Product Type: Liz Earle body care
Newest Review: ... which is 10ml. It's key ingredients are organic rosehip oil, argan oil, neroli oil, and natural vitamin E. These ingredients are really... more
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Liz Earle Superskin Concentrate
Member Name: Dryad
Liz Earle Superskin Concentrate
Advantages: No animal testing, good for moisturising and balancing
I really like Liz Earle's range of skin care, they are made from botanical ingredients, often organic and sourced ethically, there is also no animal testing and for the most part they work extremely well and as a bonus usually smell divine. The price range is similar to Clarins and the like, not supermarket pricing but not stratospheric either. I rarely buy her products any more due to budget constraints but was delighted to be given the Liz Earle's Superskin Concentrated by my sister for Christmas. She had bought a multi pack of products and shared them out, a more economical way to give lovely gifts. Bought on its own the Superskin Concentrate costs £38.76 with £3.95 postage for 28mls from QVC. It can also be bought in a small size of 10mls (for £19 which I think is very pricey per ml) and both sizes can be sourced from Liz Earle direct or John Lewis as well as QVC.
The ingredients in this product include organic rosehip oil, argan oil, neroli, natural vitamin E, chamomile, lavender; these ingredients when blended together in a light base of hazelnut oil manage to be both relaxing and uplifting. Many of these oils have healing and anti-ageing benefits for example rosehip oil has been lauded as an anti-ageing super hero, and amongst other things is said to aid in healing of scars and reduce photo-ageing. Hazelnut oil is considered a 'dry' or 'astringent' oil and is one of the reasons this product doesn't feel heavy or greasy. Hazelnut oil is also packed full of vitamin E and (partly due to the vitamin E content) is slow to 'go off' so helps to give this natural product a decent shelf life. Most Liz Earle products have a shelf life of at least 3 years unopened and at least six months when opened, if there is a more limited life a symbol of PAO will be displayed on packaging. Each of the oils included has won its stripes in its own right.
I like the packaging of this it's attractive and feels good quality without being over the top. The pump has a solid action dispensing a nice amount of product and is fairly easy to adjust the amount by altering pressure on the pump when depressing. When dispensed this has a smooth satin texture, and is not very runny. The beautiful sunny golden colour of the oil is very attractive and it's easy to see how much is left through the clear bottle.
Although this is an oil product it doesn't sit on the skin like petroleum or mineral based oils can. Because it is made from botanical oils and extracts it sinks into the skin surprisingly quickly and doesn't leave my skin feeling oily or clogged. However because my skin is slightly oily I don't feel the need to use this everyday, but more as maintenance or as a turbo booster when my skin is feeling a bit 'down' and lack lustre. I do sometimes get dry patches and this is great for sorting them out it seems to work overnight. I usually use this about 3-4 times a week before bed.
This is lovely to use on the décolletage it sinks in straight away and gives a plumped youthful glow to the area. I usually use it here in the morning as well as the night and it keeps the area looking it's best.
I use this right up to and over my eyelids (not a heavy application just a touch) and it has made a difference to the texture of my skin here for the better. It doesn't make the skin under my eyes puff up, but I only use it a few times a week and sparingly in this area so wouldn't expect it to anyway. There seems to have been a very slight tonening of my skin in general giving a smoother look overall. It's not a dramatic difference but it is a difference.
I am quite pleased to say that this oil doesn't increase the oiliness of my skin at all, in fact is seems to balance it somewhat; while I am using this my skin doesn't suffer from those pesky dry patches of over oiliness. The oiliness is still there to a certain extent as that is just my skin type I don't think I'll ever be rid of it entirely, but there is a noticeable reduction.
This is not a product I would have thought of buying for myself partly because of the price, but mainly because it's oil. I have been pleasantly surprised though as it has balanced my skin and made a noticeable difference to the appearance. I'm sure this would be particularly fantastic for drier skins; my sister has since bought another bottle for herself since I gave her some back to try. It hasn't affected her eczema detrimentally in fact it seems to have soothed it somewhat giving her blotting paper texture cheeks (her words) more of a velvety bloom, and the deeper lines around her eyes have softened and look less noticeable. I think with this product the more your skin needs help the more obvious the results will be. I don't think young dewy skins would require this product but for any skins that are seeing signs of ageing or are very dry for whatever reason it's a smashing product.
Summary: Another lovely Liz Earle product that lives up to its claims.