Thursday, 26 March 2015

BEAUTY REVIEW: YVES ROCHER SERUM VEGETAL WRINKLES & FIRMNESS CREAMS

Yves Rocher Serum Vegetal Wrinkles & Firmness

I got the chance to review these new Yves Rocher day and night moisturising creams, and they intrigued me, so I jumped right in. First, they are France's No.1-selling skincare brand, and what do we always say about French women? Secondly, they are all-natural, with a focus on using home-grown botanicals.

Yves Rocher Serum Vegetal Wrinkles & Firmness Day Cream

I have been testing out both day and night creams (£29 each) from the Yves Rocher Serum Vegetal Wrinkles & Firmness* range. They promise to significantly reduce wrinkles, plump and firm skin, and hydrate. Now, I am only 30, and have no wrinkles yet, so I cannot comment on their effectiveness at tackling those that have already formed. I, however, wanted to try these creams out as a preventative measure, to keep my skin plump and firm.

Yves Rocher say that the star ingredient in these creams is mesembryanthemum crystallinum (otherwise known as the 'crystalline ice' or 'life plant'). It is supposed to stimulate the skin's protein and activate the cell mechanisms that fight wrinkles. Not being a scientist, I turned to skincare expert Charlotte Lewis from TestedBeauty.com to find out if this ingredient is actually 'all that', and it seems it is: "Found in South African desserts the 'life plant' has been picked up by beauty companies for its unusual skill of being able to adapt and grow in different conditions - an exciting anti-ageing ingredient. Extractions of the plant have been added to beauty products to stimulate proteins in the skin to reduce wrinkles and keep skin firm".

Yves Rocher Serum Vegetal Wrinkles & Firmness Night Cream

These botanical-scented creams have definitely made my skin feel very hydrated, and firmer too. My favourite is the thicker night cream, as in the morning following use, my skin is especially plump- like it's had a good drink of a healthy liquid.

I have long been an advocate of using both a day and a night cream, and I asked Charlotte what the differences were: "Most night moisturisers combat two things; anti-ageing and moisture. Thirsty skin will definitely benefit from a night moisturiser as the added nourishment overnight will leave skin feeling soft and supple...[night creams] do not have SPF in them and are generally thicker and more hydrating. Most night creams may have a higher level of active ingredients, as the skin is not exposed to the sun, therefore irritation is reduced and the product can work into the skin whilst you sleep".

If you are looking for a new skincare regime that will deeply moisturise and hydrate your skin whilst also offering anti-aging benefits, I'd definitely recommend giving these luxurious-feeling creams a try.

This post contains press samples, but all opinions are my own.

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