Wednesday, August 8, 2012

My Multi-Purpose Mattifying Moisturizer with Pili & Moringa Oils REVIEW

 About My:
My Prime Anti-Aging Formulas combine pure Asian botanicals with advanced skincare science.
We are proud to introduce our debut collection of premium anti-aging essentials. In keeping with the highest standards for beauty formulas, all of our products are enclosed in unique airless packaging, which protects our ingredients from external contaminants while dispensing the perfect dose up until the last drop. We invite you to make My yours, and journey to a better you. (source)

One of the great secrets to this luxurious skincare line can be found in the use of Pili and Moringa Oils that function as the "cornerstone of select My Prime Anti-Aging Formulas. Rich in antioxidants and omega fatty acids, these extraordinary botanical oils have historically been used by Filipino women to achieve healthy, ageless skin." To read more about Pili and Moringa oils click here.
Pili Oil is "indigenous to the fertile Bicol region of the Philippines, the Canarium Ovatum (“Pili”) tree is the source of a superior restorative oil that contains high concentrations of omega fatty acids and Vitamins A and E. These age-defying ingredients allow Pili oil to rejuvenate the skin by infusing it with deep hydration while also calming redness and inflammation. Moreover, compared to olive oil, Pili oil contains more beta-carotene (a known Vitamin A source), which encourages cell renewal and improves the look of fine lines and wrinkles. Pili oil is gentle enough for all skin types, and absorbs easily into the skin to impart a light, youthful glow. To ensure the purity of the oil, local Filipino farmers grow the Pili tree without fertilizers or pesticides. The farmers then manually extract the oil from the pulp of the Pili fruit without using any additives." (source)

Moringa Oil is "widely cultivated in the Philippines, the Moringa Oleifera tree is considered one of the most nutritious plants on the planet. Living up to its reputation as a “miracle tree,” the Moringa tree is packed with omega fatty acids and a multitude of antioxidants including Vitamins A, C, and E. Nutritionally, it contains more Vitamin A than carrots, more Vitamin C than oranges, more potassium than bananas, and more calcium and protein than milk. Moringa oil is extracted from the seeds of the tree using environmentally sustainable practices. Supercharged with anti-aging benefits, this lightweight oil penetrates deep into the skin to enhance proper cell growth, replenish hydration, and bolster the skin’s natural defense against environmental attack. In addition, its high concentration of Vitamin C makes Moringa oil a natural skin brightener that helps even skin tone. Moringa oil is suitable for all skin types." (source)

 Multi-Purpose Mattifying Moisturizer- A lightweight multi-tasking moisturizer that:
  • Provides optimal and long-lasting hydration
  • Softens the look of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Imparts a lit-from-within glow
  • Performs superbly under makeup 
First, I must say that I am thoroughly smitten with My Skincare in general (click here for my initial overview)-- every single product is nothing short of amazing. All of the products are made with the highest quality ingredients available, and each and every one feels extraordinary on the skin while simultaneously being healthy and highly effective. My makes no promises that it does not keep, and the company and founder believe in transparency and integrity, and it really shows.

Multi-Purpose Mattifying Moisturizer is the most unique, effective, and amazing moisturizers that I have ever tried. I have tried many many moisturizers in my day, but none that have such unique qualities as this one. It is almost counter-intuitive that something this moisturizing and hydrating is capable of having a matte finish. By matte finish I do not mean that it is dry or uncomfortable- not in the least bit, in fact. Instead, this glorious moisturizer, that is power packed with high levels of antioxidants, sinks into your skin effortlessly and quickly without leaving behind any sort of greasy or oily residue. Honestly, I can't quite reconcile how these seemingly disparate elements are capable of residing so harmoniously in one phenomenal moisturizer. The mattifying effect allows you to apply makeup without encountering an oil slick that will compromise the finish of your foundation or tinted moisturizer in any way. What I also find difficult to comprehend is the fact that a mattifying moisturizer could be capable of imparting a healthy lit from within glow that accentuates and imparts a healthy vibrancy to the skin. This really is an amazing moisturizer that isn't like anything else that you have ever tried--EVER. Another feature of this phenomenal product is the fact that it hydrates and softens the skin so effectively that it reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It is a profoundly powerful moisturizer that fights free-radicals with it's considerably powerful anti-aging antioxidants, and yet it is equally joyous to use.

In an independent clinical study:
  • 70% of participants showed an increase in skin hydration in just one week. 
  • 90% of participants showed an increase in skin hydration after two weeks.
  • 83% of participants said they would recommend this product.
 Active Ingredients:
  • CELLACTIVE®-HYDRO: A blend of highly concentrated apple serum and polysaccharides that enhances the skin’s ability to retain moisture for optimal and long-lasting hydration.
  • SEPILIFT™ DPHP: Plant-derived amino acids that soften the look of fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Pili + Moringa Oils: Botanical antioxidants that smooth, restore, and revitalize skin with omega fatty acids and Vitamins A, C and E.
Ingredients: Purified Water, Glycerin, Stearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Squalane, Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides, Ceteareth-20, Glyceryl Dilaurate, Dipalmitoyl Hydroxyproline, Pyrus Malus Extract, Pectin, Chlorella Vulgaris/Lupinus Albus Protein Ferment, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Canarium Ovatum (Pili) Pulp Oil, Moringa Oleifera (Moringa) Oil , Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Hydrolyzed Wheat Starch, Hyaluronic Acid, Retinol Molecular Film Fluid, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Pineapple Extract, Polysorbate 20, Phenoxyethanol (and) Caprylyl Glycol (and) Sorbic Acid

