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Just so you know that I am not one to bear a grudge, I am supporting the nomination of Osmotics Anti-Radical Age Defense ($111 in the TIA shop) despite the fact that it made me break out. I gave my jar to a friend and she has just reported back in great - and enthusiastic - detail. This is what she said:

"It does seem pretty wonderful, as you thought. I have been using it every morning for about five or six weeks. I can't make any comparisons because I have never specifically sought out anti-aging products before. But it has clearly made a difference to both the texture and appearance of my skin: it looks clearer and smoother. Interestingly, it's not really a case of reducing wrinkles, which apart from one big frown line above my nose, I don't consider a big problem.

The worst thing about my skin is the opposite of an aging problem: my nose refuses to grow up, so I still have ugly open pores like a teenager. Or at least I did, until Osmotics closed the pores and smoothed the skin. It has also gone to work on thread veins, so, for example, what was becoming a red splodge on both sides of my nostrils is now three or four clearly defined little "threads".

Hopefully, they will continue to fade. I have two other red patches that I always automatically dab with concealer, but the other morning, I realized that one of them had pretty much disappeared. All in all, it does seem terrific."

Apart from this endorsement that suggests it is effective for treating broken capillaries, I am interested in Osmotics because it has two cutting edge ingredients that make it worthy of consideration as a 'Record Breaker' (a product that is genuinely a breakthrough and sets the bar higher).

The first of these is carnosine. This is actually supposed to extend the Hayflick Limit (the rate at which cells cease to reproduce themselves and die out completely) from 52 to just over 60. The second is aldenine, which is the result of combining tripeptide-1 with soy and wheat proteins plus xanthan gum.  Aldenine is supposed to boost production of collagen III (the type of collagen we had when we were very young) by 300% in seven days. It does this by going after a particular type of free radical called 'reactive carbonyl species'.

Ingredients: Purified Water, Vegetable Squalane, Cetyl Alcohol, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Xanthan Gum, Tripeptide-1, Glycerin, Citrullus Lanatus Fruit Extract, PEG-20 Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate, Dimethicone, Glycerin, Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate, Soybean Sterol, Squalane, Vitamin E Acetate, Ubiquinone 50, Dimethylmethoxy Chromanol, Carnosine, Ceramide, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Linoleic Acid, Allantoin, Stearic Acid, Carbomer, Diazolidinyl Urea/Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Disodium EDTA, Tromethamine