One of the ways you can tell a person is “of a certain age” is by the tell-tale downward droop of their skin. As you age, skin loses volume, as collage and elastin (and gravity) start pulling your skin, downward. It doesn’t matter how good the rest of your body looks, if you’ve got skin that isn’t plump and taut, you will look older than you might like. Short of a face lift (which can make you look altered more than youthful), there used to be precious little you could do about skin that was losing elasticity and volume, but now there are new skin care products that can help your skin bounce back to younger.
One product that’s new and might help you win the battle of the bounce, is by Clinique: Repairwear Uplifting Firming Cream ($58.00 1.7 fl. oz.). If there is a true, hope in a cream, this might be it. The rich, moisturizing cream helps to boost natural elastin and collagen and rebuild elasticity and firmness. With this, you also get a smoothing of “laugh lines” and perhaps, a firmer jaw line.
There two different combinations of this good-for-all-skin-types, cream: Dry Combination to Combination Oily Skin; and Very Dry to Dry Skin. The Dry Combination to Combination Oily Skin was lightweight, and left a bit of a tightening tingle. Like all “miracle” creams, you have to keep your expectations reasonable. It’s not going to take elderly, saggy skin and make it as plump as a 15-year old skin. It’s also not an immediate fix. Used properly for a month or so, you might see some visible results. You have to use it regularly and property, wait and see.
That being said, there is plenty of high tech behind what’s in this little jar. This product was created to ‘revolumize’ the skin layer by layer (hypodermis, dermis and epidermis. The base layer features Mitostime that (in layman’s terms) peps up tired skin cells. Commipheroline is a new molecule that plums the appearance of skin. The middle layer provides structural support to the base. It works on the dermis, or middle layer of the skin that is made up of collagen and elastin fibers that keep skin firm. A blend of botanical extracts, proteins and peptides help to strengthen and maintain your skin’s natural collagen and elastin network. Key ingredients include Centella Asiatica Extract (to strengthen the dermal layer); Whey Protein (encourages natural collagen and elastin production and helps minimize the appearance of lines and wrinkles); Sigesbeckie Orientalis Extract made from the leaves of a plant from Madagascar, helps prevent collagen and elastin loss, soybean Protein also works to encourage the production of collagen and elastin, and Acetyl Hexapeptide-8 helps to stimulate new collagen and elastin production. Finally, we get to the top layer, the Epidermis. There is where the “bounce” is prominently displayed on your skin. It features the moisture barrier comprised of lipids and ceramides. In this cream. Mitostime helps cells retain water and sodium hyaluronate actually pulls external moisture into the skin to plump it from within. Astrocaryum Murumuru Butter moisturizes, Ergothioneine is an amino acid and antioxidant that works with Vitamin C and E to protect the skin from external saboteurs, and finally, Ultrasomes V, Clinique’s own, patented repair enzymes, work over time to gradually and visibly work to repair damage from the sun’s damaging UV rays, that lead to more collagen and elastin degradation and therefore, more visible signs of aging.
As you can see, it’s not just a simple cream in a jar, there are lots of important ingredients packed into this simple jar with a silvery top. Used day and evening (preferably after you have chosen and used one of Clinique’s 3-Step Skin Care Regimens) , you should get results you really and see and feel. And while you’re thinking about whether or not it will be safe for your skin, remember it’s by Clinique. The creams are allergy tested, fragrance free, oil free, non-acnegenic, (in other words, it won’t make you break out), and dermatologist and ophthalmologist tested. If you are worrying about sagging skin, it can’t hurt to try it, especially since Clinique is a leader in skin care solutions Get yours at your favorite Clinique counter or visit www.clinique.com