My's founder and CEO, Tessa Yutadco, has implemented social responsibility initiatives that were specifically designed to improve the lives of the Filipino women and men who harvest and extract the Pili and Moringa oils used in My products (read more here). It is also important to note that the Pili and Moringa oils are sustainably harvested, and are grown without fertilizers or pesticides. Unlike so many skincare companies, My is uncompromising in the commitment to quality ingredients, healthy products, social responsibility, and transparency in everything they do. It is for these reasons, coupled with the sheer quality of the products, that I am so excited to have found My! Did I mention that My is CRUELTY FREE?!

Tessa takes her social responsibility initiatives very seriously, and as proof of this she has announced the following new partnership: August 8, 2012 through September 8, 2012 My will be donating 50% of the proceeds from ALL My purchases to Best Buddies International! Image source. My is one of the few companies out there that is ideologically in tune with the big picture-- not just in terms of providing the highest quality skincare, but also in terms of an innate awareness and respect of the needs of the world around us. Tessa really believes in both nurturing the skin, but more importantly in nurturing the planet and those who call it home. I absolutely believe in My, and in Tessa.
Overall assessment: It really doesn't get any better than this. This is a must-have multi-tasking moisturizer loaded with antioxidants and healthy ingredients. It is magically moisturizing while maintaining a matte finish- yet your skin glows from within. I find that I can actually skip a primer altogether when I use this amazing moisturizer. If I had to choose one word to describe this moisturizer- it would have to be extraordinary! If you are looking for your next Holy Grail moisturizer-- look no further! Stay tuned for my forthcoming My reviews.

$68.00 2 oz/60ml. From My and Dermstore (Affiliate link).
PR samples provided by My, but all opinions expressed are categorically my own.


  1. What an interesting line. I'm impressed with all you have to write about it. I know you know your skincare so your recommendation is important to me.

    1. It really is an interesting line, and Tessa (the founder & CEO) stopped practicing law to follow her dream of doing this! If you are used to lotions with lots of slip and slick oil- then it will take a little getting used to the concept of a mattifying moisturizer-- but this really is a very lovely product! The whole line is lovely!

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  3. Wow. This almost sounds too good to be true! Did you know I visited the Philippines seven months ago? :) I didn't encounter these plants and ingredients though. I've sort of given up on finding the perfect mattifying moisturizer and just apply regular ones very very lightly when I need it. Waiting with eagerness to see how this brand will make a splash in the beauty world!

    1. It is a really really lovely line! I have never tried a moisturizer quite like this before. It is matte, yet it is so hydrating and moisturizing. It gives the skin a gorgeous glowing effect without a grease slick being left behind. It's a lovely line with a huge social conscience-- I am really impressed by the products and the lovely woman (Tessa) who created it. I hope that she has great success with the My.

      I remember that you and your sister went to the Philippines earlier this year. I remember being absolutely wowed by the pictures and narrative-- so I went back just now to take another look-- and the sunset alone calmed my spirits. I have been super tense lately as I have been slogging through this difficult chapter that I have been writing-- and your vacation pictures were all that it took to get me a bit more centered again!! xxoo

  4. Awesome review and I love the video!

  5. Whaaat--this moisturizer sounds freaking amazing! I have super oily skin and haven't been moisturizing lately (even though I should be) because my skin has been such a greasy nightmare. This product sounds lovely--really want to try it :)

    1. This moisturizer is A M A Z I N G!!! Since you are super oily you could probably really really love the mattifying effect. It's pretty crazy that Tessa was able to come up with a formula that is simultaneously hydrating, moisturizing, filled with anti-aging antioxidants, contains nutrient rich oils- all while remaining matte. I have never tried anything like it before. It also makes you glow from within. I just don't get it. I think that you would be very happy with this-- plus you could use it day and/or night. I use it very sparingly-- so it would last you a very long time. :-)

    2. What if I have dry 63 yr. old skin? Is this recommended for my condition or is there something else in this line? thanks, Shelley

    3. Hi Shelley,

      I suspect that you might prefer something a little richer than the Multi-Purpose Mattifying Moisturizer for your dry skin. From the My range of products I would think that you would find the Transformative Night Cream better suited for your dry skin. My suggests that it can be used day and night. I have used it during the day with a sunscreen on top, and I found it to be tremendously moisturizing for my combination skin.

      If you have specific questions about how best to use My products for dry skin- you might want to contact My directly. Customer Service: Email:

      Phone: (855) 441-5775 Monday through Friday from 8.00 am to 5.00 pm Pacific Standard Time.

      I hope that this was helpful! Have a lovely day! :-)


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