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Mango Madness Skincare cleanser and creams- Reviewed and Recommended

Is a Solution for:
Dull Skin, Oily Skin, Dark Circles, Sagging Skin
October 28, 2009 Reviewed by Copley 10 Comments
You might think that a skincare company with a name like Mango Madness doesn't take itself seriously. Though it might sound more like a smoothie flavor than a cosmetics company, Mango Madness is dead serious about the potency and efficacy of its products. Founded in 2004 by a licensed esthetician and her husband, the brand emphasizes ingredient quality and anti-aging results, which are kept under close watch by a team of doctors, pharmacists, and estheticians. Over the past few weeks, I have been testing a Mango Madness trio of the Exfoliate Me exfoliating facial cleanser, Refresh Me under eye cream, and Peptide 6 wrinkle cream.

The first thing I noticed when glancing over the ingredients lists of Mango Madness products is that they are short. And we all know that less empty fillers means more potent actives. Next, my eyes were drawn to a huge lineup of anti-aging heavy hitters. Mango Madness skips controversial parabens, artificial fragrances, and estrogenic chemicals in favor of proven active ingredients like peptides, alpha hydroxy acids, and hyaluronic acid.

The wrinkle cream is jam-packed with a whole posse of peptides (short chains of amino acids that send messages to skin cells). Both acetyl glutamyl heptapeptide-1 and pentapeptide-3 inhibit muscle contractions, thus lessening the development of wrinkles due to repeated movement. Pentapeptide-3 is also the main component of CellularSkin RX Relax Plus Vialox, for which Kate waded through the scientific sludge so you don't have to. Palmitoyl tetrapeptide-3 (the 3 has been replaced by a 7 in updated nomenclature) is known to suppress the production of excess interleukins, thus preventing undue inflammatory responses and glycation damage. When combined with palmitoyl oligopeptide, it creates matrixyl 3000, a peptide powerhouse that can boost the growth of the connective tissues and increase collagen formation in the skin.

There is a bit of controversy surrounding the neuropeptide acetyl hexapeptide (trade name argireline), known for its muscle-relaxing properties. Because of its Botox-like power to hide expression lines by interfering with muscle nerves, some people fret that it may cause skin to sag. But no evidence supports this concern, and clinical studies performed on argireline have determined that a 10% strength reduces wrinkles by 30% over 30 days. Seeing as it's the first listed active ingredient, argireline is probably present at a much higher concentration in the Peptide 6 cream and, therefore, delivers a higher potency.

Both the Peptide 6 wrinkle cream and the Refresh Me eye cream contain nourishing moisturizers such as jojoba oil, apricot kernel oil, squalane (from olives), and hyaluronic acid (a naturally occurring component that plays an important role in tissue hydration, lubrication, and cellular function). The eye cream also benefits from the botanical ingredients arnica montana, which reduces the swelling of veins under the skin, and hydrolized rice bran extract, which brightens the complexion due to antioxidant lipoic acid and circulation-boosting niacin (vitamin B5). Refresh Me's most important active is vitamin K, one of the only ingredients proven to improve dark circles under the eyes (as published in a 2004 study in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology). Because under-eye circles are linked to poor vascular conditions and vitamin K helps ensure proper blood clotting, regular application of this vitamin stops any seepage or leakage under the skin and allows the tissue to heal itself.

The key to Exfoliate Me's exfoliating power is glycolic, what the chief scientific officer at Avon referred to as the "biggest breakthrough in skincare" in the past couple of decades. The 10% glycolic acid action was actually a bit strong for my unseasoned skin. As is to be expected with any member of the AHA family, the glycolic cleanser stung when it came into contact with the odd blemish and left my nose peeling for days. Alas, this is the price you have to pay for a fresh layer of skin. The rest of the ingredients are natural emollients, including olive oil, vegetable-derived glycerin, and rose hip seed oil, which counteract the drying effects of the glycolic. In fact, Exfoliate Me's formula contains all the same ingredients as CSI Rose Hips Facial Cleanser (highly recommended by Marta), plus a potent dose of AHA.

By keeping its formulas short and sweet, Mango Madness plays it safe where most manufacturers make the mistake of chemical overload. The only areas of concern are phenoxyethanol, the company's preservative of choice in cream products, and the synthetic emollient C 13-14 Isoparaffin, which is derived from petroleum. While phenoxyethanol is accused of shutting down the central nervous system and causing contact dermatitis, C 13-14 Isoparaffin can be contaminated with carcinogenic impurities like 1,4-dioxane. Nonetheless, C 13-14 Isoparaffin has not been shown in human studies to have adverse effects and registers only as a low hazard ingredients on the Cosmetic Database's safety scale. Also, ethylhexylglycerin is generally considered safe but has shown to cause contact dermatitis in two studies.

