When I chatted to Skin 2 Skin founder Ken Simpson about Anti-Sagging Renewal Serum ($73 in the shop), he went out of his way to point out that it contains dimethicone, adding that while he appreciates that some in the Truth In Aging community won’t like this, the ingredient does wonders for scars. It didn’t put me off when testing this serum, and I am most impressed with the results.
This serum can certainly be added to our arsenal of firming creams. I found that my skin looked a little lifted, especially around the jawline and lower cheeks. Overall, my skin is firmer and softer. As a bonus, as promised by Ken, I found that an odd little callused scar which appeared one day about a year ago on the site of a blemish, is much reduced. Nothing had helped in the past. Good job, Skin 2 Skin.
One of the things I like about this creamy-textured serum, is that the ingredients list doesn’t take an everything-but-the-kitchen-sink approach. It is tightly focused on two very good peptide complexes, green tea stem cells and the aforementioned silicone.
Syn-tacks is a combination of two synthetic peptides. According to the manufacturer, they interact with the most relevant protein structures of the dermal-epidermal junction and stimulates a broad spectrum of things responsible for youthful skin — laminin V, collagen types IV, VII and XVII and integrin — all at once.
For example, collagen IV activity is increased by a whopping 190 percent, according to the manufacturer.
Syn-Coll is a peptide molecule that works in two ways. First, it boosts collagen by mimicking the body’s own mechanism to activate transforming growth factor beta, TGF-β (Tissue Growth Factor), a key element in the synthesis of collagen. It also protects collagen from degradation through the inhibition of matrix metalloproteinases (MMP).
My objection to silicone in skincare is that it has been a stalwart of department store beauty brands for decades, used to impart a superficial silkiness to the skin and inexpensively bulk up the formula. However, Skin 2 Skin has consciously introduced it here to help soften and reduce scars and blemishes. As I mentioned earlier in this review, I can attest to this working. Independent research has demonstrated that
silicone increases hydration of stratum corneum, helping to regulate fibroblast production and reduction in collagen production. The result is a softer and flatter scar.
As always with Skin 2 Skin, this is a highly effective formula that does what it sets out to do and contains no nasties. For those looking to achieve firmer, more velvety skin, this is definitely on the must try list.