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What’s Working for Me Now- from TIA contributor Junko

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May 6, 2012 Reviewed by admin 13 Comments

Truth In Aging and its community has always been working for me tirelessly, 365 days a year, for years now. With information from Truth In Aging, reviews and community advice, I’ve been able to make some really intelligent purchases over the years. Products that actually worked for me, even some years later, still do. I am overly capable of making stupid, spontaneous purchases even with TIA’s guidance, but still I know that without Truth In Aging working for me, I’d have very little, if nothing, on hand, foot or face working for me now. With that said, let me tell you what’s working for me now!

While I was looking at Christmas photos this year, I noticed that my face had no contours or definition anymore. Where were my cheeks, chin and I’m not ever sure what else; my face looked as flat as a pancake. Fearing that this “flat look” was the precursor to a “sag look,” I decided I better try to correct this immediately. Most women over 40 can blame menopause for all their discontent, and I do, but I was surprised at how “flat” happened over the course of just a few years. In 2009, I was using Skin Biology Super Cop 2x ($95.95) for scar reduction and my face had definition then. So here I am in 2012 using Skin Biology's copper peptides again for collagen building instead of scar reduction. The Skin Biology website says that Dr. Pickart's patented copper peptides are supposed to thicken skin; help moisture retention; reduce wrinkles, blotchiness and blemishes; improve elasticity; and increase keratinocyte and fibroblast production. Sounds like the perfect remedy for everything. The skincare routine is fairly simple and straightforward no matter what your goal. Skin Biology’s mantra is exfoliate, copper peptide, moisturize and sunscreen. In my opinion, the only product that needs to be a Skin Biology product is the copper peptides. You could use any exfoliator, moisturizer and sunscreen with Dr. Pickart’s copper peptides. I have no reservations either about dabbing a bit of ReLuma serum (from $135 in the TIA shop), BioEffect EGF (from $110) or HydroPeptide Hydrostem+6 ($160) on stubborn wrinkles over Super Cop 2x. I have consistently been using Skin Biology LacSal Serum ($12) 2 to 3 times a week at night for exfoliation with Super Cop 2x on alternate nights and every morning. I’ve also been applying Skin Biology Two Timing Tightener ($30.95) over the Super Cop 2x every morning. Two Timing Tightener serves a dual purpose by adding a little needed moisture over the copper and the DMAE is supposed to tighten and prevent sagging.

After two months of using these products, the skin on my face and neck looks healthier, thicker and doesn’t dry out as much as it used to after cleansing. I’m really happy with the smoothness of my neck, and as an added bonus, my scars do appear the tiniest bit flatter as well. I’m happy enough with the results I’m seeing that I’ll continue to use these products for at least another four months. I also recently purchased, and have been using for a couple of weeks now, Skin Biology Tinpep Hand Cream ($39.95). This hand cream is a bit heavier than what I like for day, but I find it perfect for night. Too early to say if it’s repairing the skin on my hands yet, but I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the way it smells! Must be the pumpkin oil, but to me, it smells like a fresh-baked cake. Yummy stuff to slather on just before going to bed, unless you’re dieting. I can see how it might drive one to the kitchen for something sweet to eat....

Your Best Face Correct ($150), Prep ($80) and Define ($70). These are quality products from a trusted brand that have worked for me for years now. YBF seems expensive but you only need such a small amount of these products that they last forever, and this makes them more economical than you’d initially think. Suki Lemongrass Exfoliating Cleanser ($32.95) is the only joy I have in the shower these days as I’ve come to hate all things hair related. I blame menopause again for hair that’s akin to a wire BBQ brush. Alterna The Science of 10 Conditioner ($29.45) and Rogaine for Women (from $29.99) are the only products working for my hair right now. As soon as I’m done using up my bottle of Rogaine, I’ll be giving Truth In Aging’s Hair Vitality Complex (from $49) a try.

Thank you Truth In Aging for continuing to work for me. And keep all that good advice coming, TIA community! I’m reading and paying attention to “What’s Working For You” every day.


