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I like to take good care of my skin and I like to battle a war fought by many women out there, aging. However, deep down, I know that nothing can stop the aging process but I do know that we can slow it down. We can soften our lines and wrinkles by making them look less visible. This "slowing down" process can be done by using certain skin care products to keep our skin look good and the lines less defined, hence allowing me to age gracefully.
A major challenge I usually face is choosing from a range of products made by many good quality, not being loyal to a specific brand. I do have a few favourites such as Olay, L'Oreal , Nivea and Garnier but if I do find a better product on offer, I'd probably go for that product.
Garnier is a brand that I have used to great effect over the last few years and what makes Garnier stand out is their influx of new ideas and new products produced at such a high standard. One of these unique products was the anti-aging cream for Garnier skin naturals, in specific it was the Ultra left range. Anti-aging creams work very well with my skin as they hydrate it nicely whereas serums are great because of their quick absorbent.
== Garnier Ultra Lift Serum + Cream ==
=== Packaging ===
The packaging is pretty much like most of their ultra-lift range. It consists of a red and white box with a clear widow on the side showing the actual product. Some very useful information can be found at the back such as the chemical composition as well as the name and the address of the company.
Garnier usually place their products in little jars, however this time they were placed in a tube like structure showing the actual content inside. The cream-serum was stored in a way such that it made me reminisce back to the ice-cream we used to buy from the Ice cream machine! The cream-serum was stored in a way which gave us an illusion of a white spiral staircase. View it as you wish but I really do believe it was an extremely innovative creation I must say.
The tube has a cap with a very small opening to control the amount of the cream that we want to use, which in a way or another ensures that none of the cream will be spilt out or wasted for no reason.
== The look, texture and the smell ==
When I first looked at the content, the mixture was white but when I looked carefully I saw that the mixture was made of two lines, one white and the other was clear so I knew that both the cream and the serum came out at the same time with the same quantity. It was creamy , light and fluffy and the smell was the same as all Garnier Ultra Left product, it was very pleasantly sweet and fruity.
== When and how to apply ==
It's not mentioned whether to use it day or night but from my previous experiences with anti-aging product I use it first thing in the morning after washing my face and at night before going to bed. However, this product doesn't has SPF so when applied during the day you need to use your usual sun block after applying Garnier cream and serum.
== Why it's different? How does it work? ==
This product is different because it combines the traditional face cream with serum as well so both are used as one product instead of two so it's two times more concentrated and even more effective than your usual product.
It has twice the amounts of Pro Retinol so it's twice as effective. Pro retinol reach the heart of wrinkles and target wrinkles and make the skin firmer and brighter.
== Recommended user age ==
Skin care starts as early as your teen however; using an anti-aging product should be when you reach your thirties most preferably before your mid-thirties. There is a small chart at the back of the box showing the recommendation age and it's roughly between 33-35 until late 60's but I mentioned before it's even better to use it in your early 30's depending on your skin type of course.
== Their claim ==
They have so many claims and high hope for this products some of them overly too optimistic. So according to their claim they believed that :
Immediately: Your skin looks visibly firmer.
After 10 days: Your skin appears tightened as if it lifted. Your skin looks visibly younger
After 28 days: Your wrinkles appeared reduced even the deep ones.
After reading their claim I wanted to try their new product and put it to the test even though I had my doubts especially that the price of this one was just under £10 so looked forward for the challenge and hope that this one will be the new youth code for most ladies!
== My experience ==
Before I start to share my experience I would like to say that I'm in my mid-thirties so I don't have deep wrinkles plus that I take a very good care of my skin and I'm a not a smoker nor sun worshiper and I have some good genes from my mother but my skin has some issues like all other people at my age , I had a few lines here and there and needed that extra boast to look more youthful and radiant.
I pressed the cap a little and the mixture came out easily. As I said before, it's a combination of cream and serum so I was wondering how am I going to get the amounts equally but I discovered later that the twisted cream-serum wasn't for fun because the made it that way to ensure the distribution of the formulae in one step.
Applying the mixture was so easy, it was so light and none greasy. It penetrated into my skin quickly. I only needed a very small amounts to start with.
I started to apply the mixture with circular movements, not forgetting my neck . it was very pleasant to apply and unlike my normal face cream it wasn't heavy and didn't left any residue at all. Some creams make my skin tingle but this one was as light as a feather and both the cream and the serum melted blended perfectly at the same time in my skin.
'''So back to their first claim:'''
=== How did my skin feel instantly?===
My skin felt very soft more than it used to be and it felt slightly tighter but in a good way so I think it's one box ticked.
You can use it with your usual SPF and it's a great base for your foundation and that what I did; I used for the next few weeks along with my usual SPF and foundation.
=== Now, about their second claim: How did my skin feel after 10 days? ===
My skin was brighter and glowing; yes it was tighter and firmer but not as if it was lifted! With all honesty my lines were still there waving at me!
