Tuesday, April 06, 2010
Jolie MD: 1 Product for All of Your Skin Care Needs?
I have a confession. I've been hearing about this product for a long time. Back when it was still being formulated, I knew it was in the works. And I thought it sounded fantastic. Why? Because, confession time here, I'm friends with one of the developers.
This product was formulated by 2 Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeons, Dr. Jason Litner and Dr. Peyman Solieman, and someone that happened to work for them in their office. Nadine is probably best known as the former beauty editor and blogger over at Jolie Nadine, but she's also the writer of Beauty Confidential, one of the best beauty books on the market, not to mention Confessions of a Beauty Addict, a great summer beach read. I know her best from blogging events, and we were lucky enough to spend a few days in Paris together last year thanks to Total Beauty.
So, I've been hearing from Nadine about how they were developing a product that would try and address many beauty concerns at once. Uneven skin tone, anti-aging and acne all at once. They envisioned a product that was all you would need at night, and the entire line would be this one product. It would have to be a two step system to cope with certain ingredients inactivating each other. Simple, easy. The product would have anti-aging star ingredients like peptides and anti-oxidants and even a retinoid. That's not even mentioning all the different hydroxy acids included in slow release form. I was incredibly interested in trying out the product, and once I finally did I confess that I was very impressed.
So, it's a two step system. It is intended for use at night, and please note that Jolie MD has ingredients that will make your skin more sensitive to the sun. So, make sure that whatever you pair it with during the day is not only gentle and hydrating (good for use with all those hydroxy acids) but also has at least SPF 15 and is broad spectrum.
Step 1 is the Softening Serum, a clear lotion/gel with a slight chemical scent. It spreads easily and takes a few minutes to fully sink in. The directions specifically state to let it have a few minutes before proceeding on to Step 2, the Enlightening Lotion. This is a light lotion with a great light orange scent (due to the Orange Peel Oil is my guess), and it feels great sinking into your skin. The lotion only takes a minute or two to sink in fully as well.
I used these products for about 4 weeks, and overall I had great results. My complexion is clearer, my pores are much less noticeable and my face is really soft. I think that the main issue to keep in mind when using these products is that the Softening Serum can be very irritating to your skin, and if you start to show signs of irritation you should back off in use. I had issues with dryness and a bit of redness on my cheeks. I cut down use of the Softening Serum to first every other night and then eventually to every third night. This allowed my skin a chance to readjust, but I was still seeing the benefits of the hydroxy acids. I continued to use the Enlightening Lotion alone on the nights in between Softening Serum uses.
Softening Serum Ingredients: Water, SD Alcohol 40, Lactic Acid, Dimethyl Isosorbide, Glycolic Acid, Gluconolactone, Salicylic Acid, Azelaic Acid, Arginine, Phytic Acid, Malic Acid, Tartaric Acid, Citric Acid, Hexylresorcinol, Staphylos Uva Ursi Leaf Extract, Palmaria Palmata Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Butylene Glycol, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Hydroxide.
Hydroxy Acids: Lactic Acid, Glycolic Acid, Alicylic Acid, Azelaic Acid, Phytic Acid, Malic Acid, Tartaric Acid, Citric Acid
Enlightening Lotion Ingredients: Water, Niacinamide, Alpha-Arbutin, Glucosamine, Diisopropyl Dimer Dilinoleate, Isopropyl Isostearate, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Squalane, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Seed Extract, Dimethicone, Glycerin, Soybean Sterols, Retinyl Acetate, Soybean Glycerides, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Unsaponifiables, Glycine Soja (Soybean), Protein, Chrysanthemum Parthenium (Feverfew) Extract, Arctostaphylos Uva Ursi Leaf Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Palmaria Palmata Extract, Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract, Epilobium Angustifolium Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Morus Alba Bark Extract, Tocopherol, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Hexapeptide-2, Ceramide 2, Bisabolol, Pentylene Glycol, Butylene Glycol, Hydroxyphenyl Propamidobenzoic Acid, Allantoin, Polyacrylate-13, Ceteareth-20, Cetearyl Alcohol, Polyisobutene, Polysorbate 20, Carbomer, Disodium EDTA, Aminomethyl Propanol, Potassium Sorbate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol.
Retinoids: Retinyl Acetate
Anti-Oxidants: Tocopherol, Niacinamide
More disclosure: Nadine of Jolie Nadine is a friend, and I think she's kinda awesome.