Just over a month ago, I started to test Hydropeptide’s Power Lift ($54) and after dabbling here and there, I settled on making it my neck cream. Hydropeptide boasts some impressive statistics: lab studies found that collagen III levels tripled after seven days of use and after a 35-day independent consumer test 9 out of 10 women saw their wrinkles and fine lines diminish. With my neck, I reasoned, Power Lift would have its work cut out.

After seven days, I couldn’t have told you that my collagen III levels had tripled. My skin felt a little softer, but that was about it. The skin on my neck and decollete is noticeably rougher and redder than my face – well, as I said, Power Lift was going to be put through its paces. After 30 or so days, I am delighted to say that it came through (with the help of the odd gentle peel from La Vie Celeste’s glycolic mask). My skin is much smoother and has a much better tone.  So much so, that I have pretty much decided to buy a replacement when it runs out (I have about two week’s worth left).

Hydropeptide Power Lift has four peptides, a slew of antioxidants and, they boast, 21 hydrating elements. One of the best ingredients is aldenine. This 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. Aldenine acts as a cellular detoxifyer and I have read that is more active than carnosine.

Another of my favorites is here 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 Antarctic). 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.

Those who are squeamish about phenoxyethanol, triethanolamine, tropolone and sodium benzoate (with good reason) and prefer their potions silicone-free may think twice about ordering Power Lift. But while this is not formulated for the purists within us, it is formulated to work.


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.