md Corrective Care Hyper-Pigmentation Corrective Complex: Reviewed and Rejected
I hate feeling as if I'm bound to a strict set of regimented steps, as with md Corrective Care's four-part program, and I would much rather try out different components of a skincare range as I please. In particular, a system based on AHAs deserves extra caution to avoid overdoing it and upsetting the skin with too many products. Therefore, I set out to test md Corrective Care's Skin Brightening System, which includes an exfoliating cleanser with glycolic acid, a spot lightener, a hyper-pigmentation corrective complex, and an anti-aging cream, by skipping straight to step 3. After furrowing my brow at the paraben-plentiful ingredients lists (see bottom of post), I figured I was doing my skin a favor by limiting my experiment to one product.
For several nights, I halfheartedly applied md Corrective Care's Hyper-Pigmentation Corrective Complex all over my face after washing with my regular mild cleanser. As the slimy serum dried, my skin felt, in a word, tight. Other words that come to mind are tingly and tense. Considering that I had trouble falling asleep with this presence on my face, I can't imagine putting it on in the morning before makeup and wearing it out all day. The worst part of the experience was waking up to find rings of residue all over the edges of my face and scrubbing vigorously to remove the slimy coating.
Even if those dregs from the serum were actual dead skin cells, which would indicate that something happened overnight, I can't entertain the thought of using it again. I have tried plenty of AHA products that moisturized my skin while gently exfoliating instead of making me uncomfortable with a gooey tautness. This one promises to make the complexion translucent, to even skin tone, and to reduce signs of hyper-pigmentation. I cannot say my skin emerged from the process any less pigmented or any clearer (which I presume is what md Corrective Care means by translucent).
Md Corrective Care's Hyper-Pigmentation Corrective Complex is a certainly a mouthful. I guess it makes up in words what it lacks in results. After I give the other steps a thorough try, we will know if this serum is just a filler in an acceptable new peel system or if the system as a whole should be rejected. I have a full sample size set of the "Soothing Skin System," which uses lactic acid and kudzu extracts, if anyone wants to have a go. Just leave a comment and promise a review of your experience.
Water, Sodium Acryloyl Dimethyltaurate Copolymer, Xantham Gum, Alcohol, PPG-26-buteth-26, PEG-40, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit Peel) Oil, Butylene Glycol, Lecithin, Propylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Glycerin, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon Peel) Oil, Algin, Laureth-7, Vitis Vinifera (Grape Fruit) Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis (Root) Extract, Saxifragra Sarmentosa Extract, Morus Bombycis Root Extract, Disodium EDTA, Carrageenans, Methylparaben, Glucose, Undaria Pinnatifida Extract, Sodium Sulfite, Sodium Metasulfite, Serine, Acasia Senegal (Gum), Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Propylparaben, Limonene
Md Corrective Care uses a patented blend of plant-derived peptides called "Lipomoist," which is intended to seal moisture in the skin (though it must be in really small doses in the case of the Hyper-Pigmentation Corrective Complex). It also has coined its own "Depigmentation Factor Bioflavanoids," citrus-filled bioflavanoids to lend a more radiant look, and Wakamine, an extract derived from seaweed to help even skin tone. Though these fancy names disguise what is really tucked away in the ingredients list, there is a healthy combination of botanical extracts, including white mulberry, grape, saxifrage, and scutellaria, which are well-known for effective brightening benefits. The remaining ingredients are somewhat less natural and more suspicious, from the potentially irritating propylene glycol, to the sulfate-sensitizer sodium metasulfite, to the pervasive preservative phenoxyethanol. It is unclear why this preservative is needed since the grand total of parabens is downright frightening.