{"id":604751003954,"title":"Depology Review: The Best Korean Beauty Brand?","created_at":"2023-02-12T18:24:04-05:00","body_html":"\u003cscript type=\"application\/ld+json\"\u003e\/\/ \u003c![CDATA[\n{\n \"@context\": \"https:\/\/schema.org\",\n \"@type\": \"Article\",\n \"headline\": \"Depology Review: The Best Korean Beauty Brand?\",\n \"keywords\": \"depology, depology review, depology reviews, depology matrixyl 3000, depology patches, depology skin care, depology matrixyl, depology eye patches, depology patches reviews, depology skincare\",\n \"description\": \"Our research team analyzes the ingredients in Depology Matrixyl 3000 serum and Depology eye patches based on medical studies to give our take on whether the products are likely to have an anti-aging effect or if they're a waste of money. We feature before-and-after videos from real customers.\",\n \"url\": \"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/blogs\/health\/depology-review\",\n\"author\": {\n \"@type\": \"Person\",\n \"name\": \"Calloway Cook\",\n \"url\": \"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/pages\/calloway-cook\",\n \"sameAs\": \"https:\/\/www.linkedin.com\/in\/calloway-cook\/\",\n \"jobTitle\": \"President\",\n \"knowsAbout\": \"entrepreneurship, dietary supplements, herbal supplements, eCommerce, medical research\",\n \"alumniOf\": {\n \"@type\": \"EducationalOrganization\",\n \"name\": \"S.I. 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The company claims to have “years of experience in the fast-paced Korean beauty industry,” and their products are priced at a premium.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eBut is Depology skincare really better than your average drugstore skincare brand? Does it contain research-backed ingredients proven to have anti-aging effects? Are there any unhealthy additives in Depology products? And how do real users rate and describe the effects of Depology?\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eIn this article we’ll answer all of these questions and more as we analyze the ingredients in two of Depology’s most popular products based on medical research: Depology Matrixyl 3000 and Depology Deepcare+ patches.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe’ll also share real, unsponsored Depology customer reviews.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eDepology Matrixyl 3000 Review\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/Depology_Matrixyl_3000_Ingredients.png?v=1676243990\" alt=\"Depology Matrixyl 3000 ingredients\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\"\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eMatrixyl 3000 is a “collagen-boosting serum” and is Depology’s most popular product. Its ingredients are shown above.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eMatrixyl 3000\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e is unsurprisingly one of the main ingredients in this blend. It’s a trademarked peptide blend manufactured by a French skincare brand, and a 2005 \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/18492182\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eclinical trial\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e found that after 12 weeks of use, this ingredient reduced visible wrinkles by over 30%.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eHyaluronic acid\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e is one of the most well-studied anti-aging ingredients. A \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/pmc\/articles\/PMC8322246\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eclinical trial\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e published in the \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eDermatology and Therapy\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e journal found that this ingredient improved skin hydration, reduced wrinkles, and improved skin smoothness by 63%.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eCoconut oil\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e was shown to be more effective for improving skin quality than any other plant oil in a 2018 \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/pmc\/articles\/PMC5796020\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003emedical review\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e. The researchers found coconut oil to have anti-aging and anti-inflammatory effects when applied topically.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eAloe vera\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e is an effective natural skin hydrator as we documented in our \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/blogs\/health\/gotucream-review\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eGotucream reviews\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e article on another brand using this ingredient.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eClearly there are a number of effective ingredients in Depology, and the good news is that this formulation is entirely free of unhealthy additives like synthetic preservatives and fragrance ingredients that so many cosmetics brands include.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe believe that Depology Matrixyl 3000 is likely to improve skin quality, improve skin hydration and reduce the visible appearance of wrinkles.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eA YouTube creator named Leah Kirschinger reviewed Depology Matrixyl 3000 and included before-and-after images:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ciframe width=\"560\" height=\"315\" src=\"https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/embed\/-6cu3I24tCA\" title=\"YouTube video player\" frameborder=\"0\" allow=\"accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture; web-share\" allowfullscreen=\"\"\u003e\u003c\/iframe\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eDepology Eye Patches Review\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/Depology_Deepcare__Patches_Ingredients_Optimized.png?v=1676244035\" alt=\"Depology Deepcare+ eye patch ingredients\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\"\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eDepology’s eye patches are called Deepcare+, and their ingredients are shown above. The brand claims that this product can reduce puffiness under the eyes and reduce signs of aging.