Friday, August 29, 2008

MD FORTE Skin Rejuvenation Hydra-Masque

If you are looking for some hydration, want to refine the texture of your skin, lessen the depth of those fine lines, and give your skin a more even complexion, this creamy mask may be what you are after. It offers the exfoliation boost of glycolic and salicylic acids along with the enzyme action of papain from papaya, all of which are more effective if the skin is hydrated, so the combination works well. At first, the exfoliator boosters might seem a little aggressive for a hydrating mask, but they are not, the formulation offers nice results without being too much for the skin.

Retinyl palmitate, a derivative of Vitamin A, ensures emolliency and promotes hydration, especially in the upper layers of the skin. The glycerine is hydroscopic (attracts and holds water) reinforcing the moisture. The Vitamin E offers some anti-oxidant properties and a softening action. There is some clay to this mask giving it a nice consistency, but do not let it dry. Products with clay bases are only effective while moist and once dry may actually absorb water from the skin defeating the purpose. Not for daily use, but a couple of times a week will do the trick.