Who wouldn’t be curious about an anti-aging moisturizer claiming to use “breakthrough technology” from 17 countries? It’s as if brilliant cosmetics chemists from all these nations came together in one big beauty think tank and didn’t emerge until they had developed the one anti-aging moisturizer (well, actually two, because there is another one in this line), and then gave it only to Skinn to sell. First, if this were true, what are all the other products Skinn sells making the same claims about miraculously getting rid of wrinkles and stopping aging, including the other Collagenesis product? Second, none of the ingredients in here are the only options for taking great care of skin.
This system consists of Skinn’s Collagenesis 24 Hour Youth Preservation Cream, which is also sold separately, and four Dual Phase Ampoules designed to be used with the Collagenesis moisturizer. Of course, you have to wonder, if the Collagenesis 24 Hour Youth Preservation Cream is so wonderful, why do you need the Ampoules? The Youth Preservation Cream is supposed to be the cream of the crop, but, … oops, … now you need to use whatever is in the Ampoules for best results? We’re not saying that one anti-aging product is all anyone needs; rather, we're against disingenuous marketing that makes one product seem like it’s the be all and end all, and then undermines that claim by selling it with another product as the ultimate answer.
The Collagenesis moisturizer is a mostly brilliant formula that's packaged (finally) in an airless jar, which will preserve the effectiveness of its light- and air-sensitive ingredients.
The Dual Phase Ampoules have more intriguing ingredients than the moisturizer, except it’s a lightweight, serum-like lotion rather than a thick cream. Each ampoule is divided into two phases in a dual-chambered component. Supposedly, when combined they work in synergy for remarkable results. There’s nothing about the formula that demands such separation (it could come pre-mixed and be great), so it’s more marketing than formulary necessity. Note that the Ampoules come in clear glass packaging and should be stored away from direct light.
In the end, this is a good option to consider, but its retail price is needlessly expensive, which may explain why the company routinely sells this for almost half the price. It is best for normal to dry skin.
Collagenesis™ is the culmination of a world first global anti-aging initiative, representing the breakthrough technologies of 17 countries. Designed to combat the very source of youth-depleting forces, this never before available system with mega-doses of “Youth Molecules", including super antioxidants, active cellular complexes, youth proteins, vitazymes, phyto-stem cells and a new generation of Collagen-supporting peptides, will help transform your skin like nothing before. Reactivate your youthful look and uncover the skin you were born with.
Dual Phase Age-Intercepting Power Ampoules:
A breakthrough bio-engineered dual phase formulation that, drop by drop, protects from destructive free radical damage while infusing the skin with highly active cellular complexes, youth proteins, vitazymes, phyto-stem cells, a new generation of collagen-supporting peptides and extremely effective anti-oxidants. The two bioactive treatment phases are separated by a dual chamber system that, when combined, deliver a fresh dose of potent serum for optimal effectiveness. Working in synergy, the two phases combine to restore youthful firmness, texture and color tone, while also reducing the wrinkle profile.
24 Hour Youth Preservation Cream:
This exceptional 24 hour cream represents the anti- aging breakthrough technology of 17 countries. Used AM and PM, Youth Preservation Cream is the perfect complement to Collagenesis™ Power Ampoules as it will seal in powerful bioactive ingredients that will have you looking vibrant and breathtakingly radiant. This exquisite youthful formula returns skin that is cushiony soft and velvety to the touch, tone that is astonishingly even, and texture that is dramatically refined and incredibly firmed. Collagenesis™ is a worry-free, scientifically advanced system containing no waxes, no parabens, no petrochemicals and no mineral oil so you can use both day and night to keep your skin naturally in balance.