Skin Biology Super Cop 2x: Purified water, copper peptides (hydrolyzed soy protein and copper chloride), ethylhexyl palmitate, squalane, cupric chloride, polyoxyethylene (8) stearate, glycerol stearate, stearic acid, cetyl alcohol, salicylic acid, polysorbate 80, propylene glycol (and) phenoxyethanol, leucine, glycine, allantoin, polysorbate 20, lavandula angustifolia (lavender) oil, fragrance, aloe barbadensis leaf juice (aloe vera) gel, tocophersolan (vitamin E), menthol, camphor, retinyl palmitate, mixed (alpha, beta, gamma, delta) tocopherols, mixed (alpha, beta, gamma, delta) tocotrienols, ubiquinone (coenzyme Q-10), xanthophyll (lutein) and lycopene

ReLuma serum: Human Adipose Derived Stem Cell Conditioned Media, Water, Glycerin, Sodium PCA, DL-Panthenol, Hydroxy Ethyl Cellulose, Allantoin, Phenoxyethanol

Bioeffect EGF serum: Glycerin, Aqua, Calcium Chloride, Sodium Hyalunorate, Tromethamine, Hordeum Vulgare Seed Extract, Alcohol (Ethanol) (less than 0.9%), Sodium Chloride, EGF (Transgenic Barley sh-Oligopeptide-1)

HydroPeptide Hydrostem+6: Water, Dimethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Trimethylpentanediol/Adipic Acid Copolymer, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Sodium Hyaluronate, Camellia Oleifera (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Panthenol, PEG-12 Dimethicone, Silica, Palmitoyl Dipeptide-5 Diaminobutyroyl Hydroxythreonine, Palmitoyl Dipepitde-5 Diaminohydroxybutyrate, Niacinamide, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Fruit Cell Extract, Centella Asiatica (Gotu Kola) Cell Culture, Echinacea Angustifolia Meristem Cell Culture, Gardenia Jasminoids Meristem Cell Culture, Leotopodium Alpinum (Edelweiss) Meristem Cell Culture, Malus Domestica (Swiss Apple) Fruit Cell Culture, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Tocopherol Acetate, Allantoin, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Menthyl Lactate, Lecithin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Polyacrylamide, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Laureth-7, Isomalt, Sodium Benzoate, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Dimethiconol, Xanthan Gum, Fragrance, Phenoxyethanol, Methylisothiazolinone

Skin Biology LacSal Serum: Purified water, lactic acid, hydrolyzed soy protein, glycerin, propylene glycol, sodium salicyclate, phenoxyethanol, polysorbate 20, polysorbate 80, hydroxyethylcellulose, allantoin, aloe barbadensis leaf juice (aloe vera) gel, fragrance (herbal mask) and tocophersolan (vitamin E)

Skin Biology Two Timing Tightener: Purified water, dimethyl MEA, algae extract, pullulan, glycerin, phenoxyethanol, hydroxyethylcellulose, polysorbate 20, allantoin, aloe barbadensis leaf juice (aloe vera) gel and tocophersolan (vitamin E)

Skin Biology Tinpep Hand Cream: Purified Water, Tin peptide (Hydrolyzed Soy Protein and Stannous chloride), ethylhexyl palmitate, squalane, cetyl alcohol, stearic acid, glycerol stearate, PEG-100 stearate, polysorbate 80, C10-30 cholesterol/lanosterol esters, glycerin, phenoxyethanol, pumpkin oil, stannous chloride, allantoin, leucine, glycine, Aloe Vera Gel, retinyl palmitate, tocophersolan (vitamin E), mixed (alpha, beta, gamma, delta) tocotrienols, mixed (alpha, beta, gamma, delta) tocopherols, lycopene, CoQ10, leutin, and astaxanthin

YBF Correct: Reverse osmosis water, Eyeseryl (water, acetyl tetrapeptide-5), licorice root extract, Haloxyl (hydroxysuccinimide, chyrsin, palmitoyl oligopeptide, palmitoyl tetrapeptide-3), Snap-8 (water, acetyl octapeptide-3), olivem (cetearyl olivate), Matrixyl 3000 (glycerin, butylene glycol, water, carbomer, polysorbate-20, palmitoyl oligopeptide, palmitoyl tetrapeptide-3), cucumber extract, Renovage (triglyceride, teprenone), nylon-12, triglyceride, Syn-Tacks (glycerin, palmitoyl dipeptide-5, diaminobutyroyl hydroxythreonine, palmitoyl dipeptide-5 diaminohydroxybutyrate), alpha arbutin, nutmeg butter, caffeine, olive leaf extract, vitamin E, ethyhexyl palmitate, vitamin B5, dimethyl isosorbide, spin trap (phenyl butyl nitrone), Lipochroman-6 (dimethylmethoxy chromanol), Sepilift DPHP (dipalmitoyl hydroxyproline), idebenone, alpha lipoic acid, sodium hyaluronate, c10-30 alkyl acrylate crosspolymer, violet leaf absolute, oakmoss absolute, triethanolamine, paraben du

