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Biopelle Tensage Daily Serum Review

October 16, 2017 Reviewed by TIA Community Member 2 Comments
TRU Rating
Brighter skin and wrinkle fading may benefit the patient


Slight improvement to lines


Results take longer than 30 days

By Marilyn

Biopelle is a brand of skin care I had not tried until given this opportunity to test run its Tensage Daily Serum ($125). “Tensage” is the company’s collection of growth factor treatment products. I may have been unfamiliar with Biopelle but I am familiar with a variety of products containing growth factors and have had favorable results, in varying degrees, from all of them.

Growth factors are naturally occurring proteins that regulate cellular growth, cellular turnover and cellular health. We girls know the signs of natural aging and the ways in which the environment’s pollutants affect our skin.  Enter growth factors, the role of which in anti-aging skin care is skin rejuvenation at the cellular level. Much research and many clinical studies back up the claim that growth factor topical serums and creams can improve the overall health and appearance of the skin.

I am a pretty fit, sixty-five-year-old slightly dry-, slightly sensitive-, fair-skinned woman who spent too many teenage years under the sun and is now fighting off the signs of aging on a daily basis.

Biopelle’s Growth Factor Tensage Serum, according to the manufacturer, features SCA Biorepair Technology, a special secretion from the cryptomphalus aspersa snail (the second ingredient after water). Growth factors can come from mammals and, apparently gastropods. My husband is a chemist and when I told him the growth factor in the Tensage was derived from snail secretions he said, “That makes sense, probably added to help elasticity and wrinkles.”

Tensage Growth Factors are combined, according to Biopelle, with glycoproteins (which are located in the walls of cells, thereby giving structural support to the cells), and antioxidants (they repair and maintain cellular structure.)  Additional ingredients include niacinamide (helps cellular respiration) combined with antioxidants, brightening agents, and humectants (they keep moisture in). Tensage Growth Factor works on repairing the damage done from sun exposure (photodamage), according to Biopelle. All of that sounds good but does it work?

Tensage Serum has a pleasantly light, non-oily texture that when applied feels slightly cool and a bit tacky. It penetrates quickly and has a slightly “organic” smell. Not a chemical smell, and not fragranced, let’s call it “earthy.”  I waited two minutes before applying night cream.

I did not see a significant improvement after thirty days but about six weeks after beginning one application per day, yes, improvement to the fine lines around the outer eyes was noticeable. Biopelle recommends using the serum twice a day but that had a drying affect on my skin. My skin is also slightly brighter and less uneven in tone. I would give this product a good two months to see a remarkable improvement but I would definitely purchase the Tensage Serum and try the other products in the Tensage Growth Factor collection.

  • February 26, 2018

    by Lindsey

    Is this the cream that's been "proven" to increase elastin fibers by up to 50%? If so, I'd like the link to that study to see if it's double-blind.

  • October 30, 2017

    by Sarah Wilson

    I had the same reaction after 30 days as you Marilyn. I was very excited to try Tensage especially as I reckon you don't advertise snail secretions in a product unless you believe in it. I mean who would smear the slime of a mollusc on their face in the name of younger looking skin? Well, me actually. Anti-agers are for me what daffodils were to Wordsworth. So with high hopes I followed the instructions as you did and applied an ampoule daily for one week and then one ampoule weekly for 3 weeks hoping for help with fine lines, wrinkles, plumper skin, and a more radiant complexion. In the meantime I read some of the reviews. Many were positive and a few claimed 'miracles.' Unfortunately after a week, I didn't notice any changes. After a month, still nothing. A big nothing. Maybe some changes were deep in the dermis and if so I apologize to Biopelle but I'm deeply superficial and I want it to show on my face. Not obviously first day, but after a month I expect some little teeny weeny change. And I didn't. But I take heart that in the end you did see noticeable changes after 60 days. For me, I think there are much better products that give more bang for the buck.

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