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eHyaluronic acid\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e, \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003eglycerin\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e and \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003epalmitoyl pentapeptide-4\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e (part of Matrixyl 3000) are all effective ingredients included in the previous product.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eSodium hyaluronate\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e is a sodium salt of hyaluronic acid. As we documented in our \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/blogs\/health\/drmtlgy-review\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eDRMTLGY reviews\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e article, sodium hyaluronate has a lower molecular weight which allows it to penetrate deeper into skin and it’s also clinically proven to reduce wrinkles.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eTripeptide-1\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e and \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003eacetyl hexapeptide-8\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e (this ingredient is spelled incorrectly on Depology’s ingredient list) are topical peptides, and a \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/pmc\/articles\/PMC6981886\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eclinical trial\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e published in the \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eInternational Journal of Molecular Sciences\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e found that topical peptides significantly reduce wrinkles.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eAdenosine\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e may have skin rejuvenating effects according to a 2022 \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/pmc\/articles\/PMC9804842\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003emedical review\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e, due to its ability to naturally stimulate collagen production.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eMadecassoside\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e is a phytochemical derived from gotu kola which is \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/30452312\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eclinically shown\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e to have anti-inflammatory and skin hydrating effects.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eLike the previous product we analyzed, Depology eye patches contain a wide range of research-backed ingredients and are entirely free of harmful additives. We consider this product highly likely to reduce visible signs of skin aging like wrinkles.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eA YouTube creator named Emma Rumble reviewed these patches and include a before-and-after video:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ciframe width=\"560\" height=\"315\" src=\"https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/embed\/ESC1d4qOPe4\" title=\"YouTube video player\" frameborder=\"0\" allow=\"accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture; web-share\" allowfullscreen=\"\"\u003e\u003c\/iframe\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eIs Depology Overpriced?\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/Depology_Eye_Patches_Price_Optimized.png?v=1676244065\" alt=\"Depology eye patches price\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\"\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe only real complaint that consumers may have about Depology is the price, since the formulations are very high-quality. Depology products are formulated like a luxury brand and priced like a luxury brand.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eMatrixyl 3000 is actually priced at a very reasonable rate in our opinion. It costs $40 (plus shipping) for 1 ounce, but since it’s a serum that should last a while. How long it lasts will depend on use but typically a skincare serum can last at least two months, which equals \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003eonly $20 per month for a highly effective anti-aging product.\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe eye patches are much more expensive. 16 pairs currently costs $116, which equals a cost of $7.25 per use. \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003eThis makes Depology eye patches more than 10x more expensive per-use than Depology’s anti-aging serum.\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eFor cost-conscious consumers, we would definitely recommend the serum over the eye patches. Both products contain effective ingredients and we haven’t come across any clinical studies suggesting the eye patches are more effective. Depology’s serum can be used under the eyes.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eCan Depology’s Eye Patches Be Replicated Cheaper?\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eA medical esthetician and beauty influencer named Cassandra Bankson has a YouTube video where she suggests you can hack your way to cheaper, equally effective eye patches:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ciframe width=\"560\" height=\"315\" src=\"https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/embed\/BrfzmuQWki4\" title=\"YouTube video player\" frameborder=\"0\" allow=\"accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture; web-share\" allowfullscreen=\"\"\u003e\u003c\/iframe\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cmeta charset=\"utf-8\"\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eOur Clean Anti-Aging Picks\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/Skincare_Products_Image_Optimized.png?v=1664754145\" alt=\"\"\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cmeta charset=\"utf-8\"\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThere are skincare products that contain ingredients shown in clinical trials to be effective for reducing wrinkles and improving skin quality generally.