I am a needle-phobic. I’m terrified of them. Even just looking at a needle makes me nervous. I can’t even watch a medical TV show (or any other show where someone is having an injection, real or fake, for that matter) without turning my head away the second a needle comes onto the screen. Blood tests cause full on anxiety attacks.
There is absolutely no way that I would ever allow a needle to pierce my skin unless it were for a serious medical emergency. That means I’ll never have a tattoo done, won’t pierce my ears, and definitely won’t do Botox.
Even if I were to overcome my fear of needles, Botox still wouldn’t appeal to me. There’s also the pain. The downtime. And the risk of having my face frozen in an awkward position for months should something go wrong. No, thanks. I’ll keep my wrinkles.
But wouldn’t it be wonderful if a topical product could provide the same benefits as Botox without the needles, and all the other side effects? Dr Brandt claims the new Needles No More can do just that. But is that really true, or just another overblown promise that will have us disappointed? Let’s investigate:
What Dr Brandt Says
The revolutionary needles no more wrinkle relaxing cream targets lines & wrinkles on the forehead, between brows and crow’s feet. A powerful tri-blend of wrinkle relaxers provide a targeted delivery of the wrinkle relaxing ingredients to where they are most needed. Instantly relaxing and smoothing expression lines, while helping to soften and reduce the appearance of lines & wrinkles and defend against future expression lines.
Perfluorohexane, Perfluoroperhydrophenanthrene, & Perfluorodecalin
Needles No More contains an “exclusive tri-blend wrinkle relaxer” made up of perfluorohexane, perfluoroperhydrophenanthrene, and perfluorodecalin. These ingredients can deliver oxygen to the skin, but can that relax wrinkles?
I could only found one study testing the efficacy of a cream with an oxygen carrier. The scientists wanted to know if the cream improved moisture levels and reduced fine lines and wrinkles, but the results were so subtle, they couldn’t tell how well it worked.
We do know, instead, that too much oxygen can generate free radicals, one of the main causes of ageing. That’s why I personally stay away from any cosmetic product that claims to contain or deliver oxygen. I’d rather fight wrinkles with the tried and tested, effective, and safer retinoids, antioxidants, and alpha hydroxy acids., With so many options available, why choose oxygen?
This cream also claims to encourage “a superficial tightening action, preventing contraction and providing quick relaxation”. This tightening action is due to film-formers polymethyl methacrylate, sodium acrylates copolymer and methyl methacrylate crosspolymer.
When they dry, they contract, providing a tightening effect. This results in a “blurred look” that makes fine lines and wrinkles look smaller. But it’s only a temporary solution. Once the film formers are removed, your wrinkles become noticeable once again.
Another trick to reduce the appearance of fine line and wrinkles is to keep skin hydrated. That’s because hydrated skin looks plumper. In this cream, this job falls to shea butter.
Shea butter forms a protective barrier on the skin that reduces transpidermal water loss. It does this a lot better than even mineral oil, one of the most moisturizing ingredients used in skincare. And its effects last for at least 8 hours.
But that’s not all. There is also some evidence that the unsaponifiables contained in shea butter may boost collagen production, helping skin stay younger for longer. But that takes time. The immediate improvement you see right after you apply the cream is due to the moisturizing properties of shea butter (and the film formers mentioned above).
X50 Myocept Powder
You won’t find X50 Myocept Powder in the ingredient list. Not with this name anyway. It is a complex formed by Palmitoyl Hexapeptide-52, Polyvinyl Alcohol, Lactic Acid, Glycolic Acid, Palmitoyl Heptapeptide-18, and they are all listed separately on the label.
According to the manufacturer, this complex “targets skin neurons for an improved Botox like ingredient. It minimizes neuronal exocytosis by inhibiting calcium entry at receptor level and Inhibits the formation of the SNARE protein complex,” two functions that can relax muscles.
Does it work? Difficult to tell without properly conducted independent studies confirming the claims. Even if they were true, the complex may still not work well for everyone. Argireline, another peptide that can inhibit muscle movement, seems to work well for people with thin skin, but hardly do anything for those who have thicker skin. It just doesn’t diffuse through it that well. This new complex may very well behave in the same way.
Final Considerations On The Formula
Far from being the miracle product it claims to be, Dr Brandt Needles No More reduces the appearance of wrinkles by filling them in and hydrating skin, but the results are only temporary. If you have thin skin, there is a possibility the muscle relaxing ingredients in the formula may do something for you, but you certainly won’t get Botox like results.
Full Ingredient List
Water, Perfluorohexane, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter, Perfluoroperhydrophenanthrene, Perfluorodecalin, Butylene Glycol, Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Sodium Acrylates Copolymer, Magnesium Gluconate, C12-16 Alcohols, Palmitic Acid, Glyceryl Stearate, Isopropyl Palmitate, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Glycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Prolinamidoethyl Imidazole, Cetearyl Alcohol, Menthone Glycerin Acetal, Glutamylamidoethyl Imidazole, Tocopherol, Lecithin, Stearic Acid, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Butylene Glycol, Xanthan Gum, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Chlorphenesin, Sodium Phytate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Oil, Silanediol Salicylate, Adenosine, Tromethamine, Linalool, Palmitoyl Hexapeptide-52, Polyvinyl Alcohol, Lactic Acid, Glycolic Acid, Palmitoyl Heptapeptide-18, Methylpropanediol, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Extract.
If you’re still interested in giving Dr Brandt Needles No More a try, you can purchase it at Sephora. The 0.5oz bottle will set you back a whooping $89.00!
The Bottom Line
Dr Brandt Needles No More can temporarily reduce the appearance of expression lines and wrinkles, but it doesn’t work as well as Botox. No topical product does.
Have you tried Dr Brandt Needles No More?