I’ll be honest, I’m a fiend for Credo’s clean beauty selection. I describe it as an all-clean version of Sephora or Ulta, where all the products have been vetted to not include hormone-disrupting ingredients, asbestos, PFAS, and more problematic ingredients — and with that peace of mind, it’s even more exciting to come across skincare that actually works. Take Maya Chia’s newest release, the Advanced Response Complex: Shoppers call it the “best anti-aging, youth-restoring, wrinkle-reversing, skin-plumping cream ever.”
I’ve written about a lot of anti-aging products in my day, but the Advanced Response Complex has some of the most enthusiastic reviews I’ve ever seen — and I can confirm that after using it for the past couple of weeks, I’ve seen my own faint lines start to soften. I’m in my late 20s, though, so not necessarily the target market, which is why the emphatic raves from people in their 40s and 50s carry all the more weight.
“Unbelievable results, almost instantaneously,” wrote one such fan who had to do a literal double take 30 minutes after applying the cream. “The fine lines diminished markedly, and that was after only one use. The results have only improved from there.” Another shopper in the same age range confirmed they saw clearer, more radiant, less-lined skin after a couple days of using the formula, and one more in the 55+ age bracket said they’re “obsessed with this cream and its incredible results.”
At work in the sleek gold and black jar is a many-headed approach to anti-aging. Babassu oil, shea butter, chia seed oil, jojoba oil, hyaluronic acid, and glycerin create a deeply hydrating base, while three peptides strengthen collagen production to firm skin. Chebula, ubiquinone, astaxanthin, vitamin E, and green tea extract deliver a mammoth amount of antioxidants to take on sun damage, and amino acids plump skin and support cell function.
With all that packed in, it’s not exactly surprising that reviewers see such powerful results — or that the Advanced Recovery Complex goes in and out of stock on the brand’s website. There, the glowing testimonies continue: Users dub it a “lifesaver” for dry skin and others note “visibly firmer” skin with less hyperpigmentation within two weeks. The skin on another person’s neck became more taut, and a last person wrote that their wrinkles diminished “pretty dramatically.”