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MD Formulations is a high standard skin care range that has been around for over 20 years, that converges science with beauty. MD Formulations stands for Medical Doctors Formulations, it is a Medical Aesthetic Skincare Range created originally by doctors to address various skin conditions in the medical industry. It was first introduced into the beauty industry after a doctor used it to treat psoriasis. MD Formulations products are clinically proven to deliver dramatic results while maintaining the highest standards of safety and they have many clinical and medical trials to prove this. MD Formulations have been proved to minimise the signs of aging, assist in the relief of problem-prone and oil-prone skin, balance and brighten irregular skin tones, manage sensitive skin and soften dry, rough skin. MD Formulations is a result driven skin care range with dramatic results. Although it doesn't seem the most glamorous of skin care ranges, the proven results are all you need to know that it is amazing.
Continuous Renewal Complex
The active ingredient in this is glycolic acid. Glycolic acid is an Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA), which is a naturally occurring substance that has been used for centuries to improve the appearance of the skin. Of all the AHA's, Glycolic acid, derived from sugar cane, has the greatest ability to penetrate the skin due to it's smaller molecular size. Glycolic acid has the ability to act as a superior moisturiser for the skin. Glycolic acid is the only AHA or product that is small enough to penetrate to the basal layer (the deepest skin layer in your dermis). In addition, and perhaps more importantly it unglues and dislodges dead skin cells from the outer surface of the skin, leaving the skin fresher and smoother. These properties enable glycolic acid to be used in reducing the signs of sun damage, acne, pigmentation problems and ingrown hairs. Many skin care products you can purchase from Boots contain Citric acid, which is a AHA but has the largest molecular size of all the AHA's, so is too large to penetrate the skin therefore just sitting on the surface and not being absorbed into the skin and giving results. Another popular AHA used in products is lactic acid and glycolic acid had been clinically proven to be 17% more effective than this. Glycolic acid, due to the fact of the word acid seems a scary thought to be putting on your skin but it isn't at all, it is naturally occurring in the skin, the liver and the blood as is derived from sugar cane, it will just work gently to exfoliate and smooth your skin.
MD Formulations has a 4 step beauty regime, consisting of cleanse, correct, hydrate and protect. Continuous Renewal Complex comes under the second step of correct and is one of the only two steps to contain glycolic acid. Continuous Renewal Complex is a best seller for MD Formulations. It contains 14% glycolic acid, which is more than the other correcting products, containing only 12% glycolic acid. The reason for the higher percentage of glycolic acid is this is Continuous Renewal Complex is cream based compared to the other products which are water based. Due to it being cream based, it is richer, thicker and therefore takes longer to absorb, and in this time will loose some of the strength of glycolic acid, so by the time it has penetrated into your skin, you will only be receiving 12% glycolic acid.
For products containing glycolic acid to work and exfoliate the skin effectively. The pH level has to be lower than the skin (4.5 - 5.5pH). If it remains the same, which a lot of over the counter products do, it will only cleanse and respect the skin. Continuous Renewal Complex has a pH of 3.8, which is the lowest pH proven not the affect the skin with every day use. It is fast, effective and safe. If you use soap on your skin, your skin's acid mantle (protective layer) will be damaged and your skin will actually be an alkaline. Oiler and darker skins naturally have a higher pH skin so the products may take slightly longer to see results.
The top layer of skin should contain 18 - 23 layers of cells, some skin can have up to 65 - 70 excess damaged layers ontop of this, mostly due to sun damage. Glycolic acid is the only product to penetrate through these damaged layers and reverse the damage. It won't weaken the healthy layers, nor will it 'strip' your skin.
Continuous Renewal Complex is a rich, thick, white creamy consistency, meaning it is quite easy for users to mistake it for a moisturiser, it is not at all, it is like medicine for the skin, to treat specific skin problems. It is quickly absorbed into the skin and doesn't leave you with an oily or greasy residue after use. Your skin may feel slightly tight after application, but as I stated this is not a moisturiser and this step of your skincare routine should always be followed by an application of a moisturiser and a sun protector. Using Continuous Renewal Complex before applying your moisturiser will make your skin more permeable to absorb your moisturiser so it really works and hydrates your skin instead of just sitting on the top moisturising only the top layers which are most likely already dead and about to be shed. Continuous Renewal Complex will rebalance and normalise your skin, whilst exfoliating to promote healthier, younger looking skin, diminishing the signs of ageing and improving sun damaged skin.
