If I had to change one thing about BRAD Biophotonic Ultra Elastin Lift ($210) it would be the name. “Lift” may lead to unrealistic implications, and this is not the best serum I have come across for sagging skin. However, it is excellent at achieving tighter, plumper skin, as well as improving tone and radiance. It is a standout product.
I agree with almost all of the comments Mark made in his review of Ultra Elastin Lift. Although this is a lightweight serum, it is hydrating enough to go without moisturizer (my skin tends very slightly towards being on the oily side; dryer skins may disagree). Hyaluronic acid and phospholipids are certainly responsible for this, but there are also a number of oils (such as sunflower, tamanu and avocado) and even cocoa butter (although you’d never know if from the thin, gel consistency).
Hydration is just one component of this cover-all-bases formulation.There are several actives for clarifying, lightening and exfoliation, including glycolic acid, lactic acid, phytic acid, vitamin C and vitamin A. Again, another qualification is required. This is not a harsh skin brightener and my sensitive skin tolerates it extremely well.
The peptides include Snap-8, a muscle contraction inhibitor that reduces the depth of wrinkles by inhibiting expression lines. Another peptide, acetyl hexapeptide-3 performs a similar function. Antioxidants include ubiquinone, but mostly are in the form of plant extacts sihc as borage, flax seed, eyebright and green tea, to name but a few.
The only things not to like are the sodium hydroxide (a bit too high up the list for my liking) and phenoxyethanol (thankfully buried near the end). It is impossible not to comment on the price and I must admit that when I started out my test I was skeptical that I would be able to justify over $200. However, this is a relatively large bottle at 1.7oz and it just seems to go on forever. After nearly two months of testing, I can see at least another four months of enjoyment of this quality formula.
Ingredients in BRAD Ultra Elastin Lift: Biophotonic Nano Hyaluronic Acid, Acelyl Hexapeptide-3 (Argireline), Palmitoyl Oligopeptide & Palmitoyl-Tetrapeptide-7 (Matrixyl 3000), Octapeptide (Snap-8), Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C Ester), Potassium Sorbate, Nitrogen