“ Brand: Marks & Spencer / Type: Facial Serum / Subcategory: Anti-Ageing / Skin type: for dry skin and for all types / What it does: Repairs, Rejuvenates, „
I've not always been as diligent as taking care of my skin as I am now. I smoked for years in my youth and happily would venture out in the sun without thinking of slapping on the sunscreen. This of course will catch up on you so I find myself approaching 50 and considering what I can do to minimise those wrinkles. I've been using the Lacura anti-ageing serum that Aldi sell for a couple of years now, but last summer I placed an order on the Marks & Spencer website and when it arrived there was a coupon for their new Formula Age Repair range, offering £5 off the £9.50 RRP for the Ceramide Collagen Serum. Although that still made the M&S product more expensive than the Aldi one what made me decide to buy this one is the fact it's designed for people aged 40 plus. ~~Packaging & Appearance~~ The packaging for the Formula Age Repair range makes heavy use of gold, a colour I notice tends to be used for skincare aimed at the mature skin market. The serum comes packaged in a cardboard box, with the pump itself being a white plastic bottle with gold lettering. The pump has a lid (unlike the Aldi serum) and you simply press the top for the product to come out. Each bottle contains 30 ml of product. The serum itself is runny and is an opaque white colour. It has a light floral aroma. ~~My Thoughts~~ I have been using this for three months now and am onto a second bottle of the Ceramide Collagen Serum. That in itself obviously tells you that I like it! I find applying the serum to be easy enough although I do find the texture of it to be a bit sticky in comparison to other serums I have used. It also takes a little longer to sink into the skin but I suppose the idea behind serums is to give a more intense hit so leaving it for a few minutes to absorb is a good idea anyway. Once the serum has absorbed I usually wear and SPF15 moisturiser over it but even before I apply that I can see the serum getting to work on my skin. I am old enough to know that when you get to my age, anti-ageing products don't actually do much to roll back the effects of time on my skin permanently - instead they work to give the impression of smoother skin. Some products work better at this than others and I am happy to say the Age Formula Ceramide Collagen Serum is one of those products. When I wear this, the collagen works wonders at plumping up the skin around my eyes and on my forehead. I am at the stage in my life where I am used to deeper wrinkles now but my crow's feet annoy me as they get increasingly deeper with the passing of time so it's nice to find a product which does minimise those. The serum works well on the neck too. I am perhaps unusual for my age insofar as my neck has managed to avoid a lot of the wrinkling and the dreaded "turkey neck". I'm obviously happy for this to continue so I am really pleased at the way this serum seems to have helped keep the neck ageing at bay. M&S claim the serum contains "skin identical" lipids which they state help repair the skin's barrier function, along with hyaluronic acid which supposedly helps to reduce the appearance of wrinkles on the skin. All this is a little technical for me but the serum definitely does reduce the depth of my wrinkles and gives my skin a more youthful glow. The serum is suitable for all skin types and is hypoallergenic. After my recent bad experience with a face mask I am happy to report there have been no adverse reactions to this serum. It is also BUAV supported "cruelty free" and has not been tested on animals and nor does it contain any ingredients tested on animals. ~~Conclusion~~ Even at the full price of £9.50 this is a great buy because it definitely works. I would, however, add that it is best suited to women aged 40+ so if you are younger you should look elsewhere. The hexacepeptides work wonderfully at increasing the skin's production of collagen and as a result the serum plumps and firms the skin very well. You do notice a result almost immediately and using the serum continually does result in a visible difference to the depth of wrinkles. So in conclusion I can heartily recommend this face serum as it genuinely does target wrinkles with the added bonus of giving your skin a healthy glow too - which is brilliant for just £9.50!