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ca rel=\"sponsored\" href=\"http:\/\/track.revoffers.com\/aff_c?offer_id=155\u0026amp;aff_id=7240\u0026amp;url_id=2077\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eAnnie Mak Vitamin C Serum\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e is our top skin cream pick because of its effective and clean formulation. It contains \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003ehyaluronic acid\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e which was described as a \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003e\"skin-rejuvenating biomedicine\"\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e in a \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/30287361\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003emedical review\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e due to its ability to reduce wrinkles and signs of facial aging.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eInterested consumers can check out Annie Mak Vitamin C Serum \u003ca rel=\"sponsored\" href=\"http:\/\/track.revoffers.com\/aff_c?offer_id=155\u0026amp;aff_id=7240\u0026amp;url_id=2077\"\u003eat this link\u003c\/a\u003e to the product page on the official brand's website.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cmeta charset=\"utf-8\"\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003ca rel=\"sponsored\" href=\"http:\/\/track.revoffers.com\/aff_c?offer_id=159\u0026amp;aff_id=7240\u0026amp;url_id=2174\"\u003eHydraglow\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan\u003e is our top moisturizer pick.\u003c\/span\u003e It features \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003ebakuchiol\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e as an active ingredient which was described in a 2014 \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/24471735\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eclinical trial\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e as \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003e\"clinically proven to have anti-aging effects.\"\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eInterested consumers can purchase Hydraglow at the secure checkout below:\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cstyle\u003e\u003c!--\n.katalys-iframe-container {\n position: relative;\n width: auto;\n height: 100%;\n max-height: 420px;\n overflow: hidden;\n }\n .katalys-iframe-container::after {\n display: inline-block;\n content: \"\";\n padding-bottom: 58.82%;\n }\n .katalys-iframe-container iframe {\n position: absolute;\n width: 100%;\n height: 100%;\n }\n @media (max-width: 660px) {\n .katalys-iframe-container {\n width: 300px;\n height: 600px;\n max-height: 600px;\n margin: 0 auto;\n }\n .katalys-iframe-container::after {\n padding-bottom: 0%;\n overflow: hidden;\n }\n }\n--\u003e\u003c\/style\u003e\n\u003cdiv class=\"katalys-iframe-container\" style=\"margin-bottom: 25px;\"\u003e\u003ciframe allow=\"payment\" src=\"https:\/\/1o.io\/checkouts\/ffccd0c3-b4bc-4d88-aea3-38e8de7f1296\/#placementId=depology-review\/placementId2=HydraGlow\/placementId3=inline\" style=\"margin: auto; border: none; width: 100%; height: 100%;\"\u003e\u003c\/iframe\u003e\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cmeta charset=\"utf-8\"\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan\u003eThe only oral supplement we recommend for skin quality improvement is \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca rel=\"sponsored\" href=\"https:\/\/bulletproof.fdf2.net\/c\/3271428\/1278011\/9221\"\u003e\u003cspan\u003eBulletproof Collagen Powder\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan\u003e.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan\u003eOral \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003ecollagen\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan\u003e supplementation was shown in a \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/30681787\/\"\u003e\u003cspan\u003emedical review\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan\u003e published in the \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cspan\u003eJournal of Drugs in Dermatology\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003cspan\u003e \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003eto improve visible signs of skin aging as well as improve skin elasticity and skin hydration\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan\u003e.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eInterested consumers can check out Bulletproof Collagen Powder \u003ca rel=\"sponsored\" href=\"https:\/\/bulletproof.fdf2.net\/c\/3271428\/1278011\/9221\"\u003eat this link\u003c\/a\u003e to the product page on the brand's official website.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eNone of the products recommended in this section contain additive ingredients that we consider questionable from a health perspective.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eConclusion\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eDepology is arguably the skincare brand with the best formulations of any brand we’ve reviewed to date on Illuminate Health. Both Depology products we analyzed (Matrixyl 3000 and Deepcare+ eye patches) contained a large number of effective ingredients and both were entirely free of questionable additives.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe find the brand’s anti-aging serum to be very affordable given how effective it is. For consumers looking for a discount on the expensive eye patches, we featured a video from a medical esthetician suggesting a hack to make them yourself cheaper.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe would recommend both of the Depology products reviewed in this article to consumers, and it’s not surprising that Korean skincare is becoming more popular if it tends to be as effectively-formulated as this brand.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e","blog_id":49281925193,"author":"Calloway Cook","user_id":26601750601,"published_at":"2023-02-12T18:31:48-05:00","updated_at":"2023-07-25T13:05:22-04:00","summary_html":"We analyze the ingredients in Depology Matrixyl 3000 serum and Depology eye patches based on medical studies to give our take on whether the products are likely to have an anti-aging effect or if they're a waste of money. We feature before-and-after videos from real customers.","template_suffix":"","handle":"depology-review","tags":"_related:anti-aging, _related:skincare"}

