I have before me a sachet of Glo Therapeutics GloSuper Serum. Unless they contain a liquid foundation that can be checked out for color, sachets seem to me to be a waste of time. The dollop inside that is supposed to represent $117 worth of miracle anti-aging cream is barely substantial enough to determine if it will make you break out let alone turn back the tides of time. Nonetheless, the ingredients listed for Glo Therapeutics GloSuper Serum make me want to get to know it better.

This potion has some of the best known and most proven of the latest crop of anti-agers. Truth In Aging has written about many of them in recent months, but rarely have we seen them all in one product. I'm not going so far as to say that GloSuper Serum has got it all, but it has most of it.

First of all there is a 5% concentration of Argireline, the peptide that helps to control movement of the facial muscles. Next up are glycosaminoglycans, also at 5%. These are in the carbohydrate family and GloSuper uses a sulfated form called chondroitin, which is an essential component of cartilage. According to Glo, it inhibits matrix metalloproteinase and, in doing so, slows down aging. The antioxidant matrixyl 3000 is present in a 3% concentration.

Then there is a slew of anti-agers in a 1% dose: retinol (vitamin A); marine oligopeptides; something called epidermal growth factor (a protein that binds with a receptor on cell's surface); alpha lipoic acid; and superoxide dismutase (an important antioxidant that catalyzes oxygen into hydrogen peroxide). I was also pleased to see the inclusion of spin trap, a free radical fighter that is a particular favorite of mine, and L-carnosine, which is a really brilliant amino acid that extends the Hayflick Limit (the number of times cells can renew themselves).

We don't know whether the L-carnosine or spin trap are in concentrations sufficient to do much because Glo doesn't reveal them. My overriding question about this serum is whether any of those doses are really strong enough. It is instructive to compare to Faitox with its 25% Argireline, 15% Matrixyl 3000, 10% Snap-8 (like Argireline but better) or Your Best Face Correct with 10.5% Snap-8 and 5.6% Matrixyl 3000.

The proof will be in pudding. But it certainly seems worth finding out.

Ingredients in Glo Therapeutics GloSuper Serum

Acqua, witch hazel extract, glycerin, Argireline, glycosaminoglycans sodium chondroitin sulfate, C12-15 alkyl benzoate, Matrixyl 3000, retinol, marine oligopeptides, epidermal growth factor, superoxide dismutase, alpha limpoic acid, amla fruit extract, L-carnosine, niacinamide, spin trap, xanthan gum, fragrance oils, gluconolactone, sodium benzoate.

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