Reviewed by Jimmy

I recently saw the movie Year One and although Jack Black the actor has absolutely nothing to do with the men's skincare line, I went home afterward with the name in my head like a mantra. He is one of the best comedians on screen, just as the skincare brand is one of the best for men's grooming. As with most of the products I pick for myself, the first test it has to pass is: would I recommend it to my dad? I carefully read the ingredients. It's challenging to find products that are all good when it comes to ingredients but there's always a good balance of science and nature, which my dad prefers (although I prefer all nature).

In my extensive trials of Jack Black, there has never been a product that ever failed the "dad test." The latest item Jack Black recently launched was the Protein Booster Skin Serum ($60). What's great about the product is that it adheres to Jack Black's PureScience creed in that it contains certified organic ingredients and is fragrance free, paraben free, colorant free and sulfate free.

This serum is kind of their "mac daddy" of anti-aging products, packed with so many science-based goodies (arguably) I don't know where to begin.
The heavy weight has to be Matrixyl 3000, which is known to help reduce wrinkles and restore elasticity, and we've covered it extensively on the site. It's credited to show up to 45% less wrinkles in two months, and with the collagen-boosting peptides in action, I would think there's more truth to it than suspicion. There's also an ingredient SYN-AKE, an advanced myo-relaxing peptide that smoothes expression lines (known to mimic Walgerin 1, a peptide found in the snake venom of the Temple Viper). It's known to "freeze" muscles in the way Botox does. I have to admit, the SYN-AKE seems quite hokey to me but there's some people who are completely obsessed with it. Tons of research has been done but with ambivalent results. Thank goodness there's the Matrixyl.

Renovage is a patented anti-aging ingredient that lessens pigmented spots and increases moisturizing. It's also quite new like SYN-AKE. Both ingredients remind me of the Creatine hype... it works but what about twenty years down the road when your body is completely different and you stop working out? They're both fairly new and assuming Jack Black spends exhaustive hours ensuring their products are right, I feel like they would know what they're doing.

Then there's Omega 3, which is a great essential fatty acid that helps moisturize and keeps the skin healthy. I actually take this as supplements, knowing quite well it does good for you, as does plant-based amino acids, which maintain osmoregulation, promoting moisture retention in the skin and helps your skin jump back from the environment.

An interesting ingredient you'll be hardpressed to find in the mainstream is the sorghum bicolor stalk juice, which is known to tighten the skin.
Some of the ingredients in the serum may seem like quite a gamble but it's chockfull of great antioxidants like green tea, Vitamin A, C and E, all of which more or less help the anti-aging process. The vitamins help stimulate collagen production, which is necessary for this kind of product. I feel like the serum might be too advanced for my skin and maybe too late for my dad to use but I would still recommend it to him. There's too many good things here to pass up, and he prefers the scientific side of products anyway. The scent isn't bad at all and it absorbs incredibly fast.


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Water, Glycerin, Sodium Polystyrene Sulfonate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, 1, Sorghum Bicolor Stalk Juice, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Teprenone, Dipeptide Diaminobutyroyl, Linum Usitatissimum (Linseed) Seed Oil*, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract*, Plantago Lanceolata Leaf Extract**, Sodium Hyaluronate (L), Taurine, Tocopherol (D-alpha), Retinyl Palmitate, Ascorbyl Palmitate (L), Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Pelargonium Graveolens (Geranium) Flower Oil, Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile) Flower Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil*, Zea Mays (Corn) Oil, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Citric Acid, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Xanthan Gum, Potassium Sorbate, Butylene Glycol, Carbomer, Polysorbate 20, Benzylamide Diacetate, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol. *Certified Organic.