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Bello Moi Multi Peptide Complex Review

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Dull Skin, Fine Lines, Hyperpigmentation, Sagging Skin, Wrinkles
bello moi multi peptide complex
August 8, 2014 Reviewed by TIA Community Member 2 Comments
TRU Rating
Anti-aging ingredients are in ineffective amounts, resulting in disappointing performance

Pros

Does not feel drying around the eyes

Cons

Fails to deliver dramatic results

by Stephanie

I was very happy to be afforded the opportunity to test Bello Moi Multi Peptide Complex ($136). I love modern peptides, and I love natural formulations full of vitamins. This product has all of these things.

Unfortunately, my sample was teeny tiny, so I had to choose a small section of my face to test it on to make it last the course. I chose my ever-troublesome under-eye area and crow’s feet, where I managed to make it stretch to three and a half weeks using it morning and night as instructed. So please bear that in mind I cannot comment on any overall lifting properties -- just the local effects on this area.

My first impression of the product was one of slight surprise. Its ingredients list is quite complex yet the product itself looks, feels and smells fresh, like a thick, clear, peachy-colored aloe vera gel. Turns out there may be a good reason for this, which I will explain shortly.

It applies very nicely to the skin, soaking in well and leaving a satisfying, lightly moisturized feeling. Many serums can feel drying around the eyes, but Bello Moi Multi Peptide Complex does not at all. I actually looked forward to applying it each day. I also found it non-irritating. I had no reactions with this sensitive area.

Looking at the ingredients list, I can see that the primary peptides are the pair which together constitute Matrixyl 3000: Palmitoyl Oligopeptide and Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7. Matrixyl 3000 appears to have some credibility when used at a minimum concentration of 3%, or preferably 5 to 8%. I could find no information about what percentage the Bello Moi Multi Peptide Complex contains.

Then, the clanger. I took a closer look at the ingredients list to remind myself of all the other peptides and vitamins that had attracted me to the product. And there they were, but all of them came after sodium hyaluronate. This means that they must be there only in trace amounts, below 1%.

How do I know this? Sodium hyaluronate is a wonderful thickener and moisturizer that’s used at a maximum concentration of 1%. Any more than this and a serum begins to solidify. So, it’s a huge clue when analyzing formulae. Every ingredient listed after it must be there in only token, ineffective amounts below 1%.

For the Acetyl Hexapeptide-3 (Argireline), that’s a good thing in my view. This is a nerve inhibitor designed to limit muscle contraction — something that I definitely do not want all over my face and the maddest of all formulation trends in recent years, in my humble opinion. I’m quite happy for it to be there at an ineffective concentration!

But the others? All that lovely vitamin C, copper, niacinamide, apple extract, CoQ10, gotu kola… really? It appears that these are included only for show — to be able to make a label claim and pitch the product. Of course, these wonderful ingredients will do no harm and, as a complex, might do a little good. But still, it’s misleading to claim in advertising that these ingredients have UV protection, cell regeneration, circulation, firmness and elasticity properties, then fail to include them in amounts that will achieve any of these effects.

This really, really turned me off. It also explains why the product looks and smells mostly like a thick aloe vera gel; it probably is. It also brings its hefty price tag sharply into question. Yet, I’m still oddly torn. It feels nice on the skin. Perhaps it has enough Matrixyl 3000 in it to be effective long-term…but who knows? 

In terms of my own results, I’m not certain whether I noticed anything. Perhaps it helped my under-eye wrinkles a little. I have used Matrixyl 3000 before, so it may be hard to clearly observe results on me from this. I think yes, it did do a little bit of good, but nothing dramatic in the short time I used it.

In conclusion, I think this might be a really great Matrixyl 3000 gel, conferring the benefits of that active in a fairly natural, non-irritating, pleasant-feeling gel base. It has the bonus of tiny amounts of lots of really great ingredients, which probably won’t do much good but might do a little. The price tag and advertising, though, need review.

  • August 10, 2014

    by Stephanie W.

    The only thing I agree about this review is we both have a great name! People are increasingly looking for products that contain natural ingredients that aren't toxic and won't harm or irritate skin. I think this list of ingredients is very close to it. Sodium hyaluronate is smaller than hyaluronic acid and is able to move more freely into the deeper layers of the skin. This is an advantage since sodium hyaluronate is a powerful humectant that attracts and holds on to water, making it the ultimate skin moisturizer. Copper peptide must be used at VERY low concentrations to have beneficial activity (too much may lead to protein breakdown). Too much copper even as copper peptide is not good for your skin, but at a low dose it is extremely beneficial for skincare. Matrixyl 3000 trials decreased the crow’s feet wrinkles by 33% after applying a cream for two months, so a trial of only 25 days is not long enough. Marta makes a good point that stronger is not always better and a lot of companies don't list the ingredients in a descending order.

  • August 8, 2014

    by Marta

    Thank you for your review Stephanie. I want to make a couple of observations about the concentrations used. Firstly, the manufacturer of Matrixyl 3000 conducted their clinical trials with 4% and that is their recommended dose. There is no evidence that 5-8% is better. In fact, only the other day I was chatting to a chemist about Matrixyl 3000 and she believed it was effective at lower than 4%. While it is true that sodium hyaluronate is positively gloopy at more than 1%, there are solvents in this formula such as butylene glycol that may mitigate this so I would cautious about drawing conclusions about the amounts of the ingredients in the formula. I'm not trying to defend this serum and I haven't tried it, but do want to make a couple of general points - more isn't always more and formulating has complexities that aren't obvious from the label. Another thing that makes our sleuthing hard to do is that we hope that ingredients are listed in descending order, they aren't always and there's no real policing.

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