Elemis’ Pro-Collagen Marine Cream may be one of the most popular, and most awarded products on the beauty aisle. Vogue dubs the product a “Beauty Hero,” and it’s raked in more than 50 awards worldwide. According to the company—a batch of this stuff is sold every 10 seconds.
I was recently gifted a set of skincare items. Included in it was Elemis’ renowned pro-collagen cream. I knew my sister had been searching for a good anti-aging product, so I handed it off to her to try.
Within one week, we were both impressed with the results.
We’re both in our 30s, and we’ve started to hone-in our skincare routines—and what works for each of our skin types. I suffer from eczema, and have sensitive skin. My sister, however, is blessed with great skin (it falls into the “normal” category, since it’s not too dry or oily).
Genetics are foundational for good skin—but so is a great skincare routine. She knows that an important part of embracing aging is taking care of your body’s largest organ sooner rather than later.
It may seem too soon to think about aging skin. But according to dermatologists, it’s appropriate to start using anti-aging skincare items in your 20s and 30s.
That’s when your skin starts to age and lose collagen, says Y. Claire Chang, a board-certified cosmetic dermatologist based in New York, in the HuffPost. For this reason, experts like Chang suggest people start the road to prevention early.
The Marine Cream:
Elemis’ Marine Cream is truly luxurious. The travel size (15 mL) is a whopping $45.
It smells expensive, too. The aroma is heavenly. It’s got a subtle, fresh, rose-y scent.
The gel-like-cream feels silky smooth, and light. When applied to the skin, it feels insanely soft.
Water is the first ingredient on the list—a definite plus. Also included: Jojoba Seed Oil, Sunflower Seed Oil, vitamin E, and Padina Pavonica Thallus Extract, an organic substance that comes from brown algae in the Mediterranean Sea.
It also contains terpenes like limonene, and Geraniol (rose).
My sister applied a pea sized amount of the day cream to her face every morning for two weeks.
In order to better tell if the product was working, she also put a small amount to the dorsal surface (the top) of her right hand.
After roughly five days, the results were obvious (both on her hand and face). Her skin was visibly plumper and more firm, which naturally smoothed out her skin’s texture. So far, she reports that the cream is most effective at reducing the depth of fine lines on her hand, and around her mouth.
One hundred percent of users say they noticed an immediate improvement in the hydration of their skin—I definitely noticed it too. However, I’d say where it made the most difference was plumpness. That was made even more clear when she compared the hand she applied the cream to, to the hand she didn’t, which was half as plump and firm.
Though undeniable effective—there are two downfalls of the product so far.
The first is the directions—which were not clear on the travel sized container. While directions are available on the website—unlike the full list of ingredients—they are somewhat hard to find. (Note: apply after moisturizer every day)
The second, major downfall of this product is its price point. At nearly $50 for a roughly two-three week supply, and$128 for a bigger jar, it can be a little too luxurious for some.
This may be the best over the counter, pro-collagen treatment on the market—for those that can afford it. But, the best thing you can give your skin is a healthy diet. There are also natural ways to promote collagen supplies in the body. That includes eating foods rich in protein, like bone broth, beans or leafy greens.
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