What heats up, lights up and vibrates all at once? When I first saw the Zeno Line Rewind Wrinkle Reduction Kit I was, to say the least, skeptical. It does all this and make tea for a mere $39.99? And it comes with a peptide packed serum? Hmm. Actually, the Line Rewind serum is better than I thought it might be. The device, however, leaves me unconvinced.

Now, I haven’t used the Line Rewind Device, but it appears to be light years away from the LED devices that I have tested, such as Baby Quasar or Sirius Aurora.  It appears to have a small panel that has only 6 light spots. There is no information about the technical specifications on the Zeno website. By contrast, I do know that the Baby Quasar has 2.6 joules per square centimeter, while the Aurora has 2.8 joules.

Granted, the Line Rewind’s cost is much lower than these other LED devices and some will appreciate that it is battery operated. However, I wouldn’t expect too much from it. Whilst, it is certainly true that LED can boost collagen and plump up the skin, there needs to be a certain threshold of power to do the job. Without knowing more about Line Rewind’s specs, I wouldn’t risk buying it.

The serum doesn’t make me want to do a happy dance, but I have seen worse. Yes, you have to get past silicones, PEGs and assorted fillers, but you do eventually get to the promised peptides. In fact, there is Matrixyl 3000 and a new one that has just started cropping up (in the QVC promoted Algenist line), tetrapeptide-21, about which little is known except that its makers (Lipotec) say it prevents DNA damage.

There is a good handful of other promising anti-aging ingredients as well, such as apple stem cell, sprout extract (from antioxidant watercress), caffeine and resveratrol (also antioxidant).

I’m not saying I’d go out of my way to shine a light on this serum (the last dozen ingredients are waxes, copolymers and potentially irritating preservatives). But when I think that it comes packaged with the device for just under $40 or on its own for about $20, I remember that I’ve seen worse for three times the price.

Ingredients

Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Glycereth 26, Dimethicone, PEG 40 Stearate, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Glyceryl Polymethacrylate, Saccharide Isomerate, Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis) Leaf Juice, Polyacrylamide, PEG 8, Citrullus Lanatus Fruit Extract (Watermelon), Ammonium Acrylyl Dimethyltaurate / VP Copolymer, Octyldodecanol, C13 14 Isoparaffin, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide 7, Tetrapeptide 21, Malus Domestica Fruit Cell Culture Extract, Lepidium Sativum Sprout Extract, Panthenol, Caffeine, Resveratrol, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Polysorbate 20, Lecithin, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Hydroxyethyl Behenamidopropyl Dimonium Chloride, Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A), Polyquaternium 67, Ethyl Linoleate, Ethyl Linolenate, Ethyl Oleate, Arachidyl Propionate, Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Xanthan Gum, Acrylates/C10 30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Carbomer, Synthetic Wax, Laureth 7, Aminomethyl Propanol, Tetrasodium EDTA, Ethylhexylglycerin, Caprylyl Glycol, Sorbic Acid, Benzoic Acid, Chlorphenesin, Phenoxyethanol, Benzyl Alcohol