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In mid-May, I received a bottle of Skin Perfection Eye Bright ($18.95) and Nutra-Lift Wrinkle Repair Ultra ($41) to take for a test drive and I arrived at the finish line with mixed results.
Skin Perfection is a brand that I’ve wanted to love since first reading about it on TIA. It’s a reasonably-priced, anti-aging, organic product line that doesn’t contain harsh chemicals or parabens. The truth is, however, I hadn’t yet found a reason to love it. I bought a number of their products including the Glycolic Cleanser, Clear Skin Hydrator and Moisturizing Mask and my skin did not react well to any of them. I hoped the Eye Bright would be different.
I used Eye Bright exclusively for two weeks, morning and night. I couldn’t use it longer than that because the product started to separate after the first week (as is true with most other Skin Perfection products I’ve purchased) and by the end of the second week it came out of the pump bottle an oily, unusable mess. So after a two-week trial, all I can say is it moisturizes the eye area and my skin didn’t react negatively to it. If Skin Perfection could find a way formulate it so that it doesn’t separate, I would give it a second chance because of the top-notch ingredients and reasonable price.
I’m just about at the end of my bottle of Nutra-Lift Wrinkle Repair Ultra. The website recommends using it on the face because the triple peptide complex, including SNAP 8, Argireline and Matrixyl 3000, “inhibit[s] the contraction of neurotransmitters that cause repeated movements of the facial expression muscles promoting the appearance of smooth skin especially in the forehead, mouth and around the eyes. In other words it relaxes the muscles that create the look of wrinkles.”
I found that it didn’t play well with the other products I was using on my face, including Osmosis Replenish ($43) and Dr. Hauschka Translucent Make-up (it would ball up something awful), and the lines in my forehead are still faint, so I used it on my beginning turkey-neck morning and night in the hopes that the Matrixyl 3000 would have a collagen-boosting effect. The only other product I used on my neck, somewhat sporadically, was shea butter over the Wrinkle Repair Ultra. For a long while it seemed to be doing nothing, but I persevered and I’m glad I did. A few days ago I noticed that the skin on my neck feels firmer and more elastic. It springs back more quickly when I do a pinch test, my preferred diagnostic method. Even though I don’t have the neck of a 20-year-old, I’m thrilled.
The only thing that gives me pause is the inclusion of Argireline. I don’t like the idea of inhibiting my muscles from doing what they’re naturally supposed to do and Julie Kay found that extended use of Argireline actually caused a worsening of wrinkles after stopping its use. So while I may not replace my bottle of Wrinkle Repair Ultra, I will probably try other Nutra-Lift products such as One-Step or Rejuvenating A in my quest to eradicate my turkey neck.
Deionized Water, Advanced Triple Peptide Complex (Acetyl Hexapeptide 8 (Snap-8), (10%), (Argireline), Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7 (Matrixyl Pal-KTTKS 3000) (5%) Myristoyl Pentapeptide-8, 1%), Vegetable Glycerin, Macrocystis Pyrifera Extract, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein ,Oat Amino Acids,Hyaluronic Acid, Hydoxyethlcellulose, DMAE,Seaweed Extract, Lecithin, Green Tea* Extract (Camellia Sinensis ),Ascorbyl Palmitate ( Vitamin C Ester), CoEnzyme Q-10, GrapeseedExtract (Vitis Vinifera), Alpha-Lipoic Acid, Retinly Palmitate ( Vitamin A) Cranberry* Extract (Vaccinium Macrocarpon), Pomegranate* Extract (Punica Granatum), Flax Seed* Extract (Linum Usitatissimum) (Omega 3, Omega 6, Omega 9), Melon Extract* (Cucumis Melo), Origanum Vulgare* (Oregano) Leaf, Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme Leaf), Cinnammum Zeylancium Bark* (Cinnamon), Rosmarinus Offinalis* (RosemaryLeaf), Lavandula Angustifola* (Lavender) Flower, and Hydrastis Canadensis* (Golden Seal Root)*Certified Organically Grown Ingredients
Ingredients Skin Perfection
Organic Aloe Vera, Matrixyl 3000, Argireline, Pepha Tight, Organic Coconut Oil, Organic Rooibos Tea Extract, Emulsifying Wax NF, Vegetable Glycerin, Organic Olive Oil, Palm Stearic Acid, Organic Jojoba Oil, Avocado Oil, Witch Hazel, Vitamin E, Xanthan Gum,Alpha Bisabolol, Alpha Lipoic Acid, Bilberry, Organic Calendula, Carrot oil, Organic Chamomile, Chrysin, Organic Coltsfoot, Organic Cucumber Hydrosol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, DMAE, Eyebright, GABA, Organic Ginseng, Organic Horsetail, Hyaluronic Acid, Organic Kelp, Niacin, MSM, Organic Mushroom, Panthenol, Pine Bark, Plankton, Organic Pumpkin, Resveratrol, Soy Protein, Super Oxide Dismutase, Wheat Germ oil, Wheat Protein, Organic Willowbark, Rosemary, Neem, Tinosan, Vitamin C, K, Anti Aging Essential Oil Blend.