Thirty Days of the Depology Matrixyl 3000 Collagen Boosting Serum

Depology very kindly gifted this Matrixyl 3000 Collagen Boosting Serum for the purpose of review. As always my thoughts and opinions are my own.

For the past thirty days I have been using the Depology Matrixyl 3000 Collagen Boosting Serum. The initial post for this serum covers a lot of the basics, the feel the look the scent and to be honest, not a lot of that changed. The serum has no scent to it. It is clear, and it is a surprisingly thick liquid. There is a viscosity to it when it comes out of the dropper so it is thicker than water even though it has the appearance of it.

The link above will take you to my previous post detailing the feel of using the serum. the use remained consistent throughout. I had no irritation or problems from the Depology Matrixyl 3000 Collagen Boosting Serum and quite frankly I am not surprised. A look at the full ingredients list has no items on it that would irritate my skin.

Full Ingredients List: Water, Butylene Glycol, Matrixyl 3000, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Glycerin, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Hyaluronic Acid, Codium Tomentosum Extract, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Seed Extract, Cereus Grandiflorus (Cactus) Extract, Polyglyceryl-6 Caprylate, Trehalose, Hydroxyacetophenone, 1 ,2-Hexanediol, Coconut Oil, Rosehip Seed Oil, Sunflower Seed Oil, Allantoin, Stearic Acid, Xanthan Gum. 

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While ingredients like Aloe coconut oil, and sunflower oil help to soften the skin, items like grapefruit seed extract and cactus help with brightening. Hyaluronic acid helps with plumping the skin and eliminating the fine lines and wrinkles as does the matrixyl 3000 that the Depology Matrixyl 3000 Collagen Boosting Serum is named for. Many of the other ingredients are humectants (helping to dray moisture into the skin) or stabilizers. all in all it is a pretty good list of ingredients.

And it cause me no trouble. I used this Depology Matrixyl 3000 Collagen Boosting Serum twice a day for the past thirty days. It absorbed well and left my skin feeling soft and hydrated. It was best if I dried my skin post face wash because if the skin was damp the serum tended to be a little foamy. The foam was minimal and mostly irrelevant, but it made me think I hadn’t washed all of the soap off of my face, which made me want to rinse my face which would have made applying the serum pointless.

This foamy-ness happens with a lot of serums so it is sort of expected,. I think it is one of the stabilizers just reacting with water. It isn’t anything to worry about. And it is easily avoidable if it bothers you. I washed my face, patted it dry and then brushed my teeth. But the time I was finished brushing my teeth my skin was dry enough not to cause the serum to foam.

the big question of course is how did my skin look after thirty days of use. Let’s zoom in and take a look.

There is a slight reduction in the wrinkles at the corner of my eyes but the change is more noticeable when you look at the under eye. the wrinkles there are not as deeply set as they were at the beginning of the month.

And then we have the line on my forehead. This is the line I refer to as my stress crack. They are slightly different photos and I apologize. when I took the second one I had to zoom in a little closer because the line wasn’t quite as pronounced as it was before the trial, hence the different angles. Hopefully it isn’t too disorienting.

In general it takes thirty days to show any actual results. Today actually marks the thirty days of use and as you can see I am starting to show some definite signs of improvement in the most prominent of my wrinkles. As with all skincare use needs to be continued if the effects are going to last. I feel certain that as there is some improvement at the thirty day mark, continued use of the Depology Matrixyl 3000 Collagen Boosting Serum would show greater effects the longer I used it. Skincare isn’t magic though so to continue to see the results I would have to continuously use the serum. As with all skincare consistency is the biggest key to getting results. and I think a consistent use of the Depology Matrixyl 3000 Collagen Boosting Serum would show some pretty good results.

First use of the Depology Deepcare Serum Infused Micro-Dart Patches

Recently Depology very kindly sent over a package of products for me to try out and review. while these were gifted to me, the thoughts and opinions are my own. I have to admit, this was one of the products that I was most excited to try.

These are the Depology Deepcare Serum Infused Micro Dart Patches. You know how i love under eye patches. I use them routinely, especially during allergy season. It is then that their depuffing really comes into play. As this was a bad allergy season for me, extending well out of the normal season I think I ended up using under eye patches every other day this summer. However these contain a Wrinkle Smoothing serum. And Micro darts.

