Reviewed by Lynda

I had the privilege of getting to test the HydroPeptide Anti-Wrinkle Repair and Prevent Treatment. After years of busy living (focusing on my child and work more than my face, and never spending more than a few dollars on the cheapest drugstore face cream on sale), my 40th birthday abruptly arrived, and with it the sudden realization that my skin had grown wrinkles and my neck was sagging. My first reaction was eww! My second reaction was to scour the internet looking for a cure. And, frankly, that was even more disarming! But thankfully the TIA community came to the rescue with real people’s honest and thorough reviews of ingredients and products.

The HydroPeptide Anti-Wrinkle Repair and Prevent Treatment ($95) is admittedly one of the more expensive treatments I’ve used, and the line is well reviewed, so I had high expectations. I have combination skin that’s not sensitive, and I used it in place of both my day and night creams for four weeks.

My first impressions: The bottle itself could be better designed - there is no way to lock the dispenser for travel (a big drawback for my work travel schedule) and no way to judge when it’s time to buy more (minor, but annoying when you run out and have to wait for shipping). The scent definitely has a cucumber pitch, but is more grating than I’d prefer. When applied, it has an invigorating, though delicate, tingle but leaves my skin feeling quite tacky, even after a night’s sleep – quite unpleasant.

I’m more than willing to overlook these shortcomings if it works as well as promised. And this seemed possible given the positive reviews and impressive ingredients list of five peptides and wrinkle-relaxing neuropeptides and 16 antioxidants. Vitamins C and E, green and black Tea, pea extract, cucumber, bamboo, rice bran, hyaluronic acid and natural licorice all have well-known skin-enhancing properties. Though there are still some of the undesirables on the list, including the irritants alcohol, fragrance (parfum) and phenoxyethanol, for example.

My lasting impression, after four weeks, is that I have noticed a small improvement in the firmness of my neck skin. But I have had very little change in any of the fine lines around my eyes, no impact at all on my furrowed brow, nor much evening out of my skin tone. Even in the before and after micro-photos I took, very little change is visibly noticeable. And the product has dried out my skin too much for my liking. There were more than a few days I needed to supplement with another moisturizer. Surprising, given that my combination skin tends to get oilier in the warmer months. In the future, I wouldn’t use it more than once a day to prevent over-drying my skin.

Overall, my results were not nearly as exciting as the brand’s claims nor many of the other produc reviews I read. While the rest of the bottle won’t go to waste, I’ll likely spend my $95 testing another treatment rather than buying this one again. Not to deny that it may be effective, but if it is, it is a very slow-working product and one I don’t have enough patience for.

On a positive note, the bottle came with a free sample of HydroPeptide Eye Anti-Wrinkle Dark Circle Concentrate. I had enough for about four days of testing, and this cream was lovely to apply (no icky smell or tacky residue), and by the time I arrived at work each morning, all the sleepy puffiness and dark circles were gone. While I only used this a few days, the immediate effects were visible, and this is a HydroPeptide product I would consider investing in.

Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Isohexadecane, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Cyclopentasiloxane, Saccharomyces/Xylinum/Black Tea Ferment, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Cyclohexasiloxane, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Bismuth Oxychloride, Acetyl Glutamyl Heptapeptide-3, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Tripeptide-1 , Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5, Sodium Hyaluronate, Yeast Polysaccharides, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Pisum Sativum (Pea) Extract, Bambusa Vulgaris Extract, Retinyl Palmitate, Superoxide Dismutase, Centella Asiatica Extract, Echinacea Angustifolia Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Arctostaphylos Uva-Ursi (Bearberry) Leaf Extract, Phospholipids, Linoleic Acid, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Sterols, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Extract, Glucosamine HCL , Lecithin, Cameillia Sinensis Extract, Siegesbeckia Orientalis Extract, Copper PCA, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Ceramide 2, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Ubiquinone, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Phenoxyethanol, Dipropylene Glycol, Polyacrylamide, Fragrance (Parfum), Stearyl Alcohol, Panthenol, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Propylene Glycol, Carbomer, Triethanolamine, 1, 2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Laureth-7, Cetearyl Methicone, BHT, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Ethylhexylglycerin, Alcohol Denat., C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Dimethicone, Disodium EDTA, Dimethylacrylamide/Acrylic Acid/ Polystyrene Ethyl Methacrylate Copolymer, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Tribehenin, PPG-12/SMDI Copolymer, Polysorbate 20, Tropolone, PEG-10 Rapeseed Sterol, Green 5 (CI 61570), Xanthan Gum