“ Brand: N.V. Perricone M.D / Type: Skin Care / Suitable for: Face / Skin type: for dry skin and for all types / What it does: Firms, „
I came across this brand a number of years ago in an amazing store in New York called Sephora. This store can only be described as a mecca for beauty junkies everywhere. The store is amazing, it is similar in style and layout to a classy beauty hall in a department store, but carries many brands I had only read about, or had not yet discovered, with Perricone MD being one of them.
The assistants in Sephora are so helpful, and their knowledge is amazing. I got chatting to one assistant, who started talking to me about my accent (clever sales technique), and asked what in particular I was shopping for. Admittedly I did say I was just browsing, but did tell her that my main reason for popping in was to find something suitable for my skin type that would address the first signs of ageing, mainly to firm up my sagging skin (not a pretty picture I know).
She recommened one or two products, and gave me a few samples too, which considering I had not spent a single dollar was really great. Amongst the recommendations was Perricone MD Face Firming Activator. Now at the time the exchange rate was a fabulous $2 to £1, so the price tag of $95 didn't sound too bad (not too good either!).
I remembered reading up on this particular line of products, and when she suggested I tried it, I thought why not, I'm on vacation, got a little spending money so why not treat myself to something that would cost me in the region of £90 at home. And if it doesn't work, then what they hey, at least I tried!
That was it, it made its way in my little black Sephora carrier bag, and returned home with it. It wasn't until a week or two later that I remembered I had bought it, so decided to give it a try.
The bottle, a plain brown glass with cream label, nothing to look at, in no way luxurious to reflect the price tag, comes with a pump dispenser making it easy to use just the right amount. It's best to use the pump dispenser rather than taking the lid on and off as this stop the product from being exposed to the air, and helps to keep it as fresh as possible.
The serum type liquid is a pale cream colour and has a quite thin consistency. You only need one or two pumps of the product to cover your face and neck sufficiently. It is recommended that you apply twice per day after cleansing, and before using your regular moisturiser.
The method suggested is to apply in a light circular motion on to face and neck paying attention to jaw line, and taking the product up to the hairline and behind the ears for best results. It is easily absorbed and leaves no residue, it makes applying moisturiser easy, and I need less moisturiser as a result.
The ingredients in this product are like no other I have ever tried before, it contains three key ingredients, Alpha Lipoic Acid, DMAE and Sodium Hyaluronate.
What do these ingredients do?
Well Alpha Lipoic Acid is an antioxidant which helps protect skin from skin damaging free radicals and in turn helps to diminish lines, wrinkles and discolouration.
It also helps to reduce pore size, stops skin from being puffy, and helps to even skin tone, as well as refining skin texture.
DMAE (Dimethylaminoethanol) is an anti-inflamatory which can help to firm and tone the skin, enhances facial contours giving skin a 'lift' effect and can help strengthen other antioxidant treatments.
Sodium Hyaluronate is to basically lock moisture into the skin to help diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, keeping the skin hydrated and more supple.
Now that we know what the key ingredients do, the next question is do they work?
The answer has to be a resounding YES! I had some apprehensions at first. The smell put me off a lot, it has a mild 'fishy' type smell. I know that sounds pretty gross, but once it has been massaged into the skin it disappears, and there is no trace. I stuck with this religiously for a number of weeks, and at first I didn't notice any difference, but saying that I try not to look too hard in the mirror. But it was one of those moments when you look at yourself and think, don't I look well today, that got me looking a little closer. My skin looked the healthiest it has ever been, pores were much less obvious, and the overall texture of my skin was, dare I say, soft and supple, with a 'ping' to my skin. It felt much 'tighter' than it had done in a long long time.
The best proof that this worked, well two things really, friends I hadn't seen for a while on a meal out asked what I'd had done, a haircut? New make up? None were sure, but they said I look really well. The other thing that made me really notice was I got my photo taken a few weeks after staring to use the activator, and comparing it to ones taken before I had started, the difference was amazing.
My skin looked fresher, more luminous and yes, around my jaw line, skin did look more defined and firmer.
Would I recommend this product? Definitely, if you have the cash to spare, then go for it. If you can, buy more of the skincare items in the range as they compliment each other and work together to enhance the results. I would love to buy this again, but unfortunatley I can't afford the price tag in the UK, however, I'm off to the USA again next year so I'm heading to Sephora to get another bottle (or two).