There’s a new skincare brand at ULTA (update: it appears this is only at Kohl’s and Bed Bath and Beyond now- I’ve updated links accordingly) and I want to be the first to tell you about it! Have you heard of Altchek MD Skincare? A dermatologist from New York has created preventative and corrective products that deliver anti-aging results without prescription or procedure. From what I have tried, I have been impressed with the price tag as well as the quality. Read on for more info!
Altchek MD Daily Exfoliating Cleanser is infused with micro-polish particles to gently but effectively exfoliate skin. There is calendula extract to balance skin and to calm and soothe irritation. This is targeting towards chose dealing with impurities, dullness, and uneven texture and tone. This comes in a pump bottle and the product feels creamy but has the slightly gritty exfoliating beads inside. The instructions are to apply it to a damp face and massage for 30-60 seconds before washing. When I did this, I had to look at the ingredients to see what it was that made this feel a lot like ExfoliKate. I think it’s the fruit acids that they have in common. This is a nice cleanser but I wouldn’t use it every day. It makes my skin feel nice but the level of exfoliation I get from using this is more than I would need on a daily basis. Three times a week using this would make my skin feel really soft and amazing, but more than that would dry me out. This is a great cleanser if you like glycolic acid cleansers, and it’s at a great price point for the size!
The Eye Repair Cream targets puffiness, dark circles, fine lines, and wrinkles. With this product, you are getting half an ounce for about $25. I compare every single eye cream to Clinique’s All About Eyes, which I always end up going back to. That product is only $5 for more the exact same amount. I do actually really like this eye cream and I will continue to use it rather than reverting back immediately to my old favorite. It’s not super emollient, rather it’s slightly thick. It’s not an extremely rich eye cream, or super thin, but somewhere in the middle. I can’t tell you if it has combated my fine lines and wrinkles because those are minimal/nonexistent for me at the age of 28! The skin around my eyes does feel very hydrated while I’m using it and even the morning after I apply it I can tell I used something quality there. It smells a bit like brown sugar but not overly sweet, and the scent fades immediately. I’m guessing part of that is the shea butter/coffee seed extract combo in the ingredients!
The Night Treatment helps with loss of firmness, loss of smoothness, fine lines, and wrinkles. It’s got lots of great ingredients in it to help achieve those goals. The feeling is slightly sticky and watery but it dries pretty quickly. You definitely need a night cream to use in conjunction with this. The line does not have one, which is kind of a bummer! I didn’t notice any life changing effects from using this, then again, I’m pregnant and my skin is kind of all over the map- broken out one day, dry the next, oily the next, etc. The price is great for a night treatment if it works well for you though!
Doctor’s Skin Remedy is a pretty fantastic all purpose skin protectant. I even tried it on my face when I needed a nighttime moisturizer the other night and it worked really well! The key ingredients are beeswax, cocoa butter, eucalyptus oil, shea butter, and vitamin E. You can use this in so many scenarios! For minor skin irritations, dry and chapped lips, dry skin on hands/feet/cuticles, as an way to add shine to eyelids/cheeks/lips/legs, to shape and smooth eyebrows, to relieve minor sunburn, etc. Most of those are ailments I experience in the winter so I’ll be keeping this close by in the months to come. But I did notice on my extremely dry skin, it made a great nighttime moisturizer for my face. I didn’t break out and it wasn’t too heavy. It is more of a thick, balmy, consistency and I love that it’s in a tube rather than something you would need to scoop out!
Daily Moisturizer SPF 30 is one of my favorites from this line. I always wear an SPF for my day time moisturizer and I like it to be 30 or above! This is formulated with vitamin C ester, natural skin lipids, vitamin E, panthenol, allantoin, aloe vera, green tea extracts, and willowherb. For me, it is hard to find an SPF moisturizer that doesn’t leave a white film on my face and isn’t hard to rub in. This sinks in immediately, has a pleasant scent that fades right away, and it’s a breeze to apply makeup over the top. I have been using it constantly for about a month, and I have yet to get a sunburn despite spending an hour or two at a time in the sun! There are claims that this will help with fine lines and wrinkles and loss of firmness as well- those I don’t know if I can stand behind. Maybe after going through several tubs of this I would find that to be true, but it’s always hard to discern what the long term result of something will be when you only have one tub of it!
Brightening Serum is slightly thicker than the Night Treatment. It can be used day or night and Dr. Altchek actually recommends for brighter skin that you apply it right before the Night Treatment for a little extra something. It has Alpha Hydroxy Acids among other ingredients and my skin is a little too sensitive to use it at the moment. I’m not sure if everyone would have the same experience that I did because EVERYTHING is making my face sting right now. I am super sensitive in this last month of pregnancy so I am going to wait to test this out until a bit later.
Glycolic Renewal Pads contain glycolic acid, fruit acids, green tea extract, lactic acid, salicylic acid, and witch hazel extract to smooth the skin’s texture, diminish fine lines, brighten an uneven skintone, bring hydration to the skin, and calm irritation. I really like these a lot! I used to use something by Avon that was really similar and cost a whole lot more so I’m excited to see something at a MUCH cheaper price point. If you are using these, I would cool it on the brightening serum, or anything else with the AHAs because you will make your skin overly sensitive if you do that. I made that mistake and couldn’t sleep well because my face was tingling so much! You will be better off using these before bed and applying a really mild moisturizer. I love the way my skin looks after using these!
The Eye Gel Pads are thick and cushy and you apply by putting the sticky side down on your eye area. They stay really well and after a few minutes I get a cooling sensation. They are targeted towards fine lines, wrinkles, hydration and puffiness. I can totally see it working for these purposes over time. In one use, the soften and hydrate my eye area but I don’t see dramatic results. Each of the products in the line actually comes with a sample of these so if you don’t buy them in a pack, you may be able to try them by purchasing something else. These are not at all gooey or liquidy, but still seemed effective at hydrating. They didn’t leave a film or anything I needed to rub into my area, but they did seem to soften the area and using them was a pleasant experience!
All in all, this was a great line and I’m thrilled to have had the chance to try it. The products were great, and I really liked how they performed, and the price point. They weren’t a TON cheaper than other high quality skincare that I’ve tried, but Ulta regularly has coupons and deals, and wouldn’t you know, right now these are on sale on their website! If you can only try a couple things, try the Eye Repair Cream, Glycolic Renewal Pads, and the Daily Moisturizer SPF 30. If I had to say I was disappointed by one thing about the line it would be that there is no night cream. Hopefully with the success of the line we will see something like that in the future!
Is this something you’ve seen? Have you tried it yet?