Depology Review: The Best Korean Beauty Brand?

Depology Review: The Best Korean Beauty Brand?


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Depology is a Korean beauty brand, and as Korean beauty has become more popular worldwide, the brand has increased in popularity. The company claims to have “years of experience in the fast-paced Korean beauty industry,” and their products are priced at a premium.

But is Depology skincare really better than your average drugstore skincare brand? Does it contain research-backed ingredients proven to have anti-aging effects? Are there any unhealthy additives in Depology products? And how do real users rate and describe the effects of Depology?

In this article we’ll answer all of these questions and more as we analyze the ingredients in two of Depology’s most popular products based on medical research: Depology Matrixyl 3000 and Depology Deepcare+ patches.

We’ll also share real, unsponsored Depology customer reviews.

Depology Matrixyl 3000 Review

Depology Matrixyl 3000 ingredients

Matrixyl 3000 is a “collagen-boosting serum” and is Depology’s most popular product. Its ingredients are shown above.

Matrixyl 3000 is unsurprisingly one of the main ingredients in this blend. It’s a trademarked peptide blend manufactured by a French skincare brand, and a 2005 clinical trial found that after 12 weeks of use, this ingredient reduced visible wrinkles by over 30%.

Hyaluronic acid is one of the most well-studied anti-aging ingredients. A clinical trial published in the Dermatology and Therapy journal found that this ingredient improved skin hydration, reduced wrinkles, and improved skin smoothness by 63%.

Coconut oil was shown to be more effective for improving skin quality than any other plant oil in a 2018 medical review. The researchers found coconut oil to have anti-aging and anti-inflammatory effects when applied topically.

Aloe vera is an effective natural skin hydrator as we documented in our Gotucream reviews article on another brand using this ingredient.

Clearly there are a number of effective ingredients in Depology, and the good news is that this formulation is entirely free of unhealthy additives like synthetic preservatives and fragrance ingredients that so many cosmetics brands include.

We believe that Depology Matrixyl 3000 is likely to improve skin quality, improve skin hydration and reduce the visible appearance of wrinkles.

A YouTube creator named Leah Kirschinger reviewed Depology Matrixyl 3000 and included before-and-after images:

Depology Eye Patches Review

Depology Deepcare+ eye patch ingredients

Depology’s eye patches are called Deepcare+, and their ingredients are shown above. The brand claims that this product can reduce puffiness under the eyes and reduce signs of aging.

Hyaluronic acid, glycerin and palmitoyl pentapeptide-4 (part of Matrixyl 3000) are all effective ingredients included in the previous product.

