I by no means run with a Hollywood or high-income crowd, yet I do have a few acquaintances who regularly indulge in Botox injections to reduce their facial wrinkles. They're pleased with the results, so I say more power to them.
For me, though, when it comes to Botox and similar treatments, all I can think is Needles to the face? Botulism injected in my face? Thousands of dollars invested in poking poison into my face? No way you'll catch me indulging in such treatments.
That doesn't mean I don't have lines, wrinkles, dark spots, and under-eye circles I wish would go away, so when I was offered the opportunity to review and give away (yes, a giveaway—see below!) a needle-free anti-aging serum to reduce all of the above, I signed right up.
The seemingly magical potion is called Elite Serum. Pages of technical details, research and information on the ingredients can be perused at your leisure by visiting www.eliteserum.com, but the bottom line is that Elite Serum is a highly concentrated blend of pharmaceutical-grade peptides and natural moisturizers that claims to reverse the signs of aging. Specific ingredients, in laymen's terms, include seaweed, glycerin, purified water, hyaluronic acid, and more.
From the Elite Serum website, the "advanced features and benefits" of the serum include:
|Formulated with the highest concentration of pharmaceutical-grade ingredients.|
|Rich seaweed extract base as used by the world's most expensive serums.|
|Contains scientifically advanced peptides proven to cause DNA rejuvenation.|
|Delivers a youthful and vibrant appearance around the eyes.|
|Rapidly brings oxygen and nutrients to the eye area.|
|Reduces the appearance of dark circles and puffiness.|
|Diminishes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.|
|Feel the difference directly under and around the eye area within minutes.|
|Ultra-lightweight and fast-absorbing application.|
|No injection needed. It works on areas where the botulinum toxin solution can not.|
|A Cooling, hyper toning sensation indicates that the serum is working.|
|Scientifically designed as hypoallergenic, non-sensitizing and non-irritating.|
|Can be used safely and beneficially in conjunction with other skin care products.|
|Ability to work alone as needed as a powerful eye serum.|
|Manufactured in the USA in an advanced FDA licensed pharmaceutical laboratory.|
I was intrigued and excited to see how well such claims stood up.
I've been using the serum morning and night for about a month now, and I can honestly say I see improvement in the lines on my face, especially one deep line in the center of my brows, courtesy too much furrowed concentration. That line is nearly gone. I had hoped to eliminate my crow's feet completely, but it didn't happen. At least not yet. There is, though, a definite decrease in the deepness of those wrinkles at the edge of my eyes.
My age spots and dark circles are still there, and because I look at myself daily and didn't take before and after photos, I don't know for sure whether those have or have not lightened. Overall, though, I'm pleased with the results in just one month.
What I love about the Elite Serum: When I first received my .47-ounce airless syringe for the review, I thought the syringe container was a hokey poke at the non-needle treatment. Turned out, though, that the syringe was the ideal method for dispensing exactly the amount needed and only that amount. At $89.95 per syringe (which should last 45-60 days, depending on use), it's great to know the serum won't be wasted by using too much in one application. I also appreciated the fact the serum could be used with other facial products, especially as it does indeed tighten the skin and make it feel as if a moisturizer must be applied afterward.
What I didn't love so much: As is the case with nearly all anti-aging treatments, it's not a permanent fix. Packaging notes that "The maximum benefits to your skin will be seen following 6 months of regular application." Of course, Elite Serum never claims to be a miracle cure, so it's only fair to assume one would need to keep on using it. I was just really wishing for a truly magical potion for my wrinkles. (Aren't we all?)
Elite Serum can be purchased two different ways at www.eliteserum.com. There's the "Replenishment and Savings Program" in which you pay $59.95 for your first unit then every 45 days you will be automatically shipped a new order and billed $59.95 per unit plus shipping, and you can cancel at anytime. The second option is a one-time purchase of one syringe for $89.95 plus shipping.
The makers of Elite Serum have generously offered to give away one Elite Serum syringe to a lucky Grandma's Briefs reader. Enter via the Rafflecopter widget below through October 19. The winner will be drawn via random.org and notified by email October 20.
Good luck! And happy wrinkle erasing, my friends!
Disclosure: I received the product free for review, plus the offer of product for a giveaway, to be shipped by the maker to the winner. Opinions and anecdotes are my own.