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Reviewed and recommended: Dr Platinum's Syn-tacks

Reviewed by Marta November 9, 2008 9 Comments

Pros

Smoothed forehead lines

Cons

Formulating Cream was too light-weight, caused dryness
Most effective when combined with the argan oil

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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  • March 10, 2009

    by Michelle

    Hi Marta,

    did you ever get around to trying out the VIC complexion cloth? If so, does it really work better than the Clarisonic brush?

  • January 12, 2009

    by marta

    Sandra, this is great news! I might have to give this concoction a try. And I'll definitely be checking out your VIC cloth. Thanks for the tip.

  • January 12, 2009

    by Sandra

    I added both Syn-Tacks and ferulic acid to the Suki Brightening Cream with very nice results so far. I am also using a VIC complexion cloth, which I think is superior to my Clarisonic brush system for exfoliation. I am alternating this cream with YBF Control. My skin is definitely improved, a couple of slightly dark spots almost gone, fine lines diminishing. The ferulic acid came in a sizable container, enough for 16 one-ounce bottles of cream, so I eyeball-measured a bit less than 1/8 of that for the 1.7-ounce Suki cream. It's still early in this regimen, but so far it looks good.

  • December 30, 2008

    by Sandra

    Would it also be a good addition to Stem Organics facial moisturizers? Is it overkill (or contraindicated) to add both Syn-Tacks and ferulic acid to the same product, such as the Suki cream or the Stem moisturizers? I received both the Stem Balancing moisturizer and the Suki cream (lucky me!), and want to maximize benefit from each, while not doing any harm or neutralizing to the original product. I'll let you know how all pans out. Thanks for any input in this. :)

  • December 30, 2008

    by marta

    None that I can think of. Give it a go and tell us how you get on.

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