Dept of Daft immediately came to mind when I saw WrinkleMD. It is one of many new devices (I reviewed JeNu’s the other day) that propose to help products penetrate better than a mere pinkie ever could. WrinkleMD goes a step further by ensuring that, when donning the contraption, the user looks like an android.

WrinkleMD comes in two kits, one for eyes and one for brows. They each cost $199 and include pads infused with hyaluronic acid along with a little gadget - called the Activator Pod - that delivers an ionic pulse when you wear around your neck, looped over the ears and attached to the pads. Once the 30-minute session is over you throw away the pads and then apply Youth Serum HA.

Someone at WrinkleMD went to business school and took the “Gillette model” (customers buy the razor only once, but have to buy replacement blades over and over again) to heart. WrinkleMD comes with five sets of pads, which gives you a month’s worth of use. Then you’ll need to buy a replacement box of eight patch sets for $149 every two months.

Although WrinkleMD boasts that its key ingredient has a small molecular size to aid penetration, the active is listed in the pads as hyaluronic acid. Sodium hyaluronate, a form that has a smaller molecular size, is in the WrinkleMD serum. Either way, hyaluronate has the ability to attract and retain moisture. In addition, the pads contain a neuro-peptide, commonly called Syn-ake to inhibit expression lines and yeast.

WrinkleMD Youth Serum HA ($73) also has xylitol, a sugar alcohol that may increase ceramide. There are several peptides, oat extact and ceramide 2, but it is otherwise mediocre concoction of synthetics and fillers.

All in all, WrinkleMD comes at a high cost, requires wearing a device that makes you look like an android, and has no convincing payback.

Ingredients in WrinkleMD Pads: Water, PVP, Glycerin, Hyaluronic Acid, Dipeptide Diaminobutyroyl Benzylamide Diacetate, Saccharomyces Lysate Extract, Triethanolamine, Acrylate/Acrylamide Copolymer, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Chloride

Ingredients in WrinkleMD Youth Serum HA: Deionized Water, Dimethicone, Xylitiylglucoside, Anhydroxylitol, Xylitol, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Hydroxyethylacrylate/ Sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurate Copolymer, Squalane, Polysorbate 60, Glycerin, Hydroxypropyl Cyclodextrin, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-38, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Tribehenin, Ceramide-2, PEG 10 Rapeseed Sterol, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Saccharomyces Lysate Extract, Dipeptide Diaminobutyroyl Benzylamide Diacetate, Sodium Carboxymethyl Betaglucan, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Panthenol (Provitamin B5), Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Palmitoyl Peptide