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I know what everyone is going to ask before they even get to the end of this review, so let's get it out of the way: do I like E'shee Bota Therapy (now in the TIA shop at $189) better than Serum Cellular Repair (which I voted a Five Best antiagers for 2010)? Well it depends what the priority is. The Serum Cellular Repair just seems to suit my skin, but the Bota Therapy does more to plump and lift.
Having said that, both these little chaps (they are just 0.34 fl oz) punch above their weight with E'shee's signature growth Factor, FGF-1. Growth factors decline in our skin as we age and cosmetic growth factors and proteins considered to be potent wrinkle reducers. In Bota Therapy, there is also hydrolized collagen, Matrixyl, hyaluronic acid and the increasingly ubiquitous acetyl hexapeptide-3 (also known as Argireline). More unusually, E'shee has added to Bota Therapy gylcosyl trehalose. Trehalose is made up of sugars that form a gel as cells start to dehydrate. This stops the cells from falling apart so that they perk back into shape as soon as they are rehydrated. Furthermore, trehalose is an antioxidant (as such it used as preservative by the food industry) and supposedly helpful in preventing degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s.
The neuropeptide role of acetyl hexapeptide-3 is given a helping hand by hibiscus esculentus. This is okra. Those who detest okra’s glutinous texture will be thankful that it is good for something. It is a source of botanical peptides that work by inhibiting the movement of facical muscles responsible for the appearance of expression lines on the face. The other botanical here is bladderwrack, which is a very rich source of vitamin C.
While I have found Bota and Cellular Repair to both be excellent products, I was less enamored with the Hydra Gold Serum ($119) and gave up using it (mostly because not much seemed to happening) about half way through the bottle. Junko loved the Vitamin C serum ($119 in the TIA shop), but gave a thumbs down to the Intensive Brightening Serum.
Ingredients in Bota Therapy
Aqua, 1.3 Butylene Glycol, Sclerotium Gum, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Acetyl Hexapeptide-3, Palmitoyl Pentapeptide, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Hydrolyzed Hibiscus Esculentus Extract – Dextrin, Bladderwrack (Fucus Vesiculosus) Extract, Polysorbate 20, Hyaluronic Acid Sodium Salt, D-Panthenol, Glycosyl Trehalose, Perfume, Phenoxyethanol, Imidazolidi- nyl Urea, FGF-1 (Recombinant Human acidic Fibroblast Growth Factor)