I'm quite happy that I was able to try Medik8 CE-Tetra ($115 in the shop). I was more than a little intrigued by the ingredients and the potential for great results. I previously tried another vitamin C serum but didn't notice any changes. I consider my skin "reactive." It’s sensitive to a degree but recovers well if I remove the offending substance. I'm in my 40s and have started seeing the first signs of less-than-youthful skin. Nothing dramatic — just a reminder of the passing of time.
First things first: It smells slightly citrusy, but it’s more like the smell of the peel than the fruit itself. I like the smell, and it dissipates quickly, but those who are sensitive may want to steer clear. Also, it’s slightly viscous. I've always used good/better face serums and was a bit surprised that this one was so light. I used it on the right half of my face and stared into the mirror hoping to see a miracle. Nope — no such luck.
After using it daily on the right side of my face for two weeks, I saw my regular aesthetician who remarked that the pores looked smaller and the right side looked lifted. It was VERY SUBTLE. After all, it was only two weeks. But that was exactly what I was seeing, too! The right side was slightly firmer, smoother and tighter. I had no irritation and the changes were enough to encourage me to continue for a couple more weeks.
At four weeks, I'm now near the bottom of my sample bottle of Medik8 CE-Tetra. The results are not so subtle anymore. The right side of my face is smoother, firmer and the pores are smaller. I even decided to stop using this product for three days to see if the results were permanent or just an effect of the serum on my skin. The results are real. If I had to quantify it, I’d say the four weeks of using it have turned the clock back five years for me.
One of the best things for me about Medik8 CE-Tetra is that I can apply it once a day and be done since it's formulated to absorb into the skin and doesn't wash off. Between working out and work, not to mention being a mom and wife, I might shower or wash my face multiple times in a day or just once. It's nice to have an effective product that simplifies my life. It's pricey, but a little goes a long way. I'm ordering more!