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Michael Todd Knu Anti Aging Face Lift- reviewed and recommended


Copper peptides, Matrixyl 3000, EGF and tons of natural actives


Sodium benzoate is a controversial preservative
June 24, 2013 Reviewed by Marta 6 Comments
An anti-aging cream that is suitable for acne- or rosacea-prone skin

Apparently Tori Spelling called Michael Todd True Organics Knu Anti Aging Face Lift a “lip plumper for the face.” That wouldn’t have been my first thought, but I do share Ms. Spelling’s enthusiasm. With Matrixyl 3000, copper peptides and epidermal growth factor as well as a ton of botanical extracts, this is one powerful anti-aging cream.

Knu has the ingredients of a serious serum in a light whipped cream format. It doubles perfectly as a moisturizer and is very rapidly absorbed. After a month of use, I have seen considerable smoothing of wrinkles and especially good results layering it over Medik8 CE-Tetra on the more challenging sun-damaged skin on my neck. Overall and despite the name (Knu Anti Aging Face Lift), I find it more wrinkle smoothing and firming than lifting.

The botanical extracts are well chosen with different roles. For example, there’s bladderwrack, a seaweed that has a high amount of vitamin; and alginic acid, which is insoluble in water and swells by absorbing water up to 100 times its weight. Sugar cane exfoliates with alpha hydroxy acids. Many others, such as cranberry, acai and white tea, are antioxidants.

I am often asked to recommend an anti-aging cream or serum that is also helpful for acne and this will be one that I’ll be suggesting from now on. This soothed my skin on disgruntled days and, according to Michael Todd, can help with acne and rosacea. This may be due to the inclusion of snail slime. Really! For acne sufferers, snail slime apparently works on scarring by softening and dissolving existing scar lesions and damaged tissues, as well as rebuilding collagen and elastin back up to levels that existed before the scars took effect.

Snail secretions contain glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) that tightly bind copper peptides. And, as previously mentioned, the Knu’s formula is given considerable anti-aging heft with GHK-Cu tripeptide (copper peptide), a skin repairer. There’s also collagen-building palmitoyl oligopeptide and palmitoyl tetrapeptide-7 (the combo known as Matrixyl 3000) and epidermal growth factor.

Towards the end of the formula there are some more AHAs – glycolic, tartaric and mandelic acids. These and black willow bark will also help with acne, but they seem to be in gentle concentrations that do not irritate my sensitive, rosacea-prone skin. It is also worth noting that there is nothing nasty, except for the preservative sodium benzoate.

I would highly recommend this for anyone with sensitive, breakout- and/or rosacea-prone skin that doesn’t want to compromise on good anti-aging ingredients.

Ingredients: Aloe barbadensis (Organic Aloe) Juice, Aloe barbadensis (Organic Aloe) Butter, Prunus armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Emulsifying Wax, Palm Stearic Acid, Vegetable Glycerin, Fucus vesiculosis (Organic Seaweed) Extract, Camellia sinensis (Organic Green Tea) Extract, Vaccinium myrtillus (Organic Bilberry) Extract, Saccharum officinarum (Organic Sugar Cane) Extract, Acer saccharinum (Organic Sugar Maple) Extract, Citrus auranium dulcis (Organic Orange) Extract, Citrus medica limonum (Organic Lemon) Extract, Vaccinium macrocarpon (Organic Cranberry) Extract, Camellia sinensis (White Tea) Extract, Spirulina maxima (Blue Green Algae) Extract, Euterpe oleracea (Acai Fruit) Extract, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Phenoxyethanol, Hyaluronic Acid, Butylene Glycol, Carbomer, Polysorbate 20, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl, Tetrapeptide-7,GHK-Cu Tripeptide (Copper Peptide), Betaglucan, Snail Secretion Filtrate, Epidermal Growth Factor, Glycolic Acid, Tartaric Acid, Malic Acid, Mangifera indica (Mango) Butter, Shea Butter (Naturally Refined), Xanthan Gum (Polysaccharide Gum), Salix nigra (Black Willow Bark) Extract, Azadirachta indica (Neem) Oil, Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary) Oleoresin, Sodium Benzoate, Glucolactone, Citric Acid

  • September 9, 2014

    by Terri Batchelor

    I would have to say I truly loved this cream when it first came out, yet something has changed since. I no longer get the same results and that instant tightening I had got from this product is no longer. Why must they always change a good thing? I will not be purchasing this product again.
    One of the biggest peeves I have, is after stocking up on it, they no sooner changed the delivery method. I'm throwing it all out and get on to something else.

  • May 30, 2014

    by Melissa

    Not suitable for either oily or acne-prone skin anymore... The formula was recently changed and it leaves skin way too greasy. It is a shame, since this was the ONLY product that worked on my oily aging skin.

  • April 17, 2014

    by lisa lazarus

    love, love, love! light scent, lovely texture and no sticky or greasy after effects. i haven't been using this for a really long time yet, but i am very happy with the results so far. like a cool drink of water for my face that leaves my skin feeling hydrated and firm. can't wait to see the results after a longer period of use!

  • July 16, 2013

    by Sasha

    I love the KNU Face Lift, it really has helped the texture of my skin and I will keep re purchasing.

  • June 24, 2013

    by Marta

    Good catch, I'd glazed over the phenoxyethanol somehow. I don't have a huge problem with the pot. The texture of this cream wouldn't work with an airless pump. But I agree clever packaging is the next the next challenge for the beauty industry as they may help cut down on some of the harsh preservatives.

  • June 24, 2013

    by Dennis

    There's also phenoxyethanol, which Michael Todd likes to put way too high up in the ingredients of its products. I also find their packaging choices to always be wrong. I don't get why it's in a jar, exposed to the air and bacteria, yet their pumpkin mask was in a airless container that didn't work. At least they changed that. Anyway, this is probably a lot of Monday morning bellyaching. :)

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