Derma MD Skincare Review: Part 2 + GIVEAWAY!

As promised, I'm back to share my thoughts on the final four products that I was so kindly sent to review by the folks at Derma MD. Two of them were my favorites of the whole bunch, so I'm very excited to share the details with you. In this post, I'll also be giving away a complete Wasabi Acne Kit (5 products!), so be sure to enter below.

Let's get started!

In my first post, I talked about my morning skincare routine, but only teased the two "last step" products -- one of which is the Eliminate Eye Cream and the last of which is the Daytime Moisturizer SPF 50.

The Eliminate Eye Cream may have been my least favorite of the products I was sent, and not because it was bad for any reason, but more so because it's quite expensive (it retails for almost $60 on the Derma MD Web site) and I can't say that I really saw it making any difference as compared to other, much more affordable eye creams that I've used. I will say that the texture is quite nice, although the bright yellow color scared me when I first opened the tub. It sort of reminds me, both in texture and scent, of the Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion, even though I know that's formulated to be for your entire face, not just your eyes. I'd probably pass on this item if I was spending my own money, but do think that it's a nice eye cream if you're looking for something high end.

The Daytime Moisturizer is quite nice because it has such a high SPF, so you don't have to worry about whether or not your foundation has sun protection in it (a lot of foundations in the natural genre don't have sunscreens). It has a very light, pleasant scent, even though it's free of artificial fragrances and it's also oil free, so it did a nice job of hydrating my skin without making it feel too heavy or oily. This product goes for $45 on the Web site, so especially if you take advantage of my 50% off coupon code (just enter "Gabby" at check out), this becomes really affordable! The only caution I would put out there is that it did leave a little bit of a white residue on my face if I didn't blend it in particularly well. That's fine for me because I ALWAYS wear a foundation on top, but if you're one of those girls that prefers her skin bare, just make sure you do a good job blending it in as you apply it.

Now onto my favorites!

I think by far the Lightening & Brightening Creme is the best product that I was sent. Since I've struggled with acne for so long, I tend to have issues with hyper pigmentation from acne scarring. The scars are so hard to cover up with foundation/concealer and since I have oily skin, the coverage tends to wear off quickly. Although I can't say that my skin is 100% even after only a month of using this creme, I have seen a dramatic difference in the overall look of my skin and plan to repurchase it when I run out (which will likely be in about another month, based on how much I have left after 30 days).

My scars are definitely lighter and less visible, and even my rosacea has improved, giving my whole face a much more even appearance. I also absolutely love the scent of this product. To me it smells slightly of peppermint or spearmint, although technically I think I'm smelling the licorice root that is one of the primary ingredients. I use this product as my nighttime moisturizer and, I'll tell you, I often can't wait to finish my routine for the night so that I can use this stuff.

The final product I would like to talk about is my second favorite and that's the Wasabi Resurfacing Anti-Acne Pads. The first time I tried these pads, I actually thought they felt really scratchy on my skin, and I was concerned that they were going to cause irritation, but over time I got used to the feeling and actually started to realize that I was exfoliating my skin as I was using them to remove my makeup (these are GREAT at removing all of your foundation and face makeup, but I would NOT use them on your eyes). I also never experienced any redness or irritation afterward.

The only downside is that the tub clearly only comes with thirty pads, so if you're planning to use them nightly as a makeup remover, as I did, they will last you only one month and the price is really expensive if you think of them as makeup wipes (they retail for $41). It's not something that I could afford to purchase on a monthly basis, but I recognize that good products come at a higher price point, so I would definitely splurge on them once in a while, or maybe buy some and save them for that time of the month when maybe your acne flares up more than normal. In sum total, if the resurfacing gel is the miracle product that you use in the morning, I think these pads are the miracle product of the evening.

And one last thing! They are safe to use on body acne as well, so if you suffer from pimples on your d├ęcolletage or back, as I do, these can dual purpose there as well.

Now on to the giveaway! Derma MD was kind enough to provide me with a 5-product Wasabi Acne Kit to giveaway to one of my readers to try! The kit contains the cleanser, toner, resurfacing gel, zit zapper and 30-day supply of Wasabi Acne pads. This is over a $100 value!

To enter, you'll need to follow 3 easy steps:

  1. Use the widget below to enter your email address so I know how to contact you if you're the winner
  2. Use the widget to "Like" Derma MD's Facebook page
  3. Leave a comment on this blog post (and use the widget to verify!)
The contest will be open for TWO weeks after which a random winner will be selected and contacted by me via email. This contest is only open in the continental US and you must be 18 years of age or have your parent's permission to enter. Good luck!

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