My attempt to test DermaSilk Miracle Cream ($39.99) has had more stops and starts than a learner driver. I started full of hope - the ingredients looked mostly good, indeed very good - and the price is a relative snip. I stopped when I started to notice blackheads appear on my cheek for the first time in about 30 years. I went back to DermaSilk when I thought again about the nine cutting edge actives that could make this antiwrinkle find of the century. I stopped when my forehead broke out. After a few more back and forths, me and DermaSilk sputtered, lurched and ground to a full standstill.

A pity because I wanted to enjoy my test drive. Especially as along for the ride we had adenosine triphosphate (ATP). It is the main energy source for the majority of cellular – and muscular – functions. Plus the powerfully antioxidant ferulic acid and sodium chondotin sulfate, an anti-inflammatory, which prevents loss of proteoglycans. But in the end, I concluded that the anti-aging effects of DermaSilk Miracle Cream were minimal at best. I'd love to hear from anyone who has had a better experience.

Meanwhile, I've become preoccupied with the concept of non-comedogenic, a term applied to potions and lotions that do not block pores. It's evil twin is occlusive - ingredients that will result in blackheads and breakouts. Oils made from coconut, cocoa butter and wheat germ are considered to be very occlusive.  Dermaxime's website has an amazingly thorough list of ingredients rated by the comodogenity and irritation potential. Stearyl alcohol gets a moderately concerning 2 rating from Dermaxime (wheat germ, which isn't in DermaSilk gets the highest rating of 5). DermaSilk contains ethyhexyl palmitate, a coconut oil that can cause irritations at high concentrations and is the recipient for a 4 rating. Much to my surprise, algae gets a 5 rating.


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Aqua, glycerin, butylene glycol, caprylic/capric triglyceride, ethylhexyl palmitate, cetearyl alcohol, cyclopentasiloxane, dimethicone, glycol stearate, stearyl alcohol, mannitol, Butyrospermum parkii (shea butter), steareth-2, ascorbyl phosphate, tocopherol, retinol, Panicum miliaceum (millet) seed extract, hydrolyzed vegetable protein, Chlorella vulgaris extract, Avena strigosa seed extract, Phaeodactylum tricornutum extract, Waltheria indica leaf extract, Crithmum maritimum extract, ferulic acid, teprenone, adenosine triphosphate, sodium chondroitin sulfate, lecithin, cetearyl glucoside, steareth-21, guar hydroxypropyltrimonium chloride, xanthan gum, pentylene glycol, hydrogenated vegetable oil, polysorbate 20, dextrin, sodium gluconate, citric acid, sodium citrate, alcohol, phenoxyethanol, caprylyl glycol, tannic acid