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{"id":556825247817,"title":"Miami MD Review: Can Their Products Defy Age?","created_at":"2022-08-11T11:36:51-04:00","body_html":"\u003cscript type=\"application\/ld+json\"\u003e\/\/ \u003c![CDATA[\n{\n \"@context\": \"https:\/\/schema.org\",\n \"@type\": \"Article\",\n \"headline\": \"Miami MD Review: Can Their Products Defy Age?\",\n \"keywords\": \"miami md, miami md review, miami md reviews, miami md total beauty matrix, miami md cream, miami md cream reviews\",\n \"description\": \"Our research team reviews the ingredients in Miami MD's most popular products based on published medical studies to give our determination of whether or not they're likely to be effective. We highlight some issues we have with health claims the brand makes.\",\n \"url\": \"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/blogs\/health\/miami-md-review\",\n\"author\": {\n \"@type\": \"Person\",\n \"name\": \"Calloway Cook\",\n \"url\": \"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/pages\/calloway-cook\",\n \"sameAs\": \"https:\/\/www.linkedin.com\/in\/calloway-cook\/\",\n \"jobTitle\": \"President\",\n \"knowsAbout\": \"entrepreneurship, dietary supplements, herbal supplements, eCommerce, medical research\",\n \"alumniOf\": {\n \"@type\": \"EducationalOrganization\",\n \"name\": \"S.I. 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Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University\"\n },\n \"memberOf\": {\n \"@type\": \"Organization\",\n \"name\": \"Illuminate Labs\"\n }\n},\n\"editor\": {\n \"@type\": \"Person\",\n \"name\": \"DJ Mazzoni\",\n \"honorificSuffix\": [\n \"M.S.\",\n \"R.D.\",\n \"C.D.N.\",\n \"C.S.C.S.\"\n ],\n \"url\": \"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/pages\/dj-mazzoni\",\n \"sameAs\": \"https:\/\/www.linkedin.com\/in\/dj-mazzoni-rd-cdn-cscs-00a33038\/\",\n \"jobTitle\": \"Medical Reviewer\",\n \"knowsAbout\": \"exercise, drugs, pharmaceutical, health, workout, strength and conditioning, nutrition, dietetics, medicine, medical research, scientific research, scientific method, healthcare, patient care, wellness\",\n \"alumniOf\": {\n \"@type\": \"EducationalOrganization\",\n \"name\": [\n \"State University of New York College Oswego\",\n \"D’Youville College\"\n ]\n },\n \"memberOf\": {\n \"@type\": \"Organization\",\n \"name\": \"Illuminate Labs\"\n }\n},\n\"image\": {\n\"@type\": \"ImageObject\",\n\"url\": \"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/Miami_MD_Thumbnail.png?v=1660232641\",\n\"width\": \"4229\",\n\"height\": \"4229\"\n},\n\"citation\": [\n\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/pmc\/articles\/PMC3673383\/\", \n\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/32083522\/\",\n\"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/blogs\/health\/best-collagen-powder\",\n\"https:\/\/www.amazon.com\/MiamiMD-Age-Defying-Lift-Firm-Cream\/dp\/B09KJMVBTL\/\",\n\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/27451932\/\",\n\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/33911590\/\",\n\"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/blogs\/health\/curology-review\",\n\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/30287361\/\",\n\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/20129403\/\",\n\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/pmc\/articles\/PMC6891674\/\",\n\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/11337315\/\",\n\"https:\/\/www.miamimd.co\/about.php\"\n],\n\"mentions\": [{\n \"@type\": \"Thing\",\n \"name\": \"vitamins and minerals\"\n },\n {\n \"@type\": \"Thing\",\n \"name\": \"sodium hyaluronate\"\n },\n {\n \"@type\": \"Thing\",\n \"name\": \"DHT\"\n },\n {\n \"@type\": \"Thing\",\n \"name\": \"Dr. Manjula Jegasothy\"\n }\n],\n\"datePublished\": \"2022-08-11\",\n\"copyrightHolder\": {\n \"@type\": \"Organization\",\n \"name\": \"Illuminate Labs\"\n},\n\"publisher\": {\n \"@type\": \"Organization\",\n \"name\": \"Illuminate Labs\",\n \"url\": \"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/\",\n \"description\": \"Illuminate Labs is the most transparent supplement company in the U.S., and is a leading publisher of research-based health information.\",\n \"knowsAbout\": \"supplements, science, nutrition, exercise, health, medication, pharmaceutical, wellness, diet, weight loss, medical research\",\n \"publishingPrinciples\": \"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/pages\/editorial-guidelines\",\n \"logo\": {\n \"@type\": \"ImageObject\",\n \"url\": \"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/Illuminate_Labs_Logo.png?v=1641249064\", \n \"width\": 150,\n \"height\": 150\n},\n \"foundingDate\": \"2019-01-30\",\n \"Address\": {\n \"@type\": \"PostalAddress\",\n \"streetAddress\": \"50 Union Street, Unit 9\",\n \"addressLocality\": \"Northampton\",\n \"addressRegion\": \"Massachusetts\",\n \"postalCode\": \"01060\",\n \"addressCountry\": \"US\"\n},\n \"sameAs\": [\n \"https:\/\/www.instagram.com\/illuminatelabs\",\n \"https:\/\/twitter.com\/illuminatelabs\",\n \"https:\/\/www.linkedin.com\/company\/illuminate-labs-supplements\",\n \"https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/channel\/UCpgSJAsIPb-fZ25djtTxBEA\"\n ]\n }\n}\n\/\/ ]]\u003e\u003c\/script\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/Miami_MD_Review_Article_Header_Image_Optimized.png?v=1660232373\" alt=\"\"\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cspan class=\"dc\"\u003eM\u003c\/span\u003eiami MD is an anti-aging brand that describes their products as “functional beauty.” The brand sells both dietary supplements and skincare products. Miami MD is co-founded by a dermatologist, which is generally a good sign for a skincare brand.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eIn this article we’ll review the ingredients in some of Miami MD’s most popular products based on published medical studies to give our honest take on whether we believe they’re likely to be effective or whether we’d consider them a waste of money.