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Usually the first thing I do before testing a product is to check out their website, which as you may already know can often be a somewhat boring read. This time my curiosity was somewhat piqued as I read the creator of this skin care line is looking for the "most state-of-the-art technology available" for herself as well as her clients.
NCN Pro Skin Care is a line created by Certified Aesthetician, Nanci Callahan Nivolo. Prompted by her clientele's frustration of overwhelming choices and lack of results, Nanci invented products with a mission in mind "to offer you the highest quality, cutting edge, highly effective proven ingredients available without a prescription to help our skin age more slowly". While touring the NCN Skin Care website I was impressed to see thorough explanations of product ingredients, their roles and skin benefits, complete directions, any cautions and recommendation of use with other products, including order of use. Products are also noted when they have been updated with new formulations to include more effective proven ingredients.
The NCN Multi-Active Accelerator ($54) is actually an updated product (formerly called CP Accelerator) that already contained Matrixyl 3000 and Acetyl Tetrapeptide-9 and now includes the ingredient Matrixyl Synthe'6TM, which I quickly found you can research for endless hours on the Internet. In a nutshell, various clinical studies and research refer to this ingredient as "a powerhouse Peptide that dramatically smoothes and refines skin. Noticeable improvements are visible in 4 key ways: Reduces wrinkle volume by up to 21%; reduces wrinkle depth by up to 19%; increases skin smoothness; Increases hydration levels."
I began my test of the Multi-Active Accelerator by discontinuing use of all other products. This is a fairly light, fragrance free cream that is all about the product with no-frills packaging. It arrives in the most simple and unassuming blue screw top jar. Now, simple packaging is fine with me because it's all the product performance rather than the container. I did use a small spatula I had on hand to dispense the cream, but I must admit I would like to see this packed in some type of dispenser container to prevent product contamination.
Applied twice daily to a freshly cleansed face as directed, only a small amount of cream was needed to cover my face, upper and lower eye areas and neck. I did avoid applying to the "t-zone" to avoid breakouts, as I am oiliest there and this particular formulation is recommended for normal/dry skin types. I liked that the cream didn't require a lot massaging, but instead readily absorbed without any greasiness or excess residue. I've managed to keep my skin in good shape so I had to watch closely to judge the effectiveness, but I have seen a bit of improvement over a month of use, mainly in overall skin firmness. I used the cream in place of my usual eye creams and noticed the under-eye firmness was maintained while the upper eyelid seemed slightly firmer than before use. The fine crow's feet were also less noticeable. I can't say I've seen any difference in the neck area. Overall I've noticed my skin has stayed soft, appeared a bit plumper/firmer with a slight better skin tone. Also note that I didn't have any breakouts in the applied areas.
Although not dramatic, I think this product works and delivered results that were noticeable to me and I would recommend it.
Organic Aloe Juice, Organic Coconut Oil, 15% Matrixyl 3000, 5% DMAE Bitartrate, Oat Beta Glucan, Pearl Powder, Emulsifying Wax NF, Palm Stearic Acid, Kosher Vegetable Glycerin, Organic Jojoba Oil, Meadowfoam Seed Oil, Avocado Oil, Witch Hazel, Vitamin E, Acetyl Tetrapeptide-9, Matrixyl Synthe'6, Phenoxyethanol, MSM, Xanthan Gum, Organic Black Willowbark Extract, Mannan, Neem Oil, Rosemary, Carrot Seed Oil, Tetrasodium EDTA, Citric Acid.