The Dr behind the German company, Dr Babor sold his company long, long ago (1962 to be precise). Perhaps it's just as well. These days, he'd be more likely to be seen not in the white coat of a medical professional but in the emperor's new clothes.

Babor HSR Platinum Cell Reactivating Cream justifies its $140 price tag by touting something called Telovitin Complex. In fact, in the ads in glossy magazines, Televotin Complex is prefaced by the adjective 'precious'. Since it can only be some combination of the ingredients listed, it shouldn't be too difficult to work out whether it has any substance.

Apart from our trusty friend aloe (with its anti-inflammatory properties) and squalane (a good moisturizer that is typically derived from olives), there isn't much that's interesting until we are nearly 20 ingredients in. Then we get to the curious teprenone. There's masses of research about teprenone in the context of its ability to treat gastric ulcers, but in reference to skin care I could only find patent applications.

Thankfully for Dr Babor, there are a couple of things to keep up appearances: wheat protein and oats, which are both a source of vitamin E. I was interested to see that oats have been found to be antioxidant in a study. Unfortunately, the Quaker Oats company was behind the research. And that's about it. Apart from some vitamin C.

Televotin Complex is deeply unconvincing.

Water (aqua), Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Caprylic/Capruc Triglyceride, Butylene Glycol, Polyglyceryl-6 Stearate, Squalane, Sorbitol, Ethylhexyl Isononanoate, Panthenol, Phenoxyethanol, Dimethicone, Cetearyl Alcohol, Fragrance (Parfum), Xanthan Gum, Ethylhexyglycerin, Carbomer, Teprenone, Potassium Sorbate, Alcohol, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Protein, Sodium Cetearyl Sulfate, Biosaccharide gum-1, Butylphenol methylpropional, Disodium EDTA, Hydoxylisohexyl 3-cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Avena Sativa (Oat), Kernel Protein, Linalool, Limonene, Pantolactone, Geranniol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Citric Acid, ethylparaben, Ascorbic Acid, Sodium Benzoate, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Propylparaben, Orange 4 (CI 15510).