Goldfaden, MD is one of those brands that every time I look at it I think, ‘I should like that’. It is skin care designed by a dermatologist and it has a clean look to it that says this is serious skin care. I also like the fact that they are a clean skin care. I tried the Exfoliating scrub from the brand a while back. It was supposed to be for daily use, however I found it surprisingly harsh and ended up using it once a month until it was gone. My skin just couldn’t take its level of exfoliation more often than that.
Then I had a surprising number of Goldfaden, MD products appear in my subscription boxes so I got excited about seeing the brand again and testing out more products from them. After all, they still look like they should be good skin care and I did have three products to try. The first one I decided to give a go was the Detox Hydrating Gel Moisturizer. According to the website this $68 moisturizer…
This antioxidant-rich detoxifying gel provides anti-pollution protection and antioxidants to prevent premature aging from environmental stressors while beta hydroxy acids keep pores clear and free from breakouts. Achieve a pure, calm complexion with this moisturizer for oily, problematic skin.
Ingredients: Water Propanediol Glycerin Carrageenan Gluconolactone Sodium Benzoate Calcium Gluconate Saccharide Isomerate Citric Acid Sodium Citrate Sodium Hyaluronate Glycerin (and) Marrubium Vulgare Meristem Cell Culture (and) Xanthan Gum Malva Sylvestris (Mallow) Extract Alchemilla Vulgaris Extract Melissa Officinalis Leaf Extract Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Leaf Extract Veronica Officinalis Extract Achillea Millefolium Extract Primula Veris Extract Xanthan Gum Cellulose Gum Salicylic acid Centella Asiatica Extract Euterpe Oleracea Fruit Extract Potassium Sorbate Sorbic Acid Phoenix Dactylifera (Date) Fruit ExtractGoldfaden MD
As I have taken to using a detoxifying mask to keep maskne in check it seemed like the perfect time to try this out. Now, it is a sample size which usually means about one to two weeks’ worth of product. While this is not long enough to see any long term results it is generally enough time to let me know how it is going to react with my skin and if I would want to purchase a full size to do a full trial.
This tube of Goldfaden MD Detox Hydrating Gel Moisturizer held a lot of empty air and about three days’ worth of product. And even that was stretching it. It was one of those tubes that just wasn’t filled properly before being sent out.
Normally, I would complain, but three days of this moisturizer was about as long as I wanted to use it. While it may or may not do anything long term to acne, I can tell you that it was sticky on the skin and never felt like it really absorbed.
To be honest it felt like a makeup gripping primer more than a moisturizer. That’s how sticky it was. The second morning I tried this moisturizer I decided to go sans makeup until it actually absorbed to see how long it took. It never really did fully absorb. It remained sticky on the skin. I was not a fan.
Usually gel formulas and I really get along as they just melt right into the skin. This one I didn’t like. There are several items in the ingredients list that many of my latest moisturizer (the ones I liked) didn’t have, so I am going to have to do some digging to see if those ingredients are ones I need to avoid (or if they do occur in other products), but for now, I just know I will not be purchasing a full size of the Goldfaden MD Detox Hydrating Gel Moisturizer in the future. I still have two Goldfaden MD products to try out, so fingers crossed I like them better than I liked this one.