Whilst cleaning out my bathroom cabinets of all the shampoos, conditioners, and various skin care products that simply didn’t work, the ensuing melee uncovered a product that somehow got pushed to the back a few weeks ago. No time like the present, so I began putting Elemis Pro Collagen Marine Cream to the test. A British company, Elemis can be found in spas, high-end department stores and offered on cruise lines. The Marine Cream is touted as their number one bestseller on their website.

With a brown algae found in the Mediterranean Sea known as padina pavonica as its key ingredient, it claims to transform the complexion in just over 2 weeks according to independent clinical trials held in 2003. They continue on to say that wrinkle depth was reduced by up to 78% and that hydration was increased by up to 45% while also dramatically increasing skin firmness and elasticity.  With lofty claims come high expectations.

The Pro Collagen Marine Cream is a fairly light, white cream vesseled in a simple screw top jar. I decided to try this only on half of my face and neck so as to better gauge whatever benefits/effects the product may have. I only applied it at night after cleansing and used no other products on the test side during the night or day.

Lightly fragranced, I found it to absorb quickly. After the first application I experienced a breakout around my nose so I avoided that area, but applied everywhere else from the fine lines at the corner of the eyes all the way down the neck.  After almost four weeks of consistent application I can say that although the cream did provide moisturizing properties, I am disappointed to see no improvement in fine lines at the eyes, skin firmness or elasticity.  Priced at $124 for 50ml (1.69 oz), for me this product simply didn’t live up to its claims.


Water (Aqua), Glyceryl Stearate SE, Glycerin, Glyceryl Polyacrylate, Glyceryl Polymethacrylate, Propylene Glycol, Dimethicone, Isononyl Isononanoate, Triticum Vulgare Germ Oil (Wheat), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) (Shea Butter), Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil (Jojoba), Chlorella Vulgaris Extract, Padina Pavonica Extract, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Seed Extract (Carrot), Porphyridium Cruentum Extract, Acacia Decurrens Absolute, Rosa Damascena Flower Absolute, Lecithin, Ginkgo Biloba Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Stearic Acid, Polyacrylamide, Xanthan Gum, Chlorphenesin, Methylparaben, Laureth 7, Disodium EDTA, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Tocopheryl Acetate, Propylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Hydroxyisohexyl 3 Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Linalool, Citronellol