Here is a review of a product I’ve recently been using. I mentioned it in my July Favourites as it initially felt great on my skin but 2 weeks after using it I reacted to it and hence have discontinued use. Read for a full product review below.
Mario Badescu Collagen Moisturiser
✔️Contains SPF – no additional sun protection needed and is broad spectrum hence protects from UVA/UVB
✔️No offensive odour
✔️Feels thick and creamy on the skin
✔️Pump packaging minimises risk of product contamination
✔️Contains collagen and hence claims to increase skin firmness and elasticity
✖️Small volume – 59ml
✖️Not hydrating enough especially in winter and for dry skin types
✖️Can be greasy for oily skin types
✖️Doesn’t seem to last all day
✖️Collagen is too large of molecule to be absorbed through the skin and hence we are unlikely to absorb the ingredient and benefit from it
Would I re-purchase?
No. I am normally a massive fan of Mario Badescu products and have had great success with products from his range in the past (i.e. Buffering Lotion). However, I was quite disappointed with this moisturiser. I initially purchased this moisturiser as I was looking for something I could wear daily that contains SPF and is hydrating enough – so through product labelling it ticked these boxes for me, plus I like his other products so thought it must be good. I knew that collagen molecules were too large to be absorbed through the skin but I wanted to test it anyway and see if I could see a difference. It was ok to begin with – as soon as you put it on your skin it actually feels quite nice – really thick, creamy and almost buttery. But even so, it left my skin quite thirsty and dry. Hours later I would notice dry flaky patches of skin around my forehead and nose. Also, there was something in this product that my skin didn’t agree with. 2 weeks into using it I had a minor rash on my chin and when I discontinued the product the rash cleared. Hence, this product is a no-no for me and I will not be repurchasing. In saying this, I normally have dry skin so maybe those with oily skin types may have a difference experience.
If you have used this product and have had a similar/different experience please let me know.
Educational Tip – What is Collagen?
Collagen is a protein naturally found in the body. In regards to skin, it is found in the deeper layers – the dermis – and makes part of the extracellular matrix where it is responsible for giving skin its firmness and elasticity. Unfortunately, collagen decreases with age (hence causing intrinsic ageing) giving rise to the appearance of lines and wrinkles. It can also be decreased by sun damage (UV exposure) and other environmental toxins – i.e. smoking and alcohol and this is known as extrinsic ageing. Furthermore, skincare products that contain collagen generally do not live up to their claims because it is a very large molecule that is unable to penetrate the skin surface regardless of how ‘soluble’ or bio-engineered it is. In saying this there are ways of increasing collagen production in the body – i.e. by consuming foods/supplements containing collagen, Vitamin A (i.e. carotenoids like carrots and dark leafy veggies and retinol cream) and by reducing damaging factors like smoking, pollution, sun exposure and alcohol intake.
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