Although I have been told that I have a balanced skin tone for my age (57), it doesn’t really look that way to me. Freckled since early childhood, you wouldn’t in a million years describe my complexion as porcelain. To my gimlet eye, there are some patches of discoloration on my cheeks and a kind of “shadowy” patch that appeared on my chin a while back — not to mention a leopard spot that has been around all my adult life. In other words, I was very interested to see if Skin 2 Skin Care Photoaging Repair Cream ($69) would rise to the challenge.
After 30 days of testing, I have seen a notable, although not significant, improvement. I believe that this is realistic as hyperpigmentation in all its forms is notoriously difficult and requires regular and continuous treatment. I have definitely seen a fading of the lighter patches and my overall skin tone looks super — healthier, more refined and brighter. I would definitely recommend Skin 2 Skin Photoaging Repair to anyone with dull skin hankering for that illusive radiance.
The impressive formula has some ingredients that are well worth drawing your attention to. First is a retinol alternative that has my inner ingredient-nerd all of a flutter. Marketed under the name ofExo-T, it is derived from a marine bacteria found near Polynesian atolls. According to the manufacturer, it does a better job of what it calls “desquamation” (shedding of skin cells, presumably) than alpha hydroxyl acids (AHAs), resulting in smoother skin.
A useful brightening ingredient is B-white. It has been around for five years or more, but is still comparatively rare. It is a peptide (oligopeptide-68) that is said to inhibit tyrosinase activity, inhibit melanin synthesis and decrease the proteins involved in the pigmentation process. The maker of B-white says that it mimics the growth factor TGF-ß and so, unlike many brightening agents, it doesn’t rely alone on inhibiting tyrosinase, which is the enzyme primarily responsible for skin pigmentation. Behaving like a TGF-ß, it also “inhibits the action of the MITF cellular pathway to decrease constitutive and facultative pigmentation, allowing for a safe lightening effect.”
The formula isn’t only confined to brightening, and I should give an enthusiastic call out to Chronoline, a peptide that is supposed to be good at lifting sagging skin. 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. It is supposed to increase collagen lll by 34 percent, as well as laminin production by 26 percent and laminin 5 by 49 percent. Skin 2 Skin Photoaging Repair’s wealth of botanical extracts includes a super-charged vitamin C extract from the Australian kakadu plum and Skin 2 Skin’s proprietary cocktail that includes red clover, borage, ginger root and much more.
I am already a fan of Skin 2 Skin’s Revitalizing Eye Gel ($49 in the shop) and the community is loving the White Tea Cleanser and 24/7 Serum. I feel confident that I will see continued improvements from Photoaging Repair Cream and am looking forward to bringing more of this collection of powerful and natural anti-agers, with no nasties, to the Truth In Aging community. Watch this space.