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AminoGenesis Therapeutic Facial Repair is a copycat of Cocoon

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Sagging Skin
January 16, 2009 Reviewed by admin 3 Comments
There is an exception to every rule. The makers of our most beloved cosmetics might manufacture some products that do far less than impress. In the case of AminoGenesis, I developed a soft spot for the Cocoon Total Body Emollient, conferring it a permanent place on my nightstand and even designating it one of my favorite products of 2008. After trying the AminoGenesis Therapeutic Facial Repair, I was left scratching my head, or rather, wiping my face.

It seems that AminoGenesis didn't stray far from its core formula in refashioning its body emollient into a face cream. I cringed a little at the cloying, artificial fragrance, which mimics Cocoon exactly. The same aromatic notes that are delightful when massaged into the body lose all subtlety when smeared so close to the nose. Even the textures of the two emollients are essentially the same. Whereas the rich, velvety consistency of Cocoon cured the skin on my body of all dryness, it felt too heavy on my face after applying the Therapeutic Facial Repair. Lacking an SPF, the thick face cream seems most apt for nighttime use, especially around the eyes.

Though I poked fun at Cocoon's retro plastic bottle design, at least its contents are protected from contagions. Therapeutic Facial Repair, on the other hand, seems to invite contamination with its wide-open pot design and pure white color. Perhaps this is why the formula's foundation rests on multiple parabens, phenoxyethanol and diazolidinyl urea for preservative prowess. Besides these undesirable additives, there is the unfortunate triethanolamine (TEA), a neutralizing and emulsifying agent, which is both an irritant and potential carcinogen.

At the core of AminoGenesis are seventeen amino acids, nine of which are "essential" for the body to obtain from outside sources. As the most concentrated formula in the AminoGenesis line, Therapeutic Facial Repair is touted as a mega-moisturizer, combining a water-based delivery system with skin conditioners like isopropyl palmitate (a derivative of palm oil) and humectants such as glycerin and glyceryl stearate. By allowing the protein-building, antioxidant-rich amino acids to penetrate deep, this system is intended to improve the skin's firmness and elasticity.

Nonetheless, I didn't notice any improvements on my face after a couple of weeks of nightly use. Despite a slight clogging sensation, my skin felt well-hydrated and nourished but certainly no more plump or youthful. Sometimes a formula that works so well on one part of the body is simply not suited to another area. Although amino acids make for a welcome addition to any emollient, they can't stand alone as an anti-aging panacea.


Deionized Water, Isopropyl Palmitate, Stearic Acid, Glycerin, Glyceryl Stearate, Butylene Glycol, Amino Acids: (L-Lysine Monohydrochloride, L-Histidine Monohydrochloride Monohydrate, L-Argine Monohydrochloride, L-Aspartic Acid, L-Threonine, L-Serine, L-Glutamine, L-Proline, L-Glycine, L-Alanine, L-Valine, L-Methionine, L-Isoleucine, L-Leucine, L-Tyrosine, L-Phenylalanine, L-Acetyl Tyrosine), Polysorbate 60, Sorbitan Sesquiolate, Carbomer, Cetyl Alcohol, Triethanolamine, Methylparaben, Proplyparaben, Diazolidinyl Urea, Fragrance.

  • March 9, 2009

    by Alexa

    5 years ago, I tried first AminoGenesis' Therapeutic Facial Repair, which I loved, but it happened to be too strong for my sensitive facial skin. After just a two days of use, I had a small bumpy rash all over my facial skin. Very tiny bumps... I called the company and they refundeded my money, but explained if I started on Cacoon, (yes it is for the body but also for the face), first, on my face after a couple of weeks, then to switch to the Therapeutic Facial Repair Cream, which I did. It worked wonderfully, and Cacoon, Therapeutic Facial Repair, and CounterClockwise Eye Cream I love. The Really, Really Clean Facial cleanser I love as well, but the bottle is not big enough! Now I have just started to use their Photolagen-AGF Full Strength Non-prescription serum and I completely have notice a huge difference in my smile feet (crows feet).
    I am 42, and thanks for and to, AminoGenesis products, I look very young for my age!!

  • January 17, 2009

    by justine

    Thanks to Copley, I was lucky enough to win a full size bottle of the Cocoon body cream, which I love. Agreed that the skin just drinks it up. The scent is a bit retro and manly for my liking. I always think I am going to end up smelling like Tom Selleck would have in Magnum. Disappointing to read about the face cream, then, although I am interested in the previous reader's comments re. DermaScyne. I may look into that. Thanks for the up-date.

  • January 16, 2009

    by Kira

    Hi Copley
    If you are still interested in this brand you may want to check out their newest product DermaScyne, its very light and skin just drinks it up. Its only my second week and I think I am getting a more even skin tone, its also calm and supple...Also I find it quite healing for irritations and pimples.

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