EXO face Bio.digital Perfection Moisturizer ($118) was reviewed a few weeks ago by community member, and it has to be said that she absolutely loved it. Sadly, I did not — and I do mean sadly as it has a unique technology that I had very high hopes for. I’m more than 20 years older than our reviewer Melissa, which might explain why my results were not the same, or were based on a different set of expectations.
Melissa found that EXO face was an excellent moisturizer for her dry skin. My skin is not especially dry, but it has the signs of aging that you would expect for a woman closer to 60 than 50. EXO face was a perfectly good moisturizer, but it did not have any anti-aging effects for me. It did not minimize any wrinkles or even my fine lines, nor did it give my skin a more radiant and hydrated look.
I tested EXO face for an extended two months, partly to give it a sporting chance and partly because I really wanted this moisturizer’s key and unique active to work. Although, it ultimately didn’t for me, I do think it worth sharing some of the background on it. EXO face uses something called Zen3 exosome technology and what you’ll see on the ingredient list is a variant of growth factors called Human Adipose Stromal Cell Exosome.
The company behind EXO face describes exosomes as “tiny messengers…. pinging from one cell to another to improve communication…Each exosome is encoded with unique data and goodies. When an exosome encounters another cell, the cell uploads a status update, along with a nutrient payload and instructions for mimicking the happy cell that started it all.” The exosomes in this moisturizer are apparently ones that promote “radical perfection of the skin.”
EXO face’s explanation is very clear and it sounds exciting. But I did a bit of further reading and found that very little is really understood about exosomes and the mechanism by which they work. They were discovered 30 years ago, but until recently, were thought to be nothing more than garbage collectors that removed unwanted trash from cells. Recently, it was discovered that they have a role in cell communication and scientists took more interest.
Nonetheless, research is hampered by the fact that it isn’t always clear if what can be seen under the microscope is actually an exosome or something else. Having said all that, it does seem to be thought they have a role in tissue repair and so they may have legitimate place in anti-aging cosmetics. I hope so. It’s always exciting to come across a new frontier in skincare.
Coming back to my experience with EXO face, it may be that this exosome technology is still very new and needs perfecting. Or, it may be there already, but the formula needs beefing up to meet the expectations of those of us looking for visible results on already-aging skin. Either way, I wish the company well and applaud them for helping to push the frontiers of skin care.