Dr. Irwin's Regimen

AM Regimen:
Cleanser: Eminence Lemon Cleanser
Repair/Anti-aging Face: MadisonMD Brightening & Pigment Serum
Repair/Anti-aging Neck and Chest: MadisonMD Triple Antioxidant
Moisturizer if needed: Pevonia Marine Collagen Cream
Sunscreen:

Dermaquest Sheer Zinc SPF 30 (tinted) (zinc 18%) - Face

Image Prevention SPF 30 (18% zinc) - Neck and Chest

Eyes & Lips: MadisonMD Eye Rescue
PM Regimen:
Cleanser: Eminence Lemon Cleanser
Eyes & Lips Treatment: MadisonMD Eye Rescue

Moisturizer:

Pevonia Marine Collagen Cream
Repair/Anti-aging Face: SkinMedica Retinol Complex 0.25%
Repair/Anti-aging Neck & Chest: Revision Nectifirm Advanced
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  • organic cleanser
    Lemon Cleanser
    Eminence
    $38.00

    Size: 8.4 fl oz

    Who It's For

    Good for most skin types, especially dry or sensitive skin. Not great for oily skin or citrus allergies. 

    Dr. Irwin's Product Review

    Organic. I use this organic cleanser as part of my own daily regimen. It cleans well but without stripping off natural oils. Like many Eminence products, it has a subtle fragrance that's not overpowering or too long lasting.  A creamy base.

    How to Use

    Apply to damp skin and massage gently once or twice a day.

    Ingredients

    Lemon, Lemon Grass Tea, Corn Germ (Zea Mays) Oil, Bioflavonoids, Natural Cream Base, Calendula Oil, Glycerine, Natural Moisturizing, Factor, Biocomplex (Vitamin A, Esther C Vitamin E Coenzyme Q10, Alpha Lipoic Acid), Lemon Oil, Balm Mint Oil, Glycine Derivative, Xanthan Gum

  • 5-Point Brightening & Pigment Serum
    5-Point Brightening & Pigment Serum
    Madison MD
    $125.00

    Size: 1fl oz


    Dr. Irwin's Product Review

    This product is loaded with plant based lightening and brightening agents.  The ingredients speak for themselves.  And there are actually 9 active agents in this products!  It's very compatible with other products and make-up.

    For pigment problems like melasma and brown spots use twice a day after cleansing, but under all other products.

    For prevention, use once a day in the morning, after cleansing then put your other products over it. 

    The antioxidant I recommend is the Madison MD Triple Antioxidant Serum.

    The goal of MadisonMD is to produce skin care products that are better than existing lines, at a better price point, with a focus on active lifestyles.

    Free of: Animal cruelty, parabens, propylene glycol, & fragrances

    Key Ingredients:

    ACTIVE PRIMARY:  Lactic acid, arbutin, azelaic acid, bilberry extract, ascorbyl glucoside (vitamin C), licorice extract, dipotassium glycurrhizinate, ferulic acid, emblica, sodium hyaluronate, BSC multifruit extract (sugar cane, sugar maple, orange fruit, lemon), ascorbyl palmitate (vitamin C), rutin, ubiquinone (coenzyme Q10), resveratrol, green tea leaf extract, linolenic acid, beta caroteneanthenol (B5), tocopheryl acetate (vitamin E), green tea leaf extract                                                                                                                                                  Secondary: Witch hazel, linoleic acid, lecithin

     

      

  • Triple Antioxidant Serum
    Triple Antioxidant Serum
    Madison MD
    $142.00

    Size:  1 oz.

    Dr. Irwin's Product Review

    This antioxidant is loaded with the good stuff.  Vit C in the form of Ascorbyl glucoside (stabilized form of L-ascorbic so it doesn't deteriorate with time), Vit E to also stabilize the Vit C, green tea extract, and ferulic.  All are natural and hydroquinone free.