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eMiami MD Total Beauty Matrix Review\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/Miami_MD_Total_Beauty_Matrix_Ingredients_Optimized.png?v=1660232540\" alt=\"Miami MD Total Beauty Matrix ingredients\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\"\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eOne of Miami MD’s most popular product is a dietary supplement called Total Beauty Matrix. It’s marketed for anti-aging, with the brand claiming this product can make users “look and feel younger than your years.”\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe apologize for the low quality of the Supplement Facts label above; this is the quality published by the brand itself.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThis supplement contains \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003eVitamin C\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e at a dosage of 1,000 milligrams (mg). We haven’t come across any medical research suggesting that oral Vitamin C has an anti-aging effect. In fact, a \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/pmc\/articles\/PMC3673383\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003emedical review\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e on Vitamin C published in the \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eIndian Dermatology Online Journal\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e concluded the following: “bioavailability of Vit. C in the skin is inadequate when it is administered orally. The use of topical [Vitamin C] is therefore favored in the practice of dermatology.”\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe B-vitamin \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003ebiotin\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e is the other vitamin inclusion in this formulation. This vitamin is typically used for hair growth, and we cannot identify any medical research suggesting it has an anti-aging effect when taken orally. We’ll consider this an ineffective ingredient.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eTotal Beauty Matrix contains a “Proprietary Skin \u0026amp; Hair Complex” proprietary (prop) blend with four active ingredients. \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eMSM\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e is an effective anti-aging ingredient, but we believe the amount in this supplement is vastly underdosed. A 2022 \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/32083522\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eclinical trial\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e found that oral supplementation with MSM improved signs of skin aging, but the dosage used was 3 grams (g), which equates to 3,000 mg. The total dose of the prop blend that MSM is included in is 400 mg, and there are four active ingredients, so this averages to only 100 mg per ingredient which is 30x lower than the amount used in the medical trial.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eHydrolyzed collagen peptide\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e is another effective ingredient that we would consider underdosed. As we documented in our \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/blogs\/health\/best-collagen-powder\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003ebest collagen powder\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e review article, the maximum effective dose of oral collagen for reducing signs of skin aging appears to be around 10 g, or 10,000 mg daily. As stated above, the average dose of each active ingredient in this prop blend is only 100 mg daily. We haven’t come across any medical studies suggesting that oral collagen at that low of a dose range is effective, nor does Miami MD cite any.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eSaw palmetto powder\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e is a botanical ingredient in this blend. We can’t find any medical studies even testing this ingredient for its anti-aging effect. It’s typically used to naturally treat hair loss.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eL-lysine HCL\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e is the final ingredient in this blend, and we can’t find any data supporting its use in an anti-aging supplement.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe second prop blend in Total Beauty Matrix is called “Proprietary Mineral Complex.” It contains four minerals, and only has a total dosage of 200 mg, so this equates to a mere 50 mg on average per mineral included.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe can’t find medical studies suggesting that any of these four minerals is effective for reducing visible signs of aging or improving skin quality. We also generally disagree with the practice of taking random blends of vitamins and minerals. In the state of a documented deficiency of a vitamin or mineral, oral supplementation of that vitamin or mineral is logical, and can improve health and outward appearance.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eBut it doesn’t make logical sense in our opinion to take random blends of vitamins or minerals with no proof of a deficiency, because taking a vitamin or mineral when you’re already replete in that vitamin or mineral isn’t likely to have any benefit.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eOverall we find this to be a very poorly formulated supplement, especially for the $69 price it’s retailing for at the time of writing this article. We would not recommend this product, and in our opinion every single ingredient is either significantly underdosed or unlikely to be effective.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eMiami MD Age-Defying Lift \u0026amp; Firm Cream Review\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eOne of Miami MD’s most popular topical products is their Age-Defying Lift \u0026amp; Firm Cream. Strangely, their website states that it’s “not available on Amazon” while at the time of writing this article \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.amazon.com\/MiamiMD-Age-Defying-Lift-Firm-Cream\/dp\/B09KJMVBTL\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eit is available\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e on Amazon, and the price on Amazon is significantly lower. The Amazon listing appears to be legitimate because it has a branded store, so this is confusing.