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I purchased this serum when it was on offer a while ago now, but hadn't used it too much until recently. It costs £10.99 at full price but is frequently discounted.
What's a serum?
A face serum is different to your usual facial moisturiser as it is really concentrated so you need very little, and it is designed to penetrate deeply into the skin. They often target specific areas such as wrinkles or fine lines and should be used before moisturiser. The jury is definitely out on whether or not a serum is an essential part of your skin care routine, but I can be a bit of a sucker for trying out new things!
A light gel texture
This comes in a small plastic bottle with a pump action dispenser at the top. The packaging is pretty underwhelming really - just a basic white bottle with some blue and yellow lettering. This is very simple to dispense, and as you need so little I find just one pump of the dispenser is about enough. The serum has a slightly pearlescent look to it, and it appears like a light gel with the same texture as a face lotion.
This sinks into the skin instantly as you apply it, and it is really easy and quite pleasant to put on. It takes no effort whatsoever to put on as it does sink in so instantaneously. Straight away my skin is left feeling silky smooth, and it doesn't leave behind any residue or feeling of greasiness or stickiness.
This also has a slightly tightening feeling on the skin. Nothing dramatic, but I can definitely feel the skin tightening up very slightly after applying this. I leave this on for a moment or two before applying my usual moisturiser, and the serum underneath doesn't interfere with this at all.
I really like using this product. It definitely smoothens the skin and it provides a nice smooth base on which to apply moisturiser and then make-up. And I do actually think it makes some difference to the appearance of my skin - it feels smoother and healthier, and although I'm not going to claim it works miracles, it does give a slight tightening effect and does make my skin feel lovely.
Perhaps this isn't an essential purchase - however I really like using it and I do think it has some beneficial effects on my skin. For £10.99 I don't think it's a bad purchase and I would consider buying it again - but I would definitely recommend waiting till it's on offer! .
I am in my late twenties and I'm conscious that I want to keep my skin looking young for as long as possible. I am often buying new products in a bid to achieve this and one of my latest purchases was the Nivea Q10 Anti-Wrinkles Skin-Refining Serum.
What does the product do?
The product promises to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, to leave the skin feeling silky and to leave it looking plumper. It also claims that it will mimic your skins natural defences to prevent the appearance of wrinkles in the future to leave you with smoother, younger looking skin. The product is suitable for all skin types.
How do you use the product?
The product is to be applied to cleansed skin. You need to dispense the product and massage it gently into the skin on the face and neck using circular motions, carefully avoiding the eye area. You can then follow it up with your usual moisturiser.
Packaging and Price
The product comes in a white plastic bottle and there is a bit of extra information about the product given in the back of the bottle. The bottle is protected by a cloud white cap and when you remove the lid, you can see the white pump dispenser which you push down on in order to release the product. The product costs £10 for 30ml which is quite expensive but I bought it on a 3 for 2 offer in Boots. It is available from other department stores, large supermarkets and also from a variety of online websites.
Application and Performance
The product doesn't have much of an aroma but it does smell a bit fresh and fruity. The aroma is barely there however so it isn't enough to put anyone off buying the product at all. It has a slightly thicker consistency that I would expect from a serum but it still has the texture of a gel. It has a very slight yellow tinge to it but it is largely creamy in colour. You only need to use a little bit of this product in order to get the desired result so although the bottle is small, it should be long lasting. The product is absorbed instantly by the skin with minimal massaging.
The bottle makes your skin incredibly smooth right from the very first application. I was worried about using a product that was 'suitable for all skin types' as my skin is oily but this didn't leave a sheen on my skin or make me feel greasy. It didn't cause me to develop any blemishes or lead to any irritations. It does leave my skin look healthier and in a better condition. It does feel nicely hydrated and removes feeling or dryness and tightness. I'm not sure whether it's reducing the appearance of my wrinkles, even though mine are very fine and I can't tell whether it's actually preventing wrinkles. It does make my skin silky, healthy and hydrated so that's enough for me!
All in all, this is a lovely serum that leaves my skin feeling silky soft and looking healthy. It isn't greasy or heavy, and is leaves my skin in a better condition. I'm not sure about the battle against wrinkles or how this would fair against heavy set wrinkles but it makes my skin look and feel healthier.