As always, before I try something new I go onto the website, to find out what I need to know about the product as well a what I can expect in terms of results and this was no exception. So According to the Depology website

Our unique Deepcare+™ serum formula helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while nourishing and plumping your skin. And now with our advanced micro dart technology, the serum is getting an upgrade.

To go beyond the surface of your skin, 1000 micro darts, infused with 30mg of our Deepcare+™ serum per patch, penetrate deep into your skin and deliver our solution to the core.

Rejuvenates your skin by directly delivering key ingredients straight into the skin surface – painless, no downtime and 100% safe. You can now experience the results of professional skincare treatments from your home. Apply for 2 hours or leave overnight for best results. Use every 2-3 nights. We recommend consistent use over 6 weeks for optimal results.​

I have to say, I really like the description. It tells me exactly what it is going to do and about how long it will take to see results. It also tells me how often I need to use them. I’ll be honest, the fact that they have micro darts made me worry about over use. I knew I wouldn’t be using them exactly the same way I would regular under eye patches used for simple depuffing so I appreciate the details. And as I have on occasion over used skincare items such as exfoliators, I feel more comfortable with an established time for use.

And yes the term micro dart made me a little apprehensive. I have never used darts, micro or otherwise on my face. I haven’t even tried those micro needle rollers that seem much more common. So I approached this with caution.

But now that I know what to expect, I felt a little more confident. Now I should also point out that I am currently using the Depology Matrixyl 3000 Collagen Boosting Serum. It’s description claims that the serum works well paired with these Depology Deepcare Serum Infused Micro Dart Patches. I wanted to try the serum on it’s own so I have been using it for two weeks (and will continue using it) to get a feel for it before rolling in the Depology Deepcare Serum Infused Micro Dart Patches. while I will do a full review on the serum when I have reached the thirty day mark right now I have to say I absolutely love it.

But on to the Depology Deepcare Serum Infused Micro Dart Patches.

They come individually packaged within the box which makes for easy travel, should you want to slip them into an over night bag. Inside the pouch they are in a little plastic case. The instructions say to make sure you don’t touch the darts with your fingertips (so that the serum can go to your eyes not your fingers). As the darts have a wide patch of space around them, it was easy to avoid petting my fingers into the wrinkle reducing serum.

I’ll be honest, I was braced for stinging pain.

I was prepared for them to be very uncomfortable.

They aren’t.

I applied the patch to my under eye and as per the instructions I pressed the patches into my skin so the micro darts could shoot their serum beneath my skin. I pressed firmly and the sensation was like pressing a piece of velcro against your skin. You could feel the prickly bits, so you knew it wasn’t smooth, but that is about it. And even that was at the beginning. I tapped it a few times throughout the two hour wear time and after fifteen minutes, the darts more or less dissolved into the skin so it felt like a smooth patch with no more velcro pressing feeling.

photo to use for comparison at the end of six weeks

The patches were comfortable to wear and easy to forget about once they were on. Actually I only really felt them in the first fifteen minutes. Then once the micro darts were dissolved, the patches were just there. They weren’t uncomfortable.

As this was my first test of the Depology Deepcare Serum Infused Micro Dart Patches I did only wear them for the recommended two hours and not over night. I wanted to get the feel of them before I tried to sleep in them. To be honest, i think they will be easy to sleep in. I will just have to apply them early enough for the darts to dissolve and I think they will be comfortable enough to sleep in. I will of course try them over night during this trial.

after the two hours I peeled them off. The patches came off easily without tugging at the skin. The serum had dissolved into the skin so there was nothing left remaining on top. The Depology Deepcare Serum Infused Micro Dart Patches will take about six weeks to show results so today was more about a first wear and how they felt than results, but I enjoyed wearing these patches and am looking forward to seeing what results occur after six weeks of consistent wear,

Using the Final Depology Derma Face Sculpting Mask

Recently Depology sent over a box of products for me to try out for the purpose of review. Among them were the Depology Derma Face Sculpting Masks. These are masks designed specifically for your lower jaw line. According to the product page…

The Dēpology Sculpting Mask is infused with essential ingredients to tone and firm your chin, jowl and jawline. Designed with a soft yet firm textured cloth, this mask can be worn whilst getting ready in the morning.

