Giving full reign to my inner mad scientist, I decided that a good (not to mention cost-effective) way to test whether the new antioxidant peptide, Syn-tacks, is an anti-ager that really works would be to use it in the purest form possible. So I paid a visit to Dr Platinum's Potions and ordered a vial of Syn-tacks Active for $24.95.

Syn-tacks Active is nothing more or less than two peptides, palmitoyl dipeptide-5 diaminobutyloyl hydroxythreonine an palmitoyl dipeptide-6 diaminohydroxybutyrate mixed in with some glycerin. It is possible to use it neat, as long as it is dabbed onto the skin sparingly. I decided to buy a pot of Dr P's Formulating Cream for $12.95 (deionized water, squalane, glycerine, polyacrylate, polisobutene, polysorbate 20, benzyl alcohol and methylisothiazolane) to use as a base.

After tipping the Syn-tacks into the base and giving it a stir, I applied my concoction to my forehead. The first piece of good news was that I didn't have an adverse reaction to the methylisothiazolane, a preservative that can be an irritant at high-ish concentrations. My second observation was less positive. The "barely-there feeling" that was promised by the super-absorbing Formulating Cream was so barely-there that, after a couple of days, my forehead became very dry. The solution was to follow up with a smear of Kaeline's argan oil.

So why go to all this bother? Syn-tacks is supposed to stimulate laminin V, collagen type IV, VII and XVII and integrin  all at once. It is claimed that only Syn-tacks has this broad spectrum of activity resulting in a visible structural benefit for the skin.

Ten days later, I am impressed by the results of my Syn-tacks and argan oil combo. My forehead lines are being smoothed away and my skin looks and feels silky. Once my pot runs out, I shall definitely repeat the performance, but will probably experiment with a different base as I the only thing I really like about it is that it contains squalane. Still, perfection takes practice and for a first attempt I feel that the mission - achieving a penny pinching way to prove that Syn-tacks could as good if not better than Matrixyl 3000 - has been accomplished.

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