by Sara R.
I am 51 years old, with sensitive, somewhat oily skin that is prone to clogged pores, mild acne and mild rosacea. I generally seek out light, non-creamy anti-aging products that will help with multiple issues. My usual skincare routine involves occasional retinol use (Skinceuticals Platinum), two E'shee serums (Ki Therapy and Cellular Repair), Medik8 Firewall, and an anti-redness Mega Mushroom serum from Andrew Weil that I use as a moisturizer.
For my 30 day Elena Rubin Stirling Super Serum ($289 in the shop) trial, I stopped using all other active products except for the Andrew Weil Mega Mushroom, which I layered over the Stirling twice a day (I generally wait about 5 minutes between applications).
I did not see any dramatic improvements during the 30 days, but obviously I have quite a high-quality skincare regimen already, so that's not surprising. I thought the Stirling maintained my skin quite well and was surprisingly good at keeping the mild acne and redness in check — especially since I was traveling for about 10 days of the 30, and that's usually hard on my skin.
I did not have any sort of negative reaction, and did not find the product irritating in any way. The one thing I really did not care for was that the Stirling left my skin with quite a shiny, rather sticky finish that persisted even after applying the mushroom serum and blotting multiple times.
The ingredients list is relatively short looks good, with several different peptides, including Matrixyl 3000, that reportedly reduce wrinkle depth and tighten skin. There's also wheat and soy protein, the latter of which has been shown to promote elastin for firmer skin.
I am on the fence as to whether or not I'd buy this product to use again. For firmness, I think the Medik8 Firewall is irreplaceable, and the E'shee serums leave my skin with a lovely, healthy, non-sticky glow. I might buy the Stirling for regular use on my neck and chest.