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThis cream contains a number of peptides, including \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003epalmitoyl tripeptide-1\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e, \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003epalmitoyl tripeptide-7\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e and \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003eacetyl hexapeptide-8\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e. A \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/27451932\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003emedical review\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e found that topical peptides can be effective dermatological ingredients, and a \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/33911590\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eclinical trial\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e found that acetyl hexapeptide-8 had anti-wrinkle effects. We’ll consider these ingredients likely effective.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eJojoba seed oil\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e is used as the base oil for this formulation, and we consider it to be a good option. As we detailed in our \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/blogs\/health\/curology-review\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eCurology review\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e article, jojoba is proven to be an effective skin-hydrating ingredient, which makes it a good choice for an anti-aging skin cream.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe Age-Defying Lift \u0026amp; Firm Cream contains \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003esodium hyaluronate\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e, which is one of the most effective skincare ingredients. A \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/30287361\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003emedical review\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e that we often cite on Illuminate Health concluded that hyaluronic acid (which is the molecularly-larger version of this compound) has “remarkable anti-wrinkle, anti-nasolabial fold, anti-aging, space-filling, and face rejuvenating properties.”\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eSweet almond oil\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e is another ingredient we would consider effective. It’s been found in \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/20129403\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003emedical data\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e to have anti-inflammatory effects, and to have the ability to improve skin complexion and skin tone. \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eOverall we consider this to be a well-formulated product and would recommend it. It doesn’t have as many ingredients that we could find to be directly proven to reduce wrinkles as some other formulations, but it does have a considerable number of ingredients with research backing for improving skin quality overall.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThere are no harmful ingredients of note in this cream.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eQuestionable Health Claims\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/Miami_MD_Health_Claim_1_Optimized.png?v=1660232592\" alt=\"Miami MD health claim 1\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\"\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThere are a number of questionable health claims on the Miami MD site that we would like to highlight. On the Total Beauty Matrix product page, the brand states the following, without any citation: \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003e“Dr. J says the hydrolyzed collagen peptides are one of the only types of collagen proteins women should consider taking as they aren’t easily dissolved in the stomach.”\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThis appears to be inaccurate based on medical research. The entire purpose of using hydrolyzed collagen is that it’s \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003emore\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e easily dissolvable and absorbable by the body. A \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/pmc\/articles\/PMC6891674\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003emedical review\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e on hydrolyzed collagen published in the \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eMolecules\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e journal details how hydrolyzed collagen has a lower molecular weight than whole collagen: “The molecular weight of collagen peptides obtained from hydrolysis is very low (3–6 KDa) compared to that of its precursor native collagen (285–300 KDa).”\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/Miami_MD_Health_Claim_2_Optimized.png?v=1660232609\" alt=\"Miami MD health claim 2\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\"\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eOn the same product page, the brand claims that saw palmetto \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003e“can reduce levels of the aging hormone DHT by as much as 32%”\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e without any citation. We find it highly unethical for a brand to make specific health claims without citing them. \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eFirst of all, DHT is not considered an “aging hormone” by the medical community. Its full name is dihydrotestosterone and it’s a male sex hormone that’s the byproduct of testosterone. We cannot identify any medical studies suggesting that DHT directly causes aging skin, nor that reducing DHT levels improves skin quality.