I was put on to NCN Professional Skincare and their 20% Matrixyl 3000 Serum by someone called Curious. I hadn’t heard of it and so went to check it out and what I saw made me curious enough to buy a bottle ($38 for 1oz) and start to test it out. Four weeks later I am impressed.

I decided to test NCN 20% Matrixyl 3000 on my left hand. Now, I would have to say that not much seemed to be happening for the first three weeks. Nothing bad happened either – none of the dryness that some serums can cause. But no real change either way. And then it kicked in and for the last week or so, my left has been catching my eye and it is looking smooth and the skin a little plumper. Best of all, if you pinch the skin, it is firm and springs back to place.

In my experience, Matrixyl 3000 is a very good antiaging ingredient. Made by combining two peptides – palmitoyl tetrapeptide-7 and palmitoyl oligopeptide – Matrixyl 3000 outperforms vitamin C (and unlike some of the Cs, it doesn’t irritate) by stimulating the matrix molecules, specifically collagens 1,3, 4 and fibronectin to reduce the appearance of wrinkles.

The thing is that the clinical trials conducted on Matrixyl by the company that makes it, are all at a concentration of 4%. So in the back of my mind, I’ve been wondering if there is a law of diminishing returns and that 20% looks impressive on the label but isn’t doing a 4X job on my skin. I don’t know and I am not sure that I need to care. NCN’s potion is good and they aren’t jacking up the price on the basis of their 20% Matrixyl 3000 claims (unlike the scamy Protoype#37). In fact, at $38 this is excellent value. Buy at NCN.

The litmus test is that even though my month long trial is officially over, I am still reaching for it in the morning - and my left hand is looking good (so is my right, but that's another product review for another day).

Ingredients:

De-Ionized Water, Aloe Leaf Gel, Vegetable Glycerine, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Cucumber Fruit Extract, Chrysin, Hydroxy- succinimide, Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-4, Steareth-20, Polysorbate- 20, Carbomer, Diazolidinyl Urea, EDTA