was selling products with these ingredients as early as 1983, years before the cosmetics industry at large began promoting AHAs as the latest antiwrinkle miracle. The AHA craze has long since quieted, but ongoing, substantiated research has proven what a valuable asset properly formulated AHAs can be for skin. MD Formulations uses glycolic acid and ammonium glycolate (an exfoliant and pH adjuster related to glycolic acid) as its chief AHAs. Glycolic acid, in particular, has the most long-term research establishing its benefit for skin. Its list of benefits for skin is impressive, and these include improving photodamaged skin, normalizing the surface of skin so it appears smoother and healthier, improving the function of the skin's outer structure so it protects skin and reduces dryness, eliminating a dull surface, and stimulating collagen production (Sources: Journal of Dermatology, January 2006, pages 16–22; Experimental Dermatology, 2003 Supplement, pages 5763; Cutis, August 2001, pages 135–142; Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology, July 2000, pages 280–284; American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, March-April 2000, pages 81–88; Skin Pharmacology and Applied Skin Physiology, May-June 1999, pages 111–119; Dermatologic Surgery, August 1997, pages 689–694; Journal of Cell Physiology, October 1999, pages 14–23; and British Journal of Dermatology, December 1996, pages 867–875).

This is exciting information, but it's critical to keep in mind that glycolic acid (and AHAs in general) is not the only answer for aging, sun-damaged skin. Luckily, MD Formulations thinks so too, because several of their latest products contain AHAs along with antioxidants, cell-communicating ingredients (such as peptides and phospholipids), and retinol (cell-communicating ingredient and antioxidant). Research has shown that combining an AHA with retinol enhances its bioactivity in the lower layers of skin without altering the efficacy of the AHA (Source: Dermatology, 2005 Supplement, pages 6–13).

In many respects, next to the Lauder-owned lines, MD Formulations has a fantastic roster of antioxidant-laden moisturizers and serums. Even their toner is highly recommended, and we don't often get excited about toners (well, except my own, but that's another review). Surprisingly, for a company that is close to the cutting edge of creating state-of-the-art skin-care products, they still use jar packaging for many products whose ingredients are light- and air-sensitive. Those products should be avoided, especially for what MD Formulations is charging.

It's also distressing that half of their sunscreens lack sufficient UVA protection and a handful of products contain well-known irritants that don't promote healthy, intact skin (what were they thinking?). Due to the manner in which well-formulated AHA products work, sun protection is essential. As skin's outer, thickened layer is removed, the vibrant, "new" skin is more vulnerable to sun damage. It would be optimal if MD Formulations stocked a wider variety of effective sunscreens, and added as many antioxidants to them as they do to most of their moisturizers and serums. Still, plenty of other lines sell beautifully formulated sunscreens, so you can cherry-pick the suitable prime options from MD Formulations and fill in the sun-protection blank elsewhere (which isn't a bad idea—this is an expensive skin-care line).

For more information about MD Formulations, call (800) 451-3940 or visit www.mdformulations.com.

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05.06.2015
What replaces night recovery complex?

I have used this for many years and I absolutely love it! I'm rationing my last bottle as it's been discontinued. What is a good replacement? Help pleeaasse.....

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05.08.2015
Beautypedia Team Response

Hi there!  I just contacted the company and confirmed that this product has indeed been discontinued.  The representative directed me to BareMinerals' Active Cell Renewal Night Serum as the product they have now that is most similar (however, I did want to point out that this product appears to be similar only in the sense that it is also a serum and does not have the same beneficial ingredients this product contained and earned a POOR or one-star rating from the Beautypedia Team, unfortunately).  Thank you for the heads up, however, and I've updated the product on Beautypedia to show as discontinued as well.

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04.17.2015
Discontinued

This product is discontinued :(

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04.21.2015
Beautypedia Team Response

Hi there!  Thank you for the heads up - we've marked this product as 'discontinued' in our database.

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