Dermyn, supposedly a bestseller in Scandinavia, arrived in the US to a small fanfare over its key ingredient, tricutan.

A study in Sweden of 25 women over a four week period demonstrated an increased firmness of the skin. Although published in a peer reviewed journal, it isn't terribly convincing: a small study, three women dropped out after getting a rash and the degree of increased firmness is not specified.

Still, the intriguing thing about tricutan is that works the opposite way to Acetyl-Hexapeptide-3, which essentially freezes the muscles.

Tricutan is supposed to be a kind of work out for the face. It increases neurotransmitter activity to the muscles, causing them to contract. The toned muscles result in a firmer face. Now I really like the idea of this. It seems to chime with concept behind microcurrent facials.

The problem is that on investigation, tricutan is no more than a proprietary blend of herbs including rosemary plus DMAE. The evidence that DMAE does anything useful as an anti-ager is very slim (for more click here).

A nice idea, but not something that will be cluttering up my bathroom cabinets after all.

Ingredients in Dermyn

Aqua, Dimethyl Monoaminoethanol Bitartrate, Propylene Glycol,
Polyglycerin- 6, PEG-16 Macadamia Glycerides, Ammonium
Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Centella asiatica extract,
Tetrahydrodiferuloylmethane, Lecithin, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, DMDM
Hydantoin, Sorbic Acid, Dehydroacetic Acid, Parfum