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/11337315\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThis\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e appears to be the medical study where Miami MD got the 32% figure from. In the linked study, researchers found that a standardized saw palmetto extract reduced DHT levels by 32%. This dosage is nearly as high as the entire prop blend dosage of which saw palmetto is only one ingredient in Miami MD. Further, the saw palmetto used in the medical study is a \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003estandardized extract\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e, which is much more potent than the raw powder used in Miami MD’s supplement. \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eMissing Ingredient Lists\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eAt the time of writing this article, several Miami MD products have no full ingredients list on their website product pages, either in text or image form. We find this to be unacceptable and a risk to consumer safety. The reason it’s so important to publish an ingredients list is because consumers may have an allergy or sensitivity to specific ingredients, and they deserve to know every ingredient in a product.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eSome of the products have a “Key Ingredients” section detailing some ingredient information, but not a full transparent ingredient list.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eAt the time of writing this article, the Miami MD Lip Plumper and Facial Cleanser appear to be missing full ingredients lists, because only “Key Ingredients” are highlighted.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe urge Miami MD to clarify the difference between Key Ingredients and Ingredients, and to publish a plain-text version of their ingredients for every product page, either on-page or in the images (ideally both).\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eMiami MD YouTube Review\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eOne of the most popular reviews on YouTube of Miami MD is from a publisher called “Supplementox.” The video currently has around 10,000 views and appears to be unsponsored:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ciframe width=\"560\" height=\"315\" src=\"https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/embed\/bpRQkKYpXtM\" title=\"YouTube video player\" frameborder=\"0\" allow=\"accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture\" allowfullscreen=\"\"\u003e\u003c\/iframe\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eFounded By Dermatologist\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eIt’s worth noting that Miami MD is co-founded by a dermatologist by the name of Dr. Manjula Jegasothy. As detailed on the brand’s \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.miamimd.co\/about.php\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eAbout\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e page, she is also a professor of dermatology at the University of Miami.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe consider it to be a good sign when a skincare brand is founded by a dermatologist, because it’s technically challenging to formulate an effective cosmetics product. Having relevant education and experience helps. This is likely why the brand’s skincare cream is better-formulated than their dietary supplement in our opinion.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eMiami MD Pros and Cons\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eHere’s our take on the pros and cons of this brand:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cspan style=\"text-decoration: underline;\"\u003ePros\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cli style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eFirming cream formulation is effective and safe\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eFounded by dermatologist\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cspan style=\"text-decoration: underline;\"\u003eCons\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cli style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eDietary supplement is poorly formulated\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eRelatively expensive\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eQuestionable health claims\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eMissing clear ingredient listings\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eConclusion\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe consider Miami MD to be a relatively low-quality skincare brand. We would recommend their facial cream as it’s well-formulated, but we consider their dietary supplement to be poorly formulated with very low doses of some active ingredients.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eMiami MD makes a number of uncited health claims on their website, and they don’t make it clear to users how to access the full list of ingredients. Two of their products don’t appear to have an accessible ingredients list at all, unless “Key Ingredients” are equivalent to the entire set of ingredients, which the brand fails to clarify.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eIt’s a good thing that the brand is co-founded by a legitimate dermatologist, but for the most part we believe there are better cosmetics brands out there.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e","blog_id":49281925193,"author":"Calloway Cook","user_id":26601750601,"published_at":"2022-08-11T11:54:12-04:00","updated_at":"2022-08-11T11:54:12-04:00","summary_html":"We review the ingredients in anti-aging brand Miami MD's most popular products based on published medical studies to give our determination of whether or not they're likely to be effective. We highlight some issues we have with health claims the brand makes.","template_suffix":"","handle":"miami-md-review","tags":"_related:anti-aging, _related:skincare"}

