Calling all 20-somethings and 30-somethings! Finally a brand that claims to aim to take you seriously. You are so beyond Clinique and Bliss and marketing over content. You get the green thing and natural options like Aveda and Amala, but are they really providing you with the best possible blockades against future aging. Then there's all those anti-wrinkle miracle ingredients aimed at the boomers with skin that needs repair over prevention. What's a young person to do? Enter Femme Science.

This Miami-based new company saw you and saw an opportunity saying: "Recognizing that among dozens of choices, there were virtually no skincare lines that addressed this audience, FemmeScience was founded to provide a scientifically developed line for youthful skin." I think Femme Science is right. There is a big gap in the market and I struggle a little to give 20 and 30-somethings product advice when so much of the new breakthroughs have focused on repair rather than prevention.

I have before me Femme Science Age Control ($54). It seems to be a fairly intelligent formulation that covers most bases and doesn't get distracted by too many fillers. Top of the actives are two peptides, acetyl hexapeptide - which is believed to inhibit the release of neurotransmitters and relax the facial muscles- thus reducing expression lines and wrinkles - and palmitoyl oligopeptide, known as collagen builder Matrixyl. Yin and yang-like the roles are complimentary: the first may prevent future wrinkles, the second ensures good skin going forward.

For 20 and 30-something skins, antioxidants are important (see our antioxidant picks for 30-somethings) as is tackling the first signs of skin dullness (see our regimen for 30-somethings). So I was pleased to see multitasking turmeric. This is an important antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, soother of irritations and skin whitener. Curcumin is thought to be the primary pharmacological agent in turmeric. The research is a bit patchy and most of it has been conducted on animals. However, in some studies, curcumin’s anti-inflammatory effects have been shown to be comparable to the potent drugs such as hydrocortisone. In a report in Medical News, one company claims that turmeric’s skin whitening potency is four times greater than that of the conventional cosmetic whitener, arbutin.

Femme Science Age Control also has ubiquinone. Also called CoQ10, this naturally decreases with aging. When applied topically, Ubiquinone is thought to penetrate the skin easily, and reduce free radical damage via its antioxidant properties. It is also been found to assist cells in building collagen and elastin, therefore reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Ubiquinone also has properties that allow it to prevent or reduce oxidative damage to tissues, and may be more effective than Vitamin E at preventing this damage.

With moisturizers (avocado and hyaluronic acid) and several vitamins, there's plenty going on here (the only thing to be a bit wary of is DMDM hydantoin and iodopropynyl butylcarbamate).


Acqua purificata (purified water), caprylic/capric triglycerides, stearic acid, acetyl hexapeptide, palmitoyl oligopeptide, curcuma longa root (turmeric) extract, camellia sinensis (green tea) extract, glycerin, ubiquinone (coq-10), niacinamide, soya sterol, beta glucan, magnesium ascorbyl phosphate (vitamin c), retinol (vitamin a), polyacrylamide, persea gratissima (avocado) extract, butylene glycol, c13-14 isoparaffin, hyaluronic acid, carbomer, polysorbate 20, polysorbate 60, lecithin, carnitine, laureth-7, propylene glycol, cetearyl alcohol, glyceryl stearate, thioctic (alpha lipoic) acid, tocopheryl acetate (vitamin e), dmdm hydantoin, iodopropynyl butylcarbamate