Sunday, 18 April 2010
The Science behind skincare
The brands that I used the most for the rest of my twenties and early thirties were Estee Lauder and Lancome. I was very impressed with the Estee Lauder Night Repair, after all, if it could heal burns on your hands then surely it would stop me getting wrinkles. Sadly it didn't.
I had a stage in my life when I was obsessed by Liz Earle, do you remember her daytime programme? anyway when she developed her own skincare range, I didn't need to be converted and bought into the brand immediatley. The soft and easily abosobed Moisturiser was easily one of the nicest creams I had used but as the wrinkles appeared to get deeper and deeper a few years back, I began to wonder if this beautifully pure, organic range had been enough for my skin during a time when I needed something really high powered and was thinking that perhaps, I should have been investing in La Pairie or Revive (like Liz Jones).
Most recently, I have used Eve Lom and her cleanser, which along with Liz Earle, remain my firm favourites and although I loved the EL eye gel and moisturiser, I am not sure they have done anything positive to delay the signs of ageing and I am wondering whether I wouldn't just have been better off all these years to have used something like Olay and had more money to spend on clothes!
In desperation (always previously thinking I would "Grow old Gracefully") I consulted a Botox Nurse at a local Beauty Salon. I told her that it was the upper lip that needed work, as I understood Botox can't be used for the wrinkles under your eyes and my forehead is wrinkle free (except for one deep line between my brows, but I can live with that) she informed me that I would need "fillers" and that I would have to be numbed up first, as it is quite painful to inject in that area. She said she would put some in the upper lip (not the actual lip but the bit, hairy people get waxed) and she would use what was left to put some in each side of my mouth as it was "turning down" which is a sure sign of ageing and that would bring the sides of my mouth up. "Fucking hell" I thought "by the time this bitch has finished with me, I shall look like the Joker from Batman, sod that!". OK, so now to cost. Cough, splutter and bear in mind here that the brochure said "Botox from £100 for one area and I am thinking, naturally, that I only need one area, "£290" she says. Oh right that put paid to that then! I could get a pair of Louboutins in the sale with that money!
Then I read an article about Creme de la Mer, and I got to thinking, that I never actually take a great deal of notice of the science behind the skincare. I usually just see an advertisement in a magazine and if it sounds like a product I need, I buy it, but I have never spent more than £50 on a pot of moisturiser and now I am wondering if I should. Creme de la Mer has a huge Celeb following and is just about to celebrate its 10th birthday. It was developed by Dr Max Huber, an aerospace scientist who had suffered deep facial scarring after an accident in his lab (they failed to tell you what the accident was) and after several years of research he created the Miracle Broth from Marine Algaes and minerals, that not only healed his disfigurement but was found to have a smoothing effect on lines and wrinkles. The brand has expanded to include eye-creams, body creams and a concentrate that can treat super sensitive post surgical skin (no I won't be buying any to sort out the awful scar on Uni girls ear, she can have Bio Oil). A new addition to the range has recently launched and for £210 you can buy The Regenerating Serum which supports the natural production of youth proteins like Collagen and elastin and contains tiny particals of gold which act as a h-tech skin conductor to Firm. Sounds great doesn't it and according to most Beauty Editors and the Creams users, it really does work. Have you tried it, if so what do you think? I may try the moisturiser but I doubt if I would ever pay £210 for a serum, afterall, Fillers and a "Jokers" mouth, would last much longer....
Creme de la mer is available from John Lewis
The very reasonably priced organic skincare range from Liz Earle is available here
and you can check out the Eve Lom Cult Cleanser and full range here