Stop what you’re doing (unless you’ve paused to read this post, in which case, carry on).
I’ve been using an anti-ageing serum which vows to reduce wrinkles with snake venom. Before you squirm with horror, it does not contain actual snake venom (I’d pity the poor person whose job would be to extract the stuff if that were possible) but an ingredient called Syn-nake that mimics a polypeptide found in the venom of the Temple Viper snake. This is the little fella. Probably not at all little but beautiful colours, don’t you think?
I have to admit that I’ve grown really fond of is Crystal Clear’s Intense Anti-Ageing Serum. I say ‘grown’ because the infatuation wasn’t love at first touch. To begin with I found this creamy serum a bit icky to use and wasn’t keen on the orange scent (I’m more of a lemon girl). But I persevered and now that I’ve noticed the difference since using it, I can appreciate the product for what it’s worth.
Crystal Clear Intense Anti-Ageing Serum contains a high level of proven actives to help repair skin, creating a firmer, more youthful look. It provides all the benefits of science based ingredients, using peptides at high percentages and crushed precious stones within a paraben-free preservative base.
The syn-ake (the venom thingy) is the star ingredient, mimicking the effect of something called of Waglerin-1, a neuromuscular blocking compound which is effective against expression lines by relaxing facial muscles thus reducing the visibility of wrinkles. The precious stone part comes from Tourmaline, which helps revive skin radiance for a healthy glow while an oxygen complex regenerates and revitalises the skin, and an extract of olive oil moisturises to leave skin feeling smooth, soft and hydrated.
Well that’s the science part explained, how does the product measure up? I’ve been applying it twice a day for a couple of months, day and night. It’s a thick, white cream with a distinctive citrusy scent and the key is to massage into the skin for a couple of minutes. Slapping it on in a hurry won’t accomplish much, you have to work at it. Every time I use it, I do notice how baby soft my skin feels and how clear my complexion appears. It also hydrates my skin and sometimes I don’t bother with a moisturiser after because the serum is rich.
A 50ml bottle of Crystal Clear Intense Anti-Ageing Serum costs £60, an amount that is reasonable to me for a product that has exceptional results and will last a good while.
If you take your skincare seriously then this range might be worth exploring. Available from Selfridges and selected Fenwick stores nationwide, or online at www.crystalclear.co.uk.