In the name of science, and in a bid to turn back the clock, I am always up for trying new beauty products, but I was a just a little bit apprehensive about putting brown algae on my face. Luxury skincare brand Elemis, pride themselves on their innovative yet natural products and the brown algae, along with a cocktail of other powerful plant and marine extracts, are used in one of their best selling products. So is Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream the secret to younger looking skin?
As a 40 something who is beginning to see her mother stare back at her when she looks in the mirror, it seemed a good time to try something dramatic. Bring on the algae and one of Elemis’ best selling anti-ageing creams!
The Elemis Story of Pro-Collagen
The story goes that some years ago, whilst diving off the coast of Malta, a leading French cosmetic scientist discovered a fan shaped brown algae growing on a shipwreck. He noticed that under the seaweed the wood had been preserved as if time had stood still. Recognising the potential benefits as an anti-ageing product, he researched fully the Padina Pavonica (brown algae to you and me) for 10 years, before it changed the face of Elemis anti-ageing skincare forever.
There are now a whole host of specialist Pro-Collagen products aimed at more mature skin and the results are pretty impressive.
Pro-Collagen Marine Cream
This ‘hero product’ is a clinically proven anti-ageing treatment cream and claims to transform the complexion in just over 2 weeks. Although expensive, a little goes a long way and a 50ml pot could last up to 3 months – you only need a pea size amount. It is a light non- greasy, gel-like cream which sinks in very quickly and didn’t leave any oily residue. I found it perfect for my ageing, yet combination skin (thanks Mother Nature for inflicting spots and wrinkles all at the same time!)
Clinical trials have shown that the appearance in wrinkle depth was reduced by up to 78% and that hydration was increased by up to 45%. It’s hard to quantify results from your own bathroom, but suffice to say my skin felt smooth, well moisturised and I’ll definitely be adding this to my beauty regime.
No wonder it is one of Elemis’ best sellers. You can buy your Pro-Collagen Marine Cream from the Aztec Spa, Torquay. A 50ml pot costs £80 and a 100ml pot is £135, but is available on offer at a special price of £99 (and will last for ages). Call them on 01803 400190.
To feel the real benefits of the Elemis Pro-Collagen products, then a facial is a must. I booked in for an Elemis Anti-Ageing Pro-Collagen Quartz Lift Facial at the Aztec Spa, Torquay, thinking I may come away just feeling relaxed and pampered. Not only was I both of these, but I felt I could convincingly have lied about my age and got away with it! Elemis claims to reduce the number of wrinkles by up to 94% after one treatment – quite an impressive boast, but those annoying crow’s feet around the eyes were definitely less noticeable. And with some useful tips from the Aztec therapist, (warm cream in your hands first and always use upward strokes when applying moisturiser), I hope to be able to maintain my smoother skin.
The 75 minute treatment costs £65 and can be booked now on 01803 400190.
Other Elemis Pro-Collagen Products
To complement the Pro-Collagen Marine Cream there is a range of other Elemis products to target problem areas, all containing that magical brown algae. The Aztec Spa stock most of them as well as offering the accompanying treatments to help turn back the clock.
Look out for our video featuring the Elemis Anti-Ageing Pro-Collagen Quartz Lift Facial coming soon and we’d love to know what you think about this, or any other favourite anti-ageing creams you’ve tried.
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