Kirkland Borghese Advanced Age-Defying Wrinkle Defense Serum Review

Many of you may wonder when the best time would be to use anti-wrinkle serums and creams and the answer to that is that you are never too young to use these products. You would want to protect your skin way before you see any lines or wrinkles. Once you see those lines and wrinkles on your skin, it’s much harder to reverse the process and all you can do now is protect those wrinkles from deepening and prevent new ones from surfacing.

I went online to research a bit more on anti-wrinkle products and here are some key ingredients that you would want to look for when searching for a good anti-wrinkle product:

1. Vitamin C, E, and A: C to heal and stimulate growth of new collagens. E to help skin repair (prevents and soothes dry skin and redness) and provide a natural moisture barrier to protect from harmful bacteria and lastly A, combined with both C and E, to be a very effective anti-oxidant against wrinkles.

If you have wrinkles already, having Retinol (vitamin A compound) that neutralizes free radicals (unstable oxygen molecules that break down skin cells and cause wrinkles) in a product would be effective. Avoid vitamin A derivatives if you are pregnant or may become pregnant, because they increase the risk of birth defects

2. Hyaluronic acid: Plumps the skin and reduces finelines & wrinkles through it’s natural skin moisturizing properties. Quickly attracts large amounts of moisture to the surface of the skin, thereby allowing the skin to absorb moisture.

3. Hydroxy acids: Alpha hydroxy acids, beta hydroxy acids and poly hydroxy acids are all synthetic versions of acids derived from sugar-containing fruits. These acids are exfoliants — substances that remove the upper layer of old, dead skin and stimulate the growth of smooth, evenly pigmented new skin. Because hydroxy acids increase your susceptibility to sun damage, always wear sunscreen during use and for at least one week afterward.

4. Coenzyme Q10: a nutrient that helps regulate energy production in cells. Some studies have shown reduction in fine wrinkles around the eyes with no side effects. Other studies show that application before sun exposure protects against sun damage.

5. Glycerin: a by-product of soap manufacturing, attracts moisture to the skin and retain it there so it looks more dewy.

6. Essential Oils: Products that have essential oils such as Avocado Oil are great picks for anti-wrinkle prevention, because it has been shown to increase the amount of collagen present in the skin. It is one of the anti wrinkle skin care ingredients that addresses the issue of free radical damage, because it contains both vitamin A and E. Other great anti wrinkle oils also include Jasmine oil, Chamomile flower oil, Avocado oil, Peppermint oil, Orange peel oil, and Rose Flower Oil.

7. Tea extracts: Green, black and oolong tea contain compounds with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Green tea extracts are the ones most commonly found in wrinkle creams. It is rich in antioxidants and is an effective free radical fighter as well as diuretic

With that said, here are some extra ingredients to avoid when possible:

1. Mineral oil: in most cases are made from petrolatum, paraffin wax, and sometimes even liquid paraffin. Experts say that this can be a harmful compound, because it can clog the pores and therefore produce acne. As it clogs the pores, it also hinders skin from getting rid of the toxins.

2. Parabens: are known to cause irritations, rashes, allergic reactions, and even contact dermatitis. They are also similar to estrogen in their chemical structure and are known to promote the growth of cancerous tumors. (not fully tested but good to avoid when possible)

3. Fragrances and colorings: too much of it can be harmful and may cause irritating reactions to skin.

4. Alcohol: often added to many anti aging skin creams, but are to be avoided, because they can cause dryness and even damage blood vessels. DEA, MEA, TEA, and dioxane are believed to be carcinogenic. Dioxane can be particularly harmful and is believed to affect the kidneys, respiratory tract, and the nervous system

Now that you have the basic common ingredients to look for or avoid when searching for anti-wrinkle products, let’s continue with the review:

Price: $19.99
Where to purchase: Costco
Size: 1.7 fl oz.

Ingredients: Cyclotetrasiloxane, cyclopentasiloxane, petrolatum, polysilicone-11, dimethicone, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Bran Extract, Olea Europaea (Olive) Leaf Extract, Morus Nigra Leaf Extract, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Extract, Equisetum Arvense Extract, Calluna Vulgaris Flower Extract, Hordeum Distichon (Barley) Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape Seed Extract, Royal Jelly Extract, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Seed Extract, Menyanthes Trifoliata Leaf Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Fragrance (Parfum), Tocopheryl Acetate, Ceramid 2, Tribehenin, PEG-10 Rapeseed Sterol, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Cyclomethicone, Ascorbic Acid, BHT.

Consistency: Oily consistency due to all the natural oils and extracts, but absorbs thru skin leaving it non-oily

Smell: citrusy scent to it

What it claims: contains peptides, anti-oxidant vitamins and nourishing botanical extracts to soothe, soften and restore skin’s natural radiance

What it actually does: I wanted to like this product but at first I was taken back by how oily the product felt on my hands. After my skin absorbed it, it wasn’t oily at all. I did notice tho that my left side of my cheek has these few bumps on it which I’ve seen before, but with proper skincare, they were gone for a few years until now. Now that they reappeared, I wonder if it has something to do with the ingredient petrolatum in it that may have clogged my pores a bit.

Skin Type: it’s written on the package for all skin types

Likelihood of Repurchase: probably not after I found out more on the ingredients and what they mean. The product has alot of essential oils that are good to nourish the skin but as far as being a great anit-wrinkle serum, I’d say this wouldn’t be a good product for that.

Ratings: (3) out of 5 cosmos


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  1. Great review!

    I try to avoid products that have petrolatum listed in them simply because I tend to break out with them. Probably why L’egre BB cream didn’t work well for me – just too oily.

    Too bad this product didn’t work for you.

  2. Ugh.. Oily is never good! Thanks for the review and all the information!! 🙂

  3. Good review! At least it was a good deal, haha.

  4. Have you tried Ole Henriksen’s Truth Serum? It’s got great ingredients – and it’s very simple. I’m really loving it so far though I certainly can’t speak to it’s wrinkle-preventing properties quite yet.

  5. i’ll see if i can take a look at that, cat =)

  6. This product broke me out too 🙁

  7. Wonderful post. Very informative.

  8. Woah, what a detailed review! Great Job!! I’d be staying away from that, LOL!

  9. haha.. yep, we need to know what ingredients to look for to make sure that the products actually work! =D

  10. Eeks, I’ll need to steer clear of this. It def looks like it would clog my pores & break me out!

    Thanks for the review!

  11. thank you so much for this review ! great job !!