    The pigment fighter I recommend is the 5-Point Brightener & Pigment Serum.  This serum goes under the Triple Antioxidant Serum, if you have pigment problems like melasma or brown spots.

    The goal of MadisonMD is to produce skin care products that are better than existing lines, at a better price point, with a focus on active lifestyles.

    Free of: Animal cruelty, parabens, propylene glycol, & fragrances

    Key Ingredients

    ACTIVE PRIMARY:  Ascorbyl glucoside (vitamin C), ferulic acid, tetrahydrodiferuloylmethane, dipotassium glycyrrhizinate, emblica, sodium hyaluronate, panthenol (B5), tocopheryl acetate (vitamin E), green tea leaf extract      


     

  • Eye Rescue
    Eye Rescue
    Madison MD
    $82.00

    Size: 0.5 fl oz.


    Dr. Irwin's Product Review

     This is the best eye cream I've ever used with peptides, Vit C, a very gentle retinol, hyaluronic acid, and very high quality oils to protect and moisturize the delicate eye area.  See what you think!  The pseudoalteromonas extract is from the arctic marine algae naturally high in antioxidants.

    Use twice a day ....morning and night.  Use on lips too.

    I recommend for even more effect, putting the AQ growth factor eye serum underneath Eye Rescue at night.

     The goal of MadisonMD is to produce skin care products that are better than existing lines, at a better price point, with a focus on active lifestyles.

    Free of: Animal cruelty, parabens, propylene glycol, & fragrances

    Key Ingredients

    ACTIVE PRIMARY:   Tripeptide-10 citrulline, tripeptide-1, pseudoalteromonas ferment extract, ascorbyl palmitate (vitamin C), retinyl palmitate, tocopheryl acetate (vitamin E), sodium hyaluronate, lecithin, green tea leaf extract                     ACTIVE SECONDARY:  Shea butter, meadowfoam seed oil, avocado oil, aloe leaf juice, allantoin

     


  •  High Zinc Sunscreen Non-Tinted
    ZinClear SPF 30 Non-tinted (now called SheerZinc)
    DermaQuest
    $51.50

    Size: 2 fl. oz

    Who It's For

    Great daily sunscreen (not for sports, water etc.) for those who want the extra zinc especially for melasma or other pigment problem.  Works well for all but the darkest skin types - could be a little chalky here but you can put makeup over it. 

    Dr. Irwin's Product Review

    Still one of my favorites. Note that this is now called SheerZinc.  New name, but the same excellent product.  No other sunscreen has 18% zinc and goes on this well that I’ve ever seen. This is the clear, non-tinted version which goes on fairly white but absorbs quite well after several minutes.  Scroll down to see the tinted version which many like better.

    Great for melasma and anyone with pigment problems due to the 18% zinc. This is a physical (mineral) sunscreen, meaning that it contains no sunscreen chemicals. Excellent also for sensitive skin. Expensive, but worth it for the extra protection.

    How to Use

    Apply sunblock in the morning and reapply every 2-3 hours if sweating or outdoors.

    Ingredients

    Active Ingredient: Zinc Oxide 18.60%, Inactive Ingredients: Water, Cyclomethicone, Glycerine, Glyceryl Stearate and PEG 100 Stearate, Sorbitol, Imperata Cylindrica Root Extract, Caprylyl Glycol, Sorbitan Stearate, Lecithin, Arabidopsis Extract, Plankton Extract, Xanthan Gum, Carbomer, Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Citric Acid, Disodium EDTA

  • Prevention + Daily Moisturizer SPF 30
    Prevention + Daily Moisturizer SPF 30
    Image
    $39.00

    Size:  3.2 oz.

     

    Dr. Irwin's Product Review

    This sunscreen has been very popular. Very moisturizing and great for normal to dry skin. It absorbs in well!  Make-up goes over it easily. Since untinted you can use on the face, neck, chest.....really anywhere.  Tube is 3.2 oz and lasts well. 

    This is one of the highest zinc sunscreens on the market that is still priced well and has the zinc 18%. Zinc is the best UVA plus UVB blocker in a sunscreen.

