Reader review: Osmotics Renovage Cellular Longevity Serum
I have been using Osmotics Renovage Cellular Longevity Serum ($150) for 10 weeks, and am still waiting for some spectacular results. I've been applying it morning and evening to my freshly washed face (with Be Fine's Gentle Cleanser) and following it with Image Skin Care's Ormedic Balancing Bio-Peptide Creme. I had been using Environ's Debut Moisturizer with no serum previous to trying this sample product. I was happy with the results I was getting with the Environ product, but started to be concerned about the long term effects this product might have taking into account two factors: one is the Hayflick Limit; and two, the Environ product includes vitamin C with sodium benzoate as a preservative which I'd read in combination, produces benzene - a known carcinogen.
I had high hopes for this Osmotics product since its approach is to boost the production of of helpful things like collagen and elastin rather than the use of retinol to encourage cell renewal.
Initially, I was disappointed, although I started to question my perceptions from two perspectives: one, is that I may have raised the bar considerably (and unreasonably) with my recent experiments in skin care; and two, the aging process may be accelerating for me as I move that much closer to menopause.
The Osmotics product goes on smoothly and lightly, has almost no scent, and keeps my skin hydrated all day. Still, I was hoping for as dramatic an improvement with the Osmotics product as I'd experienced when I first moved to the Environ product. I decided to do a direct comparison of the two products and discovered that the Osmotics Longevity Serum indeed made my pores smaller, my lines and wrinkles less noticeable, and my coloring more even.
Will I continue to use this product? Yes, although, for me, the acid test is to see how it performs during the cold, dry, harsh winter months. I will let you know how that goes.
Will I continue to search out new products? Yes - I'll also let you know if I find something that works better or whether what I have here turns out to be the best there is for me. The ingredients are listed below. Its important for me to note that my skin has always responded well to aloe vera, and that I'm uncertain how much of the results I'm experiencing can be attributed to it compared to the other ingredients.
Purified Water, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera Gel), Methyl Gluceth-20, Teprenone, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Pseudoalteromonas Ferment Extract, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Tripeptide-10, Citrulline, Tripeptide-1, Lecithin, Xanthan Gum, Carbomer, Triethanolamine, PPG-2 Myristyl Ether Propionate, Spilanthes Acmella Flower Extract, Squalane, PEG-20 Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Ergothioneine, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Glycerin, Dimethicone, Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate, Zea Mays (Corn) Oil, Retinyl Palmitate, Cholcalcipherol, Squalane, Vitamin E Acetate, Ubiquinone, Camellia Sinensis Leaf (Green Tea) Extract, Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Carbomer, Diazolidinyl Urea, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Disodium EDTA, Tromethamine.