Miami MD Review: Can Their Products Defy Age?

Miami MD Review: Can Their Products Defy Age?


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Miami MD is an anti-aging brand that describes their products as “functional beauty.” The brand sells both dietary supplements and skincare products. Miami MD is co-founded by a dermatologist, which is generally a good sign for a skincare brand.

In this article we’ll review the ingredients in some of Miami MD’s most popular products based on published medical studies to give our honest take on whether we believe they’re likely to be effective or whether we’d consider them a waste of money.

Miami MD Total Beauty Matrix Review

Miami MD Total Beauty Matrix ingredients

One of Miami MD’s most popular product is a dietary supplement called Total Beauty Matrix. It’s marketed for anti-aging, with the brand claiming this product can make users “look and feel younger than your years.”

We apologize for the low quality of the Supplement Facts label above; this is the quality published by the brand itself.

This supplement contains Vitamin C at a dosage of 1,000 milligrams (mg). We haven’t come across any medical research suggesting that oral Vitamin C has an anti-aging effect. In fact, a medical review on Vitamin C published in the Indian Dermatology Online Journal concluded the following: “bioavailability of Vit. C in the skin is inadequate when it is administered orally. The use of topical [Vitamin C] is therefore favored in the practice of dermatology.”

The B-vitamin biotin is the other vitamin inclusion in this formulation. This vitamin is typically used for hair growth, and we cannot identify any medical research suggesting it has an anti-aging effect when taken orally. We’ll consider this an ineffective ingredient.

Total Beauty Matrix contains a “Proprietary Skin & Hair Complex” proprietary (prop) blend with four active ingredients. 

MSM is an effective anti-aging ingredient, but we believe the amount in this supplement is vastly underdosed. A 2022 clinical trial found that oral supplementation with MSM improved signs of skin aging, but the dosage used was 3 grams (g), which equates to 3,000 mg. The total dose of the prop blend that MSM is included in is 400 mg, and there are four active ingredients, so this averages to only 100 mg per ingredient which is 30x lower than the amount used in the medical trial.

Hydrolyzed collagen peptide is another effective ingredient that we would consider underdosed. As we documented in our best collagen powder review article, the maximum effective dose of oral collagen for reducing signs of skin aging appears to be around 10 g, or 10,000 mg daily. As stated above, the average dose of each active ingredient in this prop blend is only 100 mg daily. We haven’t come across any medical studies suggesting that oral collagen at that low of a dose range is effective, nor does Miami MD cite any.

Saw palmetto powder is a botanical ingredient in this blend. We can’t find any medical studies even testing this ingredient for its anti-aging effect. It’s typically used to naturally treat hair loss.

L-lysine HCL is the final ingredient in this blend, and we can’t find any data supporting its use in an anti-aging supplement.

The second prop blend in Total Beauty Matrix is called “Proprietary Mineral Complex.” It contains four minerals, and only has a total dosage of 200 mg, so this equates to a mere 50 mg on average per mineral included.

We can’t find medical studies suggesting that any of these four minerals is effective for reducing visible signs of aging or improving skin quality. We also generally disagree with the practice of taking random blends of vitamins and minerals. In the state of a documented deficiency of a vitamin or mineral, oral supplementation of that vitamin or mineral is logical, and can improve health and outward appearance.

But it doesn’t make logical sense in our opinion to take random blends of vitamins or minerals with no proof of a deficiency, because taking a vitamin or mineral when you’re already replete in that vitamin or mineral isn’t likely to have any benefit.

Overall we find this to be a very poorly formulated supplement, especially for the $69 price it’s retailing for at the time of writing this article. We would not recommend this product, and in our opinion every single ingredient is either significantly underdosed or unlikely to be effective.

Miami MD Age-Defying Lift & Firm Cream Review

One of Miami MD’s most popular topical products is their Age-Defying Lift & Firm Cream. Strangely, their website states that it’s “not available on Amazon” while at the time of writing this article it is available on Amazon, and the price on Amazon is significantly lower. The Amazon listing appears to be legitimate because it has a branded store, so this is confusing.

This cream contains a number of peptides, including palmitoyl tripeptide-1, palmitoyl tripeptide-7 and acetyl hexapeptide-8. A medical review found that topical peptides can be effective dermatological ingredients, and a clinical trial found that acetyl hexapeptide-8 had anti-wrinkle effects. We’ll consider these ingredients likely effective.

Jojoba seed oil is used as the base oil for this formulation, and we consider it to be a good option. As we detailed in our Curology review article, jojoba is proven to be an effective skin-hydrating ingredient, which makes it a good choice for an anti-aging skin cream.

The Age-Defying Lift & Firm Cream contains sodium hyaluronate, which is one of the most effective skincare ingredients. A medical review that we often cite on Illuminate Health concluded that hyaluronic acid (which is the molecularly-larger version of this compound) has “remarkable anti-wrinkle, anti-nasolabial fold, anti-aging, space-filling, and face rejuvenating properties.”

