By Sophie Y.
Skin 2 Skin Care Aging Intervention Cream ($69) is a daytime moisturizer for the face and neck, which boasts an ability to protect collagen from UVA rays, reverse fine lines and wrinkles, restore radiance and prevent inflammation. I must admit that these touted effects were difficult to thoroughly verify, but such changes were subtle and progressive. With that said, testing this product has nevertheless made me a convert to Skin 2 Skin Care brand, and, at 30-some years old, I have found the Intervention Cream to be a well-worth addition to my daily regimen!
First the mechanics: The cream comes in a generous 1.8 fluid ounce tube. With a lotion-like consistency, it dispenses easily from the airless pump. For all of you out there frustrated with malfunctioning airless pumps, note that Skin 2 Skin crows about its airless pump as being “able to get 99.9 percent of product out,” and the pump worked flawlessly during my month of use. It should also be noted that a little goes a long way — about a pump and a half was enough to cover both my face and my neck.
The cream has a light, generally pleasant fragrance, but the smell does linger; those with a sensitivity to fragrance may want to take heed. In terms of feel, the cream refreshes the skin as soon as it is applied and, because of this, it feels especially wonderful applied after a shower. It leaves the skin moisturized for hours with no tacky or oily residue. It is truly a treat to use.
Now, what about those ingredients? I am more a purist than not, so the fact that Skin 2 Skin Care does not use parabens, petroleum, mineral oil, paraffin, phthalates, sulfates, PABA, synthetic color or synthetic fragrance was welcomed news. No phenoxyethanol or sodium benzoate in here either. In fact, the company makes a point of advertising a list of 24 ingredients that it has labelled as “forbidden” and that do not figure in any of its products.
Instead, this cream features some true anti-aging superstars. The formula contains chronoline, a peptide that studies have shown can increase collagen lll by 34 percent, as well as laminin production by 26 percent and laminin 5 by 49 percent. In laymen’s terms, this means a decrease in the depth of wrinkles. Also present is wild Australian kakadu plum extract, which is said to be one of the world’s richest sources of vitamin C. Vitamin C is one of my favorite skin care ingredients, as it targets hyperpigmentation and helps rebuild collagen. Alpha lipoic acid, an antioxidant, also figures prominently in the cream’s formulation, which is a wise choice for a day cream given its ability to reduce free radical damage. Added bonus: it helps recycle other antioxidants, like Vitamin C, back into their active forms.
Another standout is lanablue, an extract derived from blue-green algae and described as an effective alternative to retinol without the side effects like redness, irritation, dry skin and sun sensitivity. Given that this is a day cream, getting the upside of retinol without its sun-sensitizing downside is a great move. Various websites that supply the ingredient reference clinical data showing that lanablue helped reduce wrinkles after only 21 days.
With this unique cocktail of ingredients that target various aspects of skin aging, I am hard pressed to think of what else I could possibly want in a day cream. I highly recommend this cream. Not only do I consider Aging Intervention a great addition to one’s prophylactic skin care routine, but the company’s focus on natural, plant-powered care will certainly make me want to try out more of their products in the future. In fact, while a drafting this review, I bought their Photoaging Repair Cream to try out. I will keep you posted on that one!