It’s not every day that you get to test a product that has a Nobel Prize attached to its formula. The BioEffect EGF Serum (R1680) is so popular in its homeland, Iceland, that over 30% of Icelandic women use it!
It’s an anti-ageing serum to beat all others thanks to the clever technology harnessed within its formula. Developed from barley, the technology is based on Epidermal Growth Factor (EGF), which activates cellular regeneration, boosts collagen and elastin production, increasing the density of the skin, and ultimately reduces the depth of fine lines and wrinkles. It is the discover of these epidermal growth factors that won Stanley Cohen the Nobel Prize back in 1986, and scientists have been working on using the discovery in skincare ever since. It’s worth noting, too, that the barley is grown in an ecologically-engineered greenhouse in Iceland that exclusively utilizes geothermal energy.
What’s most incredible about the formula for me is that it only contains 7 ingredients.
Yep, just 7: glycerin, Icelandic water, sodium hyaluronate, tromethamine, sodium chloride, barley seed extract and EGF.
Glycerine is a super humectant that draws water into the skin and traps it there to keep it hydrated.
Icelandic water has a unique mineral composition, which includes Sulphur, which is very calming and soothing for the skin.
Sodium hyaluronate is good old hyaluronic acid, which is one of the best hydrating ingredients on the planet.
Tromethine establishes and hold the pH of the formula to keep it stable.
Sodium chloride, for those who don’t know, is table salt.
Barley seed extract offers antioxidant properties to protect the skin.
EGF is the technology I mentioned earlier.
It comes in a little glass bottle, and looks like water. It has a relatively thin consistency for a serum, but just a few drops will cover your whole face. (Don’t use it with oils, as they can interfere with its efficacy. So, if you use an oil cleanser, be sure to either double cleanse or tone before you apply it.) It absorbs well, and leaves the skin slightly sticky for a while, but as you apply it at night, this isn’t an issue.
The 15ml bottle lasted me almost 2 months of daily application. I started to see a difference in my skin after about 3 weeks, and the results just kept coming. I had read the trials on this product, so was expecting it to be good, but I didn’t expect it to turn out to be probably the best anti-ageing serum I’ve ever tired. So many products claim to be ‘botox in a bottle’, but this is the closest I’ve tried. If you are too scared to get Botox, but want to tackle fine lines and wrinkles – this is the product to try.
The brand has an eye serum which I’m definitely going to try, as my eye area can do with all the help it can get. There is also a Day cream, a night cream, and an intensive 30 day treatment. You can buy the brand online from the Placecol website (the holding company brings it in), as well as Takealot.