    One of the best sunscreens for melasma due to it's zinc 18%.  If you want a zinc 18% sunscreen with a tint, look at the Dermaquest 30 tinted.

    Note: We stopped carrying the Image SPF 50 because it had less zinc (9.0%) which was confusing patients. The SPF 50 has more chemicals.

    Can be chalky on darker skin tones.  Try the tinted version instead.

    Ingredients

    Active Ingredients: zinc oxide 18%. 

    Key Ingredients: aloe (vera) barbadensis leaf juice,  tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate,  camelia sinensis (green tea) leaf extract, arabidopsis thaliana, micrococcus lysate, l-ergothioneine, lecithin.

  • Marine Collagen Cream
    Marine Collagen Cream
    Pevonia
    $81.00

    Size: 1.7 oz

    Who It's For

    Dryer skin types and those who are looking for deep hydration without stickiness.

    Dr. Irwin's Product Review

    Safflower seed oil, marine collagen (algae), and Vitamin E.  Feels rich but easy to blend into the skin.  Similar to La Mer in hydrating ability, but at a better price point. Not greasy, with a light, natural fragrance. Very moisturizing and good on irritated or sensitive skin.

    How to Use

    At least once or twice daily. Or at night with a lighter cream during the day.   Should last several months with daily use.  You don't need much.

    Ingredients

    Water (Aqua), Squalane, Collagen, Glycerin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Titanium Dioxide, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Sorbitol, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetearyl Glucoside, Tocopherol (Vit. E), Arnica Montana Flower Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vit. E), Panthenol, Dimethicone, Carbomer, Sodium Citrate, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol, Narcissus Jonquilla Extract

  • Retinol for Wrinkles and Skin Care
    Retinol Complex .25
    SkinMedica
    $62.00

    Size: 1 oz

    Who It's For

    For sun-damaged skin and for those wanting to prevent the appearance of wrinkles and aging.

    Dr. Irwin's Product Review

     This is SkinMedica's updated version of the old Tri-Retinol Complex, and it is still an excellent over-the-counter retinol.  At this percentage, the effects are similar to Renova/tretinoin, etc. Use at night. If you can use the prescription version of tretinoin (like Renova), do so - but many people don’t want to be bothered with a prescription and the two retinols listed on this site are almost as good. This retinol also has vitamin E in a base that will not clog pores and is still compatible with moisturizers and sunscreens. Also see the Neocutis Nouvelle+Retinol Correction Cream.  Start with this one though if you have never used a retinoid before.

    Retinoids are repair creams that have 20 years of science and experience behind them. They build collagen and normalize sun damaged keratinocytes (skin cells) and help to prevent precancerous growths and skin cancers if used regularly. 

    How to Use

    Apply one pump to the face at night. Always use at night - light inactivates it. Begin using twice per week, then increase gradually.  If this product irritates your skin a little, try applying your moisturizer first, then wait 10-20 minutes, then apply this. You must use a sunscreen every morning if you use a retinoid because your skin will be just slightly more sun sensitive.  Stop this product a week before sunny vacations and consider not using it if you can't be consistent with sunscreen or truly are outdoors constantly. 

    Ingredients

    Water/Aqua/Eau, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Niacinamide, Polyacrylate-13, Squalane, Retinol, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-8, Dunaliella Salina Extract, Magnolia Grandiflora Bark Extract, Tocopherol, Tocotrienols, Ceramide 3, Bisabolol, Phytosterols, Squalene, Tocopheryl Acetate, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Wax (Oryza Sativa Cera), Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Polysorbate 20, Butylene Glycol, Cetyl Palmitate, Laureth-23, Trideceth-6 Phosphate, Sodium Hydroxide, Dicaprylyl Ether, Lauryl Alcohol, Polyisobutene, Dextran, Potassium Sorbate, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin

  • Nectifirm Advanced
    Nectifirm Advanced
    Revision
    $133.00

    Size:  1.7 oz

     

    Dr. Irwin's Review

    This is one of the best performing neck creams we've tested and is popular with our patients. It improves the fine lines and mild laxity (sagging), if it's mild.  If you have loose skin, this will help a bit with texture, but not the sagging. Contains a high concentration (see the 3rd ingredient) of an extract from a red microalgae (porphyridium), peptides and green tea extract. It's not oily but moisturizing. Antioxidant with potentially anti-inflammatory properties.

