MD Formulations

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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Good Benzoyl Peroxide 10 MD Formulations Benzoyl Peroxide  $20.00 2.00 fl. oz.
Average Continuous Renewal Complex, Sensitive Skin Formula MD Formulations Moisturizer without Sunscreen  $35.00 1.00 fl. oz.
Good Continuous Renewal Serum MD Formulations AHAs  $53.00 2.00 fl. oz.
Average Continuous Renewal Serum, Sensitive Skin Formula MD Formulations Serums  $53.00 2.00 fl. oz.
Good Critical Care Calming Gel MD Formulations Moisturizer without Sunscreen  $39.00 1.00 fl. oz.
Average Critical Care Shielding Creme MD Formulations Moisturizer without Sunscreen  $85.00 1.00 fl. oz.
Average Critical Care Skin Repair Complex MD Formulations Moisturizer without Sunscreen  $100.00 1.00 fl. oz.
Poor Daily Peel Pads MD Formulations AHAs  $30.00 40.00 pads
Good Face and Body Scrub MD Formulations Scrubs  $35.00 8.30 fl. oz.
Good Facial Cleanser MD Formulations Cleansers/Soaps  $32.00 8.30 fl. oz.
Good Facial Cleansing Gel MD Formulations Cleansers/Soaps  $32.00 8.30 fl. oz.
Poor Glycare Acne Gel MD Formulations AHAs  $30.00 2.50 fl. oz.
Poor Glycare Lotion MD Formulations Shine Control/Other  $40.00 2.00 fl. oz.
Poor Lip Balm SPF 20 MD Formulations Lip Balm With Sunscreen  $12.00 0.33 fl. oz.
Average Moisture Defense Antioxidant Eye Creme MD Formulations Eye Moisturizers  $35.00 0.50 fl. oz.
Best Moisture Defense Antioxidant Hydrating Gel MD Formulations Moisturizer without Sunscreen  $45.00 1.00 fl. oz.
Best Moisture Defense Antioxidant Spray MD Formulations Toners  $28.00 8.30 fl. oz.
Poor My Personal Peel System MD Formulations Specialty Skin Care Products  $85.00
Poor The Temps Brighten & Tighten Eye Serum MD Formulations Eye Moisturizers  $36.00 0.16 fl. oz.
Poor The Temps Lip Plumping Treatment MD Formulations Lip Plumpers  $28.00 0.27 fl. oz.
Average The Temps Wrinkle Filler & Deep Crease Relaxer MD Formulations Wrinkle Fillers  $36.00 0.06 fl. oz.
Good The TEMPS: Oil Control Pore Refiner MD Formulations Serums  $28.00 0.50 fl. oz.
Average Vit-A-Plus Anti-Aging Serum MD Formulations Serums  $50.00 1.00 fl. oz.
Poor Vit-A-Plus Clearing Complex MD Formulations BHA  $39.00 1.00 fl. oz.
Average Vit-A-Plus Clearing Complex Masque MD Formulations Oil-Absorbent Masks  $30.00 2.50 fl. oz.
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