Sodium hyaluronate is a sodium salt of hyaluronic acid. As we documented in our DRMTLGY reviews article, sodium hyaluronate has a lower molecular weight which allows it to penetrate deeper into skin and it’s also clinically proven to reduce wrinkles.

Tripeptide-1 and acetyl hexapeptide-8 (this ingredient is spelled incorrectly on Depology’s ingredient list) are topical peptides, and a clinical trial published in the International Journal of Molecular Sciences found that topical peptides significantly reduce wrinkles.

Adenosine may have skin rejuvenating effects according to a 2022 medical review, due to its ability to naturally stimulate collagen production.

Madecassoside is a phytochemical derived from gotu kola which is clinically shown to have anti-inflammatory and skin hydrating effects.

Like the previous product we analyzed, Depology eye patches contain a wide range of research-backed ingredients and are entirely free of harmful additives. We consider this product highly likely to reduce visible signs of skin aging like wrinkles.

A YouTube creator named Emma Rumble reviewed these patches and include a before-and-after video:

Is Depology Overpriced?

Depology eye patches price

The only real complaint that consumers may have about Depology is the price, since the formulations are very high-quality. Depology products are formulated like a luxury brand and priced like a luxury brand.

Matrixyl 3000 is actually priced at a very reasonable rate in our opinion. It costs $40 (plus shipping) for 1 ounce, but since it’s a serum that should last a while. How long it lasts will depend on use but typically a skincare serum can last at least two months, which equals only $20 per month for a highly effective anti-aging product.

The eye patches are much more expensive. 16 pairs currently costs $116, which equals a cost of $7.25 per use. This makes Depology eye patches more than 10x more expensive per-use than Depology’s anti-aging serum.

For cost-conscious consumers, we would definitely recommend the serum over the eye patches. Both products contain effective ingredients and we haven’t come across any clinical studies suggesting the eye patches are more effective. Depology’s serum can be used under the eyes.

Can Depology’s Eye Patches Be Replicated Cheaper?

A medical esthetician and beauty influencer named Cassandra Bankson has a YouTube video where she suggests you can hack your way to cheaper, equally effective eye patches:

Our Clean Anti-Aging Picks

There are skincare products that contain ingredients shown in clinical trials to be effective for reducing wrinkles and improving skin quality generally.

Annie Mak Vitamin C Serum is our top skin cream pick because of its effective and clean formulation. It contains hyaluronic acid which was described as a "skin-rejuvenating biomedicine" in a medical review due to its ability to reduce wrinkles and signs of facial aging.

Interested consumers can check out Annie Mak Vitamin C Serum at this link to the product page on the official brand's website.

Hydraglow is our top moisturizer pick. It features bakuchiol as an active ingredient which was described in a 2014 clinical trial as "clinically proven to have anti-aging effects."

Interested consumers can purchase Hydraglow at the secure checkout below:

The only oral supplement we recommend for skin quality improvement is Bulletproof Collagen Powder.

Oral collagen supplementation was shown in a medical review published in the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology to improve visible signs of skin aging as well as improve skin elasticity and skin hydration.

Interested consumers can check out Bulletproof Collagen Powder at this link to the product page on the brand's official website.

None of the products recommended in this section contain additive ingredients that we consider questionable from a health perspective.

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Conclusion

Depology is arguably the skincare brand with the best formulations of any brand we’ve reviewed to date on Illuminate Health. Both Depology products we analyzed (Matrixyl 3000 and Deepcare+ eye patches) contained a large number of effective ingredients and both were entirely free of questionable additives.

We find the brand’s anti-aging serum to be very affordable given how effective it is. For consumers looking for a discount on the expensive eye patches, we featured a video from a medical esthetician suggesting a hack to make them yourself cheaper.

We would recommend both of the Depology products reviewed in this article to consumers, and it’s not surprising that Korean skincare is becoming more popular if it tends to be as effectively-formulated as this brand.