I’ve finally caved. Julie Kay’s post on her skincare routine pushed me over the edge. I’m not sure what put me off in the past. Perhaps it is the strangely underlit picture of your man Dimitri, or the faint whiff of an infomercial that I get from the brand. More likely, it is the lazy response I have to not being able to buy it with one-click on Amazon. Anyhow, I have succumbed to the Skinn range, starting with Skinn Collagenesis 24 Hour YouthPreservation Cream ($48.50).

My pot has just arrived and as I embark on my test, I am wondering what took me so long. This looks like a very good product at a reasonable price. In fact, SkinnCollagenesis had me at hello with the very first ingredients being antioxidant grape andcocoa with moisturizing squalane and shea. But what got me interested is tetrapeptide-17 (I’m a sucker for a new peptide).

This would seem to be one of the key actives in Skinn’s formulation for  Collagenesis since tetrapeptide-17 is supposed to activate collagen production and stimulate the repair and renewal mechanisms of the skin. Combined with palmitoyl pentapeptide-4, it is marketed as TEGO Pep 4-17 and the manufacturer claims it lead to an increased elasticity, a decreased volume of wrinkles and fine lines as well as a reduction of skin roughness. The recommended usage level is 0.5 to 5.0 percent.

There are plenty of other things to like, including silica-rich bamboo (in fact, bamboo is 70% silica and silicon is humans is important to the integrity of the skin, ligaments, tendons and bone) and antioxidant pea. There are half a dozen or so amino acids, more grape in the form of wine extract and, one of my new “fancy that!” ingredients, the weird and wonderful  phosopholipids, which retain moisture and may also be antioxidant.

Shyema is heading off with Skinn’s new collagen-stimulating eyeshadows and I also gave in temptation with Skinn’s Lash 3X Serum. So expect reviews of these and, of course, my review of Collagenesis over the coming weeks.


Vitis vinifera (grape) extract, squalane, carthamus tinctorius (safflower) seed oil, butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter, theobroma cacao (cocoa) seed butter, caprylic/capric triglyceride, behenyl alcohol, polyglyceryl-10 pentastearate, sodium stearoyl lactylate, bambusa vulgaris extract, pisum sativum (pea) extract, glucosamine HCl, myristyl myristate, sodium PCA, betaine, sorbitol, glycine, alanine, proline, serine, threonine, arginine, lysine, glutamic acid, phospholipids, caffeine, wine extract, glycerin, aleuritis moluccana (kukui) seed oil, macadamia ternifolia seed oil, tocopherol, argania spinosa oil, phytostearyl isostearate, lecithin, dimethicone, palmitoyl pentapeptide-4, tetrapeptide-17, hyaluronic acid, yeast extract, hydrolyzed yeast extract, santalum album (sandalwood) extract, phellodendron amurense bark extract, hordeum distichon (barley) extract, azadirachta indica (neem) seed oil, phenoxylethanol, caprylyl glycol, chlorphenesin, glyceryl stearate, PEG-100 stearate, ergothioneine, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate, perfluorodecalin, xanthan gum, beta-carotene