The experience of using all three products has been a source of pleasure. In spite of a spat of stinging and flaking, the glycolic cleanser has proven that it works, leaving my skin soft and glowing. I have no doubt that negative side effects will abate once I get my skin accustomed to regular use of this "breakthrough" ingredient. And though their jar design leaves them susceptible to contamination from your finger, both the eye and wrinkle cream are genuine thirst quenchers for your skin. The creams sink right in and do not leave one hint of residue or shine. Their effects may only be temporary, but there is no doubt that Refresh Me awakens my eye area and lightens dark shadows, while Peptide 6 deeply moisturizes and smooths out lines.

Considering what you get for what you pay, Mango Madness has some of the best buys on the market. There is little to scare off even the most sensitive-skinned, and a great deal to satisfy the most dedicated anti-aging seekers. Prices range from $26 (for Mango Miracle Day Cream) to $69 (for a 100% Hyaluronic Acid Serum Moisturizer). How often do you see a potent eye cream for under $30, or pure hyaluronic acid, period? It is madness that this line hasn't gotten more recognition.

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Exfoliate Me Exfoliating Facial Cleanser Ingredients: Purified Water, Olive Oil Castile, Glycolic Acid, Vegetable Glycerin, Rose Hip Seed Oil, Essential Oils, Seaweed Extracts, Oil of Kumquat.

Refresh Me Under Eye Cream Active Ingredients: Jojoba Oil, Apricot Kernel Oil, Squalane, Hyaluronic Acid, Arnica Montana, Vitamin K 1 (phytonadione), Oxido Reductases, Soy Peptide, Hydrolyzed Rice Bran Extract. Other ingredients: Purified Water, Laureth-7, C 13-14 Isoparaffin, Polyacrylamide, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Oil of Kumquat.

Peptide 6 Wrinkle Cream Active Ingredients: Acetyl Hexapeptide (Argireline®), Pentapeptide-3, Tripeptide, Acetyl Glutamyl Heptapeptide-1, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-3, Hyaluronic Acid, Jojoba Oil, Apricot Kernel Oil, Squalane. Other Ingredients: Purified Water, Jojoba Oil, Apricot Kernel Oil, Laureth-7, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Polyacrylamide, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin.
  • August 11, 2014

    by Beth

    I am in the beauty business and I recommend the Renew Youth Retinol Cream to all my customers who want to know what I use for my glowing skin.

  • August 6, 2014

    by Allison Brenda

    Anti aging wrinkle cream and skin care products like Hyaluronic Acid, Peptides, Glycolic Acid and Retinol. It’s amazing that now you can get rid of wrinkles with the best moisturize in low price... I am really happy a lot with these products so I would recommend to all!

  • June 20, 2014

    by Camila Souza

    This ReNew Youth Retinol Skin Cream is an all-in-one. It smoothes wrinkles and re-texturizes to lighten dark circles and also elasticize to speed cell turnover. Highly recommended!

  • November 16, 2011

    by Kit

    Mangoes are renowned for producing propyl-parabens as part of their innate response to potential fungal and bacterial infection. So if this contains mango derived products, it probably can't be described as truly parabens free. If you want to test this for yourself you will need to buy some fairly hardcore chemistry equipment, but perhaps this will suffice: http://www.ehow.com/info_8062827_fruits-vegetables-do-parabens-occur.html

    Seriously though, the concentration of parabens in mango is so low as to be of no concern; we have been eating them for millenia,after all!

    That said, it raises an important point. When the label lists a lot of plant extracts, do you ever want to know what chemicals are in those plants? After all some of the most toxic substances known to man occur in plants (think of deadly nightshade and hemlock), so perhaps the ingredients should be bigger so we know what we are using!

  • October 30, 2009

    by Pam Clark

    I have tried all of the products listed above and then some and love them! I can definitely see the results. Thanks for your editorial.

  • October 29, 2009

    by marta

    Sheri,

    We are right now looking into whether we can get Mango Madness into our store.

  • October 29, 2009

    by aerwin

    I really like the idea of these products. Plus I am addicted to mangoes.Yes are they going to be offered in the store?

  • October 28, 2009

    by Sheri

    Thanks, I've been trying to find something on this site for my 40ish skin. Today's email mentioned a fourth product to try, but I could not find the link to put in my plea. Are the Mango Madness products going to be offered in your store?

  • October 28, 2009

    by Marie

    Yes! Please continue to inform your readers of wonderful companies like Mango Madness that use beneficial AND effective ingredients without use of parabens, mineral oil and other junk. Got to try their products!

  • October 28, 2009

    by Mark

    Thanks for reviewing this product line. I've been looking for a good eye cream and may have to give this a go. It's refreshing to see a product line with skin nourishing ingredients reasonably priced.

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