Sunday, 6 January 2019

Not-so Radical - Anti-Aging Restorative Moisture Crème Review

Review Radical Skincare Anti-Ageing Restorative Moisture Crème
As you can see from the well-worn tube in the picture, I have been road-testing the Anti-Ageing Restorative Moisture Crème by Radical Skincare.

The product claims:

  • Unsurpassed and blissful multitasking cream is the ultimate all in one benefits solution for the most demanding skins. 
  • Fights free radicals
  • Increase skin hydration by 66% in just 2 weeks
  • Decrease wrinkle depth by 50% in just 4 weeks
  • Combat skin discoloration, even and brighten skin tone with long and short term results
  • Firm and increase skin’s elasticity
Although this is called a Crème by Radical Skincare, I think that the texture is closer to a gel-cream.  It has a slight orange tinge to it, probably due to the extracts from coffee berry, acai, grapeseed, red wine extract, pomegranate, and cranberry that formulate part of it's antioxident arsenal.  It also has a slight (but pleasant) fruity aroma.

It is meant to be used both night and day.  It doesn't have an SPF.

How was it for me?
I must declare upfront that I just used this as a day cream as I don't like using the same product night and day, and I only needed to replace my day cream when I started using this. My previous day cream was Decléor Excellence De L'Âge Sublime Regenerating Cream.

The product is perfectly nice but, for me, was not outstanding.  The cream-gel sinks in very easily and it did not cause any sensitivity to my redness-prone skin.  My skin felt comfortable and moisturised (but not quenched) on initial application.  However, I did not notice any improvement to wrinkle depth and if anything, I think my skin hydration over the course of the day reduced compared to the result I obtained from the Decléor cream.

Longer term, I do think that the antioxident ingredients in this cream would be beneficial for a more mature skin.  However, although the sample size I used came in an airless pump, the full-size product is in a jar, which means that it's antioxident effectiveness is likely to decrease over time with expsoure to air.

I would rate this 3/5 for effectiveness and value-for-money against the claims for short-term benefits (skin hydration and wrinkle depth).  I did not enjoy this cream enough to want to continue using after my 8ml tester ran out so cannot assess the long-term effectiveness.

Who Would It Suit?
I think this could be a viable cream for anyone who is concerned about free radical damage but is looking for a lighter texture cream-gel anti-oxident product, who likes the fuss-free nature of having the same day and night cream.

That said, because it is both a day and night cream, it does not have any in-built sun-protection and therefore must be used with sunscreen.

The Price?
£100 for a 100ml jar of Radical Skincare Anti-Ageing Restorative Moisture Crème - available here.

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