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I'm sure no representative of a cosmetics range would be happy if they heard that a customer doesn't use the whole range but has a patchwork assortment of goods on their shelves. Who can one ask if it's good or bad if one combines products from different brands? One can just do it and then ask the mirror, "Do I look better, the same or worse?"
Some time ago I switched from WALA to WELEDA products, to the Pomegranate Firming Care to be precise. It's aimed at customers in their 40s and 50s. Although the population is getting older and older, there's no range for older wrinklies. Does that mean that if I go on using these products, I'll stay forever young?
I found the day cream and the night cream very good but too expensive for my liking and after some time switched over to a cream based on olive oil which can be used for day and night and costs a lot less. It can only be bought in German pharmacies and is therefore of no interest to British customers. I kept the Pomegranate Firming Serum, though.
I wash my face with soap and a flannel. After experimenting with other methods I've decided to stick to this one because I like it best. Then I apply a cleansing liquid which WELEDA recommend for all skin types. After that comes the WELEDA Pomegranate Firming Face Serum and then the olive face cream. I've used this combination for quite some time now and am happy with it. I can't say if I'd look better/younger if I used different products because I don't. What I can say is that compared with coeval friends my skin looks quite good. What WELEDA promises is meant for the whole Pomegranate range, of course, but in the facial serum there must be enough good things which blend well with the ingredients of the olive face cream.
WELEDA Pomegranate Firming Serum
- gives mature skin a regenerating boost of nutrients. The skin receives intensive hydration, making it feel soft and smooth all day/night.
- reduces the appearance of wrinkles.
- improves elasticity and resilience (from the home-page)
Ha, says I. If only. I'm not a great believer in the promises of ad speak. When I read that "Dermatological tests have shown that after 28 days of use the depth of wrinkles were reduced by 29% and the skin moisture level by 30%", I think that the tests must have been made with women who've never used any cosmetic products before like Roma women in a camp in Romania. I have no problem believing that the results of a month-long pampering process were striking under such circumstances. I doubt, though, that women using good cosmetic products regularly will have the same results.
Whatever, nobody can prove that the product is the best and only one for my skin. But it's certainly not detrimental. Pomegranate juice, blackthorn shoot apexes, millet seed, lemons - what can be bad about such a concoction? Especially when all this is boosted by anthroposophical philosophy.
WELEDA, named after the Celtic goddess of wisdom and healing, is situated in the small town of Schwäbisch-Gmünd, 45 km east of Stuttgart in the south of Germany. It was founded more than 90 years ago and is based on the anthroposophical teachings of Rudolf Steiner which encourage the individual to see their body, mind and spirit "as intrinsically linked to our world; all part of our holistic system. Sounds new agey? It's actually old agey - what cultures around the world have done successfully for generations" (from the homepage).
WELEDA Pomegranate Firming Serum comes in plastic containers of 30 ml. If the top part is pressed down, the liquid comes out of a small hole. I smear it over my face and feel how the skin tautens. I like this, especially in the morning.
Amazon sell it for from 26.99 to 42.72 GBP. I don't understand the differing prices, but I don't have to bother. German Amazon sell it for 17.10 GBP. German drugstores sell it for less and no postage. Put the item on the shopping list for your next trip to Germany.
Weleda Pomegranate Firming Serum / gives mature skin an intensive treatment with regenerating benefits / The skin receives intensive hydration, making it feel soft and smooth all day/night / Ingredients include: millet extract and pomegranate juice to help stimulate the skins cell renewal, improving and balancing the surface of the skin / An ideal companion to skins natural ageing process / This natural facial serum gives mature skin a regenerating boost of nutrients / The skin receives intensive hydration, making it feel soft and smooth all day/night / &bull / Reduces the appearance of wrinkles &bull / Instant intensive moisturising action &bull / Improves elasticity and resilience Dermatological tests shown that after 28 days of use depth of wrinkles reduced by 29%* and skin moisture levels increased by 39%** / If you have sensitive skin it is best to do a patch test on new, untried products / Suitable for vegans