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Femme Science Age Control

Is a Solution for:
Sagging Skin
Reviewed by Marta May 9, 2010 21 Comments
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
  • August 24, 2010

    by marta

    Hi Leigh, FemmeScience went out to Kerry a couple of months ago and this is her review:
    Is your Hydropeptide serum the Cellular Transformation Serum. I think they have updated the formula since my post and this is the ingredient (see below). Keep checking and sign up for our newsletter as we have products up for readers to review every week.

    Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Propylheptyl Caprylate, Hydrolyzed Oats, Sodium Polystyrene Sulfonate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Glycereth-26, Menthyl Lactate, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Palmitoyl Dipeptide-5 Diaminobutyroyl Hydroxythreonine, Palmitoyl Dipeptide-6 Diaminohydroxybutyrate, Dipeptide Diaminobutyroyl Benzylamide Diacetate, Acetyl Glutamyl Heptapeptide-3, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5, Transforming Growth Factor ϐ1, Human Oligopeptide-11, Human Oligopeptide-1, Hydrolyzed Hibiscus Esculentus Extract, Colostrum Whey, Dextrin, Leontopodium Alpinum (Edelweiss) Extract, Acetyl Tyrosine, Dimethyl MEA (DMAE), Cameillia Sinensis (Green Tea) Extract, Zinc Gluconate, Copper Gluconate, Retinyl Palmitate, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Magnesium Aspartate, Squalane, Cetearyl Glucoside, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Extract, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Dimethylacrylamide/Acrylic Acid/Polystyrene Ethyl Methacrylate Copolymer, Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil, Xanthan Gum, Hydroxypropylmethylcellulose Stearoxy Ether, 1, 2-Hexanediol,Caprylyl Glycol,Tetrahydroxypropyl Ethylenediamine,Tetrasodium EDTA, O-Cymen-5-OL,Sodium Methyl Stearoyl Taurate, Tropolone, Fragrance, Red 40 (CI16035)

  • August 24, 2010

    by Leigh Guidry

    Hi Marta, I just started reading Truth in Aging several months ago- my mom is a huge fan! I am 28 and a skincare junkie (not makeup, only skincare:) I have battled with acne since I was 15 (several rounds of low dose Accutane cleared me up several years ago, with no scarring). I have been seriously looking into anti-aging skincare though since I was about 23. I had a little boy when I was 22 so I started getting into adult mode pretty quickly:) Anyhoo, besides the occasional "period" zit, my skin is clear, and due to religious sunscreen use since my teens, my late-twenties skin is virtually unchanged since my teens. I read a post by Copley- and seriously, if this line does what it says- I would be ecstatic! I just purchased Hydropeptide Cellular Serum, and am considering returning it as soon as it comes so I can try Femme Science. I am also a little freaked out after reading your post on it. Please help a skincare enthusiast out- I have dropped so much money on stuff it makes me sick. Stuff usually ends up breaking me out, or feeling icky. This stuff sounds perfect for me:)

  • July 29, 2010

    by Jennifer

    I am going to be turning 20 years old and am freaking out because I will be leaving my adolescence years and teenage years. Scary thought! I read up on this and really would like to try it. Having skin blemishes since 12 years old I've tried everything over the counter and from the dr office. I don't want to have to freak out about wrinkles when I'm much older therefore I'd like to PREVENT them. Everything I read on product reviews only treat or renew skins appearance. I want to plan for the future not fix it now. I would be happy to try this product.

  • July 13, 2010

    by Rachel Lorenz

    I just turned 30, and am extremely serious about preventative care for aging, both internal and external. If I am going to live to be 100, like most of the women in my family, I want to preserve the hull for as long as possible. I would therefore be happy to test the product for a month, or even longer.
    If you are still looking for reviews, I am interested!

  • June 23, 2010

    by Kerence

    I have just emailed my review to Marta so it's not long now!

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