Friday, 24 February 2012
Perricone MD Face Firming Activator Review
I will also say that if you are younger than mid-thirties and you have no visible signs of ageing (and I don't mean little crinkles when you smile, laugh or frown that disappear when you stop) then you absolutely do not need this product and you'd be wasting your money to buy it. Spend money on a good moisturiser with sunscreen and a decent cleanser, but don't drop huge amounts of cash on serums you don't need yet.
I needed to find the right moisturiser to wear over this. I tried it at first with my Sarah Chapman Skinesis Dynamic Defence and that wasn't a good combination - I ended up with irritated skin, characterised by random dryness and little red bumps on my chin and forehead; a sure sign the skincare I'm using isn't agreeing with my face. I suspect that the actives in the Sarah Chapman and those in the Perricone were just too much for my skin in combination, because as soon as I started using Trilogy Vital Moisturising Cream SPF 15 my skin calmed back down and I've had no irritation since. You must wear a sunscreen over this serum, as the glycolic acid in the formula can make the skin more sensitive to sunlight.
Perricone MD Face Firming Activator is a light fluid/cream texture that sinks quickly into the skin. There are some silicones in the formula, but quite low down on the ingredients list and it doesn't have a silicone-y feel; it sinks into the skin without leaving a residue behind. This does smell slightly fishy after application from the DMAE in it, and there's a citrus/floral fragrance added to mask it. The fish smell fades to nothing on my skin after a few minutes, but if you possibly can it's worth trying this at a counter to see if you find it tolerable before putting down the (not inconsiderable) cash for the product.
With the fish-smell issue out of the way, I think I've seen the biggest effect from this serum that I've ever seen from skincare. I bought this and used it when it first came out in the UK about a decade ago (there was a very good GWP going on in Liberty) and I wasn't massively impressed with it. My skin felt nice, but it didn't seem to do anything much; I now realise that there was nothing for it to do on my twenty-mumble skin. On my thirty-mumble skin, it's a different matter; while I'd say my skin was good for my age I've noticed a reduction in the depth of the lines from my nose to the corners of my mouth, between my eyebrows and on my forehead, particularly in the last month or so (I've been using this for nearly two months now.) I've always had pretty even skintone so it hasn't made a huge difference there, but I notice I don't look quite so tired at the end of the day, even when I feel it.
I use every other morning as a serum underneath my moisturiser (with SPF). I have not been using any other serum on the alternate days. I don't use every morning as recommended by Perricone MD as I believe that using a glycolic product everyday is overdoing it; that's my personal philosophy and it suits my reasonably fine-textured skin best. The other active ingredients are high up on the ingredients list, which means you are getting a decent amount of actives for the money.
The closest results I've seen to this product (for those for whom the fish thing is a deal-breaker) were from Skinceuticals Vitamin C AOX serum and the Nude Cellular Renewal Serum. I do think the Perricone has given the biggest results, although the Nude might be better for a very sensitive skin and the Skinceuticals provides an additional sun protection boost if you are spending time in strong sunlight.
If you'd like to try this product at a lower entry price point, I'd suggest this travel set, which has a half size of the Face Firming Activator and travel sized moisturiser (no SPF - don't use this alone over the Face Firming Activator during the day!) and toner and foaming cleanser for £58: Perricone Travel Set. I've been using the 2oz full size version for two months, every other morning only, and I am about a quarter of the way through the bottle.