    Ingredients

    Water (Aqua),​ Glycerin,​ Porphyridium Polysaccharide,​ Cetearyl Alcohol,​ Isosorbide Dicaprylate,​ Butylene Glycol,​ Methylsilanol Carboxymethyl Theophylline Alginate,​ Canarium Indicum Oil,​ Tricaprylin,​ C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate,​ Lauryl Lactate,​ Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer,​ Squalane,​ Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit Extract,​ Ruscus Aculeatus Root Extract,​ Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate,​ Palmitoyl Tripeptide-38,​ Helichrysum Stoechas Extract,​ Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract,​ Vaccinium Vitis-Idaea Fruit Extract,​ Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5,​ Glyceryl Caprylate,​ Tetradecyl Aminobutyroylvalylaminobutyric Urea Triuoroacetate,​ Ceramide 2,​ Solidago Virgaurea (Goldenrod) Extract,​ Astragalus Membranaceus Root Extract,​ Palmitoyl Dipeptide-5 Diaminobutyroyl Hydroxythreonine,​ Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Extract,​ Undaria Pinnatida (Algae) Extract,​ Hydrolyzed Lupine Protein,​ Triuoroacetyl Tripeptide-2,​ Epigallocatechin Gallate,​ Steareth-20,​ Acetyl Tetrapeptide-2,​ Palmitoyl Hexapeptide-12,​ Hydrolyzed Manihot Esculenta Tuber Extract,​ Cetyl Alcohol,​ Acetyl Dipeptide-1 Cetyl Ester,​ Diglucosyl Gallic Acid,​ Dicetyl Phosphate,​ Steareth-10,​ Ceteth-10 Phosphate,​ Laureth-3,​ Tocopherol,​ PEG-10 Rapeseed Sterol,​ Dimethicone,​ Leuconos toc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate,​ Caprylyl Glycol,​ Tribehenin,​ Dextran,​ Carbomer,​ Disodium EDTA,​ Hydroxypropyl Cyclodex-tran,​ Xanthan Gum,​ Hydroxyethylcellulose,​ Silica,​ Aminomethyl Propanol,​ Propanediol,​ Potassium Sorbate,​ Magnesium Chloride,​ Citric Acid,​ Sodium Benzoate,​ Fragrance (Parfum).

  • Pevonia De-Aging Saltmousse - Body Scrub
    Pevonia De-Aging Saltmousse - Body Scrub
    Pevonia
    $43.00

    Size: 6.8 fl oz

    Dr. Irwin's Product Review

    I tried about 25 different scrubs before I found this one. I'm not sure why Pevonia insists on calling it a "mousse."  It's a sea salt body scrub.   This one has a papaya and pineapple scent, won't leave a hard to clean oily film in your shower/tub or cause you to go flying in a oil slick and fall.  The sea salt is natural and doesn't put odd beads into the environment or clog your drain.

    Use once or twice a week, and moisturize your body right after your bath/shower.

    Why use a body scrub?  Our skin cells turn over more slowly as we age, and this helps to exfoliate the dead cells, increase cell turnover, and to prevent barnacles (seborrheic keratoses). 

    Ingredients

    Sea Salt, Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate, Sodium Lauroyl Oat Amino Acids, Water (Aqua/Eau), Glycerin, Glyceryl Stearate, Beta-Carotene, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol, Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Extract, Ananas Sativus (Pineapple) Fruit Extract, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Seed Oil.

Dr. Brandith Irwin, MD

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