Posted by Copley

My apologies for the lack of an image of the "dry skin miracle" Smooth N Silky. Not only did I have trouble locating an adequate photo, but I could barely find a morsel of information outside the company's website (it is a stranger even to Amazon and eBay). This inaccessibility might normally be cause for suspicion of cyber frauds and cosmetic cons, but after giving the product a thorough trial, I must say that Smooth N Silky suffers only from a lack of effective marketing. Both its formula and feel are top-notch in the realm of dry skin creams.

Starting with aloe vera gel instead of water, the ingredients are for the most part highly concentrated natural components devoted to making skin feel moisturized and nourished. Botanical emollients comprise safflower oil (high in linoleic acid), squalane (antioxidant-rich moisturizer derived from olives), wheat germ oil (rich in vitamin E), carrot oil (rich in vitamin A), mango butter, olive butter, and glycerin. Also beneficial are chlorophyll (friend to plants and humans alike), ginseng extract (an anti-inflammatory), and allantoin (a skin-soothing plant extract that encourages healthy tissue formation).

There are also a number of anti-aging inclusions. The formula provides antioxidant protection from free radicals with retinyl palmitate (vitamin A ester) and ascorbyl palmitate (vitamin C ester). Hydrolyzed marine collagen and elastin work to restore elasticity to skin, while glycosaminoglycans help to calm inflammation and refine pores. Most impressive of all is the antioxidant matrixyl 3000, created by combining palmitoyl oligopeptide and palmitoyl tetrapeptide-7, which stimulates the matrix molecules to reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Least impressive, on the other hand, is the addition of phenoxyethanol, a potentially irritating and toxic preservative.

The pale green cream absorbs into skin immediately, leaving a soft and, yes, smooth and siky feeling. Every time I coat my hands with the cream, my overwashed, chapped skin feels delightfully comfortable. As is often the case with other dry skin creams, I don't need to wipe my hands on a tissue afterwards for fear that I'll leave an oily residue on everything I touch. Though it seemed too greasy and shiny on my face for daytime use, I found it to be an excellent night treatment. Smooth N Silky has also worked wonders on my naturally sandpaper-rough elbows and heels.

Seeing as it has only been on the market for a few months, Smooth N Silky ($19.95) deserves far more visibility. Though its packaging design and marketing strategy could use a helpful nudge, Smooth N Silky has been an exciting, as yet largely undiscovered, find. It is rare to come across such a superior, affordable product that hasn't already been embraced by the masses.

Ingredients:

Aloe Vera Gel, Decyl Oleate, Safflower Oil, Glycerin, Glyceryl Stearate, Squalane, Cetyl Alcohol, Glucose and Fructose and Sucrose and Alanine and Glutamic Acid and Aspartic Acid and Hexyl Nicotinate, Wheat Germ Oil, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Soluble Marine Collagen, Hydrolyzed Elastin, d-Panthenol, Ginseng Extract, Guar Gum, Allantoin, Retinyl Palmitate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Corn Extract, Mango Butter, Olive Butter, Glycosaminoglycans, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrant Oil, Chlorophyll, Carrot Oil, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Citric Acid.