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Dermagenics Men’s Mega-Hydrating Anti Aging Cream– tried and rejected

Is a Solution for:
Sagging Skin, Face Care for Men
January 28, 2011 Reviewed by Mark 4 Comments
Men’s products could arguably be considered the stepchild of the skincare world.  An oft overlooked niche that a new line called Dermagenics hopes to help fill.  With only five products, they have an Anti-aging Moisturizer ($85) marketed specifically for the guys.

According to their website this is an all in one product that “radically reverses the signs of aging in as little as 30 days,” and here’s their self described website ‘pitch’:  “Dermagenics Mega-Hydrating Anti Aging Cream is specifically formulated for men. It's powerful and effective ingredients heal skin quickly, without toxins, dyes or fragrances. It dramatically reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, minimizes large pores, reduces under-eye puffiness and dark circles, and lifts sagging eyelids. It promotes a firmer, more toned look and feel, while brightening the skin and generating a radiant glow. We formulated Men's Dermagenics to be strong enough to be effective for the face and neck, yet gentle enough for the more sensitive under eye area.”

In theory an all in one skin care product would be great – one product to pack for vacation or throw in the gym bag – space freed up on the vanity and a quick and easy morning and evening routine.  A true relief all the way around and a life that’s less encumbered.  With these thoughts in mind I began my trial with hope and a bit of skepticism.  Contained in a screw top jar, the Mega Hydrating Anti-Aging Moisturizer is a fairly lightweight and unscented cream that applied easily and absorbed well.  To be used twice daily, I began after cleansing with an evening application to my entire face including upper and lower eyelid areas and the entire neck.  It left no shine or greasiness so I thought I was off to a good start. The following morning I awoke to find my previously unblemished face was broken out adjacent to my nose on both sides.  Dismayed but not deterred, I continued using the product morning and evening but avoided applying to these areas that subsequently cleared up.

Now, after having finished the jar, I am a bit disappointed but not that surprised this all in one product is not for me.  Thankfully, I don’t suffer from under-eye puffiness or dark circles so I can’t speak to how it might affect them, but I just didn’t see any improvement in the other issues it claims to address such as firmer skin, fine lines, pores or eyelids.  As for the under eye area, it seems to have missed my usual application of KaplanMD Eye Cream ($95 in the TIA shop) as it doesn’t look as firm since I have used this product in its place.  What I did notice was a bit of skin brightening and some moisturization, but for my experience that was it, so for now I won’t be chucking my favored products or gaining any real estate on the bathroom vanity.
  • April 7, 2011

    by Noel

    I always get a bad taste in my mouth when I see skincare products geared towards specifically to either gender. With the exception of female pre, peri or post-menopausal skin that just requires additional moisture, its a scientific fact that there isn't enough differences in either gender's skin to warrant specialized skincare. This is completely marketing. This is speaking volumes since I'm extreme product junkie guy!

  • January 31, 2011

    by Jason

    Hi Junko,

    Thanks for taking the time to read Mark's review and comment on our product.

    At Dermagenics we are committed to creating exceptional solutions to reduce the signs of aging and promote healthy skin. The claims and information on the website are based on 5 years of field testing, and feedback from our customers.

    We're not interested in making "single time disappointment sales". I'm sorry if this review gave you that impression. Our goal is to create products that exceed the expectations of our customers, and earn lifelong customers. We have dozens of other real life, non-paid reviews that are very positive, including Marta's own review of the women's anti-aging moisturizer.

    We are very interested in learning more about Mark's experience with the product, as well as his previous skin care routine. The more we learn about why one of our products wasn't a good fit, the better chance we have of making the product better, or clarifying our claims about how the product will benefit our customers.

    Thanks again to Mark for taking the time to review the product in such detail, Marta for making his insights available to others, and Junko for keeping us on our toes :)


    Jason Barbaria
    Sales & Marketing Coordinator at Dermagenics

  • January 29, 2011

    by marta

    Sorry, it didn't work out for you Mark. I do like the women's version though. I am still using it.

  • January 28, 2011

    by Junko

    Great Review Mark * I don't know why companies make all these false claims. I'd think they'd make more money in the long run if they made a good product that people would re-purchase, rather than single time disappointment sales. Your opener on it, did make it sound a bit too good to be true, but we always hope...

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