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Taun Facial Repair Formula- reader reviewed and recommended

April 28, 2012 Reviewed by TIA Community Member 8 Comments

Reviewed by Dennis

Last month I was fortunate to receive a full-size jar of Taun Facial Repair Formula ($79). Thank you very much, TIA! The jar comes in a nifty tin, which I thought was very masculine. However, the jar itself is a bit of an issue: Though I am sure the phenoxyethanol and ethylhexylglycerin do a competent job of preventing contamination, I am a bit of a snob for airless pumps. I also store the jar in the tin all the time because the jar also allows light in. Beyond those nitpicks, I am pleased with the Taun moisturizer! The consistency of the cream itself is just right. It has a pleasant non-odor and absorbs nicely. The proof however is in the pudding, and this one has ingredients to whet the appetite! I have actually been searching for a good face cream with niacinamide as the key ingredient for some time now. This product seems to be just that. Niacinamide’s benefits have always intrigued me and appear to provide broad improvements in skin health from pigmentation to skin sallowness to elasticity (source).

Nisha recently did a lovely job lauding the benefits of niacinamide in her CeraVe post.

The Facial Repair Formula ($79 in the shop) is also formulated with squalane, hyaluronic acid, vitamin c in the forms of sodium ascorbyl phosphate, magnesium ascorbyl phosphate, and ascorbyl glucoside, the latter of which I had never heard of. Research was limited and confusing to me, but seems positive:

“Ascorbyl glucoside has a structure in which the C2-hydroxyl group of L-ascorbic acid is masked with glucose. Once selectively permeated through the skin, ascorbyl glucoside is broken down into L-ascorbic acid and glucose by the enzyme alpha-glucosidase. Because ascorbyl glucoside is broken down into L-ascorbic acid, it has the same functions as L-ascorbic acid: exhibiting high antioxidant activity, acting as a coenzyme for enzymes involved in collagen synthesis (namely prolyl and lysyl hydroxylase), and inhibiting the synthesis of melanin” (source).

It is also theorized that ascorbyl glucoside seems to work better when formulated with niaciniamide (source).

Taun Facial Repair rounds out with a solid bundle of peptides, which are probably familiar to TIA fans: Acetyl Tetrapeptide-2, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8 (Argireline), and Palmitoyl Oligopeptide + Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7 (Matrixyl 3000).

I have certainly been aware of Argireline and Matrixyl for years, but Acetyl Tetrapeptide-2 is relatively new to me. Marta talked briefly on it while reviewing 37 Extreme Actives. It seems more research is needed.

Since beginning use of the Taun product, I have foregone all of my other nightly creams and serums in favor of giving it a solid month’s try. I have to say: I don’t miss those other products at all! I am really liking the way my skin looks lately. I love the feeling of the formula on my skin, and it never makes me oily. I am not sure that the product is reversing anything, but I am certain it is protecting, treating, and enhancing. I am of the belief that a product needs at least six months before true results are shown. I am definitely considering purchasing this product, despite what I perceive to be a bit of a high price tag ($79 - I’m cheap), and the controversial preservatives. I would also not hesitate to recommend this to any male friend looking for a solid moisturizer. I think Taun’s Facial Repair Formula is a positive step forward in the otherwise uninspired market of men’s skincare. Possibly right up there with Jack Black’s Protein Booster Skin Serum.

Ingredients: Purified Water (Aqua), Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Niacinamide, Laureth-7, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Squalane, Hyaluronic Acid, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Acetyl Tetrapeptide-2, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Retinol, Polyacrylamide, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin


  • June 4, 2018

    by Lynne Weir

    Are English skills, such as spelling and grammar, no longer taught in schools these days? In just the msgs regarding these skin care products, I have encountered a msg that mentioned sonething "reeking" havoc, instead of the correct "wreaking" - "reek" refers to odor, whereas "wreak" is the homophone that is a variant of "wreck". Then, just in the last few, there was "baited" breath - as opposed to "bated". We all know what "bait" is - & what we may or may not catch with it. "Bate" - or " bated" is again a variant of "abate", Which means to lessen. C'mon, folks - I can tell by the way the sentences are structured, and the overall content of these msgs, that these are in no way ignorant people. These are also NOT typographical errors, something with which I am entirely in sympathy! Please, folks - a little more attention to your spelling!

  • December 5, 2013

    by CS

    I find it hard to believe that a 25-year-old guy who isn't worried about wrinkles would spend $79 on a face cream simply for its moisturizing properties...

  • November 20, 2012

    by Dennis

    In case you guys didn't know, Taun says they are removing the phenoxyethenol during their current production run! They also say they are possibly looking into using a pump!

  • May 7, 2012

    by Andrew S.

    I've used Taun for about a month and it is definitely a great product. I'm not old enough to speak to the wrinkle-reversing (I'm only 25), but it works great as a daily moisturizer and maintenance product.

  • April 29, 2012

    by LPF

    A great review of what seems to be a good quality product.

    Unfortunately, I am allergic to Jojoba and would not be able to use it.

    This is a wonderful site! So glad I found it. I shall be checking out all the products reviewed here.

    Kudos! Keep up the good work!

  • April 28, 2012

    by Julie Kay

    Dennis- I'm impressed with your review of Taun Facial Repair Formula. In fact, all of your reviews are well written and appreciated. I always get excited when a new product is recommended, as well. Will it be one I may want to give a try? Sadly, not this Taun potion. I got excited when you said "... solid bundle of peptides..." But I'm well on record for my disdain of the muscle inhibitors Argireline (Acetyl Tetrapeptide-2) and Snap-8 (Acetyl Hexapeptide-8); and this Taun has both! WooEee. Just contemplating this makes my elasticity issues tingle and twitch. I'll be checking out their products, though, to see if they have one with Matrixyl 3000 alone. Sorry to be such a bore on this issue. Good luck to you! ~jk

  • April 28, 2012

    by Dennis

    Thank you, Marta! it was my pleasure! I really hope Taun takes off.

  • April 28, 2012

    by Marta

    Dennis, thank you for a fantastically informative, thorough and interesting review. I was waiting for your verdict with baited breath as I know that this has been a labor of love for the team behind Taun. Getting a new product off the ground is no mean feat for individuals without corporate backing. And then it passes the Dennis test! Hats off to Taun!

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