HydroPeptide Power Lift ($80) is one of the company’s best sellers and power is the operative word with four peptides, a slew of antioxidants and, they boast, 21 hydrating elements.

Power Lift has been subjected to lab studies that found that collagen III levels tripled after seven days of use.  After a 35-day independent consumer test 9 out of 10 women saw their wrinkles and fine lines diminish and all of them said they would recommend Power Lift.

I am intrigued enough by all of this to give HydroPeptide Power Lift a try and am about to embark on a month long test. I am fairly confident as HydroPeptide generally formulates for results (a good example being its safe and effective eyelash growth stimulator) and there are plenty of good actives here.

One of my favorites is pseudoalteromonas ferment extract, a powerful collagen booster in clinical trials and one of those curious extremophile ingredients (micro molecules that live at the ends of the earth – in this case, it is a bacteria from the Antartic). Tripeptide-10 citrulline is also a welcome addition because it mimics a molecule that regulates collagen fibers. As we get older, decorin (the molecule in question) activity declines.

Aldenine is the result of combining tripeptide-1 with soy and wheat proteins (all of which are here). Aldenine is a radical scavenger and it specifically goes after the reactive carbonyl species. It acts, therefore, as a cellular detoxifier, boosts collagen III production, and is supposed to protect cells from sunlight.

In addition, there are two peptides that inhibit the formation of expression lines: Syn-ake (listed as Dipeptide Diaminobutyroyl Benzylamide Diacetate) and SNAP-8 (listed acetyl glutamyl heptapeptide-30; both are supposed to outperform Argireline.

I often feel that HydroPeptide’s products have a split personality and Power Lift is no exception. There are cutting edge, high quality anti-aging ingredients. But they are sitting in a base which just looks a little old fashioned with its silicones, stearates, acrylates and cross polymers. It also has some of my least favorite preservatives with phenoxyethanol, triethanolamine and sodium benzoate.

Still, that aside,  I find Power Lift very pleasant to use and it does make the skin feel instantly softer and plumper. I am interested to see how this rich-textured cream performs over time…. See you in a month.

Ingredients

Water, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, Propylheptyl Caprylate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Cetyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, C4-24 Alkyl Dimethicone/Divinyldimethicone Crosspolymer/Isodecyl Isononanoate, Glycerin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Lecithin, Dipeptide Diaminobutyroyl Benzylamide Diacetate, Tripeptide-10 Citrulline, Acetyl Glutamyl Heptapeptide-3, Tripeptide-1, Pseudoalteromonas Ferment Extract, Carbomer, Xanthan Gum, Triethanolamine, Phenoxyethanol, Hydroxethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Butylene Glycol, Squalane, Ceteareth-20, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Panthenol, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Echinacea Purpurea Extract, Buddleja Davidii Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Menthyl Lactate, Propylene Glycol, Polysorbate 60, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, PPG-12/SMDI Copolymer, Polydiethyleneglycol Adipate/IPDI Copolymer, O-Cymen-5-OL, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Benzoate, Diacetyl Boldine, Tropolone, Caprylyl Glycol, Potassium Sorbate, 1, 2-Hexanediol, Fragrance.