So, what exactly is this breakthrough in anti-aging technology? I'm not quite sure actually. The most technical explanation of Pro-Xylane that I can find is in this L'Oreal video. To me, this explanation sounds a lot like what peptides do to the skin. The Pro-Xylane is the only active ingredient that is found consistently among the Skin Genesis products, though some products do have other anti-aging ingredients (such as the anti-oxidants found in the Oil Free lotion). I can't comment further on the activity of the Pro-Xylane without further info.
For the past 2 weeks I have been using the Oil Free Lotion and the Serum as suggested in the video. I use the lotion day and night, but at night I also use the serum (before the lotion). I do like the experience of using both products. They have a faint floral scent and feel silky. The serum is a clear gel while the lotion is a pearlescent ivory lotion. They do take a bit of time to sink into the skin, particularly the serum. The lotion alone takes only a few minutes to sink in, so I simply apply it before brushing my teeth and then I'm ready for makeup! The lotion was just the right amount of moisture for my combination skin, keeping my dry cheeks moist but not turning my t-zone into an oil slick.
I hate to say it, but these products just really did not agree with my skin. I can't figure it out, since every review I have found for these products was nothing but glowing. They are listed as Oil Free (though I do spy a castor oil derivative, with fine print saying that the oil free lotion is 99.8% oil free) and non-comedogenic. I see nothing on the list of ingredients that I have reacted to poorly in the past. My skin is pretty much a mess after 2 weeks with these products. I have about 5 very large, painful cystic pimples on my face right now. I had bad skin as a teenager, but nothing like this! It's bad enough that even my husband (who is generally very quiet about these things lest he upset me) asked what I was testing and requested I return to Bioelements. So, I've halted all further product testing until my skin clears up.
I really think that I am likely a rare person to have had this sort of skin reaction to the Skin Genesis products given the number of all positive reviews that I have seen (as well as the fact that I've been using the matching eye cream for the past week without an issue).
Alcohol Denat: Solvent
Bis-PEG-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane: Binder and defoaming agent
Hydroxyethylpiperazine ethane sulfonic acid: pH buffer/adjustor
Sodium Hyaluronate: hyaluronic acid, a very large molecule which is found in the dermis and epidermis, binds water very well. It is too large to actually penetrate into the skin, but it will bind water to the skin's surface resulting in plumping.
Capryl Glycol/Capyrylyl Glycol: Preservative
Hydroxypropyl Tetrahydroprantriol: I believe this may be the the Pro-Xylane as I can't find this elsewhere
ammonium polyacryloyldimethyl taurate: emulsifier and thickening agent
PEG-60 hydrogenated castor oil: surfactant (really)
Hydroxyethylcellulose: Thickening agent and binder
Disodium EDTA: chelating agent and stabilizer
Oxothiazolidinecarboxylic Acid: brightening and conditioning agent
Algae/Algae extract: often a source of minerals and anti-oxidants
Oil Free Lotion Ingredients:
Dimethicone: Silicone, lends a slippery feel, skin conditioning agent, anti-foaming agent
Propylene Glycol: humectant
Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer: Thickening agent
Ammonium Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate: emulsifier and thickener
Hydroxyethylpiperazine Ethane Sulfonic Acid: pH adjustor
Polysorbate 80: surfactant
Dimethyl Isosorbide: solvent
Hexylene Glycol: solvent
Nylon-12: thickener, opacifier
CI 77891/Titanium Dioxide: physical sunscreen
Hydroxypropyl Tetrahydropyrantriol: I believe this is the Pro-Xylane
Capryloyl Salicylic Acid: skin conditioner
Ascorbyl Glucoside: anti-oxidant
Carbomer: emulsifier and thickener
Sodium Hydroxide: pH adjustor
Sodium Citrate: pH adjustor
Tocopherol: Vitamin E, Anti-Oxidant
Silica Dimethyl Silylate;
Algae/Algae Extract: often a source of minerals and anti-oxidants
Sodium Hyaluronate: hyaluronic acid, a very large molecule which is found in the dermis and epidermis, binds water very well.
Disodium EDTA: Chelator and stabilizer
Imidazolidinyl Urea: preservative
L'Oreal's Skin Genesis