Just from my own obsession with skincare, I continue to come across the Somme Institute brand more frequently than not when reading skincare blogs. I was somewhat intrigued but never enough for me to actually seek it out. Finally, I ended up at a spa that carried Somme Institute so I managed to get a sample of the entire regime. My curiosity about the Somme Institute MDT5 Nourishing Cleanser ($40) is now satiated.

Somme Institute is a US-based skincare line that developed and patented a new technology a few years ago called MDT5. It stands for Molecular Dispersion Technology, a non-prescriptive blend of five vitamins (A, C, B3/ B5, D and E). It's been touted as "revolutionary." The MDT5 is basically a biochemical complex that penetrates deep into the skin without oxidizing or losing potency when exposed to air and light. This is due to the vitamins being in active forms at high concentrations. The MDT5 is the main attraction in the entire range, including the Somme Institute Nourishing Cleanser.

Somme Institute MDT5 Nourishing Cleanser, the first part of the regimen, is gentle, full of botanical extracts that give it that sweet herbal, uplifting aroma, like ylang ylang, geranium and jasmine. Although I prefer foaming cleansers, It's lotion-based but was a nice lather. In fact, the second part of the regime is the toner, using pads, and there was less dirt on them than with my normal cleanser. Good start?

Yes, especially with the MDT5. The Vitamins (A, B3/B5, C, D and E) are somehow scientifically bound in a matrix of polypeptides (we're a fan) that targets skin cell receptors to benefit to a high degree. This will include repairing sun damage, blemishes and discoloration, intense hydration, smoothing fine lines and wrinkles and increasing skin elasticity. Those who have rosacea, acne and hyperpigmentation go apeshit over this brand and it's no surprise why. In fact, Somme Institute in some cases has been the luxury "upgrade" from Proactiv (I heard that after pulling the plug on that brand, you actually break out pretty bad).

I think it's also interesting that, in addition to the MDT5, there's also citric acid, which is essentially vitamin C, so you sort of get a second dose of that great antioxidant.

However, with a name like "Somme Institute" you know it's not going to be a pot full of natural bliss. There's diazolidinyl urea, a carcinogen/ preservative that I have to admit is not as bad as a paraben, and we also have sodium lauryl sulfate.

But I have to say, there's so much good to outweigh these. And, something that I rarely see in skincare products: the products have been nitro-purged. What this means is that the oxygen has been removed from the little packets they come in to keep the products as fresh as possible. Think of it as vacuum packing.

But will it be good for you? There's a lot going on in the Nourishing Cleanser, and the brand suggests using the entire regime to get the skin glowing. The line is pretty expensive, and I'm not sure if the other products are suitable for sensitive skin but the Somme Institute Nourishing Cleanser is a good start for an introduction.



CDATA[Water, Propylene Glycol, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol,Molecular Dispersion Technology (MDT5), Carbomer, Triethanol-amine, Diazolidinyl Urea, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Citric Acid, Palma Rosa Extract, Ylang Ylang Extract, Jasmine Extract, Geranium Extract, Lavender Extract, Marigold Extract, Galbanum Extract and Tetrasodium EDTA.