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If asked to describe what the basic attributes of my ideal anti-aging product would be, I would have to say something along the lines of a lightweight serum. The texture absorbs easily into my skin and they’ve given me the best results. I would also have to mention ingredients such as hyaluronic acid and peptides, which my skin responds most favorably to. Since Hyalogic Episilk Facial Relax Serum ($39.95) incorporates both of these, I deemed it worthy of a test.
Fragrance and paraben free, the Episilk Facial Relax Serum is quite thick, resembling more of a gel-like consistency than a serum. The directions say to apply morning and night to clean, damp skin and, with its heavy consistency, the skin must truly be damp in order to smoothly apply (otherwise, I found that the product “pilled up”). Applying twice daily as directed, I initially applied it to my entire face and neck. However, as the testing period progressed to three weeks, the only noticeable difference was the moisturizing and slight plumping effect from the hyaluronic acid. While I was expecting this, I also wondered when the peptide would kick in. Different peptides have different effects, and the benefits derived from the Argireline (acetyl hexapeptide-8) should help relax expression lines. But three weeks into the test and seeing no effect of the sort, I changed course and only applied the product to the right side of my face for a better comparison of any result. For the following three weeks, the treated side continued to be nicely hydrated (with no breakouts), but there was still no visible change in my expression lines.
Having used Episilk Facial Relax Serum for just over six weeks, the results are disappointing. Although my skin did benefit from the serum in terms of moisturizing, it fell short of its main promise to relax expression lines.