What Is SLMD Facial Moisturizer?
Under review today we have a product called Facial Moisturizer by SLMD. It is a facial moisturizer by Dr ‘Pimple Popper’ as she is popularly known online. Her real name is Dr Sandra Lee and she is behind this moisturizer. She has put together what she says is a hydrating formula rich in Vitamins C and E, in a lightweight formula. It is intended to replenish and moisturize your skin all day long.
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin E
The difficulty with this formula is that hardly anything about it is made known. In general, the manufacturer reveals only one or two ingredients for each of the product lines sold. We find this surprising given that the brand founder is a dermatologist. We expected more about the formulation and the skin science behind it to be explained.
Although the two ingredients mentioned are critical, they do not contain all the properties of a great moisturizer. There is no doubt that Vitamin C and E have incredible antioxidant and rejuvenating properties, especially on the collagen production front. However, we are only told that these vitamins provide ‘nourishment’. This is vital to the skin, but it is also vital that this nourishment is sealed in via a moisture barrier, and we are not told what this is. The top manufacturers use medical strength silicone, but we do not know what, if anything, is used in this formula. The best-in-class manufacturers we have reviewed incorporate a minimum of 10% active ingredients, with at least 5 patented, clinically proven ingredients as well. In fact, one of the best patents we have come across involves Vitamin C, one of the two ingredients in this formula. That patent delivers a stable form of Vitamin C to ensure maximum collagen production, superior anti-acne fighting abilities, and in-vivo free radical scavenging to really wage a heated war on aging, fine lines and wrinkles. In this formula, it is also not clear which carrier oils are used to ensure that these vitamins reach deep down below the skin to where they are needed most.
How To Use
Other than stating generally that all the products in the SLMD range are safe for all skin types, nothing else is said about how to use this moisturizer, how often, or in what order. We assume you would use it once a day and massage in the cream until it has been absorbed, after washing and toning your skin. With beauty products, the usage directions need to be clear, or it could actually make your skin worse.
What Is The Cost?
No price was available online as the product is ‘out of stock’. This may prove inconvenient to you if you are trying to purchase the cream as you need to join the waitlist. It is packaged in a 2 oz tube and costs $30.00 when you buy it online via the product website.
The returns and guarantee policy isn’t very strong. You have 30 days in which to return only unopened products. This is weak compared to confident manufacturers who are offering 60-, 90- and even 365-day returns policies.
Our Final Review of SLMD Facial Moisturizer
This formula carries the critical antioxidant essentials of Vitamins E and C. However, information on the product line is scant in general so while we assume that the product is cruelty-free, this is not expressly stated. The company has also not disclosed if it uses cGMP-aligned manufacturing processes. With only two active ingredients and the rest not being disclosed, we’re also not sure how this compares to highly effective products that contain a minimum of 10% active ingredients. Consumer feedback has indicated that certain products tend to go out of stock for quite long periods, with customer service not being able to verify when they will be available again. Finally, the formula contains no patented ingredients, which could have served to instill more confidence in its efficacy. Having considered a range of factors, our research indicates that the cream falls short of the criteria for a moisturizer that can improve the condition of your skin both in the short and long term.