As we age lack of radiance and loss of firmness are usually the main skin complaints, and certainly as I enter my mid thirties I’m starting to see the effects of my advancing years. Sadly we can’t stop the clock but we can help our skin, and today I’m going to show you two products from Korean cosmeceutical skincare brand SkinPep that promise to supercharge your skincare routine and help you take back control.
SkinPep Hydra Boost Hyaluronic Acid Serum (70ml, RRP £24.99)*, is a pure Hyaluronic Acid serum which claims to hydrate, boost elasticity and reduce wrinkles. Hyaluronic Acid or Sodium Hyaluronate is quite a buzz ingredient in today’s skincare and despite its scary name is actually a natural skin cell component, found in the deepest levels of the dermis. Hyaluronic Acid is moisture retaining ingredient and humectant, able to hold 200 times its weight in water, which makes it an excellent moisturiser.
A vital structural component of skin Hyaluronic Acid is responsible for the skin’s moisture, suppleness and elasticity, but as we age, our body produces less and less of this important acid, thus affecting how moisture is stored in our skin. By introducing Hyaluronic Acid topically using a product such as SkinPep Hydra-Boost you can help replace what the skin has lost, boosting moisture, plumping out wrinkles, improving the skin’s elasticity and lending the skin a long-lasting glow. Applying a small amount of this clear, gel-like serum to cleansed skin and gently massaging in a circular motion for a minute or two it is quickly absorbed, leaving your skin ready for any moisturiser you wish to apply.
The hypo-allergenic formula of Hydra Boost is free of perfume, parabens, mineral oils, alcohol and synthetic colours and fragrance. As with all SkinPep products it isn’t tested on animals either – great news!
The next product I’ve been trialling alongside Hydra Boost is SkinPep C-Face Bright Booster Powder (20g, RRP £49.99)*. A fine powder of 99% pure Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, this clinically proven form of vitamin C stimulates collagen production and neutralises the damaging effect of free radicals. By mixing approximately 50mg into your usual serum (in this case I added it to my Hydra Boost serum) the powder is activated and supercharges your skincare with a pure, non acidic form of vitamin C. Used daily, it can dramatically improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and brighten your complexion, making this a perfect partner to the Hydro Boost Hyaluronic Acid Serum.
C Face Bright Booster Powder is ideal for anyone who has experienced any form of discolouration of the skin, whether age spots or sun damage, as the Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate is absorbed into the dermis where it protects the cells from further damage, stimulates collagen production and inhibits Melanin producing cells, all without the burning or irritation often associated with pure Ascorbic Acid powder. This also makes it perfectly suited even for sensitive skins.
I’ve been using SkinPep’s C-Face Bright Booster Powder in conjunction with Hydra Boost once a day for four weeks and already I’ve noticed my complexion is brighter and my fine lines and pores look reduced. I also notice my skin feels noticeably smoother and more hydrated, but without greasiness, in fact once absorbed the Hydra Boost leaves a lovely matte finish upon which my make-up sits better and lasts longer. The only very minor downside is that when mixed with a serum the Booster Powder does transform the consistency of the serum from a gel into a very thin fluid which does make it more of a challenge to apply. I find rubbing it between my palms then patting it into my skin is the best way to apply the mix. Nevertheless my first experience of this brand has been a very positive one and I’m definitely eager to explore more of this impressive skincare range.
In order to keep the price of their high quality formulations as competitive as possible SkinPep products are only available to purchase through the SkinPep website. For more information visit www.skinpep.com where as well as the full sized products you can pick up trial sizes and free samples, giving you the perfect opportunity to find out which products are most suited to your skin.