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I think it's safe to say most people know that smoking is bad for your health. It's also bad for your skin, something I can see too painfully in comparison to my twin sister who has never smoked. I have deeper and more pronounced wrinkles than her with the worst affected areas being around my eyes and around my lips.
There are plenty of anti ageing products for the eye area but finding a product which will target the lips is trickier. After much hunting I was delighted to discover Elemis produce a product which is designed for the areas I felt needed special treatment. I was less delighted upon learning the price - a whopping £58 for a 15ml tube.
Several months ago however I was browsing the British Airways e-Shop and noticed the store www.timetospa.co.uk had the Elemis Pro Intense Eye and Lip Contour Cream on sale for a very limited period. Even better there was an additional 20% off code I could use which meant I was able to purchase the cream for a far more reasonable but still expensive £21.76.
The cream comes packaged in a bronze coloured box which contains the 15ml pump and an instruction leaflet which contains instructions in several different languages.
The cream itself is packaged in a pump which has a metal dispensing mechanism and clear plastic lid. There's a transparent area in the main body of the bottle, which is made of bronze coloured plastic which lets you see how much of the product is left.
The cream itself is white and quite rich. It has a delicate floral aroma. You don't have to apply a huge amount either - one press of the pump dispenses enough cream to apply around the lips and both eyes in my experience.
Elemis suggest you use the cream, which contains active plant stem cells from edelweiss, combined with what they claim is the "skin supporting" mafane flower, fucose and wheat amino acids, twice a day. Once opened the product should be used within 6 months.
The Elemis Pro Contour Eye and Lip Contour Cream has, sadly, been a disappointment for me. I've been using it twice daily now for two months, applying it in conjunction with my anti-ageing serum and daily SPF15 moisturiser.
The cream itself is very nice - it smells lovely and has a rich texture which glides onto the skin easily and absorbs surprisingly quickly. You do have to be careful when applying it - ensuring no product gets into the eyes, or onto the lips either.
I am long enough in the tooth to know that anti-ageing products need time to work so I wasn't particularly concerned when after a few days I noticed no real difference in the wrinkles around my eyes and lips. I was, however, a little peeved when 4 weeks had passed with no difference whatsoever. By the time 2 months had passed with no difference I realised the Elemis cream isn't going to help in minimising the appearance of lines around my lips.
Despite my own personal disappointment in the product I am loathe to write this off completely. I suspect that had I started using this in my 30s as opposed to my late 40s I probably wouldn't have such pronounced lines as I have now. Elemis suggest this product is suitable for "all" skin types but I suspect this is a product which would be best used by someone younger - perhaps someone in their 30s just beginning an anti-ageing regime as opposed to someone with more mature skin like myself.
If, however, you are older and already have fairly pronounced lines around the lips and eyes then I can't really recommend Elemis Pro Intense Eye and Lip Contour Cream based on my own experience and the fact it is, undoubtedly, a very expensive product. I was extremely fortunate to be able to purchase it at such a large discount but sales on Elemis products on the timetospa website are few and far between in my experience. I would never in a million years spend almost £60 on a beauty cream and must admit I'm glad I didn't because if I'd paid full price for this I would have been extremely upset.
The one area where I have been impressed with the product is how long it has lasted. Having used it twice daily for two months there's still about a third of the product left in the bottle so I can safely say one pump should last for 3 months.
As it is however I am disappointed with the product. I'll finish the cream off but won't be rebuying it and have come to accept that I'll just have to accept the wrinkles around my lips are here to stay.
A rich textured cream containing active plant stem cells from Edelweiss that works with the skin's natural function at the 'dermal-epidermal junction' level to protect the shape of skin cells, tighten the collagen network and hydrate evenly throughout the day / Over 71% of users assessed their skin to be visibly plumper, effective at filling out lines and left their skin looking more youthful / The Pro-Intense Triple Effect is designed to redensify, plump and firm the delicate skin around the eye area.