AN ANTI-AGING SERUM THAT REALLY WORKS: Neostrata Skin Active Tri-Therapy Lifting Serum

NEOSTRATA Skin Active Tri-Therapy Lifting Serum

I was thrilled to be sent NeoStrata’s Skin Active Tri-Therapy Lifting Serum to review as I saw a major difference in my neck area after using NeoStrata Skin Active Triple Neck Firming Cream a few years back. I’m a firm believer in serums being a necessity rather than a luxury; they’re that powerful!

NEOSTRATA Skin Active Tri-Therapy Lifting Serum

Three key ingredients are found in Neostrata Skin Active Tri-Therapy Lifting Serum to address aging concerns such as loss of volume, sagging skin and a lack of hydration. A patented amino acid derivative is the star ingredient which revs up the production of collagen. Collagen diminishes as we age, so a boost of it is always welcome to keep your skin structure strong, toned and plump! Side note: I’m currently drinking Collagen Lift® Paris as from the first of September and will be doing a review at the end of October and will let you know what I think.

NEOSTRATA Skin Active Tri-Therapy Lifting Serum

Hyaluronic acid is another ingredient which increases hydration and luminosity. The Neostrata Skin Active Tri-Therapy Lifting Serum includes a hyaluronic acid with a low molecular weight, meaning it can penetrate really deeply beneath the skin to moisturise, smooth and diminish fine lines and wrinkles.

The third ingredient is Gluconolactone formulated to enhance an even skin tone. Yes, I should have listened to my mother’s nagging about staying out of the midday sun as a teenager, but nothing seemed more important than having a tanned and bronzed body back then. Now I’m paying the price with dark spots on the side of my face! According to a study found in Dermatalogic Surgery journal, Gluconolactone provided up to 50% protection against UV radiation and UV radiation-induced elastin promotor activation. I’ve yet to see a significant change in the spots, but my skin feels really good and hydrated. The serum is lightweight with a non-sticky texture that sinks in easily. The bottle lasts long as you only need a drop or two to cover the entire face and neck.

NEOSTRATA Skin Active Tri-Therapy Lifting Serum

Neostrata Skin Active Tri-Therapy Lifting Serum is alcohol, oil and fragrance-free and contains no parabens. Results in clinical trials showed that 90% of users showed clinical improvement of fine lines, firmness and clarity. Also, within a period of 12 weeks 100% of users observed smoother and more luminous skin. Not too shabby, and well worth the price point.

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Have you tried any of Neostrata’s products? As I said earlier NeoStrata Skin Active Triple Neck Firming Cream is something I plan on making a staple in my routine (depending on how flush I’m feeling that is – maintaining your skin is not easy on your wallet, but the products are so worth it!).

Happy Day!

Cath

NIVEA HYALURON CELLULAR FILLER: REVIEW

NIVEA Hyaluron Cellular Filler

Formerly known as Cellular Anti-Age, NIVEA has renamed and re-packaged their anti-ageing range to Hyaluron Cellular Filler consisting of a day cream, night cream, serum and an eye cream. If you, like me, have been led to believe that the more money one spends on a beauty product the more beneficial it will be, think again; NIVEA’s scientifically-proven formulation contains 3 key ingredients to fight ageing skin concerns and is available at a fab price point! Here’s why I love this range:

NIVEA Hyaluron Cellular Filler

NIVEA Hyaluron Cellular Filler products contain hyaluronic acid, Magnolia Extract and Creatin. Found naturally in your body, hyaluronic acid has an amazing ability to deliver lasting moisture as it can hold up to 1000 times its weight in water. Because it occurs naturally in the skin there is very little chance of causing irritation or an allergic reaction. With age our skin loses its suppleness and hyaluronic acid helps turn back the clock by rejuvenating your skin, improving its protective barrier, supporting its healing and repairing ability, and provides a defence to fight UV damage (as free radicals can break down elastin and collagen). When skin is hydrated, fine lines and wrinkles are less noticeable so always look for a product that contains this marvellous ingredient!

Magnolia extract also has anti-oxidant and anti-bacterial properties, helping to neutralise free radicals and decelerate the aging process. Creatine plays an important role in supplying energy to nerve cells and skeletal muscle (that’s why bodybuilders like to add it to their diet) but cosmetically speaking Creatine helps improve skin cell turnover, increase elasticity and treats hyper-pigmentation. Read more on each product below:

NIVEA Hyaluron Cellular Filler

NIVEA Cellular Anti-Age Skin Rejuvenation Day Cream ZAR250

This helps to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, increase firmness and improve skin renewal thanks to the aforementioned ingredients. The formula sinks in easily, is non-greasy and leaves my skin feeling hydrated and smooth. The added SPF15 protects skin from UV-induced ageing, dark spots and cell damage which is a plus for me as I have pigmentation on the side of my face. I’d layer a higher SPF over this if you spend lots of time outdoors, but as I’m in studio most days I find it is enough for winter (hurry up, warm summer days!)

NIVEA Hyaluron Cellular Filler Anti-Age Eye Cream ZAR250

I am not the greatest at always including eye creams into my beauty routine, but as this one is ophthalmologically tested it’s safe to use on my sensitive eyes. It has definitely helped to improve the delicate under-eye area by brightening and moisturising nicely.

