Age Reversing Complex (ARC)
Includes a host of actives like Grape Extract, Cucumber, Wild Mushroom and Japanese Green Tea, one of the key ingredients in ARC (age reversing complex) contains naturally-derived film forming polysaccharides, derived from tamarind seeds. The paste extracted from the fruits of the sub-tropical leguminous tree has been widely used in herbal medicinefor centuries. Recognized for stimulation of skin repair, it also assists in environmental skin protection and for premature ageing of the skin. The moisturizing ability of the tamarind has shown to be equal to Hyaluronic Acid in effectiveness which is derived from a plant source (nasha grade ha).
Another passion of mine in skincare is statistical findings. I do not own the equipment to do a legitimate study but recently we found that its not too expensive to give your products to a technical lab and ask them to read your skin for you! We had plenty of volunteers. Unpaid. Ok.. I gave them a bottle as payment. Here is what we did.
The following test results were based on 5 females ages 29, 35, 38, 43 and 44 years old. Each one of them tested ARC serum with the tamarind actives which was applied 2 times a day along with a placebo (I used PONDS $35 night renewal) on the other half of the face of these subjects. It was important to me not to do a 30 day or 90 day study. I wanted to see what just 2 weeks would show! Heck I wanted to see what 1 week would show!! We used a Cutometer, Skinvisiometer and Corneometer ( Marc Cuddy @ laser institute of maryland),
Skin Elasticity-28% improvement in 14 days
Skin Hydration-10% improvement after 7 days +12% after 14 days
Skin Roughness-11% improvement after 7 days
Sidebar: After initial saturation of 10-28% the increase is continual as with the hydrating at 10% in week one and 22% at week 14.They also do projective studies and said with continual use the study findings using the ARC lipopeptides saw
50% decrease in wrinkle depth
68% decrease in wrinkle density
24% decrease in wrinkle volume
Lipopeptides were also associated with increases in elastin fiber density and thickness and improved regularity of collagen IV, both critical for smooth, supple skin.
De-Ionized Water, Dioscorea Villosa Root Extract, Glycine Soja Sterols, Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-3, ,Cucumis Sativus (Fruit Extract, Vitis Vinifera Fruit Extract, Bladderwrack, Saccharomyces / Sea Salt Ferment, PaulliniaCupana Fruit Extract, Chamomilla Matricaria Flower Extract (Chamomile), Vegetable Glycerine, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Quaternized Wheat Protein, Ganoderma Lucidum Extract & Lentinus Edodes (Shiitake Mushroom) Extract & Algae Extract.
Don't let this price fool you into thinking this is a medium grade so-so product. I had every intent on listing it at $75 per ounce until I found that buying the raw base in kilos cut my cost in half. You are getting that financial benefit! I have spent 5 months collecting ingredients as far as South Africa in order to offer it at this price. If you were to buy this serum at a derms office or at any top of the line spa you would pay $450 or more per half oz. The way this serum is made I am skimming the very top of the ingredients and bottling them. Normally you would mix 1 oz. of this serum into 8 oz of a high moisture base serum. I'm not doing that. If you want to MIX it with wrinkleraser or day and eye cream you can do that and make this powerful cocktail stretch a long way. HOWEVER I have to tell you that using it at this high percentage will yeild a faster permanent result. You are only using 1/2 of a dropper full or less per application so it is formatted to last a very long time. You cannot gain any faster results by applying more serum. This is almost more than your skin can metabolise at one time.