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Silver Anti-Aging Cream Consigned to Dept of Daft

argentum la potion infinie
January 31, 2014 Reviewed by Marta 6 Comments

Hi ho silver colloidal. I’ve been spending hours trying to find out if colloidal silver has any real benefits for the skin. Following a reader request to look at an anti-aging cream called Argentum La Potion Infinie, I have been trying to find out if there is anything to its key active ingredients.

After all, Argentum La Potion Infinie costs about $242. And although it is nice enough to use with some argan oil, shea butter and glycerin, the only thing that could justify the price is a profound belief that the two actives, colloidal silver and DNA HP, are convincing.

So I went about trying to convince myself and here’s a summary of my research:

Colloidal Silver

Colloidal silver consists of tiny silver particles suspended in liquid. It is sold as an oral supplement that, because of its anti-bacterial properties, is supposed to be effective against all manner of disease and acne. But according to the National Institutes of Health, “silver has no known function in the body.” The NIH also points out that “colloidal silver can have serious side effects.” Silver builds up in the body leading to a condition called argyria, which turns those afflicted into an alarming shade of blue. The worst thing about becoming a Blue Man is that it is permanent.

OK, but what about the topical application of colloidal silver? Well, there are topical creams that use silver sulfadiazine to increase wound-healing time. However, there seem to be a variety of studies that either say that wound healing actually worsened or that there is insufficient evidence to support the claims (source).

According to Argentum La Potion Infinie, silver regulates “skin flora,” the microorganisms that reside on the skin. Since I am not prone to skin infection, I am not sure why I would want to do this. For me, colloidal silver fails to convince.


If Argentum La Potion Infinie fails to strike gold with silver, what of its second active? DNA HP (hyper polymerised deoxyribonucleic acid) is, according to the Argentum website, a “natural marine based” ingredient. You could be forgiven for thinking that “marine-based” seems a bit vague and I am happy drill down for you. Deoxyribonucleic acid is extracted from “milt” and to save you the bother of looking that up, I can tell you this is fish semen. Lovely.

Before dismissing this as too gross to contemplate, I wanted to see what it would do but found very little solid information on it apart from some evidence that DNA HP is a free radical scavenger.  

My Take

Argentum La Potion Infinie is pleasant enough to use and I do find this cream hydrating and comfortable. However, I remain too unconvinced by the key ingredients. Silver is either useless or harmful and even its touted benefits to kill microbes on the skin seems to have dubious merit for anyone with healthy skin. And there simply isn’t enough independent research on DNA HP and its benefits for skin to justify spending well over $200 on fish semen.

In short, silver anti-aging cream may be fool’s gold .

  • February 11, 2018

    by Tom

    It is not fool's gold at all. Why would the NIH say that? Because maybe they have affiliates in pharmaceuticals? I should say so. With that aside do an honest seat of the pants study of silver. I know many people that use it, they never get sick, and they never turn blue. The blue b-s is only from poorly extracted silver or poor silver! Colloidal silver was used centuries ago. Drug companies pushed it out. I take many herbals also but I can honestly tell you that I am in my mid sixties have not had the flu since age 15 and never get a cold. NEVER take a flu shot or antibiotics. I got h-pylori from my water well ( I live in the country) last winter. Cured it with turmeric and silver. But don't listen to me research it on you own. OH, good for hair loss too, but don't listen these are only personal experiences. Thanks to anyone who read what I had to say it is with 100% veracity.
    Thank you, Tom

  • November 6, 2016

    by Marta

    In response to Sweet Koko, I just want to clear up the alcohol issue. Cetearyl alcohol is an emulsifying wax that is used to soften thick formulas like skin ointments. Derived from natural oils and fats, it is very efficient in stabilizing skin care formulationsbecause it imparts an emollient feel to the skin. There are bad, drying alcohols, but this isn't one of them. More on good and bad cosmetic alcohols here:

  • November 5, 2016

    by sweet koko

    What a complete rip off. Are you reading the ingredients?? Among the worst is sodium benzoate that, when combined with vitamin C, forms benzene a highly carcinogenic compound. Because Vitamin C is so abundant I would assume that
    it is contained in some of the other ingredients. Further, to compound the rip off,
    any alcohol will contribute to drying of the skin. So you apply it and it will temporarily produce smoothing effect but then the alcohol kicks in and you need to apply the cream again. Come on guys, put two and two together. Colloidal silver can be bought for Just over $60.00 for 32 ozs.

  • August 19, 2016

    by Nuhoho

    Either Marta does not understand the true nature of Colloidal Silver, or she is pro-pharma that kills dreams.
    Colloids are easy to make, and the big pharma guys rather have to join the silver dream.
    The earlier the better!

  • February 12, 2015

    by Margaret

    I would like to give my testimony on Colloidal Silver. For three weeks I had a very bad eye infection in both eyes. I never had an eye infection in my life and it was so uncomfortable. My eyes were red raw stinging and constantly weeping a liquid. They were sensitive to light and air outside. I tried everything the pharmacy had to offer over the counter which seemed to make them worse. I went on line and you-tubed the brilliant Dr. Peter Glidden in the USA who has his own radio show to see if he recommended anything for this type of infection. This guy knows his stuff. Someone else had the same problem and he recommended Colloidal silver and an optional extra was Apis Mellifica. I tried the colloidal silver first and within a day all the intense stinging and redness and running eyes stopped. After nearly a week I am almost back to normal. Underneath one eyelid there was still a slight bit of irritation so I decided to get the Apis Mellicia to get me back to 100%. I knew nothing about Colloidal silver and it's benefits but I am now convinced this is very powerful stuff. Don't knock it until you have tried it.

  • November 19, 2014

    by faith

    This study talks about all the various benefits of salmon sperm:

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