NIVEA Hyaluron Cellular Filler Anti-Age Serum

NIVEA Hyaluron Cellular Filler Anti-Age Serum ZAR250

I love, love, love serums. This one comes in a pump dispenser which preserves the active ingredients and gives an even-metered dose of serum. Serums have a thinner consistency and a more potent concentration of ingredients so I find two pumps is ample to cover my face and neck area before applying a day or night cream. This is an added bonus of tackling skin concerns like fine lines and wrinkles, sagging skin, pigmentation, redness and inflammation. As one ages I’m always on the look-out for products that give radiance, brightness and smoothness and I saw an improvement after ten days with a brighter looking skin!

NIVEA Hyaluron Cellular Filler Anti-Age Night Cream

NIVEA Hyaluron Cellular Filler Night Cream ZAR250

I usually experience a day or two of skin bumps when trying out products too rich in anti-ageing ingredients, but this one felt great and I had no break-outs. The scientific formulation works well to stimulate collagen and elastin, repairing skin for a youthful appearance and upon waking it gives you a touch of radiance and brightness, something I hanker after!

Have you tried out this range yet and what do you think? It’s available from Clicks, and if you hurry there’s one more day of the special where you can buy any 3 selected Nivea Face Care Products and get the cheapest free. Selected stores only. Valid until 22 August 2018″

Happy Tuesday!

Cath

REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: ELEMIS NOURISHED GLOW KIT for Normal Skin

elemis anti-aging cleansing balm and apricot toner

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I hanker after a fresh-faced glowing skin as am sure most of us do, so I was eager to take up the offer of trying out ELEMIS NOURISHED GLOW KIT for the month of February and report back on how it went! Here’s what I thought and yay, there’s an ELEMIS NOURISHED GLOW KIT GIVEAWAY up for grabs too!

elemis anti-aging cleansing balm and apricot toner

I spend a huge amount of time in an air con environment and come weekends, I like to walk and swim, feeling the sun on my skin, so wanting a natural healthy glowing skin while braving the elements is no small feat, (unless we are talking about a sweaty glow from exertion!) Elemis Nourished Glow kit includes an Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm, for renewing and solftening skin, Elemis Soothing Apricot Toner for toning and smoothing & Elemis Cellular Recovery Skin Bliss Capsules for replenishing & nourishing.

I’ve been an Elemis lover for a good many years, in fact, thanks to my beauty bestie Chereen Strydom, from For the Beauty of It (check out her awesome blog here) who introduced me to Elemis Pro-collagen Cleansing Balm singing its praises; being naturally curious in beauty products she loves, I gave it a try and have been in love with it ever since!

elemis anti-aging pro-collagen cleansing balm

On opening the balm a heavenly aromatic smell awakens the senses, bringing a spa experience to mind. With the addition of water the thick texture changes into a soft milky runny consistency which is easy to massage into skin. You really only need a small scoop no bigger than your pinky nail so the product lasts at least three to four months, if not longer. Key ingredient Padina Pavonica is known to boost skin’s defenses, firming and helping with elasticity; Starflower oil, rich in GLA maintains skin’s optimum metabolism, improving the barrier function. Optimega oil prevents water loss, while Mimosa and Rose flower wax softens skin and restores elasticity. Elderberry oil is anti-inflammatory containing 80% fatty acids and micronutrients and nourishing Shea butter for dry and dehydrated skin. When purchasing Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm you are given a cloth to wash off the product, but isn’t available in the kit, so I suggest using your own sponge or muslin cloth which works a treat! I rate this cleansing balm as one of my all-time favourites for a super clean, nourished glowing complexion.

elemis apricot soothing toner

Elemis Soothing Apricot Toner maintains the skin’s natural PH level without using harsh detergents or alcohol. I stay clear of toners containing alcohol as they are very drying on my already dry skin. I have sensitive eyes, yet the toner and the balm don’t irritate them, so I can remove makeup with both products quite happily. Sweet almond oil, Quilla wood and sweet Betty flower soothes, leaving skin fresh and radiant. I have this toner sitting in the fridge for a cooling effect when I feel I need a bit of a ‘pick me upper’ after sitting in front of a computer. If you have five minutes to take some downtime, soak cottonwool pads with the toner and place them on your eyes for five minutes – just heaven as a revitalizing spritzer!

I’ve been lucky in trying out these awesome Elemis Cellular Recovery Skin Bliss Capsules previously, keeping them in my desk drawers for daily doses of reviving my senses and skin. The pink day capsules contain rose absolute to enhance well being and give a glow to the cheekbones, lips and temples. The green ones are for night time use, containing soothing lavender for tired skin. Precious oils from the Tanzania ‘miracle tree’, Moringa and Oleifera are all aromatic essential oils that enhance your glow. There are only 14 capsules in the kit so I used one every second day with my daily moisturiser and night cream. (I do prefer using one everyday as an added boost to glowing skin!)

Overall the combination of these three Elemis products have given my tired stressed skin a renewed glow and I absolutely loved the experience. So now its your turn; if you’re wanting to stand a chance to win your own NOURISHED GLOW KIT, a targeted cleansing kit, here’s what you have to do: Comment below or drop me an email and tell me why you would like to win this kit.

GIVEAWAY is only open to Residents of South Africa.

Winner will be announced TUESDAY 20th March at midday via social media platforms or direct email.

* All Products are sent to me as samples from agencies and brands unless otherwise stated.

If you’ve had the opportunity to try out any ELEMIS products, what are your thoughts?

Happy Day

Cath

Photography: Ian Reeves

GIVEAWAY is only open to Residents of South Africa.

Winner will be announced TUESDAY 20th March at midday via social media platforms or direct email.

* All Products are sent to me as samples from agencies and brands unless otherwise stated.

If you’ve had the opportunity to try out any ELEMIS products, what are your thoughts?

Happy Day

Cath