Reviewed by Jana

TIA chose me to test Dermophisiologique Xomega Body Cream ($83 for 5.1 fl oz in the TIA shop).  Although I remembered reading Marta’s earlier praises for this lotion/cream, I still was quite dubious and doubted that Xomega would provide “toned tissues,” as Dermophisiologique claimed.  Indeed, the box went on to say that Xomega “firms the skin and provides deep nourishment” as well.  As a long-time skin care addict, I’m ever hopeful but also ever disappointed.

Xomega bills itself as a cream.  I judge that it lies somewhere between a lotion and a cream, although it is richer than a simple lotion.  The scent is neither flowery nor too “feminine” and does not linger long – a plus for someone who wears perfume often.  It absorbs quickly and did not leave a greasy feel.

As Marta told us, Xomega is packed with a large number of skin-pleasing ingredients, such as shea butter, borage oil, glycosaminoglycans, as well as wheat, soy, and olive unsaponifiables.  One ingredient I did not recognize is “saccharide isomerate.”  After brief research, this ingredient appears to be formulated by Swiss firm Pentapharm and marketed under the trade name Pentavitin.  According to this Pentapharm chart, Pentavitin is a plant extract that has anti-inflammatory and moisturizing properties.

I faithfully, albeit skeptically, applied Xomega morning and evening (as per instructions).to my arms and chest (not my neck – I was testing another product that I’d just bought).  Frankly, I’ve tried to avoid noticing too often that my once firm and lovely arms definitely are now rather ugly.  Wanting to give a thorough review, however, I bit the bullet and carefully assessed my arms and décolleté before beginning Xomega.  I wincingly admitted to myself that the skin on my arms definitely sags.  Fortunately, my chest is not as bad as my arms, however, “sleep wrinkles” do appear there.

After the first week, I began to think I saw improvement – but did not trust myself as too often have “seen” what I hoped to see.  By the end of the second week, I could no longer deny it – Xomega worked.  The sagging and wrinkles definitely were lessened.  In addition, my skin was moister, firmer, plumper, and was far less dry than usual.  By the end of three weeks of testing, much of my earlier wrinkling was gone, replaced by skin that looked and felt to the touch at least a decade younger.  Honestly, I was amazed and very pleased.

In the interest of a thorough test, I stopped using Xomega between four and five weeks.  I wanted to see how quickly the sagging and wrinkles would return.  Sadly, those obnoxious markers of age returned within two to three weeks with a complete reversal between roughly weeks three and four.  When I stopped using it, I estimated about ½ to 1 ounce remained in the bottle.

Although Xomega worked wonders on wrinkles, it was not very soothing for a chapped elbow of mine.  Other, drugstore brands relieve the chapping much better than did Xomega.  And, at around $83.00 per 5 ounce bottle, Xomega does not fit into my less-than-desired skincare budget.  However, I can see that I will try it again in the future, particularly during summer months with all those sleeveless, low-cut fashions.  Next time, my knees will be included.

Ingredients:

Aqua, C10-18 triglycerides, cetearyl glucoside, shea butter, glycerin, hydrogenated lecithin, xanthan gum, borage oil, saccharide isomerate, panthenol, allantoin, grapefruit extract, aminoacids, sucrose, sodium PCA, musk rose oil, tocopheryl acetate, black currant oil, lycopene, urea, hydrolyzed glycosaminoglycans, wheat germ oil unsaponifiables, soy bean oil unsaponifiables, olive oil unsaponifiables, soybean extract, pollen extract, ceramide-3, lecithin, tocopherol, coconut alcohols, cocoglucoside, hexyldecanol, citric acid, dimethicone, disodium EDTA profumo (fragrance).