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And so I have been wearing them every other day, which is the recommended use. And this is the last mask in the pack so I thought it would be the perfect time to go over the experience.

First there is the mask itself. It is as the description suggests, a soft, yet firm textured cloth. It comes with a backing on it and when the backing is peeled off, the cloth has a very sticky side. While you do have to watch out for the mask sticking to itself, it is easy to peel off skin and hair. So if you happen to get little bits of hair caught in the mask, it isn’t going to rip the hair out or leave sticky goo in your hair.

the mask

This is actually important because you are using this in the morning before work and you don’t want to be trying to get something out out your hair, and because to wear the mask it does need to be looped over the ears where it will almost always come in contact with hair.

while the mask will stick to itself, it is easy to pull apart. And the stickiness keeps it in place on the skin. This is a mask for you lower jaw and it would be pointless if the mask didn’t stick to your lower jaw. any sagging and the mask is not touching the skin and therefore useless.

There was no sagging. I wore the mask for thirty minutes each use and had no issues with it sagging. It fit snuggly, yet comfortably and stayed exactly where I put it. I’ll admit, the first few time I wore the mask I did feel a little silly, but I got over it with each use.

the mask on

there is no scent to this mask at all. So if you are sensitive to scent you are all good. The full ingredients list is fairly short.

Full Ingredients: Water, Algae (Seaweed) Extract, Glycerin, Anthocyanins, Sodium Polyacrylate, Tocopherol (Vitamin E).

The water is in the mix because the mask is hydrating your skin so the moisture has to come from somewhere. It is better to come from the product than your skin. Seaweed also helps to hydrate the skin and can also help remove dead skin cells so your skin looks brighter. Glycerin is also a humectant, which means it draws moisture from the air and into the skin so it too is there for hydration. Anthocyanins are generally thought to be antioxidant and anti inflammatory. Sodium Polyacrylate is a synthetic polymer that helps stabilize everything and Tocopherol (Vitamin E) is a fat soluble anti oxidant that can help protect the skin from free radicals.

And that is the sum total of the ingredients. It is a combination of things that is designed to help hydrate and protect the skin. The band itself gives you some lifting time and I think over time would show some pretty decent results, a but like remembering to use your Gua Sha each day and seeing results from the consistent lifting.

before trial left, post trial right

In the pictures you can see my face before I started the mask and when I took the last mask off. I’ll grant you there is not a lot of difference, but there are some small changes. I did use the masks for a relatively short time. While there are some small changes, I expect that if I were to continue using these Depology Derma Face Sculpting Masks for an extended period of time, like a month or more, the effects would become much more noticeable. Like all skin care it requires repeated and consistent use.

So the end result of this trial is to ask if i would be willing to try more of these masks, using them more often. The answer is yes. I know there is nothing harmful in them, I rather enjoyed using them actually once I got used to them and I have seen some small changes in my skin and jawline since using them. I think these Depology Derma Face Sculpting Masks are well worth giving a try.

A different kind of sheet mask from Depology

Depology recently sent over a package of skincare items for me to try out and review for you, including the Depology Derma Face Sculpting Mask. As always even though these items were gifted to me, my opinions are my own. I know many of you are thinking, oh another sheet mask. However the Depology Derma Face Sculpting Mask is a little bit different. For one thing, It doesn’t go over your entire face, it goes under your chin.

According to the Depology Website

The Dēpology Sculpting Mask is infused with essential ingredients to tone and firm your chin, jowl and jawline. Designed with a soft yet firm textured cloth, this mask can be worn whilst getting ready in the morning. This mask hydrates while visibly lifting and firming your skin. See a tighter jawline, jowl and chin from the first use.​ For an extra glow, we recommend using our chin sculpting masks in combination with our popular hydrogel under eye patches.

Full Ingredient’s List: Water, Algae (Seaweed) Extract, Glycerin, Anthocyanins, Sodium Polyacrylate, Tocopherol (Vitamin E).

Also on their website is a very handy (and detailed) article about why the skin of the jaw sags and why jowls can appear as we age as well as other issues to consider in thinking about your skincare elements. I always find their articles quite informative actually.

