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You obviously should never say never, but so far I have never felt the urge to let someone put needles in my face to treat the wrinkles that are more and more obvious as the years go by. I am however more than willing to give something like the Murad Resurgence Targeted Wrinkle Corrector that claims to instantly conceal and long-term reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
Sounds too good to be true? Let’s take a closer look at how it works, the ingredients and my four week results.
What Murad Resurgence Targeted Wrinkle Corrector claims
Can’t make it to the derm for a filler? This powerful peptide-meets-hyaluronic treatment virtually erases the look of wrinkles instantly* (only when applied properly by gently tapping into wrinkle), with longer-term results after 4 weeks.
Facts about the Murad Resurgence Targeted Wrinkle Corrector
Prize and size
One tube contains 15 ml, is available for 78 $ on the website here and has an unusual packaging with a metal applicator that is important for correct application.
Texture and smell
The product feels like a light cream, is white and has no noticeable effect. As you apply it with the metal applicator, it feels cooling on the skin.
How to use the Murad Resurgence Targeted Wrinkle Corrector
I needed a few tries until I figured out the best way to use the Wrinkle Corrector, so pay close attention now: After cleansing and serum, but before moisturizer and sunscreen you squeeze out the product and distribute quite a thick line directly into the wrinkle. You then proceed to pat it in either with the applicator or gently with your finger – but be careful, only pat, don’t rub – and then let it dry completely before doing anything else. That can take a while, so I don’t find it to be the most convenient product to use, as especially in the mornings I don’t have the time to wait for long in between steps. If you go in with other products too quickly though, you’ll lose parts of the instant effect.
You can of course apply it as last step as well, I have used it on top of my makeup to see if that would better fit in my routine, but while that works as well, you need to be aware that you are probably losing some of the long-time benefits there. I mean, you wouldn’t put your serum on after you did your makeup and expect it to work just as good either. (More info: The correct way to layer your skincare products)
What I find interesting is that after drying down not only your wrinkles appear diminished but your skin appears mattified as well, which makes me think it would probably work just as good on enlarged pores if you are in a pinch and don’t have a primer at hand.
For me, the results didn’t last all day, but slowly started to disappear after 2 hours, only to be gone at around hour four. My skin is still oily in the t-zone, which might have influenced that, and I have been told that I have quite an expressive face, which again might mean that the effect disappears quicker on me than it would on others.
Ingredients of the Murad Resurgence Targeted Wrinkle Corrector
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When you look at the formula, you will find many ingredients that are usually present in a good moisturizer as well: Several humectants like Urea, Trehalose, and Inositol, as well as Squalane as emollient and amino acids for soothing and extra hydration.
For the long-term effect, there is Acetyl Hexapeptide-8 or Argireline, claiming to have a “Botox-like effect”, probably the most famous peptide out there. (More info: Everything you need to know about peptides in skincare)
Much more interesting in my opinion is what is responsible for the short term effect. While I am not entirely sure, I assume it is a mixture between the film-forming and mattifying Polysilicone-11 and the Sodium Acrylates Crosspolymer-2.
My four week results
Now while the instant effect is quite lovely as you can see in the picture above, I personally did not see a difference in wrinkle depth over the four weeks Murad recommends or anytime later either – I have been using it four weeks very consistently and four additional weeks at least five out of seven mornings and still can’t see significant changes. As someone that already uses copper peptides and multiple other skincare things that target the appearance of wrinkles, I admit I would have been surprised if a singular peptide cream had brought changes that the rest of my regimen did not.
Now it is very hard to judge wrinkle reduction with the bare eye, especially if you look at yourself every day, so it might be that there are changes that I simply can’t see, and if you have seen great long term results, all the better. I just wouldn’t get my hopes up too high if I had a good routine in place already.
Does it live up to its claims?
Half of them.
It does drastically diminish the appearance of my wrinkles, but I don’t see any long-term effects, not after four and not after eight weeks.
Would I repurchase and which skin types do I recommend the Murad Resurgence Targeted Wrinkle Corrector to?
As much as I love the smooth forehead it gives me, basically a real life filter for my face, I don’t think I can justify that much money for something I will probably only reach for on the rare occasion I go to a party or have another special event. The duration is too short and the process too complicated for me to reach for it on a daily basis.
If you however have situations where a real life filter is what you need and you are, like me, not ready for the needles, the instant effect might be worth the money for you.
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