I love deals. Especially two-for-one. Recession or not, you get more bang for your buck. So I was already loving the idea of Dermelect's Detoxifying Oxygen Facial Commission ($48). It works both as a cleanser and a mask (which draws out impurities even further).
When I first came across Dermelect, I was a little less enthused than I should have been. When I see the word "Derm" in a brand, I already know they're more clinically and scientifically driven than another brand that strives to be 100% organic. Nonetheless, my curiosity was piqued (especially since I discovered they use Matrixyl 3000 in some of their products).
This product is pretty unique: it works to restore vital oxygen back to the skin. When it's applied, it releases oxygen molecules and purifiers to detoxify and invigorate. This includes cleansing, de-stressing, and rehydrating. As you know, oxygen levels in our skin are depleted and decline as we age (not to mention environmental factors and... uh, vices, that contribute).
The main hype around this product is BV-OSC or Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate. BV-OSC is basically a stable, oil-soluble Vitamin C Ester that's known to absorb really well. It has a whole slew of advantages, including increasing collagen, reducing melanin and well, just holding the vitamin C better than ascorbic acid. With that said, it's quite potent. It also brightens the skin and repairs the effect of environmental damage (including UV exposure), so yes, detoxifying indeed.
I like how it contains sodium PCA, which is a nice humectant that actually keeps your skin hydrated with its ability to retain moisture. There's also licorice extract, which brightens the complexion.
I used it as a face wash. I was surprised to find that it had a very subtle, sweet scent. The lather was very thin and not too foamy, which was actually kind of nice. Afterward, I have to say that I was squeaky clean. The mask reminded me of Malin & Goetz's Detox Face Mask and it truly felt detoxifying after application.
Two for the price of one (actually, make that three: it works as a foam shaving cream!). Dermstore.com
Aqua, Methyl Perfluorobutyl Ether, Glucose, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Glycerin, Dimethicone PEG-7 Phosphate, Sodium PCA, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Ethylhexyl Isononanoate, Isononyl Isononanoate, Sodium Cocamidopropyl, PG-Dimonium Chloride Phosphate, Acrylates Copolymer, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Xanthan Gum, Potassium Chloride, Phenoxyethanol, Panthenol, Citric Acid, Mica, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Tocopherol, Red 40 (CI 16035), Yellow 5 (CI 19140), Glycyrrhiza glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Parfum, Carbomer, Papain, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate