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Skinn Collagenesis hasn't won me over yet

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Sagging Skin
June 6, 2010 Reviewed by Marta 7 Comments
It has been a little more than six weeks since I started testing Skinn Collagenesis 24 Hour Youth Preservation Cream ($48.50) and so far I am underwhelmed. Don't get me wrong, I don't dislike it. Its just that my skin doesn't look much better than when I started out. It has had a reasonable, but not overly onerous challenge: the left side of my neck, which is less sun damaged than the right side but definitely in need of some TLC. Sometimes I squint at it and believe that there is a slight improvement, other days I am convinced there is not.

Skinn has its loyal admirers: read Julie Kay’s post on her skincare routine and who can blame her for the amount of interesting ingredients presented at a reasonable price range. Skinn also has its detractors: read Shyema's reviewed and rejected post on the Firming Eyeshadow. Myself, I am the ambivalent camp along with Copley, who tested the night eye and wrinkle balm.

Whenever I look at the Skinn Collagenesis ingredients, I am a little perplexed. There are so many good things starting with antioxidant grape and cocoa with moisturizing squalane and shea. There is also tetrapeptide-17, which 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 increases elasticity, while decreasing the volume of wrinkles and fine lines as well as reducing roughness.

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  phospholipids, which retain moisture and may also be antioxidant.

And so I am surprised that with all that going on I haven't seen more than a glimmer of results. Perhaps all these ingredients are in quantities too miniscule to make much of a difference. Perhaps it's just me. Not everything is for everyone. There is still plenty left in the generous 2oz pot, so I'll be using it here and there from time to time and will post of it ever wins me over.


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
  • January 24, 2016

    by Debbie campbell

    The very same thought!!! I listen to him and think wow the ingredient deck is so impressive it has to do something, there isn't one product that I have ordered from him that has changed my skin one ioda, I have ordered creams, serums,foundations the peels, his most expensive serum and nothing. I will stick with algenist, Dr Brant and Dior.

  • February 22, 2011

    by Julie Kay

    ann- I never pill w Skinn's day cream... that is said after sharing my experience at the beginning of my use w the product. It is suggested to use the day and night serums in conjunction with the day and night creams. I found that I did pill using the day serum with the day cream- but not at night using night/night. This was about five years ago. Over time I realized it was salicytic acid in the serum or any pre-day cream I use on my face. So I don't use potions with salicytic acid in my "leave on my face" regimen. This is in some masks I use and cleansers... Hope this helps. ~jk

  • February 22, 2011

    by Julie Kay

    Susan- How was your experience with this potion? As I use Skinn Day Cream and it is a staple in my regimen, I'm always curious how others get on with other Skinn products (no, I'm not a rep... heheh, just a consumer). ~jk

  • February 22, 2011

    by ann

    I've tried the entire Collagenesis line, the new kit which includes ampoules, youth perservation cream, wrinkle balm, hand restore and stem regen serum- from a "Special Value kit" on a TV shopping site. I've used the ampoules and 24hr Youth Cream before buying the entire kit. Each time I've found my skin pills as soon as I touch it whether it's while applying or hours after applying even if only lightly scrathing or lightly rubbing. I've tried using one product by itself or together as directed, doesn't matter, they all pill and I'm not applying too much either, it happens.I cannot go around with white pieces on my face. It's not due to not exfoliating or just my skin, it happens with this particular Skinn line. I wish it didn't because I think it's a line that could be great. I do like all the ingredients, but I believe the % of each ingredient isn't there. I get better results with Ole Hendrickson Truth Serum & Estee Lauder's DayWear cream.

  • June 10, 2010

    by Susan

    Hi Marta,
    I just ordered this cream. I hope I see better results. :-)
    The ingredients list does seem good, but I have wondered if anyone ever verifies that a product actually contains everything listed; otherwise, we must trust the manufacturer.
    Do you know of any 3rd party who does such a thing?

  • June 6, 2010

    by Darrell Owens

    Yes Julie!

    I love how TIA has turned me on to new ingredients and given me pause to look again at those which deserve more attention... i.e. ferulic acid, L-carnosine and copper peptide!

    Hope all had a great weekend!

  • June 6, 2010

    by Julie Kay

    This is a perfect example of the ambiguity of personal skin care and how we can't take what works for others and know for certain it will work for us. All we can do is share as much information possible, know our own skin, and make informed decisions. I am so grateful to TIA and Marta for making this possible for me! ~jk

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