Reviewed by Ki

This bottle of clear serum, Perfect Rx Night Perfect ($65), promises a lot: Clinically proven more effective than retinoids and vitamin C, peptides can help reduce and smooth the look of wrinkles, help repair, smooth, brighten and thicken skin by stimulating collagen production up to 327% and hyaluronic acid production up to 267%.

Just the giant percentages got my hopes up, and I have not been disappointed. I focused on my neck, and the backs of my hands, where my 60-year-old skin is starting to show signs of true “old lady” look: the skin on my hands was thin, ropey/veiny-looking, and super sun damaged with spots, and the base of my neck had those crepey looking wrinkles that make one want to wear a turtleneck 24/7. I can report, after a month of use every night, that the backs of my hands are much plumper (even my husband had to admit this) and the brown spots are a bit faded (of course, we are in the GRAY RAIN Seattle time of year), and the base of my neck doesn’t have that shriveled look. When I asked my colleague and pal at work if she noticed any difference, she said she had never noticed my issue areas in the first place! So beauty really is in the eye of the beholder. But of course I am the one who notices every little thing as the years creep on….

This product is billed as a “night” serum, and I can feel why: it has a viscous feel, seems to sit on the surface of the skin, and probably wouldn’t do well as a base for any daytime makeup. One pump did my entire face and neck, with a bit more for the back of my hands. I did slip a dot on my hands now and again during the day, but it would get washed off quickly during day-to-day activities. Night is definitely the best time for this, and probably not on the nights you are planning (hoping?) to be kissed a lot, if you know what I mean. It is a bit sticky! My understanding is the price is very reasonable… so would I buy it? Yes, I would. But its efficacy also made me wonder if I could find these great ingredients in a formula that would be more “all the time” friendly, rather than just for night. Perfect Rx has a bunch of creams and serums… wondering if they all can do what Perfect Night did for my trouble spots. Bring ’em on!

Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Carbomer, Polysorbate 20, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7