Normally I’d like to give it at least a month before reviewing a skincare product because that’s how long it should (in theory) take for your skin to show what’s really going on as your skin takes that long to regenerate. I bought this serum as I had a 20% voucher and I’ve been really keen to try it for ages, but £75 is a considerable amount to spend on something on the hope that it’ll work! However, I’m so pleased I did.
This serum is aimed at women like me who are no longer teenagers but still suffering from spots at a time where we should instead be focussing on anti-ageing solutions. The solution to these two problems often contradict themselves, as anti-ageing is generally perceived as aiming to keep oil in your skin to keep it supple and youthful, whereas the focus of beating acne is removing excess sebum and oil. So women in their mid twenties onwards who are suffering from spots have had to make a choice; do I anti-age and live with spots or do I fight spots and possibly risk speeding up the ageing process?
Thankfully, this issue is not uncommon. You only have to look online to hear of the many women in this age group who are suffering from acne related skin problems (in fact, Christina Ricci recently reported that she’s currently suffering from body acne at the age of 31) and this has resulted in skincare companies attempting to address this issue with 2in1 products that both fight spots and address the concern of premature ageing. One of these products is Skinceuticals Blemish + Age Defense Serum, which is part of their Blemish + Age Defense line that also includes a cleanser and toner.
I am really pleased with the results I’m seeing from using this serum. Not only have I not had one spot since I started using it (I have two evil remaining spots that are determined to hang around for as long as possible – but they’re huge cystic ones, not little surface ones; those were scared away quickly when I started using this serum) but my skin clarity is really impressive. My scars are fading rapidly, my pores and shrinking and most importantly, the fine lines that had started to appear on my forehead are fading too. I’m really impressed with this serum, especially if you consider I’ve been using it for less than 2 weeks and I’m already seeing a major change in my skin.
The downside of this product is that it’s very drying. For those of you who have very oily skin this might not be a problem, but I suffer from combination skin which means that my dry patches have been accentuated. However, my solution to this was adding Eucerin Q10 Night Cream to my night time routine. Also an anti-ageing product, this is a very rich cream that has been reviewed favourably among acne-sufferers. I will write a more thorough review soon, but it’s definitely rich enough to counteract the drying effects of the serum.
So the result is that I wake with skin that’s not only smoother and clearer, but also acne-free. I’m really happy I decided to go ahead with the purchase of this product, the only problem now is to work out how I’m going to afford to keep buying it!