Dimitri James, the makeup artist and esthetician behind the Skinn range, spent 20 years working for the big cosmetic houses and vowed that, in developing his own line, he would do things completely differently from the way they do things. As he puts it, for the cosmetic behemoths, product improvement is changing the packaging, while vastly more money is spent on Park Avenue offices and advertising that on product development. Skinn couldn't be more different.

The products in the Skinn range are packed with natural ingredients and proven anti-agers. The prices are extremely reasonable by anyone's standards, but given the products are of such high quality, they are practically amazing.

I have, for a would-be reader reviewer, a 2oz jar of Skinn Wrinkle Balm ($40) for normal to combination skin. Just leave a comment persuading us that you will give us your honest feedback (anyone who still owes us a review - you know who you are - need not apply).

Skinn Wrinkle Balm is a night cream with the powerful peptide combination that is Matrixyl 3000 as its centerpiece. The matrixyl is flanked by some interesting and somewhat unusual botanicals. Phaseolus lunatus are lima beans and they are full of antioxidants, tannins and polyphenols. Lupine (lupin) reinforces the skin's natural barrier function.

Of the more familiar antioxidants, there is vitamin C. However, not any old vitamin C. Tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate is about as good as it gets as it is by far one of the most potent Cs. And, unlike your more run-of-the-mill vit Cs, it can be used in high doses, is welcomed by sensitive skin and lasts up to 18 months.

Aside from the inevitable quibble about the use of chlorophensin (a preservative that is a known allergan), there is an awful lot to like about Skinn. I'll be trying Wrinkle Balm for dry to normal skin over the next few weeks and I look forward to comparing notes with one of you.

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Ingredients in Skinn Wrinkle Balm

Infused silver tip white tea, blue cone flower and green tea, helianthus annus (sunflower) seed, linoleic acid, glycine soja (soybean) sterol, phospholipids, isopentyldiol, santalum album (sandalwood) extract, phellodendron amurense bark extract, hordeum distichon (barley) extract, glucosamine HCl, algae extract, yeast extract, urea, tribehenin, ceramide 2, peg-10 rapeseed sterol, wild thyme extract, lupine extract, palmitoyl oligopeptide, palmitoyl tetrapetide-3, phaseolus lunatus extract, squalane, phytosterol isostearate, aloe vera extract, wild yam extract, stearyl phosphate, tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate, sodium pca, xanthan gum, panthenyl triacetate, tocopheryl linoleate, chlorophenesin, natural fragrance


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