“ Brand: Skin Doctors / Texture: Cream / Type: Night Cream / Skin type: for dry skin and for all types „
Skin Doctors are a skincare company who originated in Australia in 1998 and have been successfully selling their products in the UK since 2000. They have an extremely persuasive sales pitch for their company's credentials and each of their products is strongly targeted to seduce the prospective buyer into making that purchase. I've certainly made several impulse buys from them just after reading their product descriptions which seem to promise to solve all manner of skin problems.
For instance, they describe their range as 'clinical strength skincare without a prescription.' They also say their philosophy is to provide fast, visible results in the minimum time. They use phrases like "we power-pack our formulations with optimal quantities of powerful actives for truly incredible results." How many adjectives can you squeeze into one sentence? You have to be pretty strong-willed to ignore those messages. Furthermore, they claim their power-packed products are often referred to as 'topical alternatives to surgery', ranging from Botox, fillers, laser and collagen injections through to enhancing alternatives for plumper lips and providing an instant eyelift. You name it they've probably got something to treat it.
I've been trying out various products from the Skin Doctors skincare range over the last few years, and I've found that some products do live up to the hype while others simply do not. My most recent purchase from the Skin Doctors range is the Potent C+ Renewing Night Cream.
The instructions recommend using the Potent C+ night cream as part of a 3-step process, including two other Skin Doctor Products. One is a serum and the other is some sort of accelerator cream. They are both designed to be applied underneath the Potent C+ cream.
I decided not to bother with the other two products since I already use a serum and I wasn't entirely convinced about the accelerator's claims, thinking this just another clever marketing ploy designed to extract yet more money from my ever diminishing purse.
The packaging is very clinical, as are most of the skin creams from the various 'doctor' brands. It almost looks as if it's a prescription box with a plain grey and white box, stating its name - Potent C+, the weight - 50ml and the brand name 'Skin Doctors Cosmeceuticals. The clear glass jar inside is quite heavy with a silver screw top lid.
The description on the side of the box states: '...combines breakthrough ingredients to improve the appearance of wrinkles with natural antioxidant herbs and nutrients to help fight the visible signs of skin aging. Exfoliate and renew your skin while you sleep. This power packed night cream contains a bevy of natural ingredients to nurture, exfoliate and moisturise the skin.' All very enticing.
The cream itself is very white and very thick, almost firm in texture. It has almost no noticeable smell, something quite unusual in a night cream, or any moisturiser that I've come across. It's easy to apply and you only need a small amount to cover your face and neck.
I've now finished the entire jar which probably lasted me just over a couple of months of nightly use. My first test of this cream is how well it lasts overnight. I test this in the morning when I cleanse my face. I like to feel a difference in my skin from when I begin cleansing to when the moisturiser has been removed. And this cream does last well overnight as I can still feel its slight tackiness on my skin in the morning. And when I've washed my face my skin feels refreshed, glowing and very soft.
I do think this is a good cream and it may well provide even better results when used in conjunction with the accelerator as it recommends. My skin feels very moisturised and it lasts well during the night. However, I don't like the lack of fragrance as this is an area where I like to feel I'm treating myself to something luxurious. The smell of the cream is quite important to me although obviously I know that has nothing to do with the actual results.
For a price of £15-£18 per jar, I probably won't go out of my way to buy this again as there are so many alternative creams on the market, and others that I prefer.
For more information on the Skin Doctors range see www.skindoctors.co.uk.