Perfectionist Pro Rapid Firm + Lift Treatment Acetyl Hexapeptide-8
Is there any question as to what Perfectionist Pro Rapid Firm + Lift Treatment Acetyl Hexapeptide-8 is supposed to do? Although this serum-like treatment can visibly firm (and beautifully smooth) skin, it's not able to fight gravity. Although this isn't the skincare solution for pronounced sagging, it still has a lot to offer all skin types showing signs of aging.
Packaged in a metallic-colored opaque bottle topped with a pump dispenser, this thin-textured, slightly pearlescent serum applies beautifully. Due to the amount of silicone (dimethicone) present, it feels super silky and sets to a smooth, slightly hydrating finish that instantly softens the look of wrinkles. Lots of serums can do this, but Perfectionist Pro manages to fee lighter than most.
As usual for Lauder serums, the formula is packed with antioxidants, almost of plant-derived and with research supporting their benefit for skin. Other age-fighting ingredients join the party, including plant-derived hydrators (mostly from different types of algae), soothing agents, and skin-restoring peptides.
Speaking of peptides, let's discuss the called-out acetyl hexapeptide-8. Studies on topical use of a moisturizer containing a 10% concentration of acetyl hexapeptide-8—which this Lauder product doesn't come close to containing—have shown it doesn't penetrate beyond the uppermost layers of skin, even after several hours. That means it cannot affect factors in the underlying layers that lead to the formation of expression lines or deeper wrinkles.
Even when formulated to penetrate a bit further into skin, no peptide can undo the effects of gravity, not to mention sagging also has to do with bone loss (especially post-menopause) and the fact that as we age, our skin continues to grow but has less "scaffolding" to support it. That's why cosmetic surgery and certain non-invasive tightening procedures produce much better results than any skincare product, although the peptides in this serum and peptides in general are advantageous ingredients for skin.
Interestingly, Perfectionist Pro shares many of the same anti-aging ingredients as Lauder's older Perfectionist CP+R product, yet the two make quite different claims in terms of how they work to fight signs of aging. For certain you don't need to use both, so choose based on the texture you prefer . As with Perfectionist CP+R, Perfectionist Pro is available in multiple sizes.
- Instantly smooths and softens the look of wrinkles.
- Beautifully light, silky texture floats over skin.
- Contains several very good antioxidants.
- Nice mix of natural hydrators plus restorative peptides.
- Not strongly fragranced (what's there is barely detectable).
- Layers well with other products.
- Packaged to keep its light- and air-sensitive ingredients stable during use.
- Cannot fight the effects of gravity.
Estee Lauder At-A-Glance
The history of Estee Lauder goes back to 1946, when the woman who created the brand (and for whom it is named) began selling creams and lotions made by her chemist uncle. From its humble beginnings, Estee Lauder has grown to become a multibillion-dollar company whose products are sold all over the world and advertised in just about every fashion and women's lifestyle magazine available.
The biggest compliment we can pay to the venerable Estee Lauder line is that their moisturizers and serums can largely be described as state-of-the-art. Though fragrance is often intrusive, but when it comes to formulary excellence culminating in products that give skin what it needs to function optimally, they are tough to beat.
When it comes to makeup, by and large the brand also exceeds expectations. Though there are some under-performing products (you can read more about them in our individual reviews), Lauder has a number of excellent options, most notably its lip colors.
For more information about Estee Lauder, call (877) 311-3883 or visit www.esteelauder.com.
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