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Now before I even start this review I want to get one thing straight... there is absolutely no way I would ever suggest buying a face cream that costs £47 (unless you were willing to remortgage your house to keep up this buying habit) as I just think that £47 is a ridiculous and unnecessary price tag for such a product. However if you were lucky enough to win said product, along with a number of others from the Skin Ceuticals range, as a result of signing up to a new magazine subscription I would completely endorse you using the products! I was fortunate enough to receive three Skin Ceuticals products after signing up to year's subscription of Glamour magazine and have decided to share my new found opinion of the range with you lucky people.
Skin Ceuticals offers a range of body and facial products which are apparently backed up by advanced scientific evidence, hence the rather scientific sounding brand name. They claim to have actually found scientific proof behind their skincare technology following numerous research products at major medical institutions. They use pharmaceutical ingredients in their products... read into that what you will... and as a result the products can have a really dramatic effect on your skin... which then apparently warrants the high price tags attached to the majority of them. They offer a range of cleansers, toners, masks, moisturisers, serums, etc. that are tailored to different types of skin (dry, combination, oily, sensitive and problematic).
The product that I'm reviewing is the Renew Overnight Dry which is basically an intensive moisturising cream that is meant to be applied before bed at night and then left on during the night to work its magic. The cream comes in a frosted glass pot with a black screw on lid - the whole appearance of it does have a slightly scientific feel to it and I don't think it quite lives up to its price tag really. The packaging is somewhat bland in my opinion and quite sterilised in some way. It comes in a white box with black and light blue writing on it which is very similar to the actual pot itself; again it looks very scientific and not very feminine. The description on the actual pot tells you that it's a "night time skin refining moisturiser for normal or dry skin."
The cream itself is white in colour which again matches the clinical slant they've chosen to take when advertising, and it doesn't really have a very fragrant smell to it. The scent isn't exactly off putting but it's quite plain and reminded me a bit of Nivea cream that you can get in the dark blue pots! It's not as thick as a body butter in terms of consistency but it isn't as runny as a moisturising lotion that you get in a bottle either, just somewhere in between. The directions suggest that you apply a small amount to your face, neck and chest after cleansing and toning with Skin Ceuticals products (if you really want to bankrupt yourself this side of Christmas then you could go absolutely wild and buy yourself the whole product range if you wished)!
It's really easy to apply and it spreads out quite easily, a small blob really will go a long way. It soaks into my skin quite quickly but does also settle on my skin and clump in a strange way or almost bead into tiny little balls in a sense. The scent is very weak which means you can't smell it after a short while and the moisturising effect is almost instantaneous. When I wake the morning after applying it it's still evident that I have the cream on, it hasn't soaked in and disappeared but instead I can still feel it through my intensely moisturised skin. My face doesn't feel greasy at all but it does usually feel like I need a wash, a bit like if I've left my make up on the night before! After removing the cream I'm left with silky soft and superbly moisturised skin.
So onto the scientific magical wonders of this cream... it contains a 10% hydroxyl acid which apparently gently exfoliates the skin while it works to give you a fresher and healthier appearance the following morning. Apparently hydroxyl avid is used in facial peels, but at a much higher concentration, and this is what gives your skin the dewy and fresh effect. It also contains aloe and chamomile to sooth the skin as well as evening primrose oil and comfrey to moisturise the skin. Through these ingredients, the cream claims to restore a radiant complexion, to fight any dryness by restoring moisture to the skin through intensive moisturisation and lastly to diminish the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and other signs of premature aging.
After researching this cream a little bit the beading is apparently quite normal, as it's an exfoliator as well as a moisturiser it's not meant to soak completely into your skin... if you use too much you'll also find this beading occurs more as your skin reaches saturation level and it can't absorb anymore. This is more evident if you stroke your face gently after applying it, a bit like your skin is peeling but it isn't when you look in the mirror! I've been using this for a fortnight now and my skin is wonderfully smooth and soft, so much so that I find I don't always need to wear a moisturiser in the day. My skin also looks much more radiant but I'm not entirely sure if it's had any effect on the signs of ageing or if you'd need to use it for longer to see those effects!
Now the price of this pot is £47 on HQ Hair which is the cheapest I've seen it, you might think that price isn't too bad really for a facial cream that does have great effects. However that price will only get you a 60ml pot... yes that's right, an absolutely tiny pot that's almost insignificant it's so small! I couldn't believe it when the pot turned up in my free goody bag, I thought I'd been sent a tester product by mistake instead of the real deal! Therefore in conclusion I'm giving this product two stars, yes it does work well from what I've seen but I'm not entirely sure I like the effect when it first goes on and I would never, ever recommend buying a 60ml product for £47 unless it was proven to take ten years off your face in minutes... then I would!
Thanks for reading.
For Normal or Dry Skin