Anti-aging skincare is something I’m passionate about aside from makeups and handbags. I don’t deny that I have taken steps to up my game (more recently, skin resurfacing laser treatment) because vanity runs deep in my veins. But seriously, I’m a staunch believer of “prevention is better than cure”, I fix even if it ain’t broke. I started using anti-aging products in my late 20s and now at 41 years young, deep wrinkles and sagging skin are not my big concerns yet. Beauty blogging has also introduced me to a multitude of products, ingredients and innovations in the world of skincare. I have tried a gamut so I know first hand what works for me, and it spans from the time when my skin was still oily to sensitive to combination to maturing. Skin’s life cycle. We’re in it to win it!
Stem cells, among other things, degenerate as we age. Thus, their inability to repair skin results to wrinkles, age spots and sagging skin. Scientists at Lifeline discovered that human non-embryonic stem cell extracts can help combat visible signs of aging. It’s interesting to note that Lifeline is the first company to use human non-embryonic stem cells via extraction. Meaning, no viable human embryo is destroyed during the process. The non-embryonic stem cells are specifically derived from unfertilized eggs which are donated to International Stem Cell Corp from in-vitro fertilization laboratories. Could this be the bridge to the elusive fountain of youth?
I had the opportunity to try three products from the line: the Eye Firming Complex (15 ml, $97), the Molecular Renewal Serum (15ml, $210), and Neck Firming Complex (30ml, $180). The Eye Firming and Neck Firming list peptides from human stem cells as one of the primary ingredients.
The Eye Firming Complex is packaged in a slender bottle with slanted pump-type dispenser. It feels smooth and applies nicely around the eye area. I feel slight tightening effect few minutes after application which in turn makes my eye area appear more “lifted” and “awake”. It’s an interesting product, unique so to speak as I haven’t tried anything quite like it.
Deionized Water, Glycerin, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Caffeine, Peptides from Non-Embryonic Human Stem Cells, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Fruit, Cetearyl Olivate, Sodium Starch Octenylsuccinate, Myristyl Alcohol, Glycosaminoglycans, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Hydrolyzed Jojoba Esters, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Sodium Polystyrene Sulfonate, Sorghum Bicolor Stalk Juice, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Oil, Sorbitan Olivate, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Hydrolyzed Corn Starch, Beeswax, Hydrolyzed Corn Starch Octenylsuccinate, Myristyl Glucoside, Polyquarternium-67, Cetearyl Glucoside, Silica, Butylene Glycol, Carbomer, Polysorbate 20, Hydroxyethyl Behenamidopropyl Dimonium Chloride, Polysorbate 60, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Hexylene Glycol, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Hydroxide, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexyl Glycerin.
Fact: your neck reveals your true age, that is if you neglect it. While you can generally use face moisturizer or cream to keep it hydrated and supple, companies like Lifeline developed a more thorough approach to delay the appearance of turkey neck. The Neck Firming Complex is packaged in a pump-type jar (yay for sealed jar because it’s more hygienic in my opinion!). I’d be honest, when I first received this, I used it on my face as a moisturizer because I wasn’t paying attention to the label. But you know what, whether used on the neck or face, it hydrates and firms the skin just the same.
Water (Aqua), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, Lactobacillus/Pumpkin Fruit Ferment Filtrate, Propanediol, Peptides from Human Stem Cells, Dimethicone, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Butylene Glycol, Boerhavia Diffusa Root Extract, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Ruscus Aculeatus Root Extract, Ammonium Glycyrrhizate, Centella Asiatica Extract, Hydrolyzed Yeast Protein, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Pentylene Glycol, Polysorbate-20, 3-Aminopropane Sulfonic Acid, Calcium Hydroxymethionine, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Panthenol, Escin, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Squalane, Polysorbate 60, Xanthan Gum, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin.
As a serum freak, I get excited each time I get to try the latest “it” product. The Molecular Renewal Serum easily earned a gracious space in my vanity. Retinol has been one of my so-called secrets for many years but I had to stop using it until I’m done with my laser treatments. This serum executes retinol-like efficiency sans irritation and with its micro-molecular delivery, it penetrates the skin more thereby providing utmost nourishment and hydration. It is subtly fragrant (cucumber melon extract), feels smooth, and makes the skin looks plump.
Water/Aqua/Eau, Heptyl Undecylenate, Niacinamide, Octyldodecyl Olivate, Polyacrylate-13, Imiloxan HCl, Tremella Fuciformis Sporocarp Extract, Citrus Auranitum Dulcis (Orange) Peel Extract, Cucumis Melo (Melon) Fruit Extract, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Fruit Extract, Santalum Album (Sandalwood) Extract, Cucumis Sativus(Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract Dunaliella Salina Extract, Betaine, Xylitylglucoside, Anhydroxylitol, Glycerin, Xylitol, Caprylyl Glycol, Lauryl Glucoside, Polyisobutene, Squalane, Decyl Glucoside, Polysorbate 20, Glucose, Sorbitan Isostearate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate.
Overall, I’m happy with my experience and will continue to use these products. The price is on the steep side but part of it is largely due to the research involved in non-embryonic stem cells. For more information on Lifeline Skincare and their products, find them here.