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HydroPeptide Anti-Wrinkle Repair and Prevent Treatment- reviewed and rejected

Is a Solution for:
Sagging Skin, Dry Skin, Oily Skin
July 20, 2012 Reviewed by TIA Community Member 6 Comments
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
  • August 2, 2012

    by Elise

    Lynda, it's great to hear from you, we appreciate your candid response and kind words. Here is the direct link to our retail site where you can order free samples of Power Lift and anything else that looks like it would fill a need in your current regimen: Thank you for being a friend and fan of TIA and HydroPeptide!
    ~ Elise H., Public Relations Manager for HydroPeptide

  • July 26, 2012

    by lynda

    6 months, perhaps. But Dare to Try is a 4-week trial, and within 4 weeks it's pretty clear to me whether I'm going to like the product or not. Not see miracle results, I agree. But enough to get a sense of whether it's going to work or not, and whether its application is pleasurable. This one wasn't a good fit for me, even with daily exfoliation and extra moisturizers. I'm not writing of the whole product line though. I loved the eye cream and it's on my wish list now. And I'd give the Power Lift a try. Others have certainly had great results with various products from this line, it's likely just about finding the right one.

  • July 23, 2012

    by Elise

    Lynda, again we appreciate the time and attention to detail you devoted to reviewing our product! We wanted to let you know that the bottle of Face should last at least 1.5 months, so about 2 more weeks. Many people find that it lasts longer than that. Also, a high quality weekly exfoliating treatment enables moisturizers to penetrate the skin most effectively, meaning your skin will be smooth, glowing and require less product to stay moisture-even all day and night long! Julie and Dennis, thank you for the kind words and for being our friends and fans! I think I can say this on behalf of HydroPeptide, your support makes our day!
    ~Elise H., Public Relations Manager for HydroPeptide

  • July 20, 2012

    by Dennis

    I'm sorry, but a product needs 6 months for real results.

  • July 20, 2012

    by Julie Kay

    While it would be nice, you're at the age (and reading your article how your face is aging, specifically) where one product alone isn't going to cut it, Lynda. My opinion. You need to use the Hydropeptide in conjunction with a day and night cream protocol. And a good eye cream, now, is a must. The Hydropeptide is a good one! And sells in the TIA shop. It's all uphill from here, girlfriend. ~jk

  • July 20, 2012

    by Elise

    Lynda, first of all, thank you for giving HydroPeptide a try!!! We're so happy to hear our eye cream helped you achieve a bright-eyed and well-rested look and we're sorry our Face cream was not the best fit for your skin type! It sounds like your skin requires a more hydrating product and for that we have another wonderful peptide-based moisturizer called Power Lift. Again, we thank you and understand you are a busy mom and that being said we wish we could have had you try the right product from our line for your skin type in the first try. We at HydroPeptide want everyone to be satisfied with their experience and so we guarantee our products through and support our vendors in their guarantees. We wish you a "great skin day" today and every day!

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