Hydropeptide Moisturize ($70) is a versatile all-rounder that, at 4oz, can be used on the neck, body and hands as well as face. My month-long test has concentrated on body parts because I really wanted to find something that trains the anti-aging heavy guns below my neck and as far as my extremities. Hydropeptide Moisturize has peptides, antioxidants and more, which are just what I increasingly need from the chin down.

Whilst impractical as a daily, all over body lotion, a little goes a relatively long way and Hydropeptide Moisturize can be used wherever the skin is exposed, such as arms and décolleté. I have been alternating it with my regular, cost-effective body lotions by Juice Beauty and Zinn. Most interestingly, Hydropeptide Moisturize, as you will see when you read on, could be a stretch mark solution.

Hydropeptide Moisturize peptide packed moisturizer is dominated by a complex that combines the peptides that are marketed as Matrixyl 3000 and Aldenine (tripeptide 1 with wheat and soy proteins), plus “green bean” extract and antioxidant rutin. There is a similar combination in some of Strivectin’s potions.

I usually learn something new when I take a deeper dive into a Hydropeptide product and this time I have discovered the lima bean and the stretch mark connection. Who knew! Sederma (a lab that manufacturers peptide-based ingredients) makes this lima bean, rutin and peptide combo and calls it Regestril. Apparently rutin has recently been found to strengthen the extracellular matrix. Sederma claims that the combined action of anti-proteolytic (breakdown of proteins) activity lima and rutin with the tissue repair properties of the two peptides, led to a reduction of stretch marks. As I don’t have stretch marks, I haven’t put this claim to the test. I’d be interested in hearing from anyone who has tried Hydropeptide Moisturize on stretch marks.

Hydropeptide Moisturize has plenty of other good things including antioxidant pea extract and bamboo, a source of silica that restores elasticity, skin lightening bearberry and vitamin C-rich amla fruit. There’s green tea, vitamins, sodium hyaluronate and skin rejuvenating glucosamine. Overall, the good far outweighs the bad, but purists will take note of several harsh preservatives, unspecified fragrance, pegs and alcohol.

Ingredients: Water, Collastril™ Complex (Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Cetyl Hydroxyethylcelluose, Rutin, Phaseolus Lunatus (Green Bean) Extract, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-3, Tripeptide-1, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein), Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Seamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Glyceryl Stearate, Stearic Acid, SD Alcohol 40, Menthyl Lactate, PEG-100 Stearate, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, PPG-12/SMDI Copolymer, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Phyllanthus Emblica Fruit Extract (amla), Bambusa Vulgaris (Bamboo) Extract, Pisum Sativum (Pea) Extract, Glucosamine HCl, Ethoxydiglycol, Alcohol, Arctostaphylus Uva-Ursi (Bearberry) Leaf Extract, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Echinacea Angustifolia Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate, Carbomer, Fragrance, Inositol, Siegesbeckia Orientalis Extract, Triethanolamine, Phenoxyethanol, Tetrasodium EDTA.