These days, it would take a lot to persuade me to spend $355 on a 0.35 fl oz bottle of serum. Clark’s Botanicals Cellular Lifting Serum does have some things going for it. For one, should I buy this product, part of the profits will go to the Christopher Reeve Foundation. Secondly, I am being promised a slew of complexion enhancing ingredients. A clear conscience and a clear skin!

Given that Clark’s doesn’t disclose how much of its profits go the charity, the potion’s formula gives me more to go on. Whilst it has some promising antiaging botanicals, such as apple cell culture and algae extract, the most dominant amongst them, hydrolyzed sesame protein PG-propyl methylsilanediol, seems to have more superficial effects. It is usually included in cosmetics because it dries on the skin to make it feel tighter. For this reason, it is the key component of a skin tightening ingredient called SesaFlash. Many creams seem to use hydrolyzed sesame protein and it is often described as a wrinkle filler or skin tightener. This effect seems to be mostly superficial, but if you are paying $355 I suppose some instant gratification is called for.

A quick fix can also be expected from aminobutyric acid (usually called GABA). This is one of those ingredients that inhibit wrinkles caused by the expression muscles. There is some speculation that it works almost too well and may result in skin sagging, rather than the plumping that it claims to create. Apparently, this component actually requires a reaction between it and many other chemicals before it can create a plumping, tightening effect.

Still, there are things in Clark’s Botanicals Cellular Lifting Serum that are there for the long haul. These would include ceramide-3 (aided and abetted by cholesterol) and anti-inflammatory phystosphingosine and antioxidant tea. And aloe and avocado are always useful skin conditioners.

When I weigh all this up, I can’t make it add up to $355 worth. Perhaps the profit margin is spectacularly high and the Christopher Reeves Foundation is doing nicely from it. That would be something.


Water, Glycerin, Hydrolyzed Sesame Protein PG-Propyl Methylsilanediol, Algae Extract, Malus Domestica Fruit Cell Culture, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Litchi Chinensis Fruit Extract, Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract, Octyldodecyl Neopentanoate, Amino Butyric Acid, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Jojoba Esters, Polyvinyl Alcohol, Ceramide 3, Cholesterol, Phystosphingosine, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Centella Asiatica, Silica, Polyacrylamide, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Laureth-7, Octyldodecanol, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond Oil), Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Phenyl Trimethicone, Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine) Extract, Polysilicone-11, Barium Sulfate, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Xanthan Gum, Lecithin, Methylisothiazolinone, Polyvinyl Acetate, Acrylates/C12-22 Alkyl Methacrylate Copolymer, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance.