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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

*PR sample



posted by on In Praise Of..., Luxtural, Skin Care

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If you’ve seen my latest YouTube video, you’ll know 2012 has been about skincare for me.

A few months ago I was invited to meet Pnina Vilinsky, the lady behind Luxtural, a fine luxurious skincare brand. If you’re turned off by expensive products then skip along but if you would at least like to learn more about one, then please read on.

Luxtural has been created from a combination of luxury, nature and cosmetic science for skincare that is natural, organic and ultimately pure indulgence.

A sustainable, green brand Luxtural uses the unusual ingredient of Pure Pacific Ocean Rainwater combined with exotic extracts in collaboration with nanotechnology. (And pause for breath.)

There are only three multi-tasking products required for your daily routine and which address the issues of deep anti-aging and hydration. It is free of parabens and synthetic fragrances, and is suitable for all skin types.

Pnina did a personal analysis of my skin and noticed that despite its healthy condition, I lacked hydration. It’s something I can’t escape living in a busy city like London and starving my skin cells of moisture and oxygen on the tubes.

I was recommended to use Luxtural’s Deep Hydrating Rainy Mist once a day (in the evenings). OK, it is an eye-watering £78 but wait till you find out why.

Based on Pacific ocean rainwater, it’s made up of exotic extracts and all-natural ingredients, which hydrate, balance and instantly freshen and moisturise stressed skin…and it smells divine. Spray a little all over your face, inhale the scent and it will absorb into your skin instantly.

The formula draws moisture from the air and deposits softly on the surface of your face. And guess what? You can spritz it over make-up without it spoiling your work of art. Imagine how useful this product would be when you’ve just got off a plane or that the office air-con has sucked your face dry.

That’s Step 1 done – ‘Mystique Fountain’. Step 2 is ‘Silk Premonition’ (otherwise known as the Facial Deep Moisturizer Anti-Aging Lotion for £165) that you apply all over for an instant boost to your appearance. And relax.

The anti-aging qualities of this lotion helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and at the same time, firms the skin and the seaweed used in this product supplies the skin with vitamins and proteins.

Finally Step 3 is the ‘Sophisticated Veil’ (or the Facial Anti-Aging Deep Moisturizing Serum priced at £195).

The serum stands out for more than one reason. Firstly, to ‘activate’ it you work a tiny blob between your finger-tips before applying. Secondly, you only apply to the areas in need for balance (in my case, it’s avoiding the T-zone and concentrating on the cheeks and eye area). It’s a clear glue-like looking formula that wraps your skin in a nourishing ‘veil’ and helps to prevent premature aging (I definitely need some of that!).

As with premium products, content is highly rich (but not heavy) and only a tiny amount goes a very long way. Luxtural also has a rather calming and soothing effect like it’s diffusing the madness on your face after stripping off the make-up and the stress of the day you’ve had.

Having been following the Luxtural regime for a few months, I have noticed my skin feels delicately soft and supple and my complexion glows. In these winter months your skin is in dire need of TLC and with Luxtural it takes just three products in very tiny amounts. Also how many beauty products contain thrice-filtered Pacific Ocean rainwater? It is sheer bliss in three easy steps.

I won’t harp on about the price tags because at the end of the day that usually is a deciding factor in your choice of purchases. This is a luxurious range but if I had to pick one star product  spoil yourself with, it is definitely the Deep Hydrating Rainy Mist – a hydrator like no other.

For more on Luxtural, visit Luxtural is stocked by Fenwicks and is available online or in stores.

*PR samples*