Our Rating: 4 stars

Chella, a brand that is mostly sold in spas, deserves wider recognition in my view. There is usually something intelligent about their approach (for example using silk to stop sunscreen molecules from degrading and doing harm in their Anti-Aging Formula). Now there are a couple more reasons to get to know them: they have shed their old packaging for a smart and zingy silver and orange livery and their newish Master Protocol 7 serum is excellent.

Chella calls its Master Protocol 7 Cellular Defense Serum ($135) a silver bullet. That may be pushing it, but with one shot it is imparting a lot of very impressive anti-aging and wrinkle prevention ingredients. I have been using it on the left side of my face (the right side will be the subject of another post) for around six weeks and I am pleased with what I see: a definite smoothing of fine lines and refreshed, healthy looking skin.

I alluded to one of Master Protocol 7’s ingredients a few weeks ago in my post einkorn, a strain of wheat that contains a peptide with antioxidant properties that can mimic glutathione, a natural antioxidant in our bodies that fights off free radical damage.  This is a fairly new discovery my scientists and it goes into the department of cutting edge along with teprenone (Renovage).  Teprenone maintains the length of our telomeres and thereby may extend the lifecycle of our cells.

Right up top of the ingredients list is Thermus Thermophillus Ferment, a biotechnologically derived marine extract. Being heat activated (eg when the skin is exposed to the warmth of the sun), it will activate the body’s natural antioxidant enzymes. Thermophilus emzymes are very interesting to scientists and that they have a “fundamental role in DNA replication and repair.

The roll call of heavy hitters just goes on. Very much worth a call out is ergothioneine, an antioxidant amino acid that exists in our bodies and is obtained in extract form from mushrooms. Then there is trehalose. This one of those magical constituents of desert plants that helps them rehydrate after periods of draught. Trehalose is made up of sugars that form a gel as cells start to dehydrate. This stops the cells from falling apart so that they perk back into shape as soon as they are rehydrated.

Amongst the botanicals, I particularly like Limonium Narbonense – swamp sea lavender – which has the ability to protect against UVA and UVB light.

Although on the pricy side, Master Protocol 7 can’t be said to be outrageously expensive and it certainly gives value in terms of efficient ingredients. A silver bullet? Maybe not. But I’ll definitely be keeping it in my anti-aging arsenal.


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, Sodium Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Dimethicone, Phenyl Trimethicone, Cassia Alata Leaf Extract, Maltodextrin, Butylene Glycol, Lutein (Xanthophyll), Sodium Acrylates/Acrylonitrogens Copolymer, Pentylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol.