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Skin Perfection’s Liquid Face Lift ($66.95) and I have been getting to know one another over the last six weeks and, while I am glad I have made its acquaintance, I still don’t know if it will ever become one of skin’s BFFs.
I always test a new skincare product for at least three weeks and I frequently can start to see results in that timeframe. If not much is happening, I’ll keep going for another three weeks and then try to make a call on whether I am wasting my time or not. With Skin Perfection’s Liquid Face Lift, not much happened in the first few weeks and so I persevered to achieve, well a mixed verdict: some improvement in wrinkles, but at the expense of dry, dull looking skin.
My Liquid Face Lift test was conducted on my forehead and the bridge of my nose. The abiding sensation I have from using this serum is a tight feeling and a kind of odd "surface tension". At first, I put this down the effect of Argireline being the second most dominant ingredient. I think I was wrong, but I’ll come back to that after a quick aside on Argireline is the trade name for a synthetic peptide called acetyl hexapeptide-3 that acts on the neurons. The idea is that it inhibits the nerves from sending a signal to the muscle. If muscles don't move then expression lines are prevented (that's whole principle of Botox, although this injectable works in a different way).
Anyhow, I then noticed that there is something called Pepha Tight here, which I realized I didn’t know much about. According the to manufacturer, Pepha Tight forms “a thin film on the skin exerting an instant perceptible tightening effect”. Two other things struck me. The manufacturer says this ingredient meets market demand for consumers who don’t have the patience to wait weeks to see if something works. And the formulation includes my least favorite preservative, sodium benzoate.
Hmm. Well, at least I wasn’t imagining that strange surface tension. I’m going to have to do some more research on Pepha Tight.
DMAE is another ingredient that I have mixed feelings about. A 2007 study published in the British Journal of Dermatology raised concerns about DMAE’s potential to damage skin cells. Furthermore, its efficacy as antiaging ingredient isn’t really proven and its mechanism for working isn’t fully understood.
These issues aside, Skin Perfection’s Liquid Face Lift has some great ingredients in the form of apple stem cells, another synthetic peptide called Matrixyl 3000 and no end of organic botanicals. But then so have lots of other products and I think my final verdict is that the tightening ingredients that give this the “liquid face lift” feel aren’t really going to be my new BFFs.
Organic Aloe, Argireline, PhytoCell Tec Malus Domestica, Matrixyl 3000, Pepha Tight, DMAE, Syn Coll, Organic Jojoba, Organic Rooibos Tea, Emulsifying wax, Organic Green Tea, Vegetable Glycerin, Organic White Tea, Vitamin E, Hyaluronic Acid, Niacin, MSM, Black Willowbark, Xanthum Gum, Alpha Lipoic Acid, Astralagus, Organic Blueberry, Organic Blue Green Algae, Cactus, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Organic Cranberry, Copper, GABA, Flowering Botanical Complex with Okra and Cucumber, Organic Goji (wolfberry), Gotu Kola, Organic Lemongrass, Lotus, Organic Marshmallow, Organic Milk Thistle, Organic Nettle, Organic Oat straw, Plankton, Organic Pomegranate, Retinol Complex (Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride and Tocopherol and Sodium ascorbate and Retinol), Silk Amino Acids, Organic Slippery Elm, Ceramide 3, Anti Aging Essential Oil Blend.