YBF Prep: White tea (reverse osmosis water, white tea), aluminum oxide crystals, olivem (cetearyl olivate, sorbitan olivate), Pentavitin (saccharide isomerate), niacin, edelweiss extract, triglyceride, alpha arbutin, allantoin, Syn-Tacks (glycerin, palmitoyl dipeptide-5 diaminobutyroyl hydroxytheonine, palmitoyl dipeptide-5 diaminohydroxybutyrate), vitamin e, vitamin B5, Matrixyl 3000 (glycerin, butylene glycol, water, carbomer, polysorbate-20, palmitoyl oligopeptide, palmitoyl tetrapeptide-3), Syn-Coll (glycerin, palmitoyl tripeptide-5), olive leaf extract, Lipochroman-6 (dimethylmethoxy chromanol), idebenone, sodium hyaluronate, spin trap (phenyl butyl nitrone), orange oil, bergamot oil, paraben du

YBF Define: Reverse osmosis water, xylitol, olivem (cetearyl olivate), Pentavitin (saccharide isomerate), ethehexyl palmitate, white tea (reverse osmosis water, white tea), Syn-Coll (glycerin, palmitoyl tripeptide-5), Hilurip (isohexadecane, BIS-PEG/PPG- 14/14 dimethicone, ethylene/propylene/styrene copolymer, butylene/ethylene/styrene copolymer, cyclopentasiloxane, sodium hyaluronate, xanthan gum, tripeptide-1), vitamin E, meadowfoam seed oil, alpha arbutin, licorice root extract, Syn-Tacks (glycerin, palmitoyl dipeptide-5, diaminobutyroyl hydroxythreonine, palmitoyl dipeptide-5 diaminohydroxybutyrate), niacin, Lipochroman-6 (dimethylmethoxy chromanol), sodium hyaluronate, spin trap (phenyl butyl nitrone), superoxide dismutase, peppermint oil, lemon oil, blue til, blue chamomile oil, paraben DU

Suki Lemongrass Exfoliating Cleanser: Non-gmo rice flour (oryza sativa), natural sugar (sucrose), saponified olive oil (potassium olivate), calendula (calendula officinalis), chamomile (anthemis nobilis), lavender (lavandula angustifolia), lemongrass (cymbopogon citratus), orange peel (citrus senensis) & seaweed (algae) extracts, aroma (pure premium steam distilled essential oil)

Alterna The Science of Ten Conditioner: Aqua/Water/Eau, Ceteary Alcohol, Cetyl Esters, PPG-3 Benzyl Ether Myristate, Butylene Glycol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Octyldodecyl Ricinoleate, Propylene Glycol Isoceteth-3 Acetate, Behentrimonium Chloride, Cetyl Alcohol, Divinyldimethicone/Dimethicone Copolymer, Cetrimonium Chloride, Foeniculum Vulgare (Fennel) Seed Extract, Ganoderma Lucidum (Mushroom) Tyrosinase, Glycine Max (Soybean) Symbiosome Lysate, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Seed Peroxidase, Saccharomyces Copper Ferment, Saccharomyces Lysate Ferment, Saccharomyces Zinc Ferment, Amino Acyl tRNA Synthetase, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Cassia Italica Leaf Extract, Rhodiola Rosea Root Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Tuber Magnatum Pico, Algae Extract, Boswellia Carterii Extract, Bromelain, Arnica Montana Flower Extract, Angelica Archangelica Root Extract, Coriandrum Sativum (Coriander) Fruit/Leaf Extract, Corn Oligosaccharides, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Root Extract, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Lactoferrin, Adenosine Triphosphate, Lentinus Edodes Tyrosinase, Malva Sylvestris (Mallow) Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Dimethicone PEG-7 Isostearate, PEG-7 Amodimethicone, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein PG-Propyl Methylsilanediol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Niacinamide Polypeptide (Vitamin B3) , Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Flower Extract, Pantothenic Acid Polypeptide (Vitamin B5), Acetyl Methionine, Acetyl Serine, Ascorbic Acid Polypeptide, Copper Lysl Oxidase, Papain, Melanin, Peptone, Phospholipids, Phytosphingosine, Pikea Robusta Extract, Quillaja Saponaria Bark Extract, Retinyl Palmitate, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Silk Amino Acids, Spiraea Ulmaria Flower Extract, Superoxide Dismutase, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Extract, Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Wasabia Japonica Root Extract, Stearalkonium Chloride, Panthenol, Polyquaternium-10, Polysilicone-15, Hydrolyzed Silk PG-Propyl Methylsilanediol Crosspolymer, PEG-45M, Hydroxypropyl Guar, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, Pentylene Glycol, Citric Acid, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, C11-15 Pareth-7, C12-16 Pareth-9, C12-13 Pareth-23, C12-13 Pareth-3, Trideceth- 12, Trimethylsiloxyamodimethicone, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Diazolidinyl Urea, Disodium EDTA, Parfum/Fragrance, Linalool

Rogaine for Women: Active Ingredient: 2% Minoxidil w/v; Inactive Ingredients: Alcohol (60% v/v), Propylene Glycol (20% v/v), Purified Water

  • May 11, 2012

    by Annie

    Many thanks for the helpful replies, much appreciated

  • May 9, 2012

    by Marta

    Osmotics also swears by using LED with their copper peptide products. The only thing I would add is that coppper peptides doesn't help with counteracting the short-term pro-oxidant effect of LED. Whereas with the YBF Private Reserve, you are getting a good dose of antioxidants.

