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Osmosis Catalyst is not for me

Reviewed by Marta February 28, 2010 3 Comments
Catalyst has just been launched by Osmosis, makers of Replenish (a serum that was one of Truth In Aging’s best products of 2009). In the interests of science, I selflessly took up the challenge to try Catalyst, but unfortunately must conclude that it is not for me.

At $160 against Replenish’s $38, Catalyst doesn’t fall into the keen as mustard price category – I believe it is intended as a professional product. It makes a lot of claims: capillary repair, pigmentation reduction, wrinkle smoothing, and sun protection.

None of that transpired for me. On applying this brown, rather light and watery (eg not very viscous) serum, my skin immediately stung. And I don’t mean tingle. For several moments, it really burns. However, it does subside and I never once had any breakouts or visible inflammation. And, unfortunately, this wasn’t the only thing I found unpleasant about Catalyst. It was, for me, extremely drying. Perhaps it is the high concentration of alcohol.

Even with the addition of a moisturizing cream, over the weeks that I have been testing Catalyst, my skin just got drier and drier and wrinkles that I didn’t know I had started to appear. Although there is still plenty left in the bottle, I decided this morning to call it quits and raided my bathroom for cosmetic equivalents of comfort food (including the Glacial Facial mask, Amala’s Collagen Mask and Your Best Face’s very soothing Restore). I probably would have thrown in Cell CPR, but I’m fresh out.

I know that some of you have noticed that Catalyst is very similar to a product called Collametics, which was made by someone called Kevin Meehan. I asked Osmosis about this and it turns out that Mr Meehan was behind Catalyst and Osmosis is the exclusive distributor.

Not all skins are equal and other people may have a better experience with Catalyst and it is a product with good ingredients (more on those here), plus it is also supposed to make use of zinc finger technology. I don’t fully understand this, but a zinc finger is a finger-shaped protein fold that is formed by specific amino acids in protein that binds to a zinc ion. The shape allows them to interact with DNA.

Ingredients: Water, Calcium Ascorbate, Alchohol Denate, Proline, Glycine, Glycerin, Lysine HCL, Glucosyl Hesperidin, Zinc Gluconate, Citric Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Copper Gluconate, Silica, Clear Purified water, enhanced with the following frequencies: Fibroblast Growth Factor, Keratinocyte Growth Factor, Oxygen, ATP, Antibacterial
  • March 7, 2012

    by Debra

    I am a 40+ aesthetician and I love the Osmosis line of products. I started using some of the products regularly about 5 months ago. Within a month of using daily/nightly, friends & co-workers started asking me what I'd been using on my skin. I use a few drops of catalyst (which did not burn or dry my skin in the least) in the morning with Replenish and a few drops at night with Renew. I only like to use a few drops because although it is light, it is dark & does tint the skin a little. Renew also tints the skin a bit yellow/orange. All in all I agree with Pam's experience with the products (I also live in a hot, humid climate)

  • May 19, 2011

    by Pam

    Before I discovered this wonderful truth in aging website, I spent 30 years researching, buying and trying so many products (I think I could have paid for my house twice over for the money I've spent) - and none have done exactly what I'd hoped or what they "promised". I found out about a couple of Osmosis products on TIA, did further research and decided to try their products. In 30 days, I'm seeing some remarkable changes in my skin, noticeable even after freshly cleaned with no products applied. I would like to add some information on how I use Catalyst along with the other products (what I was taught by the esthetician who uses and sells the products.) I have not found Catalyst to be drying, because it was recommended not to use it alone. I do the following for my face, neck and decollete only - not eye area: 1. Wash with Purify. 2. Lightly spritz my face with Clear 3. In the cup of my hand, I mix 1 spritz of Clear, 5 drops of Catalyst, 1 pump of Replenish and apply. I usually wait a minute or 2 before the next step. 4. The final step - in the cup of my hand, I mix 1-2 spritzes of Clear, 1 pump of Correct and 2 pumps of Quench (without sunscreen) and apply. My skin is fair, normal to dry, with lines I don't want. These products are not heavy when used as above, but are very hydrating. I will be starting to use their eye products within the next month. Right now I'm just using their wonderful Quench moisturizer under my eyes and am in love with that. (Trying to recover from some awful damage done to my eyes by an overly active Revive eye cream.) Note to people who live in hot, humid climates like I do and who need moisturizers but are tired of them dripping off your face while you're battling the heat and/or hot flashes - Quench is wonderful. It is such a lightweight product, but provides great (all day long) moisture for me. It doesn't just "lay" on my face and then drip when I have a hot flash. Miracle, if you ask me. My routine may sound complicated, but once you've done it a few times, it's easy. Finally, I like the way their products are packaged - smallish pump containers (except the Catalyst). Takes less space on my vanity and in my suitcase. I plan to add Stemfactor to my routine soon. Will continue this for at least 6 months. If it saves me from having Botox and surgery, I will update you. So far, I like the results.

  • September 29, 2010

    by Greg

    I have been using Osmosis Catalyst for about 2 months and it has made a huge impact on my skin both face and arms. I am light skinned and have had skin cancer several times. It has helped rebuild the damaged areas. I am very pleased I use it daily as it has a spf of 15

    I meet Doctor Ben Johnson and tried his products on a long trip to Cabo. we now carry the Osmosis products and are clients are very pleased.

    They also have a money back guarantee. the price of Catalyst is now $90 not $120 like it was.

    Thank you

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