I find today’s Truth In Aging Olympics line-up a tough one. You’re going for Gold with all three of these anti-aging facial serums and it isn’t easy to put these Five Best Serums
into a pecking order. But then, real Olympics medalists come in miniscule fractions within one another. In the spirit of the games, I’ll give the Gold Medal to the surprisingly fast working AQ. The new YBF Control’s nuanced formula is an easy winner for the Silver and for slow-burning endurance ReLuma deservedly takes the Bronze.
AQ Skin Solutions Active Serum
($149 for 30ml in the TIA shop
). I am coming to the end of my bottle after four months and there is no doubt that I will be buying a new one. I started seeing effects with AQ’s serum after only two weeks and I am pleased to say that it has stayed the course. AQ’s formula is simple: a couple of vitamins, lactic acid and glycerin with the dominant ingredient being the active human fibroblast conditioned media
, of which AQ claims there is a concentration of 42%. This serum really focuses on wrinkle repair and overall skin rejuvenation. Read the full review
Your Best Face Control
($160 in the TIA shop
). The newly reformulated Control is better than extremely good and I can’t imagine how I got on without it – my skin looks firm and refreshed and keeps my skin moisturized throughout the night (something that menopause was conspiring against). A key ingredient is Syn-Hycan and it does battle against sagging skin and double chins. Another (with a similar function) is Relistase. Plus there’s old favorites such as Matrixyl 3000 and the radical scavengers liprochroman-6 and spin trap. The formula really hones in on skin firming, by restoring elasticity.
ReLuma Skin Illuminating Anti-aging Serum
($145 for 20mL and $220 for 30mL in the TIA shop
). Similar to AQ, but takes a little longer to kick in. Once it does, ReLuma has a visible effect on wrinkles. ReLuma’s formula is deceptively simple. In fact, it is based on human conditioned media and ReLuma has quite a complex combination of what are essentially proteins. These proteins and growth factors can be isolated as PDGF, VEGF, FGF, IGF3 and TGF-B. It is the combination of different growth factors that is supposed to give results. Read my full review.
Ingredients in AQ: Human Fibroblast Conditioned Media, Water (Aqua), Glycerin, Polysorbate 20, Cellulose Gum, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Lactic Acid, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Phenoxyethanol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol
Ingredients in YBF revised formula: reverse osmosis water, Relistase (glycerin, acetylarginyltryptophyl diphenylglycine, Syn-Hycan (tetradecyl Aminobutyroylvalylaminobutyric urea trifluoroacetate, magneisum chloride, glycerin), Syn-Tacks (glycerin, palmitoyl dipeptide-5 diaminobutyroyl hydroxythreonine, palmitoyl dipeptide-5 diaminohydroxybutyrate), Matrixyl 3000 (glycerin, butylene glycol, carbomer, polysorbate-20, palmitoyl oligopeptide, palmitoyl tripeptide-3), nylon-12, olivem, Renovage (triglyceride, teprenone), olive squalane, ascorbyl tetraisopalmitate, ethoxydiglycol, dimethylisosorbide, meadowfoam seed oil, trans resveratrol, spin trap (phenyl butyl nitrone), vitamin e, c10-c30 alkyl acrylate crosspolymer, leucidal, lipochroman-6, sodium hyaluronate, coenzyme Q10, tetrahydrocurcuminoids, alpha lipoic acid (R-lipoic acid), triethanolamine
Ingredients in ReLuma: Human Adipose Derived Stem Cell Conditioned Media, Water, Glycerin, Sodium PCA, DL-Panthenol, Hydroxy Ethyl Cellulose, Allantoin, Phenoxyethanol
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