Depology very kindly sent over enough masks for a two week trial (use one every other day) so I can try them for longer to see how they perform, but this is a first use post. As I said this mask is a little bit different. It goes under the chin. I’ll admit I was worried that gravity would exert itself upon the mask and as I wore the mask it would grow looser until by the time the 20-30 minute wear time recommended was over, it would no longer be touching my chin. So I took it out of the package with some skepticism.

first applied

The Depology Derma Face Sculpting Mask is folded in half and the package recommends being careful when taking it out. I expected extra serum, but there isn’t any, the outer layer feels dry and soft. Thee is a waxed paper backing on the cloth mask. The careful when removing line applies to the fact that the mask is quite sticky. I unfolded it from the pouch and peeled the backing off. The mask does want to stick you itself, so just don’t let it fold back over.

it covers pretty far back (sorry there was no way to take the pic without looking up my nose.

To apply I smoothed it over my chin and the sides of my jaw. I then had to stretch it to go over my ears. I was worried that because it was so sticky it would pull at my hair (which it didn’t do at all). However once applied there was no fear that it would slide anywhere. The mask stayed exactly where it was placed. I set the timer for thirty minutes and then went about my morning. I had a very full inbox to plow through and it was very easy to forget completely that i was wearing the mask at all. It didn’t shift, it didn’t sage, it didn’t sting and there was no scent detectable with the mask at all.

It did feel a little cool against the skin so it was clear that it was doing something, but there was no mess or comfortability when wearing the mask. It was quite honestly easy to spend thirty minutes wearing the mask with no problems.

removal was simple and easy

At the end of the thirty minutes I returned to the bathroom to remove the Depology Derma Face Sculpting Mask. The mask itself hadn’t changed. It covered my jaw and neck just as it has when I applied it. I was actually pleased with how far back on my lower jaw it covered. It reached all the way back to my neck. I thought this might be the one uncomfortable part, but the soft material contoured to the skin so there was no discomfort no matter how I moved my head during the thirty minutes.

I was worried though about the sticky factor. Would the stickiness that kept the mask in place over the thirty minutes prove difficult to remove? Would it be painful to peel off or leave a sticky residue behind? No in all cases. The mask peeled off easily with no residue left on my hair or skin. There was no pulling and nothing left behind.

Before the lask on the left, post mask on the right. While not a huge difference after one use, there is a slight one and to the touch I can feel the difference. It is a promising start to the trial

The description of the mask claims that there will be results after just one use. In appearance, there isn’t much difference between my before and after from the first use. Which is fine, this is skincare, not magic. However the feel of my skin is nice. The skin feels nice and hydrated and well cared for. I am very guilty of ignoring this part of my face when applying my skin care. I apply products on the face and then I will apply them on the neck and upper chest, but often I will skip under my jaw. Having a product concentrate on that section of my face is not a bad thing. While any changes after a single use are visibly small, the feel of the skin is noticeably improved to the touch. I will certainly enjoy spending the next two weeks trying out these Depology Derma Face Sculpting Masks and look forward to seeing the change that two weeks of use makes.

First use of the Depology Matrixyl 3000 Collagen Boosting Serum

Depology recently sent a box of products to me to try out for the purpose of review including Depology’s Matrixyl Collagen Boosting Serum. while these were gifted to me, as always my opinion is my own. As Depology is a brand that focuses on anti aging skincare I am thrilled to be able to test out some of their products. They are a Korean Skincare brand and according to their mission statement…

Years of experience in the fast-paced Korean beauty industry has made us highly ambitious to be as innovative as possible and continuously discover new ways to contribute to the ever-evolving world of beauty and skincare. Our hope is that we can help people feel comfortable and confident in their skin using effective and non-invasive skincare solutions.

I am all for non-invasive treatments. And since I just finished the serum I was trying, it seemed like the perfect time to roll in the serum they sent me to begin it’s trial. *I’ll be adding in some of the other products as we go on so that I can not only try out the products, but get a feel for the brand itself as these are the first items I have tried from them.

