Reviewed by Pam

For the past nine weeks, I’ve tested HydroPeptide Anti-wrinkle Cellular Transformation Serum ($130). With a product name like that, how could anyone resist!

The Hydropeptide website provides these tantalizing expectations for the serum:

Visibly reverse the signs of aging. Skin appears transformed with the most potent and advanced, bioengineered ingredients available featuring six peptides, three growth factors, a milk polypeptide and more. Restore a supple, youthful appearance to skin while fighting tell-tale signs of aging.

-Enhances the skin’s most essential building blocks in every way for a flawless appearance

-Visibly softens deep expression lines

-Inhibits the natural aging process

-Leaves skin feeling more elastic and smooth

The container indicates that the product can be used in the a.m. and p.m. on face, neck and décolleté.

I was more than ready for some transformation. I’m 60 years old with normal to dry fair skin with a slightly oily T-zone and no significant discoloration. My challenge for the Hydropeptide serum was serious – I wanted to see improvement in: the vertical lines between my eyebrows, horizontal forehead lines, rabbit wrinkles on either side of my nose, vertical lip lines and marionette lines from mouth to chin.

Both a.m. and p.m., I tested the Hydropeptide serum on one side of my face while using Snowberry Intensive Renewal Serum ($159 in the TIA shop) on the other side.

I loved the smell of the Hydropeptide serum, which is a very pleasant light floral. The container is an elegant, sturdy and well-designed blue plastic pump that dispenses the product nicely. I could easily control the amount of product I dispensed, although there is no way to see how much product remains. At the end of twice daily, five week’s usage, the weight of the container feels like there is still a significant amount of product.

The serum is white, semi-translucent and lightweight. One and a half pumps of the product were enough to cover my entire face. The look of the serum after application is matte, not greasy or heavy, but it definitely feels like it sits on top of the skin. It wasn’t evident that the product absorbed to any degree. I do exfoliate well one to two times per week and found that the Snowberry serum absorbed noticeably, so I concluded that the Hydropeptide absorption was not effective on my skin.

Upon application, I noticed a cool sensation, probably from the menthyl lactate. It was stimulating and made my skin feel a bit “tighter,” but that tight feeling didn’t translate into visible tightening effect on the skin. I did not experience any irritation or breakouts while using the product, which was great since I occasionally have those issues in certain areas of my face that are more sensitive.

I found I needed a moisturizer on top of the serum since it was not very moisturizing in itself.

Before getting to the final results of the test, I have an interesting anecdote for those who live in hot climates or experience hot flashes. During my test, after applying the Hydropeptide on one side and the Snowberry on the other, I had to go outside for a few minutes on a very hot day. While outside, the Hydropeptide side of my face became completely wet, dripping with sweat. My Snowberry side did not – it remained cool and unaffected. This experience was a first for me and pretty surprising since I have a difficult time with most products in such high heat and humidity.

At the end of the nine-week test, there were no results beyond the superficial softening of lines immediately after application. I had high hopes for the Hydropeptide serum since it uses some truly great ingredients. I wish I understood why this serum did not produce any changes for me. It may require much longer usage (since it did take years for the wrinkles to form…). For those who normally see good results from peptides and growth factors, I’d have to say this could be worth trying.

Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Propylheptyl Caprylate, Hydrolyzed Oats, Sodium Polystyrene Sulfonate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Glycereth-26, Menthyl Lactate, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Palmitoyl Dipeptide-5 Diaminobutyroyl Hydroxythreonine, Palmitoyl Dipeptide-6 Diaminohydroxybutyrate, Dipeptide Diaminobutyroyl Benzylamide Diacetate, Acetyl Glutamyl Heptapeptide-3, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5, Transforming Growth Factor ϐ1, Human Oligopeptide-11, Human Oligopeptide-1, Hydrolyzed Hibiscus Esculentus Extract, Colostrum Whey, Dextrin, Leontopodium Alpinum (Edelweiss) Extract, Acetyl Tyrosine, Dimethyl MEA (DMAE), Cameillia Sinensis (Green Tea) Extract, Zinc Gluconate, Copper Gluconate, Retinyl Palmitate, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Magnesium Aspartate, Squalane, Cetearyl Glucoside, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Extract, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Dimethylacrylamide/Acrylic Acid/Polystyrene Ethyl Methacrylate Copolymer, Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil, Xanthan Gum, Hydroxypropylmethylcellulose Stearoxy Ether, 1, 2-Hexanediol,Caprylyl Glycol,Tetrahydroxypropyl Ethylenediamine,Tetrasodium EDTA, O-Cymen-5-OL,Sodium Methyl Stearoyl Taurate, Tropolone, Fragrance, Red 40 (CI16035)