I ran out of my regular moisturiser some time ago, and have been using samples in a bid to trade up to something more suitable for my ageing skin. My skin has changed again, from when I was in my 30s. It’s much drier and needs quite a hefty moisturiser to keep it hydrated throughout the day, but I have found anti-ageing moisturisers made for ‘mature’ skin to be too thick and gloopy, resulting in blocked pores.
Enter Elemental herbology’s cell plumping facial moisturiser, SPF8 – one that is aimed at those of us with dry and mature skin. It is just what I have been looking for – something that helps to plump up skin again, giving it more of a healthy appearance. Pores appear smaller, which I guess is because skin is looking plumper. I don’t have as many dehydrated looking patches along my forehead and cheeks (for some reason the driest parts of my face), and face doesn’t feel tight any more. I wish the SPF was higher, but I make up for that in my tinted moisturiser and primer combo.
What’s in it
Packed full of anti-oxidants, vitamins, minerals and botanicals (very well suited to my skin, I have found), it has 2 patents (Liftonin and Aquarich – lifts & tones, and moisturises & hydrates, respectively), contains royal jelly and pearl extract for hydration, co-enzyme q10 as an anti-oxidant, and bio-oils of rosa mosqueta, argan, sacha inchi and evening primrose which are packed full of omega 3 / 6 / 9 to repair and hydrate. All in all, a lot of key ingredients aimed at increasing hydration in the skin.
One final thought
I do love what this moisturiser has done for my skin these past few weeks, and the way it compliments the hard work my serum is doing. There is just one thing I feel uncomfortable about – it contains dimethicone, which is a man-made silicone-based polymer – great at forming a protective barrier on the skin and creating a smooth surface. They say it prevents skin from carrying out its normal function, making it dependent on it and eventually making skin drier. I don’t know how much of this is true, as it is an ingredient that has been approved for cosmetic use. One small consolation, I suppose, is that it helps keep all the hydrating ingredients from evaporating away! 🙂