Like Summer, I have been really impressed by SenZen’s Infinity Never Ending Moisture ($95) It is a rich, yet light, cream that I can (and do) use just about anywhere that craves moisturizing.  As Summer said, it lives up to its word and, providing that you are a dabber, rather than a slatherer, a little goes a long way.

There’s usually something interesting in SenZen’s formulations and Infinity is no exception. For all you peptide-files, this is one to look out for: caprooyl tetrapeptide-3 (it also goes by the name ChroNOline).  If you recall from our peptide 101, a tetrapeptide is made up of four amino acids and, like all peptides, it signals our bodies to do things – like get busy and produce more collagem, for example. Unlike most peptides, caprooyl tetrapeptide-3 is derived from a growth factor. The caprooyl part is a lipid, which is supposed to increase stability and skin penetration.

Tetrapeptide-3 boosts the production of collagen VII, laminin-5 and fibronectin for structural support, while reducing wrinkles and lines. According to the manufacturer (there’s never an independent research on these peptides), it increases collagen lll by 34% as well as laminin production by 26% and laminin 5 by 49%. Laminins are proteins that are the structural foundations of most cells and organs and are vital for the survival of tissue.  Actually, if I did nothing else, I should probably be looking out for my laminins. They are critical for cell attachment and differentiation, shape and movement.

Tetrapeptide-3 is also supposed to be pretty good at beefing up fibronectin (by 60% apparently). Fibronectin funtions in ways that are similar to laminins. However, it also plays a crucial in wound healing and decreased levels are associated with various cancers.  It was established in the early 80s that it is critical to healthy skin.

Like Copley, I can’t say that I was bowled over by SenZen’s cleansers (although they are perfectly OK). But I do find that the eye cream, , Double Dose, the Sealed and Delivered body lotion (my new go to after shower) and Infinity are exceptionally good products.

Ingredients: Water, Cyclomethicone, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Simmonsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Propanediol, Dimethicone, Caprooyl Tetrapeptide-3, Dipalmitoyl Hydroxyproline, Phosphatidylcholine, Theobroma Grandiflorum (Cupuaçu) Fruit Extract, Astrocaryum Murumuru Butter, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Bisabolol, Passiflora Edulis, (Passion Fruit) Seed Oil, Oryza Sativa (Rice Bran) Oil, Euterpe Oleracea (Acai) Pulp Oil, Orbignya Oleifera (Babassu) Seed Oil, Sodium Hyaluronate, Silk Amino Acids, Beeswax, SENZEN Energized Liposomal Blend, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Sodium Hydroxide, Polyacrylamide, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Laureth-7, Xanthan gum, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance (Parfum)