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Reviewed by Cristina
I have been testing NCN Professional Skin Care Volu-Lift Recontouring Face Cream ($55). Volu-Lift Recontouring Face Cream with Ceramides claims to add volume, firm and lift skin, decrease wrinkles, attract and retain moisture and is a strong antioxidant.
I love to read about the company of the product I am testing. I find that if you read into the background you get a sense of the inspiration and passion of the developer/owner. This gives me an insight into the genuineness and quality of the product and it tells me that these products weren't developed just for a business opportunity. NCN Professional Skin Care was started by a Certified Aesthetician who listened to her clients about the overwhelming choices offered on the market but with mostly poor results. We all know that feeling! As a result she combined her knowledge and her passion for effective skin care products to develop her own line with high quality, cutting edge highly-effective ingredients. The products are based on cell renewal and collagen. I am impressed by the passion of the owner of NCN, and her innovations in formulas for skin care. Her products are not jumbled with unnecessary ingredients and are all natural and paraben free and very inexpensive. The ingredients she chose are very powerful and work hard towards the company's claims.
The following information about the ingredients is taken from the NCN website.
One of the main ingredient is ADIFYLINETM: Hexapeptide. Its job is to redefine facial contours especially increasing the volume of cheeks. Tests show that a cream containing 2% Adifyline TM Solution applied twice daily achieved a 12% increase in cheek volume in only 14 days!! Resveratrol is a natural antioxidant that's found in red wine and cocoa. Ceramides is one of the main components of the lipid layer of the skin. It plays a huge role in water retention and skin hydration. Ceramides hold onto water molecules, helping to attract and retain moisture. It stimulates collagen production, is an anti-irritant, speeds healing, is a long lasting film forming moisturizer, activates immune cells, reaches the dermis (where wrinkles form), diminishes fine lines, wrinkles & roughness by 10-15 percent, increases firmness and reduces scarring. The ingredients also include some well-known moisturizers to supplement these powerful ingredients such as shea butter, oils of mango seeds, olive, sweet almond, avocado, sunflower and gape seed.
My first impression when I opened the package was bewilderment. By the look of the label it gave me the impression that this was a homemade product. The label was very plain, understated and very deceiving. Not that this was bad, but just curious. Applying the cream, I found that the pump container dispensed much more than was needed. Half a pump would have been sufficient as the cream goes a long way. The first time I used the cream, the texture felt a bit heavy and maybe a little greasy. That sensation did disappear after a few minutes and the product was sufficiently absorbed so that I could continue applying my makeup. However I didn't have that problem anymore when I learned that half a pump was sufficient. The results after 5 weeks applying twice a day? To my eyes it was very subtle until I compared before and after photos. Wow, this cream does work!! After a week of using Volu-Lift my skin had this velvety texture and soft glow. I tried to focus on the areas of interest to me such as the upper lip and the Nasolabial fold. And yes, those areas much "softer" and fuller after 5 weeks but not gone. Volu-Lift is intensely moisturizing and I can feel it. It does feel and look good and does not remain greasy. Cost is very reasonable for a bottle that is still going after 7 weeks. I would definitely by this again! In my experience with testing so far, I feel that 30 days is barely enough to see dramatic results. So if you are using a product and don't seem to see results within a month even though the product is highly rated, be patient and give it time.
Active Ingredients: Ceramide 1, Ceramide 6 II, Ceramide 3, Resveratrol, Oat Beta Glucan, ADIFYLINETM SOLUTION (amino acid peptide that adds volume) & Hylauronic Acid added to: Water, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Shea Butter, Mango Seed Oil, Olive Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Avocado Oil, Sunflower Seed Oil, Grape Seed Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerine, Stearic Acid, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Vitamin E (mixture of Tocopherols & Tocotrienols), Lavender Essential Oil, Optiphen(r)