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BRAD Biophotonic Essential Elixir Multi-Peptide

by BRAD Biophotonic Skincare

BRAD Biophotonic Essential Elixir Multi-Peptide

BRAD Biophotonic Essential Elixir Multi-Peptide

BEST OF 2013: ANTI-AGING PRODUCT UNDER $100

Size: 1.7 oz (50 ml)

BRAD Biophotonic Essential Elixir Multi-Peptide is a light serum rich in amino acids that nourishes skin and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. This serum is a Truth In Aging 2013 Five Best with Peptides.

BRAD Biophotonic Skincare has been featured in:
• Vogue • Allure

Directions: Use in the am or pm. After cleansing, smooth over face and neck.

TIA Review by Marta:
This is an update of my original review because since then I have come to love this peptide serum more and more. I would rate BRAD Multi-peptide amongst the best products I have found. After a short break, I found myself missing its effects on my skin. It has now become my go-to night serum. Upon waking, my skin looks refreshed and feels so soft. It can get addictive.

This is a light serum with a strong smell of witch hazel, a very good antioxidant that is one of the dominant ingredients after a base of organic herbal infusions. There's also hyaluronic acid, but Essential Elixir is really about amino acids. There are more than a dozen at my count. And what is a peptide, but a chain of amino acids.

Amino acids are the proverbial building blocks of the body, accounting for the smallest molecular components of proteins. Because proteins are involved in every major process in the body, amino acids are essential to health. Of the 20 amino acids found within proteins, ten are manufactured by the body (alanine, asparagine, aspartic acid, cysteine, glutamic acid, glutamine, glycine, proline, serine, and tyrosine). The rest must be obtained from the diet and are thus called essential amino acids (arginine, histidine, isoleucine, lueine, lysine, methionine, phenylanine, theonine, tryptophan, and valine). Just to take one example from the essentials, arginine: it plays a pivotal role in cell division and the healing of wounds.

BRAD's Essential Elixir promises to "restructure, purify, nourish, and re-energize". After a slowish start (not much to report in the first couple of weeks), it began to suggest it might live up to that. But when it really kicked in (after four weeks), the results were tremendous. My skin looked like it had been on vacation - and it continues to be re-engergized. It is smoother and clearer and just healthy looking. It is even doing a good job on my neck. This is an excellent product, with nothing to dislike but a touch of phenoxyethanol.

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I was first drawn to BRAD Biophotonic by the chic opaque glass packaging. Then I discovered that this was no mere bottle but a breakthrough is cosmetic packaging that makes the airless pump look frumpy.  They are made from Miron glass, which blocks the spectrum of visible light, allowing only violet... Read Full Article

Your Take...

  • 5 stars 4 out of 5

    This is a great serum for my mature, dry skin. It applies so easily because it is a light, watery type gel. I apply this first and then the Brad Ultra Sculpting Firming Cream on top.

    I've used the serum for about 3 months. Although I have not seen a significant, noticeable reduction in wrinkles, overall my skin looks younger, feels stronger. Not sure how to describe it, but my facial skin looks and feels like it has more density and support. Definite improvement in elasticity. My skin feels and looks nourished and healthy.

    I didn't have the same success when using it under my eyes. So, for me, this works best for my face.

  • 5 stars 5 out of 5

    I love this watery light serum. I bought it after reading multiple rave mentions from Marta and had high hopes but nothing happened for ages after starting to use it. After a few weeks, the results kicked in. My skin is definitely smoother, clearer and plumped out with a subtle glow, all of which definitely make me look younger. I liked it so much that part of the way through the bottle, I ordered a second because this is a definite keeper. I do like the dark glass packaging very much - it looks stylish and I'm sure it keeps the product fresh.

  • 5 stars 5 out of 5

    This is the best new addition to my skincare routine. I don't have too many wrinkles yet -mostly fine lines so I never know quite what I am supposed to be buying. I am 49 and of Irish/Puerto Rican descent. I am very fair but I think the PR genes have prevailed since I have so few wrinkles at this point. I also suffer from breakout from new products so finding ones that do what they say and not cause large cystic breakouts is the first step to wonderful. The second is the lovely glow and plumpness my skin now has. I have never experienced a serum that feels so luxurious. I use a few serums but this is my favorite. I am on my second bottle and have just ordered the Brad Elastin Firming cream. This will be a forever staple in my cupboard. Thanks to TIA for carrying such a lovely product.

  • 5 stars 4 out of 5

    Essential Elixir Multi-Peptide gives my face a more refreshed look in the mornings. I only use it at night and in the beginning I only noticed a more smoother, softer feel then after about a month I noticed the more refreshed appearance even on nights when I don't get enough sleep. I am nearing the end of of my bottle but it's lasted over 2 months so not a bad price point for all the antioxidants and amino acids.