While this is a first use post, it is mostly to record my first impressions and a little bit about the brand. The biggest benefit to the first use posts, especially with things like an anti-aging serum, is that I can put up the photos of my skin before I start testing the product. I find it much easier to not lose the before pictures if they are posted with the first use. I also know that no matter where I save them by the time the month long trial has gone through I will have forgotten where I actually put the photos if I don’t.

So let’s first look at what I should be expecting from the Matrixyl 3000 Collagen Boosting serum, shall we?

A supercharged serum formulated to hydrate the skin, counter the visible signs of aging and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Apply after cleansing and toning the skin every morning and night. Optimal to use before the application of micro-dart patches, to boost effects of the patches.​

Depology’s Matrixyl Collagen Boosting Serum

Now Depology did send over some of the Mirco Dart Patches which I am very much looking forward to trying, but I want to get a feel for the serum on it’s own before I start having it work in conjunction with something else. That way I know what item did what and if they have some sort of Wonder Twins Activate kind of powers.

my bare skin before the start of this trial

As you can see from the photo, the serum is clear. It is slightly thicker than water. It has a certain viscosity to it when dispensed from the dropper. I worried that the viscosity might cause it to be a little sticky. When applied there is a slight stickiness, but as soon as it dries down and is absorbed the stickiness is gone and the skin just feels smooth.

The absorption takes about thirty seconds. So it is really quick. Which I appreciate especially in the morning. This is a twice a day serum, and while I don’t mind taking more time in the evenings, the mornings can get pretty rushed. So no delays to wait while serum absorbs is a good thing.

the lines at the side of my eyes

There is no scent to the serum. I don’t know why I expected there to be, but there isn’t. Which means it doesn’t compete with any of the other products in the skincare line up. Many of which do have scents at this time. In general I don’t mind scent in my skin care, but I prefer to keep them light. Having no scent is actually a bonus sometimes.

the line on my forehead that helps me measure efficacy

So as I move forward with this serum the things I will be looking out for are a reduction of the fine lines and wrinkles. As you can see, there are many on which this serum can work. I will also look at an over all reduction of the signs of aging. For me that means better skin tone, plumper firmer skin and that sort of thing. some of that may show on the photos. I am guessing that a lot of it is going to be something that is more noticeable by touch but there could be some in the photos, which is why I have taken both over all pictures as well as close ups.

The products themselves look really interesting and I can hardly wait to give them a try. While thee is the newness aspect of course, I am really hoping that they show some effect. I always root for any kind of skincare to be effective actually. I hate to see them fail. And this serum has a pretty good ingredients list to get it started.

Water, Butylene Glycol, Matrixyl 3000, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Glycerin, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Hyaluronic Acid, Codium Tomentosum Extract, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Seed Extract, Cereus Grandiflorus (Cactus) Extract, Polyglyceryl-6 Caprylate, Trehalose, Hydroxyacetophenone, 1 ,2-Hexanediol, Coconut Oil, Rosehip Seed Oil, Sunflower Seed Oil, Allantoin, Stearic Acid, Xanthan Gum. 

Matrixyl 3000 is a considered a “synthetic peptide.” that basically tells the skin to start replacing collagen that is lost. For a more detailed and scientific version this article from MiamiMD can break down all of the details for you in a much more concise way. I just know it is used in some anti-aging skincare items. I came across it with Timeless Skincare a while back and my skin really responded well to it. Thee are some other favorites for me in the ingredient list as well. Aloe is always my friend and you know I love hyaluronic acid. Grapefruit seen extract tends to help brighten the skin and fade age spots so I am pleased to see it here.

I can’t say that I’ve ever had cactus extract in my skincare so i will have to take a deeper look into that as well as see how it works with my skin. Most of what I have found about cactus extract involves preventing hair loss and reducing sebum. I’m guessing it is for it’s sebum reduction properties it is used here. But I suppose if I start sporting a full beard we will know why. I am also pleased to see coconut oil, rosehip oil and sunflower seed oil, all of which my skin has responded to positively in the past.

Over all it is is an ingredients list i can get behind and I can’t wait to see what a month of solid use of Depology’s Matrixyl Collagen Boosting Serum looks like. And once I get a feel for it on my skin, I will start to incorporate the micro dart patches to see how the products work together. So stay tuned and let the testing of the Depology’s Matrixyl Collagen Boosting Serum begin.