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Nutra-Lift One Step- reader reviewed

Is a Solution for:
Sagging Skin
November 20, 2010 Reviewed by TIA Community Member 6 Comments
Reviewed by Barrie

I received a proposal of marriage today. Unfortunately it was not from a prince, but from an unremarkable stranger in the street.  As I am just north of 50, I figured this was a good time to reflect on the last 4 weeks of testing Nutra-Lift One Step ($44).

When my mystery package arrived from TIA, I was wowed! Anything that promises to “exfoliate, moisturize, firm, nourish and revitalize” while delivering “better results than laser” looks like a time-saving winner to me. The first thing I did was to squint at the miniscule print of the ingredients list (there should be a minimum size requirement for ingredients labels).  One Step is a high vitamin C content cocktail of more active ingredients than I have ever seen together in one product.  I have had good results with Vitamin C serums before – I have fair freckly skin -- so I was anxious to start.

I usually stop reading the ingredients list when I detect the usual fillers, especially silicones, but there are none to be found here. Instead it looks like you could eat One Step. It is chock full of antioxidants, herbs, fruits, vitamins, and goodies like elastin, collagen, COQ-10, and hyaluronic acid. SPF 15 sun protection is provided by titanium dioxide, parsol mex and benzophenone-3. Of note is that the oxybenzones are a high hazard in the Skin Deep database.   However, the many antioxidant ingredients also provide a type of protection that is not measured by SPF.

The feel on the skin is not moisturizing at all. It is dry and matte.  A sensory experience it ain’t! The scent can only be described as funky. The color is a distinctly unlovely mustard brown which I must be careful to rub in completely.  And the texture is not a slippery feel-good serum nor a light fluffy cream.  Still, I don’t care about these things if a product is going to work.

The central heating is on, and the air is very dry. Three days into the test, my skin feels on the dry and tight side.  One week in, and I give up trying to use One Step by itself. My skin feels just too dry, probably due to the Vitamin C.  I switch from a light dusting of mineral powder, to foundation, then to tinted moisturizer, and it feels much better. Likewise, at night I put another moisturizer over One Step, and I am much more comfortable. I don’t like the idea of using SPF products at night, but the instructions say to apply twice a day for 24 hour performance.

Has One Step delivered?  I must preface my comments by saying my skin is already in really good shape.  I get compliments on my skin all the time.  I can’t honestly say I have seen much difference. I still have little crinkles under my eyes when I smile that hopefully will stay at the “crinkle not wrinkle” stage for a long time.  My skin is firm, clear and even toned, as it was a month ago. I think that One-Step is a long term kind of product.  You can’t ignore how healthy that ingredients list looks! But this is a difficult thing to judge in just one month’s use.

And the product junkie in me will move on. But -- I did receive that marriage proposal…
  • March 8, 2011

    by barrie

    I thought I'd add an update after using up my bottle of One Step. I used it to the last drop, mainly for lack of finding a substitute for my morning routine! When paired with a tinted moisturizer (Sukicolor in Porcelain -- LOVE), the dryness was less of an issue. Now I am using a more traditional moisturizer with SPF, and it actually feels greasy and pore-clogging in comparison with One Step. My skin did look great while I was using One Step. However, I have not received any more marriage proposals and have decided to stick with the husband I already have.

  • November 22, 2010

    by Laura Coleman

    I also use several nutra-lift products. One of my favorites is the Refine & Replenish Mild Scrub - it brightens my skin, exfoliates, and cleanses gently. I use it every other day or when my skin is looking dull. It does not dry my skin out at all.

    And about the diet - I swear my skin looks better when I eat apples regularly. Not sure why, but I'm a believer!

  • November 21, 2010

    by marta

    Hi Barrie, we'd love an article on your regimen. What sunscreen do you use? What skincare products seem to work for you. And I'm with you on the peanut butter - diet does seem to make a difference.

  • November 20, 2010

    by Barrie

    Glad you liked my review, Junko! I am a neophyte at this! I think the main thing that's contributed to my good skin is...drumroll...avoiding the sun. With my fair skin and dark hair, I figured out young that I look better with makeup on, with some color on my face. I don't think I've left the house without makeup since I was 14 years old. Even when girls my age were saying "!" I wore that thick Cover Girl foundation. I was putting SPF on before it became fashionable. I pretty much gave up trying to tan in my 20s because I never felt like much of a beach babe. And also, this is crazy but...I love peanut butter! It is my absolute favorite food. Maybe the monounsaturated fats have something to do with it? I'm fit but I don't cut the healthy fats. Well I could go on...maybe time for another column?

  • November 20, 2010

    by Junko

    Thanks for the wonderful review Barrie. Can you tell us what your favorite 'go to' skin are products are? What's been keeping your skin firm, clear and even-toned?

  • November 20, 2010

    by Valerie

    I just recently purchased and returned this product. I use several Nutra Lift products, but like you, found this one was not moisturizing and didn't apply smoothly on the skin. I also tried to apply it by blending with another product. It may be great, but I wasn't able to get past the stiff application, so I can't really say. I do like their other serums and had hoped this would be everything the ingredients implied it would be. :-) I only tried it for a couple of weeks and just thought it was too drying to my skin.

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