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Reviewed by Margie
I'll confess, I am a 50-ish woman who used to stress out trying to find the perfect skincare products for all my skin woes - including combination skin, sensitivity, periodic breakouts, wrinkles, loss of firmness etc. I finally gave up my pursuit with the conclusion that most products probably helped some and that I would just try different products, as long as I had a peptide product in the morning and a retinol product in the evening.
When I received the sample of Michael Todd Damascus Rose Enriched Anti-Wrinkle Cream ($89), I discontinued all other anti-aging products, even my beloved Ultra Renew Plus ($159 in the shop) and Juice Beauty products.
This organic product is loaded with 10 peptides for collagen production and multiple antioxidants to fight environmental stress (vitamins A, B5, C, E and CoQ-10). The cream also contains lots of essential oils (avocado, jojoba, palm, rose hip, wheat germ, carrot seed, neem) as well as acai, blue green algae to promote cellular renewal and black willow bark to eliminate toxins. It contains few preservative/thickener/stabilizer items like sodium benzoate, gluconolactone, xanthum gum and palm stearic acid. Oh my!
It does not contain a sunscreen, and carries a warning on the label that some ingredients may cause sun sensitivity and recommends use of a sunscreen.
Directions say to use twice a day to face and neck area; or as a five minute mask. It also recommends to allow time for absorption before applying makeup. I recommend waiting at least five minutes.
Because I already have a skincare regime for anti-aging and moisturizing I really wasn't sure how much improvement to expect. For the first three weeks, I only noticed some plumping and softness/texture improvements. I experienced a few breakouts initially, which I do with almost any new skin care product. The breakouts were resolved in the first few weeks. I felt kind of ho-hum until the third or fourth week.
I generally avoid anything scented, but the subtle rose scent seemed fresh, and dissipated quickly. The texture of the cream is soft and almost mousse-like. I can still feel it on my face in the morning, but it doesn't feel greasy to me.
Overall I would recommend this this product as a moisturizer, however as an anti-wrinkle agent, I would say the effect is not dramatic enough to be worth the price point.
Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis (Organic Aloe) Juice, Rosa Damascena (Rose) Distillate, Persea Americana (Avocado) Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Oil, Emulsifying Wax, Vegetable Glycerin, Organic Palm Oil, Palm Stearic Acid, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Phenoxyethanol, Retinol Palmitate (Vitamin A), Rosa Mosqueta (Rosehip) Seed Oil, Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C Ester), Dl-Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B5), Allantoin (Comfrey), Butylene Glycol, Carbomer, Polysorbate 20, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7 (Matrixyl 3000TM), Acetyl Hexapeptide-3 (Argireline NP(r)), Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5 (Syn(r)-Coll), Xanthan Gum (Polysaccharide Gum), Leuphasyl(r), Pentapeptide-19, Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-4, Oligopeptide-29, Octapeptide-4, Decapeptide-7, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat Germ) Oil, Acetyl Glutamyl Heptapeptide-1 (Snap-8), Euterpe Oleracea (Acai Fruit) Pulp Powder, Glycolic Acid, Malic Acid, Dimethylaminoethanol (DMAE), Sodium Hyaluronate (Hyaluronic Acid), Daucus Carota (Carrot Seed) Essential Oil, Salix Nigra (Black Willow Bark) Extract, Spirulina Maxima (Blue Green Algae) Extract, Coq10 (Coenzyme Q10), Rosa Damascena (Rose) Absolute, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Oleoresin, Azadirachta Indica (Neem) Oil, Sodium Benzoate, Glucolactone, Citric Acid