As I mentioned in an earlier post, when I first saw the ingredients list for Collametics Daily Renewal Serum ($100), I assumed it was incomplete. Not so, this collagen building formula gets straight to the point with a high dose of vitamin C and amino acids.  I have been testing it for just over four weeks and this is one of the best vitamin C serums that I have found.

Some context is required for this statement. My skin doesn’t especially like vitamin C serums and can become very dry and even breakout. I did have a small breakout in the first 10 days of using Collametics and it tingled on application. However, it wasn’t drying and my skin was generally looking good so I persevered in the hope that my skin would get used to it. Very soon it did and I shall happily continue to finish the bottle (for what could be another three of four months judging by the amount left after a month’s use).

My immediate impression of this serum’s effects is that it makes the skin look clearer and brighter. According to Collametics, it is designed to build collagen with inclusion of two amino acids. Proline,makes up one-sixth of collagen and can break down protein to help create healthy cells and connective tissues. L-lysine also plays an important role in collagen production, according to the University of Maryland, and is also supposed to play a synergistic role with vitamin C. Copper gluconate promotes the synthesis of collagen and elastin.

The pithy ingredients list also includes glucosyl hesperidin, which improves blood circulation and may stimulate the surface circulation of the skin. The only thing I don’t like is zinc gluconate, which The Cosmetics Database considers a moderate hazard ingredient based on concerns regarding developmental and reproductive toxicity, allergic reactions, and organ system toxicity.

I find that I usually need to add something moisturizing above the Collametrics Serum. If not, my skin looks a little dry – although it feels soft and supple. I wasn’t all that enamored with Collametrics Daily Renewal Cream ($100).  The cream has the same actives plus calcium, but in a more typical (and, frankly, not especially appealing base of silicones with the preservatives phenoxyethanol and sodium benzoate.  I have up on it after a couple of weeks and I have been using the serum with Skin Nutrition’s Cell CPR. This combo’s results are so good that I am apt to give my skin an approving nod when I look in a mirror.

Collametrics told me that they are reviewing the cream’s formula. If it could be as potent and focused as the serum (perhaps sans zinc gluconate), they will have a duo worthy of any wrinkle warrior’s bathroom cabinet.

Ingredients in serum

Water, propanediol, L-ascorbic, L-glycine, L-proline, L-Lysine, glucosyl hesperidin, zinc gluconate, copper gluconate, silica