Apologies, this post was meant to be published yesterday but I was moving into a new flat at the time! And thanks to the ever-helpful British Telecom (note the heavy sarcasm here) I will not have internet connection until the 20th October. Nor can I access BT Openzone from my new basement flat. Or make/receive telephone calls for that matter, so it feels like I’m living in technological wilderness. Very unsettling indeed.
Anyway, I digress. I’ve slipped away from the packing boxes to an internet cafe for a few moments, so that I may bring you the final part of the skin care trial for No7 Protect & Perfect Intense. In fact, I’m actually going to carry it on until I finish the products to give you a much more thorough review, because realistically, 4 weeks is not that long. When using a new skin care product, if it’s an effective one, it’s fair to say that you should be able to see an increase in moisturisation levels and ‘plumpness’ in the skin after a couple of days to 1 week. But to see any significant effect in wrinkle reduction, you’re really looking at using a product for a couple of months before you can judge fairly.
In a test tube environment, many modern skin creams will show an increase in collagen production after just 24 hours, but it’s certainly a different matter when applying a cream topically to the surface of your skin because it has several layers of dermis and epidermis to penetrate. It’s also worth noting that we all have subtle differences in our physiology, so what works well for one may not work so well for another.
For me personally, after 4 weeks of continuous use of No7 Protect & Perfect Intense eye cream, day cream and night cream, I’m very happy with the way my skin looks. The last few weeks of working like a trojan then flat-hunting at every spare moment I had, and subsequently moving home, have been extremely stressful. The resultant sleep deprivation normally shows in my skin as dullness with dark circles round the eyes, but I don’t have any of those physical symptoms at the moment. In fact, my skin looks incredibly fresh and even. My boyfriend, not known for his observation skills, has actually commented on how great my skin looks more than once in the last 4 weeks, so for him to notice, it must look good.
In terms of wrinkle reduction, I can’t claim to have noticed anything dramatic. The fine lines around my eyes are still there, but as I said, I’m going to carry on with this trial posting updates until I run out of the creams. What I do really like about using this No 7 range is the sense that I am protecting my skin as best as I can with the unrivalled UVA & UVB protection in the cream. I often feel quite guilty if I go out and about wearing a moisturiser without an SPF. Is that weird or do any of you feel similarly guilty if you don’t look after your skin well?
To conclude, I offer my apologies again for the lack of up-to-date photo of me in this post, but my camera is packed away in 1 of about 40 boxes. As soon as I retrieve it, I will update the post.