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== The Skin Wisdom Range ==
Tesco launched their own brand skin care range, called Skin Wisdom, about 10 years ago, with cleansers and moisturisers.
They gradually extended the range and in 2011 they launched Skin Wisdom Anti-Aging products with a variety of products marketed for different age groups. These were created for them by Bharti Vyas, who specialises in holistic skin care.
The age guidelines are:-
Youth Protect Products for those under 35,
Ultimate Life Products for those aged 35 to 50, and
Age Delay Products for over 50s.
== My Facial Skin Type ==
Until I reached my 40s I had excessively greasy skin all over my face, so only used very light skin care products, often those designed for teenagers.
In my 40s some previously greasy skin became what I believe to be average. The very greasy T Zone (forehead, nose and chin) persisted though.
Now in my late 50s, I still have that greasy T Zone, but have to be careful that potentially dry patches on my cheeks and around my mouth are kept well moisturised.
== Age Delay Day Moisturiser ==
Last summer, aged 58, I first tried the Age Delay Day Time Moisturiser.
The manufacturers claim, "The Skin Wisdom Age Delay range is designed to address the needs of mature skin. Helping to hydrate and replenish to leave skin feeling more resilient and nourished with a youthful radiance." The recommended age range is for the over 50s.
My brief SUMMER use proved to me that the SPF 15 stopped the areas I had applied it from burning. It was obvious on my fair skin, after only a little sun exposure, where I had applied it, and where the cream was less dense or stopped altogether. However, I stopped using it after just one full day, as it was just too thick, even when used sparingly, for my skin type in summer.
This WINTER I tried it again. It worked well keeping the parts of my face and neck prone to dryness feeling very soft and pampered.
I found that a very miserly amount was all my skin around my eyes and most of my cheeks needed. For the apples of my cheeks and around my mouth, I applied a second light amount only on days when central heating and/or the outside weather made this necessary. With my skin though, I still need to keep it away from my greasy T Zone. Also don't be tempted to use more than you really need near your eyes, as when I was over-generous in this area, it made my eyes water.
One 50 ml plot lasted me 5 months, from November to March this year when used on my face and neck. A little goes a long way, so I believe this is an economical as well as effective choice of anti-aging cream. As night-time creams are usually thicker, and the day-time version is the thickest that my skin can absorb, I used this version both day and night.
The INGREDIENTS that the manufacturers say combine to make it effective are:-
White lupin extract to help improve skin elasticity, firmness and elasticity.
Deepaline helps reduce the appearance of expression lines.
Calcium to restores lost moisture.
UV filters and antioxidants which help prevent further damage.
Wild yam, shea butter and soya to help provide 24 hour skin hydration.
I don't understand the science, but know that this rich cream immediately makes my skin feel soft and supple.
It has a light sheen to it which makes imperfections underneath less obvious, and so evens the appearance of my skin tone, and reduces the look of wrinkles.
Once a light layer is on my skin, it has a faint nut-like smell to it. I believe this is mostly due to the shea butter it contains, which comes from the nut of the shea tree. If I put my nose over a pot full, it smells a lot stronger though, so I recommend that you don't judge it that way.
Despite the detrimental effect that winter had on my face and neck in the past, my skin remained consistently moisturised and healthy looking while using it.
As with any moisturiser, if you apply it while your skin is still slightly damp, it will help to lock in extra moisture.
The only disadvantage that I can think of, provided that this suits your skin type, is that it is packaged in a glass jar, which makes it heavy to carry around in your handbag.
== Best Value Time to Buy ==
As I often do grocery shopping in Tesco, I have timed my purchase of Skin Wisdom products to co-inside with special promotions.
I have found that the best value time to buy is when there is a limited-time, half-price offer on the type of Skin Wisdom I appreciate, combined with double-up Tesco Clubcard voucher offers on beauty products.
The full price is £7.00, but I make sure that I buy my Skin Wisdom products when they are on a half price offer. As the Age Delay Moisturiser would last me about 5 months with continuous use, I find it easy to time my purchase right.
== RECOMMENDATION ==
I believe that Skin Wisdom Age Delay Day Moisturiser has helped care for my skin's long term health, as well as providing instant cosmetic effects due to its light reflecting property.
Therefore, I highly recommend this to those with persistent or occasionally dry skin.
I use it in the harsh winter months, but need a lighter moisturiser for the summer months when my skin becomes naturally greasier.