  • May 9, 2012

    by Ronnie

    I feel I should comment here about my experience with copper peptides, including Dr. Pickart's. After about a month of use, I found horrible sagging above the cheekbone, beneath my eyes and each time I quit using them, it slowly receded. I've been told if you can get through those "uglies" it will tighten, but I just couldn't do it. So I stay away from copper. I do use all Skin Active products right now and I think I will order that new LED/ultrasonic device from you. By the way, I'm in my late 50's.

  • May 9, 2012

    by Junko

    Annie, I had read on Skin Biology's website that using CP's before LED was a good idea so that's why I'm doing it. Skin Biology's website is being worked on right now, but I found Dr. Pickart's article about Copper Peptides with LED here if you care to read it:

  • May 9, 2012

    by annie

    Thanks for your reply Junko. I suppose what I was trying to confirm is that I could use supercop with the red light Aurora? I like the YBF antioxidant but i end up using a further serum daily to pack more anti ageing punch and it would be good to know I could just use supercop as it would be cheaper. Thank you.

  • May 8, 2012

    by Marta

    Hi Annie, with LED the issue is that research has shown that the short-term effects are pro-oxidant and so it is advisable to use some kind of antioxidant topical at the same time. Copper peptides are different, but your YBF reserve is perfect as it has a high concentration of two very good antioxidant/free radical scavengers.

  • May 8, 2012

    by junko

    Hi Annie,
    Thank you for your kind words. I've never tried YBF's antioxidant serum with the Aurora, but antioxidants are supposed to be best with red LED, and YBF is one of my favorite brands *

  • May 8, 2012

    by Annie

    Oh, can I use the supercop with the aurora. is it as good as using YBF antioxidant serum which I have been using?

    Thanks for this great post, Junko. I thought it was a lovely picture too!

  • May 7, 2012

    by Julie Kay

    O' Junko, I can't say I've conquered the "monster" yet. Just when I feel like a span of time has gone by and I begin relaxing... a not-so-lovely chain (months long) of hot flashes arrive to live in my life AGAIN. I've been dancing this dance for 20 years next year. But to answer your question, and it's a very interesting one now you've pointed my nose at it, yes. I realize now I went through at least a decade of foul hair; hair I just couldn't live with that I blamed on cut or style and now I have in those same cuts and styles and simply love my hair. I thought it was all about product, but looking back, it can't have been and wasn't. I have had to adjust to this new texture. Before the beast within I had thick fine perfectly straight hair; now I have fine wavy dare I say almost curly hair. I blame this directly on menopause and is quite an adjustment.

    Babe- if you look so good when you think you look "flat," I can't wait till you think you look good! ~jk

  • May 6, 2012

    by Junko

    Julie Kay * thanks for making me 'feel good', but this photo posted is cropped from one of the Christmas pic's where I feel like things are slipping south. Hopefully, photo's to come have me looking better! I'm not out of the mouth of the monster yet, but Julie, as someone who has conquered it? Is it true, that the hair get better post menopause?

  • May 6, 2012

    by Julie Kay

    Junko! I must say you look fabulous, so something's working. I love your attention to detail in this article. Menopause is a monster mother, no argument here. But you've come (or are still coming) out the winner. Good job, girlfriend! ~jk

  • May 6, 2012

    by Marta

    Hi Junko, it's so great to have your smiling face on a post again!. Interesting that you should be enjoying Skin Biology - I found that regimen a bit harsh for me (the LacSal) and the copper only so so. But now I am inspired to revisit it.

    So far, I think that LED light is one of the few things that has an impact on sagging.

  • May 6, 2012

    by Junko

    Hello M ! * I agree with you that the Skin Biology regime is harsh and even wonder if it's the copper to skin irritation which makes it thicken and build up as a defensive measure. I have to say it's working for me though, and I see better results on the crease around the right side of my mouth when I apply SuperCop before I use the Aurora. I just need to be diligent about using the Aurora regularly as I have a habit of using it one week and then not the next. A series of starts and stops. Just want to say too, that over the Super Cop I've been using Skin Nutrition's Dynamic Wrinkle Reducer (in your Summer Discovery Box), on my neck, and I couldn't be happier with the results!

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