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.

Ingredients.

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