=== Finally, after 28 days: How did my skin feel? ===
The tube lasted me for over 5 weeks so it was very economical and I'm using my second one now but what about their final claim? I can honestly say that my skin is a lot softer firm and more supple. I woke up to a perfectly soft skin in the morning and the hydration lasted all the day. Before using Garnier Ultra Lift serum and cream my skin was a bit dull and lifeless now it's more lively and youthful looking however, my lines didn't disappear but they are a lot more reduced even the tough one on my forehead can hardly be seen now so I'm pleasantly surprised.
== Summary ==
I can confirm that this product is an excellent one, most boxes were ticked here. I'm very satisfied with it and it's going to be one of my favourites. It proves that sometimes a budget face cream can do wonders.
== Ingredients ==
aqua / water, glycerin, pentylene glycol, neopentyl glycol diheptanoate, glyceryl
stearate, dicaprylyl carbonate, acrylamide/ammonium acrylate copolymer,
aluminum starch octenylsuccinate, benzyl alcohol, butyrospermum parkii butter / shea
butter, caprylyl glycol, carbomer, cetyl alcohol, chlorphenesin, cyclopentasiloxane, dimethicone, disodium edta, ethylhexylglycerin, glyceryl acrylate/acrylic acid copolymer, hexylene glycol, hydrolyzed rice protein, palmitic acid, panthenol, phenoxyethanol ,polyisobutene, polysorbate 20, retinyl linoleate, silica, stearic acid, tocopheryl acetate, triethanolamine, xanthan gum, parfum /fragrance. (f.i.l. b50306/1).
== Price and availability ==
I bought from Boots 3 for 2 offer which is less that 10% of the price tag of some very expensive brands. It's available in boots and most chemist and supermarkets and online too. The price vary between £11.99 -£9.99.
== My recommendation ==
I'm more than happy to recommended it for all women in their 30's up to late 60's. The results are amazing and I can assure you that you will notice the difference after a couple of week and with continuous use you will have a beautiful skin whatever your age is.
I'm now sadly at an age when I am starting to think about skincare products that do more than moisturise, and I now tend to look for face creams with some anti-ageing properties. So when I discovered Garnier UltraLift was part of a Buy One Get One Free offer in Boots, I decided to give it a go, especially as it worked out, with the offer, at £6 a bottle.
At full price, a 50ml bottle costs £11.99 in Boots and is part of the Garnier UltraLift range. You'll also get 44 Advantage Card points with your purchase. And at the time of writing selected Garnier skincare products are part of a "Two for £12" deal so you could effectively get two of these for the price of one.
About the product ...
This product combines both a serum and a cream and is designed to protect the skin against the effects of ageing. It promises to "target wrinkles, even deep ones, illuminate and firm your skin".
This comes in quite a small pump action bottle that fits easily into the palm of your hand. Inside you can see that the cream and the serum are "swirled" together so both are visible - the cream is white and the serum is clear and you can clearly see them both inside the bottle.
Easy to use
I tend to use quite a small amount of this product, and I find it very easy and pleasant to use. Obviously both the cream and serum are dispensed together in equal amounts so it's really easy to apply to skin. It feels nice and rich and it has a light, fresh fragrance. It sinks into the skin almost instantly, leaving it feeling really nicely moisturised.
I really like the way this makes my skin feel - it instantly feels soft and smooth and takes away any 'tight' feeling you may sometimes get after cleansing or washing your face in the mornings. It feels like a good quality cream and certainly seems to be richer than cheaper face creams I've used. It leaves my skin feeling soft to the touch and this is a feeling that lasts me all day.
Wrinkles be gone?
However I can't really say whether or not this has any great impact on the quality of my skin - although it certainly leaves my skin feeling lovely and soft I am not going to claim that it has any magical impact on my skin - but if I am honest I don't yet have any wrinkles to target! But hopefully this lovely cream is doing some good and is helping keep my skin firm and healthy. It certainly feels a little 'plumper' after use.
In summary ...
All in all I really like and recommend this cream - especially if you can buy it on offer. I can also state that you don't need to use much of the product so the bottle I have seems to be lasting me forever. And it is a product I would certainly buy again.
Proven efficacy on deep wrinkles / Skin feels firmer and looks radiant / Is Garnier UltraLift Serum + Cream right for me? Yes, if you are looking for advanced anti-wrinkle efficacy without complicating your skin routine / Discover the efficacy of a serum and a concentrated cream in just one step to target wrinkles and firm skin / How is it different? Garnier UltraLift Serum + Cream combines two products against the effects of ageing: a serum and a cream, 2 times more concentrated in Pro-Retinol derived from nature / Garnier UltraLift Serum + Cream is the first 1 in 1 anti-ageing skincare from Garnier with proven efficacy on even deep wrinkles / Its revolutionary spiral form ensures delivery of the 2 formulae in one step / How does it work? Its dual formula contains twice the amount of Pro-Retinol derived from nature, which is released continuously after application to the skin to reach the heart of wrinkles for optimum efficiency / Powerful results: Immediately, your skin looks visibly firmer / After 10 days, your skin appears tightened, as if lifted / Your skin looks visibly younger / After 28 days, your wrinkles appear reduced, even the deep ones / Compared to other products in the UltraLift range /