An effect of using Continuous Renewal Complex, due to the glycolic acid content is that your skin will tingle, it is not dramatic nor uncomfortable, just tingly. This is the glycolic acid breaking up the damaged skin cells, so may be more noticeable the first few times you use it. You will probably always feel the tingle, but it will reduce with time. I know a lot of people still feel it, but personally I do. Other effects may be slight redness, which will subdue very quickly after use.
Continuous Renewal Complex is suitable for all skin types, specifically dry, mature, skin as it is cream based, as is great for cream lovers and for use in the winter months. MD Formulations provides 5 different basic correctors, one of which is Continuous Renewal Complex, they all do the same thing but the choice of which one is dependant whether you prefer a cream or a lotion. There is a Continuous Renewal Complex for Sensitive skin, which I would recommend for sensitive skins.
This is simple and quick to use, and can be slotted into any skincare routine you already have. In the first week of use, you only use this in the evening and then from week two onwards you use it is the morning and evening. After four weeks of use, you can then introduce a specialist corrector. After cleansing your face, apply a pea sized amount to face and neck. I find it's easiest to scoop up a pea sized amount and gently rub inbetween two fingers and then apply, rather than inbetween several fingers as you can loose quite a bit of the product. It is very important you do follow the amount to use correctly, you must not get carried away and apply any more than stated otherwise you could cause your skin to become too sensitive to the product and you could get a reaction. As long as you apply the amount as and when you are supposed to, you will have no problems.
After use, your skin will feel instantly refreshed, smoother and more radiant. It will take about 2 weeks for you to notice a difference in general skin condition and up to 6 weeks for a dramatic difference. The results of Continuous Renewal Complex are dependant on your skin condition in the first place. Generally it will result in brighter, radiant, toned, youthful skin. If you have concerns with ageing, you will notice that your skin becomes firmer, more toned, youthful, plumper and wrinkles will be reduced, and fine lines almost non existent. If you have oily, congested skin the result will be cleaner, clearer, clarified and decongested skin. Continuous Renewal Complex will reduce scarring, from acne and blemishes. If the scarring is not too severe and superficial you will notice a difference quite soon, but if it is very deep and severe scarring, then it can take up to 6 months to notice a bigger difference. It will never fully get rid of bad scarring but will dramatically help. It is worth taking a photo of before and after when using this for scarring, as you get used to the way you look everyday and will not notice a difference as much as you would than if you saw it before. General skin tone on all skin types will be dramatically improved, it will softer and smoother to the touch. You must not make the mistake of using this until your skin is improved and then stop, otherwise your skin will go back to how it was, you need to continue using it to maintain the results.
If you are looking to use the MD Formulations range, this is the product to start off with, it is what you will see results from and can slot into any skincare routine you currently have.
Continuous Renewal Complex comes in a 30ml or a 50ml tub, meaning you can get to the very last drop, resulting in less wastage and without a pump that can get clogged up. If used correctly, a tub of this can last about 2-3 months.
Price and Availability
A 30ml tub will cost you £29.00 and a 50ml tub will cost you £35.50, although this seems quite expensive it does last a while and provides such dramatic results that it is worth it. It can be purchased from any salon stocking MD Formulations, where you can get a skin consultation to ensure the product is suitable for your skin, you can find your closest salon on www.bareescentuals.co.uk. You can also purchase this from various websites such as www.lookfantastic.com and www.simplynailsandbeauty.com.
This product has dramatic results on your skin, it results in younger, more radiant, softer and smoother skin and reduces scarring and skin problems. It works with your skin and is suitable for use by everyone. It can be slotted into any skin care routine and is easy to use. I would definitely recommend this product to anyone.
Ingredients: Purified Water, Ammonium Glycolate, Cetyl Ricinoleate, C 12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Glycolic Acid, Ceresin, Sorbitan Stearate, Sorbitol, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG- 100 Stearate, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Xanthan Gum, Disodium EDTA, Methylparaben, Propylparaben / 14% Glycolic CompoundpH balanced (pH 3 / 8) / Formerly Known as Facial CremeThis gentle, lightweight, unscented cream diminishes the visible signs of skin aging / Glycolic Compound gently exfoliates surface skin cells to reveal softer, smoother, healthier-looking skin / Reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles / Reveals softer and smoother skin / Improves skin texture and radiance / Ideal for dry skin / How to use:ßApply to clean skin once or twice daily / Be sure to apply your appropriate Hydrate product on top of the Facial Creme application to moisturize your skin /