Stemulation Hi-Impact ($185 in the shop). Stemulation’s latest product, Hi-Impact Serum, lives up to its name with a blend of epidermal growth factors, including sH-Oligopeptide-1, with vitamin C ester that boost collagen production. sH-oligopeptide-1 is a protein that binds to cell receptors to activate cellular proliferation, increase the rate of skin renewal, and slow down skin thinning. With regular use, my skin feels thicker, tighter and, as a bonus, gets a luminous glow.
Kat Burki Form Control Collagen Gel
Kat Burki Form Control Gel ($150 in the shop). This brand new serum from Kat Burki means business. The marine collagen in the product title is actually keratin from an alga. Plus, there are plant stem cells. For me, the heart of the formula is the blend of 13 or so amino acids from silk proteins. They are the building blocks of proteins and they get together and form chains to create our anti-aging friends, peptides. Amino acids are an essential part of the synthesis of collagen and elastin. The proprietary KB5 Complex with five botanical extracts, including gotu kola, a much researched anti-inflammatory that can strengthen the skin and boost type 1 collagen.
Medik8 Firewall ($145 in the shop). “I love Firewall so much I want to marry it”, said one member of the Truth In Aging community. That may not be legal yet, but it does help explain why Fireall is a perennial Five Best. Medik8 boosted the formula last year with more copper peptides. Along with Matrixyl 3000, you can thank this ingredient for restoring firmness.
MitoQ Moisturizing Anti-aging Serum
MitoQ Moisturizing Anti-Aging Serum ($119 in the shop). There is just one active ingredient in MitoQ, mitoquinol mesylate, a turbo charged form of ubiquinone that was developed to target mitochondria. Without mitochondria our cells would not function as they bring all the energy needed by them. MitoQ smooths skin, irons out wrinkles and leaves the skin feeling firmer. I love the description by community member Gunilla – “skin appears regrown”.
Truth Vitality Lux Renew
Truth Vitality Lux Renew ($279 in the shop). Ultrasound and LED go where a serum fears to tread. For firming sagging skin, ultrasound is especially effective and the best thing I’ve found, although both technologies boost collagen. Red LED and ultrasound work at the cellular level to boost collagen by causing inter-cellular communication. In our independently conducted clinical trials of 60 women, 100% had increased collagen (according to clinical and instrumental evaluation).
I can live with wrinkles (up to a point), but there’s no downer like sagging skin. The face looks tired, sad and aging. Wrinkles even get some nice euphemisms (laughter or character lines). For the loss of elasticity that leads to sagging skin, the best we can come up with is marionette lines. Happily, skincare actives are getting better at firming the skin as well as smoothing wrinkles and each year I am able to add some new heavy hitters to boost collagen and elastin. Although to new on my scene to qualify as a Five Best, I am hugely impressed by iS Clinical’s Copper Firming Mist. With copper PCA, it improves elasticity and firmness, as you’ll see in my review scheduled for next Monday. Watch this space and, in the meantime, here’s my 2015 Five Best for Sagging Skin.