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Patricia Wexler MD MMPi Skin Regenerating Serum

If you've been in a Bath and Body Works store in the last several years, you've probably noticed the Patricia Wexler MD skin care display off in the corner. It always looks very clinical and somewhat stark, often in contrast to the bright colors of the bath products that surround it. The line has garnered a lot of buzz, and Wexler is a guest dermatologist in the pages of one of my favorite magazines, Allure. So when I stopped by recently to get my antibacterial hand lotion, I got sucked into trying the MMPi Skin Regenerating Serum, the line's primary treatment line and one of its supposed standouts. 

So, is the buzz worth it? 

Patricia Wexler MD MMPi Skin Regenerating Serum

The first thing to notice about this serum is that it doesn't resemble any serum I've ever seen before. I'm accustomed to liquids and gels, but this is...hmmm...well, almost the consistency of vaseline, but lighter and silkier, without the greasy heaviness. In the jar, it stands up the way a thick cream would: 

As you can see above, there's a stiff peak to the product. Oh, and it's pink. Really pink. For no apparent reason. I cannot for the life of me understand why a dermatologist would color one of her facial skin care products bright pink, but whatever. From what I gather, there are a lot of people who love it that way. 

Anyhow, color aside, the texture of the serum is much like Smashbox Photo Finish Primer. For those of you who aren't familiar with that product, it's a silicone-based gel that's very thick yet also very silky. MMPi Skin Regenerating Serum is also very thick and silky, yet not quite as silky as the Photo Finish. It also doesn't spread quite as well as Photo Finish. 

As for what it does, according to the website, 

  • MMPi.20™ anti-aging technology blocks the damaging effect of all 20 known MMPs (skin destroying enzymes that break down production of collagen and cause skin to sink, sag, and wrinkle) and prevents the production of new MMPs, correcting the signs of aging you see today and preventing future damage
  • Boosts skin's own regenerative powers to diminish the visible signs of aging
  • Visibly reverses the lines, sink and sag

So why am I comparing this amazing serum to Photo Finish primer? Because from what I can tell, that's about all it's good for. I didn't see any changes to my skin at all after 6 weeks of use with MMPi Skin Regenerating Serum. No corrected signs of aging, no diminished visible signs of aging, no reversal of the lines, sink and sag (although luckily I don't have too much sag yet). Nothing appeared firmer, lifted, smoother. Now mind you, nothing got worse, either. I didn't suffer from dehydration or breakouts, and this didn't seem to interfere with the rest of my skin care. However, no improvement whatsoever. I will also say that my skin felt smoother when I washed it, probably due to the silicones being rinsed off the surface of my skin. However, once I patted my skin dry, it was right back to its normal state. 

The one thing I did find MMPi Skin Regenerating Serum very useful for was as a makeup primer. It caused my foundation, especially when I used mineral foundation, to apply absolutely flawlessly and stay on all day. 

Basically, this seems to be a tub of bright pink dimethicone gel with a few beneficial ingredients thrown in. However, given that serums are supposed to be the most concentrated forms of skin care in a line, I don't feel this one lives up to its title. This one is a no-go for me. 

Grade: C-


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