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Kenneth Mark MD Antioxidant Cream with Astaxanthin Review

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Kenneth Mark MD Antioxidant Hydrating Cream with Astaxanthin 1.7 oz
January 6, 2014 Reviewed by Marta 8 Comments
TRU Rating
This anti-aging powerhouse really, REALLY works, even years after we first tried it.


Visibly reduces deep forehead lines, wrinkles and sunspots


Contains parabens and other common preservatives

We got over our natural cynicism here at Truth In Aging a few years back and gaveKenneth Mark MD Antioxidant Hydrating Cream with Astaxanthin ($120) a positive review. While we couldn’t help but notice and be a little snarky about Dr Mark’s tendency to (still, today) practice in only the toniest of neighborhoods (think Aspen and the Hamptons), he also still makes a really excellent Antioxidant Hydrating Cream with Astaxanthin.

For the past six weeks or so, I have been testing Kenneth Mark MD Antioxidant Hydrating Cream with Astaxanthin and can highly recommend it. It is such a good feeling to reunited with a good discovery from 2009 and find that it has more than stood the test of time.

Regular readers of Truth In Aging will know that astaxanthin is a personal favorite of mine. It crops up in Dr. Perricone products, but is otherwise relatively rare (I am predicting – hoping – that we’ll much more of it in 2014). It deserves wider acclaim because, according to one scientist, astaxanthin can eliminate free radicals 6,000 times more effectively than vitamin C, 800 times more than CoQ10, 550 times more than vitamin E and green tea, 75 times more than alpha lipoic acid, and 20 times more than beta-carotene. It may also reduce melanin by 40 percent, greatly reducing freckles and age spots.

Even if Kenneth Mark MD Antioxidant Hydrating Cream with Astaxanthin does put some of those classic antioxidants in the shade, astaxanthin is backed up in Dr Mark’s formula by vitamin E, two forms of C and vitamin A. The anti-aging hit list just keeps on going with too many great ingredients to do justice to. I’ll confine myself to giving a call out to superoxide dismutase, an enzyme that overpowers the damaging reactions of superoxide (the most common free radical in the body) toxicity; it has the fastest turnover number of any known enzyme.

Then there are plenty of mineral peptides, including copper (a known wound healer), zinc, iron and magnesium. In the ingredients list, they appear as Saccharomyces Copper Ferment and so on. This means that the minerals have been converted by a yeast called Saccharomyces cerevisiae into a bioavailable, low molecular weight glycopeptide that can more easily be absorbed by the skin. These "mineral" elements diminish free radical, oxidative stress.

This is a fabulous formula (although I do note the parabens and some of the other usual suspects among the preservatives) that has had a visible effect on wrinkles, deeper forehead lines and sun spots. It comes in a reasonable 1.7oz bottle and in the form of a light lotion. I should share that I had a couple of breakouts and a little inflamed redness during the first week or so and think that Kenneth Mark MD Antioxidant Hydrating Cream with Astaxanthin may have been the culprit. So I eased myself into using it (every other day and building up to daily) and all was well. Those with sensitive skin (and that would be me) should take note. Nonetheless, Dr Mark’s serum and I are now very well suited and it will become a regular part of my regimen.

I just love being able to kick off 2014 with such a great recommendation for an effective anti-aging serum like Kenneth Mark MD Antioxidant Hydrating Cream with Astaxanthin.

  • October 14, 2014

    by Robert Simonovich

    (2 out of 5)

    I purchased the product and used it as directed. I didn't notice any difference but it was a short trial and I can't comment on it's effectiveness.

    The product emptied very quickly. I thought their might be a problem with the pump. I took it apart and discovered that in the 6" tube there was only 1" of product. the tube has a false bottom. I expected more for $120.

    The package states 1.7 fl. oz. I don't know how that could be? A bottle of OTC eye drops are 0.5 fl. oz.

    The product may be effective but not worth $120 for a tablespoon of product.

    I will not purchase this product again nor can I recommend it based on value.

  • January 12, 2014

    by Marta

    Hi Jennifer - what is your favorite Kenneth Mark product? What do you think we should test and review next?

  • January 12, 2014

    by Jennifer

    (5 out of 5)

    I purchased Dr. Mark's entire product line about 3 weeks ago and I have been using it religiously every day and night since. I'm 39 years old have moderate sun damage, forehead wrinkles and the usual signs of aging as I approach 40. I would say that my skin is combination oily/normal. I have tried many, many products and Dr. Marks are by far the best I have ever used. I have not experienced ANY negative side effects as a result of using these products. My skin feels softer and tighter. It looks more even toned and brighter. I absolutely love these products and will continue to use them as part of my everyday anti aging ritual. I've had such a positive experience with these products after only 3 weeks of use, I can't wait to see what the results will be over the next three months. Thank you Dr. Mark for making such excellent products!!!

  • January 11, 2014

    by Jeanie

    Hi Marta!
    I am a 54 year old skin care junkie. The term junkie I use sarcastically as most of the skin care products I have tried are just that. I am a vorocious reader and "researcher" and stay abreast of all things anti-aging. I have had almost every procedure you can have done to your skin, starting in the early 70's when my 20 year struggle with cystic acne began. Menopause has thrown my skin into aging overdrive, so I would welcome the opportunity to test this product and give a sound and honest review.

  • January 10, 2014

    by Leila Nelson

    Hi Marta..I would love to Dare myself to try Kenneth Mark MD cream with "Astaxanthin". Yes, I too thought of a sweetener!! If I should be so lucky to be chosen..I promise not to put it in my tea! All kidding aside..I would be oh so happy to try out this cream...hydration..anti-aging..lip radicals..just turned 60 (ugh)..I have wrinkles and age spots and dry skin so thought I should try out for the Kenneth Mark serum. Thanks.
    P.S. I hope I posted at the right place as this isnt a review..but only place the link would send me. ;)

  • January 9, 2014

    by lois

    Offering to be a reviewer:
    I am a 63 year old environmental mediator, with a scientific background. I am in good shape. I have begun a search for wrinkle/age spots/ firming serums, and offer a fresh face to test this product on for my age group.

    As a mediator, I have a reputation for honesty and diplomacy and frequently write reports.

  • January 7, 2014

    by Marta

    (5 out of 5)

    I had to chuckle at Astaxanthin sounding like a sweetener - but I must admit that it does!

  • January 7, 2014

    by Judy

    I would really love to try the Kenneth Mark AM and PM serum. Why? Because with all the super duper, hyper triple-duty moisturizing and anti-aging serum applications I slather on my sweet face, I still have the dessicated look of the woman in the TIA graphic for the 5 best dry skin solutions! The polar vortex deep freeze is affecting us all, but my skin looks like it has been sucked dry of all life! I am always seeking the perfect serum (in my late 50s) and this line looks really good. I must confess to not knowing much about Astaxanthin until I read Marta's review. I'd have guessed it was a sweetener (!) but now I'm informed. So, from my parched cheeks to TIA, thanks for the opportunity to trial a new serum from Kenneth Mark.

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