Biophotonic? At first I thought the term “biophotonic” was just another gimmick to sell a product. Until I did a quick check of the term on the internet, that is. The search revealed a slew of articles, and yes, this is a science that denotes a combination of biology
. Photonics being the science and technology of generation, manipulation, and detection of photons
units of light
. This is better explained on BRAD Skincare’s website
so I’ll leave this to readers to explore.
BRAD Biophotonic Ultra Elastin Lift
(1.7oz/$210 in the shop
) lists among its benefits: minimizes deep wrinkles, increases skin’s firmness, restores elasticity and hydration, evens skin tone and restores clarity. Although ambitious goals, this product is made up of a combination of potent anti-agers; including hyaluronic acid, Argireline, Matrixyl 3000, and Snap-8 (octapeptide). This company also takes its packaging seriously. What appeared to be a somewhat plain brown bottle with a dropper to deliver the product is actually a special Miron Violet glass, which protects the active ingredients by filtering out damaging light, while allowing the penetration of stimulating violet rays.
This is a very light, thin and fragrance free serum that immediately absorbs into the skin leaving no residue or stickiness. To test, I began by applying the product to only half my face and neck without applying anything to the other side. I was a bit surprised on the first night I applied it to see that my skin had turned a brighter pink on the treated side after about 10 minutes. There was no irritation or burning and the pinkness subsided about 15 minutes later. I had this same reaction each time I applied the product for about a week (although it was obviously harmless).
While I thought nothing much was going on the first 10 days, I actually did begin to see results by the end of the second week with a noticeably more even skin tone and an increase in the firmness of the skin, especially underneath the eyes and at the corners. Although, upon application, the serum doesn’t seem hydrating, the treated side actually was well hydrated. Since I was beginning to see changes I began using the product on my entire face and neck after two and a half weeks. Now that it’s been four weeks the improvements I see are better overall skin tone and increased facial skin firmness (especially under the eyes), and lessening of fine lines at eye corners.
I did not notice any improvement in the neck area, nor did I see any areas that appeared to be “lifted” as the name implies. That being said, I do think that this product has lived up to the benefits that it stated. With the science behind this and actual results delivered, it does pique my curiosity as to how the rest of the product line would work when used together, but the price (which is the only negative I could find) would put this product out of the reach of many.
Ingredients: Biophotonic Purified Water, Organic Barbadensis Leaf Juice (Aloe), Organic Helianthus Annus (Sunflower Oil), Glyceryl Stearate, Kosher Vegetable Glycerin, Octyl Palmitate, Glycolic Acid, Organic Cocos Nuciffera (Coconut Oil), Squalane, Lactic Acid, Isopropyl Palmitate (Palm Oil), Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Methylsulfonylmethane (Msm), Theobroma Cocao (Cocoa Butter), Cetyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Glucosid, Stearyl Alcohol, Sodium Hydroxide, Potassium Stearate, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber Distillate), Hyaluronic Acid, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C), Organic Beeswax, Organic Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba Oil), Ubiquinone (Coenzyme Q10), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E Acetate), Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin APalmitate), Phytic Acid, Phospholipids, Dipeptide Diaminobutyroyl Benzylamide Diacetate, Vitis Vinifera (Grapeseed Oil), Organic Mahonia Aquifolium (Oregon Grape), Organic Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea), Camellia Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avacado Oil), Organic Euphrasia Officinalis (Eyebright), Helichrysum Gymnocephalum (Helichrysum Essential Oil), Organic Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice), Cymbopogon Schoenanthus (Lemongrass), Butylene Glycol, Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C Palmitate), Acetyl Hexapeptide-3, Calophyllum Tacamahaca (Tamanu Oil), Organic Borago Officinalis (Borage Oil), Organic Linum Isitatissimum (Flax Seed Oil), Organic Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose Oil), Organic Rosa Canina, (Rose Hip Oil), Panthenol (Vitamin B5), Allantoin, Organic Arnica Montana (Arnica), Organic Lavendula Angustifolia (Lavender), Organic Calendula Officinalis (Calendula), Organic Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile), Grapeseed Oil, Macadamia Integrifolia (Macadamia Nut Oil), Sodium Carbomer, Sclerotium Gum, Benzyl Alcohol, Potassium Sorbate, Tocopheryl (Antioxidant), Lecithin, Pyrus Malus (Apple), Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon), Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane), Xanthan Gum, Phenoxyethanol, Ethyl Hexyl Glycerin