I approached Circadia's Myo-Cyte Rx Serum ($150) with a great deal of trepidation. After all, I had just read Copley's post on pherAdore made by the same company. pherAdore is basically a vial of male pong. According to Dr. Pugliese of Circadia, there is scientific evidence that women become more relaxed and approachable after inhaling a male pheromone. In my opinion, it would take a male doctor to come up with that one. So, naturally, I was wondering if Myo-Cyte Rx Serum would smell just as fishy.

It turns out to be a very good wrinkle reducer based on a blessedly simple formulation of some excellent anti-aging ingredients. I've been using it for about three weeks now and it has definitely put paid to some fine lines, as well as giving the skin a nice, smooth glow. In fact, I like it so much that now that I've finished the sample bottle I'll actually buy some of the stuff.

The real stars of the show are the three peptides: acetyl hexapeptide, palmitoyl pentapeptide, palmitoyl tetrapeptide. The first is the neuropeptide that relaxes the facial muscles and thereby reduces expression wrinkles. Of considerable interest is L-carnosine. Carnosine actually extends the Hayflick Limit. Skin cells can only reproduce themselves around 52 times and then that's it, they're a gonna. Carnosine extends their ability to reproduce to just over 60 times, making it a real anti-ager. And then there is threonine, which helps keep connective tissues and muscles throughout the body strong and elastic. Finally, there is L-glycine, another amino acid that helps the body produce proteins.

I hope that one day Circadia will take a fresh look at its preservative strategy and find alternatives to parabens and urea. In the meantime, I will still be adding this to my bathroom cabinet.

Ingredients in Circadia Myo-Cyte

Water, Hyaluronic Acid, Acetyl Hexapeptide, Palmitoyl Pentapeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide, Ethoxydiglycol, Tretrasodium EDTA, Passion Flower Extract, Rosemary Extract, Chamomile Extract, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Amino Acid Complex (L-Carnosine, L-Threonine, L-Glycine), Propylene Glycol, Diazolidinyl Urea, Methylparaben, Propylparaben.

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