Posted by Dee

Do you remember that episode of "Seinfeld" where Jerry dated a woman who looked either great or ghoulish, depending on the lighting? Well, I've been feeling like I've reached that stage in my life....Sometimes I'll get a glimpse of myself and think, "Yeah, that's pretty good, I look quite young and glow-y," and then other times, yikes, smash those lightbulbs and get me some gauze for the mirror pronto.

And now I'm reluctant to take what had hitherto been my best shortcuts to radiance -- AHAs and retinol -- in case it turns out that they definitely do get us to the Hayflick Limit faster.  (Stupid Hayflick Limit!  If you haven't heard about it, you can do a search here on Truth in Aging, but prepare to be bummed.)  So I've been looking elsewhere in my research, especially to serious antioxidants and peptides, and I was very glad to snag one of TIA's reader-giveaway jars of Skin2Skin Anti-Wrinkle Night Recovery.  (To be honest, it's not something I could normally afford -- though at $92 for 1.72 ounces, it's not among the most expensive potions with high-end ingredients.)

I was heartened to see that Night Recovery has goodly concentrations of Dermaxyl (palmitoyl oligopeptide) and -- most intriguing to me -- the catalytic antioxidant compound Eukarion-134. (For a good lucid rundown of the science of the key ingredients, I refer you to Copley's January 27 post on the product.) The self-regenerating Euk-134 (as its friends call it) has been shown in studies to provide powerful and long lasting protection against oxidative damage.

I also welcomed Night Recovery's impressively long list of botanicals (including pomegranate).  It does contain a handful of things (like phenoxyethanol and ceteareth-20) that I wish I could avoid, but I'd certainly say that overall, there are fewer worrisome ingredients in this formula than in most.  (Although in an ideal world, my peptide-and-antioxidant potion would come in an airless pump and have an explicit expiration date, such that no ingredient need go above a "low hazard" rating on Environmental Working Group's cosmetics database. AND I'd be able to afford it.  Ah well, a girl can dream....)

So, on to the experience itself.  First of all, the scent is subtle and pleasing -- I would describe it as a cross between an herb garden and a bakery.  The texture is rich (and upon first application, I feared it might be too heavy for my still-acne-prone skin), but it sinks in within minutes, and leaves my skin feeling hydrated and comforted. I use about a chickpea-sized glob to cover my face and neck. Much of the time I've used it during the day as well, because it makes my skin feel so much better than do the other creams I've been haphazardly trying.

As for the appearance of my skin after a month's use:  I wouldn't say that I've seen anything miraculous; but I do think that the tone and texture are somewhat improved, and that thanks to Skin2Skin, I'm seeing my "pretty girlfriend" face a little more often these days.