  • 5 stars 5 out of 5

    I use BRAD Essential Elixir Multi-Peptide at night after cleansing. In the morning my skin is fresh and awake, soft and smooth. I definitly have noticed an over-all improvement in skin tone and, even more exciting, in elasticity. Since using this product, my skin is firmer and tighter which equates to younger in my eyes! Can't wait to try this brand's Ultra Elastin Lift!!

  • 5 stars 5 out of 5

    A new pot of anything is usually an inspiration to keep up your routines, but results are even better. I decided to try this due to Marta's glowing review and I'm very happy with results. The serum goes on smoothly so you don't need much per application and sinks in fast to a matte finish that doesn't fight with moisturizer or makeup. My skin has never felt smoother and it really does have an overall brightness and freshness that I love. I fear I may be addicted.

  • 5 stars 5 out of 5

    Hi Marta - does this serum contain enough antioxidants to make it suitable for use with an LED device? Thanks - Peta

  • 5 stars 5 out of 5

    This serum is one of the best I've ever tried so far. It almost has no scent, penetrates into skin very fast leaving no greasy or sticky finishing at all! It instantly calms down any redness I have and refreshes and evens out skin tone. I've been using it for less than a month by now but already happy I've discovered it thanks to TIA. Will definitely be buying it again and again.

  • 5 stars 5 out of 5

    I am so pleased that I decided to give Multi-peptide a try. It has really helped areas of rough, red and sun damaged skin. My skin feels so soft and it just looks younger and healthier. This one is a keeper

  • Decisions Decisions! Thanks for getting back to me Marta - Holly

  • 5 stars 5 out of 5

    Hi Holly

    First, I am still using my bottle of this BRAD product and it seems to be going strong (a bit hard to see as the bottle is opaque). My guess is there is about 3 months worth in total.

    Everyone is different. For my skin, KI is the best thing I have used for overall wrinkles, pore closing, complexion/tone. I think that this BRAD product will be better at refreshing skin tone and that AQ is better at wrinkle repair. So it depends what your priority is.

    Hope that helps
    Marta

  • Hi Marta - this product sounds interesting??? How would you rate it compared to the AQ serum and the E'shee KI Therapy? I've almost finished my bottle of the latter but have to be honest and admit I can't afford to make it a regular purchase :(. I was thinking of going back to the AQ serum but thought this might be worth a try - but am just wondering how long you would estimate a bottle would last?

    Hope you had a joyous Christmas! Holly

    PS I tried the Josh Rosebrook shampoo this morning and loved it! Thanks for listing it in the shop!

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  • January 10, 2013

    by Kelly

    I have been desperately searching for a Holy Grail cleanser for years. I have a closet and drawer full of cleansers I have tried for a short time and gave up on for so many reasons. I rotate them but like none of them. I would love to try this... seeing that I've tried everything else it seems. I need help!

  • January 10, 2013

    by Kim

    I truly need a good product like Brad's glycolic cleanser. I never feel as if my face if totally clean. Thanks!

  • January 9, 2013

    by Amber Bain

    Hello Marta! I would be delighted to try and review the new cleanser. I've used a glycolic cleanser religiously for over 10 years now and I have loved it and have recommended it to many friends throughout the years. However, after becoming an avid reader of your site I took a look at the ingredient list and was appalled to find not only several different types of parabens listed ut other ingredients that I want to avoid. Needless to say, I am anxious to find a replacement as I absolutely love anything with glycolics. My skin loves it too!

  • January 9, 2013

    by Jewel

    I would love to try the cleanser. It's been a challenge to find something to revitalize my dull skin.

  • January 9, 2013

    by Amy Scott

    I would love to try the cleanser. I am hoping to find an alternative to Tracie Martyn cleanser. I love it, but the cost is prohibitive. I have oily, acne prone skin and so a glycolic cleanser would be perfect.

Biophotonic Organic Herbal Infusion, Organic Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (Aloe Vera), Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel), Hyaluronic Acid, Silk Amino Acid Blend (Sodium L-Pyrrolidone Carboxylate, Sodium Lactate, L’arginine, L-Aspartic Acid, L-Pyrrolidonecaboxylic Acid, Glycine, L-Alanine, L-Serine, L-Valine, L-Proline, L-Threonine, L-Isoleucine, L-Histidine, L-Phenylalanine), Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, (2s)-2-Amino-5-Guanidinopentanoic Acid, Organic Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba Oil), Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Ethylhexyl Glycerin, Phenoxyethanol.

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