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Whilst I was away a few months ago on a girly weekend at Centre parcs we decided we would treat ourselves to a treatment at the spa. Whilst most of the girls opted for a massage I chose an Elemis facial and all I can say is WOW.
I suffer from a very red flushed looking face especially on my cheeks, I also have several small broken capillaries on my cheek area, these have gotten worse over the last year or so and although they can be covered easily with some loose powder they were becoming a bit of a concern. After all I am only in my early thirties.
My therapist said that my skin would only get worse if I didn't do something soon to prevent the capillaries, she said the cream could not 'cure' the ones I had but it could reduce them and also stop any new ones forming. I decided I would buy it despite it's hefty price. Here is how I have got on with it.
The cream comes in a sleek silver bottle with a pump action top. It has a see through lid to prevent any accidental 'pumps'. It contains 50ml.
What the product claims to do - reduce the daily appearance of redness and high colour. It also says that is will help reduce the flushed appearance of broken capillaries. Whilst acting as a soothing moisturiser.
How to use it- there are two ways to use the cream, you can either use it direct on your face as your moisturiser or you can mix it in with your normal moisturiser and use it as you would normally do. My therapist recomended that I use it direct due to the severity of my skin (I didn't think it was that bad !!).
It is advised that you use it morning and night after cleansing your face.
Ease of use - The pump is smooth and easy to use, it dispenses just the right amount for about half a face application. It has never got clogged up despite using it twice a day for two months.
First impressions - The first thing you will notice is the glorious smell of roses, it is very heavily scented and my friend who tried the cream found it a bit too much. I love that rose smell and so it is perfect for me.
There are other scents in the cream which are honey and meadow sweet, but these are way over powered by the rose.
The cream is a fairly thick consistency when it is pumped out so it doesn't run or slip. But when it is applied to the skin it just glides along and doesn't need any rubbing in at all. My skin feels smooth and soft almost instantly after applying it, some creams make it feel tight but not this one.
Does it work ? YES !! I was quite sceptical and after I bought it I felt like perhaps I had been swept up in the whole spa experience and sales pitch, but I had nothing to loose as I had already bought it and so used it as recommended twice a day. After the first three or four days I noticed my skin was less blotchy and more even. Then after about two weeks my face was noticeably less red, it was much more even and the blotchiness had gone. Two moths later, it is like a new face, it is smooth and even. There is hardly any redness at all except a couple of very tiny pin prick sized capillaries, my loose powder is no longer necessary before I go out. Another side effect is that I am so much more confident, I didn't realise how much my skin was effecting my self esteem.
How much ? Well this magical cream is not cheap, it costs £51 for the 50ml bottle. You can only buy it from authorised salons, QVC or on the Elemis website. Or there are several on Ebay going for anything between £25 and £45, but of course this is a bit of a risk.
I bought it along with another item (an enzyme peel) so got a free gift of loads of little goodies. There are often free gifts if you buy two items on the Elemis website.
Is it worth it - It's a non hesitant yes from me, the price is huge for me, I would never usually dream of paying that for a cream but when I look at what it has given me a beautifully smooth and even face and a fabulous confidence boost, it is worth every penny. My therapist said the cream should last approx four months as you only need a tiny amount. Although because the bottle is silver you can't see how much is left and so I can't say for sure it this is true.
I also like the fact that it is made in England and Elemis is a British brand, I will always be happy to pay a little bit more for this. It is also not tested on animals again this is important to me.
Final words - A superior product that actually does what it claims to do.
Ingredients: Complex of Malt, Polysaccharides of Brown Algae, Abolutes of Honey and Rose, Phytoamine Biocomplex of Centella Asiatica, Meadowsweet and Neurosensorial Dipeptide Amino Acids all combine to soothe blotchiness and reduce redness / a soothing, anti-redness treatment moisturiser that helps to reduce the daily appearance of redness and high colour / Containing a powerful Anti-Redness Complex to help reduce the flushed appearance of broken capillaries / a Phytoamine Biocomplex of Centella Asiatica, Meadowsweet and Amino Acids help to soothe the skin //