by Maria

I am 41 years old and for the past four years my skin has been gradually losing its elasticity and quite defined wrinkles have appeared, first smile lines and then underneath the eyes and on the temples. My skin is mixed, oily on the forehead, nose and chin and dryer on the cheeks. Therefore, what I was looking for from testing the Chella Master Protocol 7 Cellular Defense Serum ($135) was uplifted cheeks and some reduction in the wrinkles.

I started using the product four weeks ago, twice daily first thing in the morning and last before bed. I applied it after cleansing with my Sirius Sonic brush ($49) and waited for 15 minutes to apply an organic moisturizer afterwards in the morning. I kept it simple so that I knew that any improvements were due to this product.

Compared to other anti-aging products I have used, the Chella Master Protocol applies very well. My skin was not burdened or blocked and absorbed the product immediately; it is also very light and has no fragrance. The first thing that I noticed is that it made my skin very, very smooth. I caught myself several times touching my face with my fingers unintentionally to feel its smoothness. In a sense, this is the most immediate, lasting and pleasant effect of this product. The skin feels and looks “cleaner” as the oily areas are not blocked and are kept clean – yet it does not dry the skin. In general, I would say that Chella Master Protocol balanced my skin tone.

Chella has several questionable ingredients, including cetearyl alcohol, cocoyl glucoside and cetyl alcohol (emollients), three silicones (cyclopentasiloxane, phenyl trimethicone and dimethicone), polyglyceryl-3 stearate (an emulsifier), sodium acrylate (a cleanser), and four preservatives (pentylene glycol, hexylene glycol, caprylyl glycol and phenoxyethanol). For the most part, these ingredients are supposed to be safe because they are deemed quite mild. Fortunately, the “nasty” inclusions did not have any side effects; I just wish I could see more positive effects from the product’s anti-aging ingredients, such as einkorn extract and teprenone. I would not say that my cheeks look plumper or tighter than before and that wrinkles are reduced – though the wrinkles did not get worse, an effect I have had with other products. Maybe Chella Master Protocol would perform better if it was combined with the Chella day and night creams. However, I think that I will continue to search for my “miracle” product.

Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Thermus Ferment, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetyl Octanoate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Laminaria Digitata Extract, Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cocoyl Glucoside, Cetyl Alcohol, Einkorn (Triticum Monococcum) Extract, Ergothioneine, Limonium Narbonense Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Tremella Fuciformis Polysaccharide, Teprenone, Adenosine Triphosphate, Sodium Chondroitin Sulfate, Olive Glycerides, Sea Whip (Pseudopterogorgia Elizabethae) Extract, Polyglyceryl-3 Stearate, Phytosteryl Isostearate, Lutein (Xanthophyll), Cassia Alata Leaf Extract, Sodium Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Dimethicone, Phenyl Trimethicone, Maltodextrin, Butylene Glycol, Sodium Acrylates/Acrylonitrogens Copolymer, Pentylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol