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BioEffect Serum- reader reviewed and rejected

April 19, 2012 Reviewed by TIA Community Member 4 Comments

Reviewed by Jeanne

To be honest, I thought I was going to love the BioEffect EGF Serum, mostly because I loved the company’s BioEffect Daytime Nourishing Cream. But the reality is: I didn’t notice much of a difference between my “regular” face (meaning lots of fine lines) and my post-BioEffect face. And for a product that’s on the expensive side (from $64 to $210), I wanted a bit more WOW.

Let’s start with the cons (pluses to follow): I expected a vast improvement in the fine line department – the product practically promises it. In fact, because of that promise I felt a bit insecure – like maybe I did something wrong. I’m a no-fuss makeup girl – very natural and very much about using only a few good products (which means I often need a personal assistant to explain how to use certain beauty products). Here’s where my insecurity came into play: The product, a light clear liquid, comes in a small bottle with a dropper. But what comes out seems minuscule – as in too small an amount to really do a number on all those lines. So, yes, I probably put more on than necessary. Or maybe less? It was a tad confusing with no real explanation of how much to use. And while I liked that I never felt greasy and that the serum is definitively smooth and silky in its consistency, I also wanted more bang for my buck… as in more radiance, less wrinkles and that healthy “glow” of feeling like I’d turned back time. The reality: Four weeks into my new serum routine, I didn’t see any noticeable changes.

Now for the pluses: I liked the way my skin seemed to inhale and take in the product. And I certainly was drawn in by the marketing. Go to the Bioeffect website, and you’ll learn that the key ingredient is Epidermal Growth Factor (EGF), a substance that occurs naturally to speed up the rate of cell turnover. The claim: Regular once or twice daily use gives visible dramatic improvements within weeks. It sounds like the Fountain of Youth.

And it gets more impressive: Apparently this serum took ten years to research, and two of the scientists for BioEffect won a Nobel Prize for their research – which is why I’m so hung up on that “visible dramatic improvements” bit.  Perhaps if the promise hadn’t sounded so much like a guarantee, I would have been happier.

The bottom line: There’s a lot of hype to the serum – sort of like the buzz around the Oscar-nominated Best Pictures – and then you go to the movies and say “Really?” because you had such high expectations and can’ t help but be slightly disappointed. All of which is my longwinded way of saying you can take this review with a grain of salt. My opinion is that this serum probably works best for those in their 30s and 40s than for those in their 50s and 60s.

(Editor’s note: Also read Marta’s review of the BioEffect EGF Serum)

Ingredients: Glycerine, Aqua, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tromethamine, Alcohol (less than 0.9%), Calcium Chloride, Sodium Chloride, Hordeum, Vulgare Seed Extract, EGF (Transgenic Barley SH-Oligopeptide -1)

  • August 31, 2012

    by Julie Kay

    Laura! Well, the easiest thing to do here would be for you to check out my What's Working for Me Now article ( which is pretty much the same to date. I love YBF Control; love it. I JUST finished my cannister of the old formulation of Correct (eye cream) and have the new formulation waiting to be used. I'm really excited to see if it "is all that." I've purchased and am using a couple new things: LiftLab's Lift & Fix serum and Alama's Rejuvenate toner. I'm using these primarily on my hands and arms, but a lot of left overs get applied to my lower face and neck, as well. I think over time the Lift & Fix might be a winner. I'm looking at Marta's new Ultra Renew Gel. Think I must give that a go... Good Luck to you! ~jk

  • August 31, 2012

    by Laura

    Hi Julie,

    What are your favorite poducts for boosting collagen and elasti? That's also the area I would like to concentrate (although mine does seem to respond to growth factors!)

    Thanks Julie!

  • August 30, 2012

    by Julie Kay

    I agree w you both; although I don't believe we're doing anything wrong. Different skin, different ages require different protocol. Take mine for instance. I moderately began using skincare in my 30s concentrating on collagen and elastin. After 30 years my skin responds readily (good and bad) to collagen inciting actives, but goes "meh" to growth factors. This is just my personal theory here, but it makes sense to me. ~jk

  • May 2, 2012

    by Ann

    Jeanne: I've tried the serum with no noticible result as well as several other products that have been recommended. I had the same feeling that I did something wrong. However, I've come to realize that everyone is different and what works for one may not work for another...persevere and I'm sure you'll find something to WOW you! The,important thing here is you know your getting something high quality when you try a TIA recommended product.

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