Sweet almond oil is another ingredient we would consider effective. It’s been found in medical data to have anti-inflammatory effects, and to have the ability to improve skin complexion and skin tone. 

Overall we consider this to be a well-formulated product and would recommend it. It doesn’t have as many ingredients that we could find to be directly proven to reduce wrinkles as some other formulations, but it does have a considerable number of ingredients with research backing for improving skin quality overall.

There are no harmful ingredients of note in this cream.

Questionable Health Claims

Miami MD health claim 1

There are a number of questionable health claims on the Miami MD site that we would like to highlight. On the Total Beauty Matrix product page, the brand states the following, without any citation: “Dr. J says the hydrolyzed collagen peptides are one of the only types of collagen proteins women should consider taking as they aren’t easily dissolved in the stomach.”

This appears to be inaccurate based on medical research. The entire purpose of using hydrolyzed collagen is that it’s more easily dissolvable and absorbable by the body. A medical review on hydrolyzed collagen published in the Molecules journal details how hydrolyzed collagen has a lower molecular weight than whole collagen: “The molecular weight of collagen peptides obtained from hydrolysis is very low (3–6 KDa) compared to that of its precursor native collagen (285–300 KDa).”

Miami MD health claim 2

On the same product page, the brand claims that saw palmetto “can reduce levels of the aging hormone DHT by as much as 32%” without any citation. We find it highly unethical for a brand to make specific health claims without citing them. 

First of all, DHT is not considered an “aging hormone” by the medical community. Its full name is dihydrotestosterone and it’s a male sex hormone that’s the byproduct of testosterone. We cannot identify any medical studies suggesting that DHT directly causes aging skin, nor that reducing DHT levels improves skin quality.

This appears to be the medical study where Miami MD got the 32% figure from. In the linked study, researchers found that a standardized saw palmetto extract reduced DHT levels by 32%. This dosage is nearly as high as the entire prop blend dosage of which saw palmetto is only one ingredient in Miami MD. Further, the saw palmetto used in the medical study is a standardized extract, which is much more potent than the raw powder used in Miami MD’s supplement. 

Missing Ingredient Lists

At the time of writing this article, several Miami MD products have no full ingredients list on their website product pages, either in text or image form. We find this to be unacceptable and a risk to consumer safety. The reason it’s so important to publish an ingredients list is because consumers may have an allergy or sensitivity to specific ingredients, and they deserve to know every ingredient in a product.

Some of the products have a “Key Ingredients” section detailing some ingredient information, but not a full transparent ingredient list.

At the time of writing this article, the Miami MD Lip Plumper and Facial Cleanser appear to be missing full ingredients lists, because only “Key Ingredients” are highlighted.

We urge Miami MD to clarify the difference between Key Ingredients and Ingredients, and to publish a plain-text version of their ingredients for every product page, either on-page or in the images (ideally both).

Miami MD YouTube Review

One of the most popular reviews on YouTube of Miami MD is from a publisher called “Supplementox.” The video currently has around 10,000 views and appears to be unsponsored:

Founded By Dermatologist

It’s worth noting that Miami MD is co-founded by a dermatologist by the name of Dr. Manjula Jegasothy. As detailed on the brand’s About page, she is also a professor of dermatology at the University of Miami.

We consider it to be a good sign when a skincare brand is founded by a dermatologist, because it’s technically challenging to formulate an effective cosmetics product. Having relevant education and experience helps. This is likely why the brand’s skincare cream is better-formulated than their dietary supplement in our opinion.

Miami MD Pros and Cons

Here’s our take on the pros and cons of this brand:

Pros

  • Firming cream formulation is effective and safe
  • Founded by dermatologist

Cons

  • Dietary supplement is poorly formulated
  • Relatively expensive
  • Questionable health claims
  • Missing clear ingredient listings
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Conclusion

We consider Miami MD to be a relatively low-quality skincare brand. We would recommend their facial cream as it’s well-formulated, but we consider their dietary supplement to be poorly formulated with very low doses of some active ingredients.

Miami MD makes a number of uncited health claims on their website, and they don’t make it clear to users how to access the full list of ingredients. Two of their products don’t appear to have an accessible ingredients list at all, unless “Key Ingredients” are equivalent to the entire set of ingredients, which the brand fails to clarify.

It’s a good thing that the brand is co-founded by a legitimate dermatologist, but for the most part we believe there are better cosmetics brands out there.





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