EGF Serum Skin Conditioning Serum
The “EGF” in Revolution Skincare’s EGDF Serum Skin Conditioning Serum stands for epidermal growth factor. The growth factor in question is a peptide known as rh-Oligopeptide-1, which we discuss below. It’s an intriguing ingredient and the sole point of interest in this otherwise basic serum for all skin types.
Just like other serums from Revolution Skincare, this one is also packaged in a frosted glass bottle topped with a dropper applicator. The fragrance-free, water-based formula contains hydrating glycerin and propanediol plus a glycol, thickening agents, and stabilizers. Skin-repairing phospholipids are also present, although based on where they lie in the ingredient list, we suspect the amount is on the low side to deliver too much in terms of skin benefits. The same is true for the peptide mentioned above.
The rh-oligopeptide-1 is a plant-derived peptide, so it is not the same as pure human epidermal growth factor. That’s a good thing because topical application of human growth factors is controversial. The reason is because such growth factors are secreted by skin in carefully-calibrated amounts to use when and as needed. Daily application of an unknown amount of these ingredients could interfere with this process, potentially leading to an overproduction of cells, laying the groundwork for health issues.
Just to be clear, the peptide in this serum is not a health risk for your skin. The good news is that there’s one study showing this peptide likely has a wrinkle-smoothing effect. The bad news is that the study combined this peptide with hyaluronic acid, making it tricky to determine how much of the outcome was from this anti-aging ingredient, which this serum lacks.
The other issue is that the molecular size of this oligopeptide is much too large to penetrate past skin’s surface. So, while you will likely see fine lines and wrinkles soften in appearance (results many other ingredients also provide) and you may see some plumping, the effect isn’t as multi-layered as more studied ingredients like retinol, niacinamide, and smaller peptides such as palmitoyl tripeptide-1 and palmitoyl tetrapeptide-7.
If you opt to use this serum, we advise pairing it with another serum that delivers a robust mix of anti-aging ingredients such as antioxidants, skin-replenishing, and skin-restoring ingredients to get a broader spectrum of skin benefits.
Note: None of the ingredients in this serum are light-sensitive, so this product doesn’t need storage away from light.
- Lightweight serum compatible with all skin types.
- Provides hydration.
- Fragrance free.
- Limited (albeit intriguing) research on the peptide this contains.
- Formula lacks an exciting mix of wrinkle-fighting ingredients, given its claims.
The first affordable serum containing plant-based EGF (a protein that naturally occurs in the skin) to help boost the youthful look of your complexion. This lightweight and versatile serum also contains hydrating ingredients which help to plump and condition the skin, giving it a fresh and healthy look while softening the appearance of fine lines.
United Kingdom-based Revolution Skincare is the skin care branch of Revolution Beauty (who also has a color cosmetic subbrand, Makeup Revolution). Launched in 2018, the brand’s founder, Adam Minto, says the line’s ethos is the same as its parent brand; providing inexpensive, fast-to-market options designed for a wide range of people.
This skin care collection isn’t exactly a “revolutionary” concept, per se – the brand has a lot in common with other up-and-comers such as The Ordinary and Good Molecules. All of these products have a focus on stripped-down formulas featuring key ingredients (such as hyaluronic acid, for example) that can be mixed, layered, and alternated in to a complete skin care routine based on personal preference and occasional needs.
Revolution’s skin care products are something of a mixed bag. There are some true winners in the bunch (among them a couple of interesting retinol alternatives), but there are also quite a few missteps. Some of the products contain the skin-drying type of alcohol and irritating citrus extracts. Then there’s the concern that most of the products are housed in frosted bottles that need to be stored away from daylight, since the packaging puts their delicate ingredients at risk of light exposure that can cause those ingredients to lose their effectiveness. Side note: We reached out to the brand several times to inquire about whether their glass bottles have a UV light coating, but we have not received a response so far.
Overall, we appreciate the approach of potent skin care at bargain prices – we just wish the execution were a bit better! You can find our more about Revolution Skincare at https://www.revolutionbeauty.com/en/Skincare/c-58.aspx.
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