Youth Preservation Cream (2 ounces) Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Extract, Squalane, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Behenyl Alcohol, Polyglyceryl-10 Pentastearate, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Bambusa Vulgaris Extract, Pisum Sativum (Pea) Extract, Glucosamine Hci, Myristyl Myristate, Sodium Pca, Betaine, Sorbitol, Glycine, Alanine, Proline, Serine, Threonine, Arginine, Lysine, Glutamic Acid, Phospholipids, Caffeine, Wine Extract, Glycerin, Aleuritis Moluccana (Kukui) Seed Oil, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Tocopherol, Argania Spinosa Oil, Phytostearyl Isostearate, Lecithin, Dimethicone, Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-4, Tetrapeptide-17, Hyaluronic Acid, Yeast Extract, Hydrolyzed Yeast Extract, Santalum Album (Sandalwood) Extract, Phellodendron Amurense Bark Extract, Hordeum Distichon (Barley) Extract, Azadirachta Indica (Neem) Seed Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Chlorphenesin, Glyceryl Stearate, Peg-100 Stearate, Ergothioneine, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Perfluorodecalin, Xanthan Gum, Beta-Carotene
Dual Phase Ampoules (0.17 ounce x 4 vials; 0.68 ounce total): Pear Fruit Extract, Squalane, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Tetprapeptide-12, Pickia/Resveratrol Ferment Extract, Dioscorea Villosa (Wild Yam) Root Extract, Glycine Soja Sterols, Spilanthes Acmella Flower Extract, Glycerin, Safflower Seed Oil, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Tribehenin, Ceramide 2, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Polyglyceryl-10 Pentastearate, Behenyl Alcohol, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Apple Fruit Cell Culture, Cetearyl Alcohol, Lecithin, Dimethicone, Shea Butter, Myristyl Myristate, Sandalwood Extract, Phellodendron Amurense Bark Extract, Barley Extract, Retinyl Palmitate, Carrot Polypeptide, Ascorbic Acid, Orange/Citrus Limon/Citrus Aurantifolia Polypeptides, Peg-10 Rapeseed Sterol, Tocopherol/Wheat Polypeptides, Aloe Leaf Juice, Phytosteryl Isostearate, Oleyl Alcohol, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Saccharomyces/Xylitum, Black Tea Ferment, Olive Leaf Extract, Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Olive Fruit Oil, Goji Fruit Extract, Xanthan Gum, Edelweiss Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Chlorphenesin, Fig Extract, Acai Pulp Oil, Sugar Maple Extract, Indian Gooseberry Fruit Extract, Neem Seed Oil
Skinn by Dimitri James At-A-Glance
Strengths: The toner; a few good moisturizers, including some designed for the eye area (even though skin around the eyes doesn't require a separate product) and for oily skin; the lip scrub; the Nutri-Lift products (even though they don't lift skin in the least); mostly good, and some intriguing, makeup palettes; some great mascaras; the automatic eyeliner pencil.
Weaknesses: No sunscreens (How can you take any cosmetic line's anti-aging claims seriously when they completely overlook the importance of sun protection?); jar packaging for antioxidant-rich products; no products to manage acne or skin.
Dimitri James is a makeup artist, hair stylist, and fashion consultant who spent two decades working for some of the biggest cosmetics companies in the world. After stints with brands such as Estee Lauder and Revlon, he decided, as so many others have before him, to launch his own products. Apparently, he was disenchanted with the business model most large cosmetics companies follow. According to James, the formula was always the same: "make a cheap product, put it in a fancy jar with a nice box and charge as much as possible." His cynical summation is definitely appreciated by those of us on the Cosmetics Cop team. Ironically, however, for the most part, Skinn's business model mimics the business model of many large and small cosmetics companies; that is, his products come in fancy jars, make inane unsupported claims, and are absurdly overpriced. Adding to that insanity, many of his products are poorly formulated.
Aside from the glaring same old, same old mix of disenchantment, those hoping for some good news about Skinn products will be pleased to know that this line does have some products worth considering. That doesn't mean the claims are accurate or that they outperform excellent products from many other lines. Overlooking the omission of reliable sunscreen from this line, the handful of good formulas are capable of getting as close as possible to keeping skin looking youthful and healthy. They won't replace cosmetic corrective procedures, but no skin-care routine will do that. Please refer to the list of strengths for products worth your attention; any products not on that list you can skip, unless you want to set yourself up for disappointment, and you will be disappointed if you expect the farfetched claims to come true.
Skinn's promises for their makeup—that they will make you a picture of airbrushed perfection—are beyond reality. Today's best makeup products can go a long way toward making a beautiful finish to your appearance and they're easier to apply than ever before. Just keep in mind that technique still plays a major role, so don't expect any makeup product to be the final answer. Skinn's color line has just as many misses as hits, so shop carefully. In this case, the foundations and concealer are not worth considering over countless others, but there are some great powder blushes and eyeshadows, a fantastic eye pencil, and mascaras that perform beautifully; but again, these are easily replaced with less expensive options. Those intrigued by makeup palettes may find some good options here, too.
All told, the Skinn line has a handful of impressive products, but it's not remotely "the revolution in cosmetics" Dimitri James makes it out to be. For more information about Skinn by Dimitri James, call (866) 346-4874 or visit www.skinn.com.
Note: This line is sold primarily on home shopping channels.
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