At almost 52, it has become increasingly important to me to use high-quality, natural, effective skincare products to target those pesky lines and wrinkles and keep my skin as healthy as possible. When I read the ingredient list for Rebecca’s Makes Sense Eleventh Hour Facial Cream ($34.95), I could not wait to test it. It contains 11 botanical oils — all very beneficial for mature skin — in a shea butter base, including a high concentration of four anti-aging seed oils: carrot, rose hip, argan and evening primrose.
Carrot seed oil contains high levels of antioxidants such as carotenoids to protect skin from free radicals. It also contains vitamins E and C to help regenerate skin and improve skin tone and elasticity, as well as target lines and wrinkles.
Rose hip seed oil is rich in retinoic acid, which is similar to retin A but without side effects. It decreases wrinkles, fine lines and hyperpigmentation from sun damage and nourishes skin. It also stimulates cell renewal and collagen and elastin production via high concentrations of oleic, linoleic, and linolenic acids. I've used rose hip oil by itself and it was a bit too rich for my skin and caused small breakouts. No such problems when it is incorporated in this cream.
Argan oil has become a very popular skin care ingredient and is said to be anti-inflammatory, containing high levels of vitamin E, antioxidants and essential fatty acids. It also contains carotenoids, such as xanthophylls, which help protect against environmental damage. Further, it contains ferulic acid, an antioxidant which helps protect against UV damage, plus squalene, which promotes cell regeneration.
Evening primrose oil contains a high percentage of GLA (gamma-linoleic acid) which maintains healthy skin and repairs tissue damage and is an excellent oil for dry, mature, and aging skin.
All of Rebecca's Makes Sense products are made in Vermont. They are not animal tested, are organic and do not contain fillers, mineral oils, sulfates, parabens, propylene glycol, phthalates, dyes or synthetic preservatives. This cream does contain phenoxyethanol, which is a fairly new preservative and is classified as a moderate hazard on the Environmental Work Group Skin Deep Database, as well as ethylhexylglycerin, which is considered a low hazard. Our own Marta has researched these preservatives as well and provided some interesting information.
Upon opening the container, I noticed the cream has a very light, non-offensive floral and shea butter scent that fades fast once applied. This would most likely be suitable for someone sensitive to fragrances. When applied, the cream is very emollient and rich, but not greasy. It absorbs quickly and does not sit on the skin. A little goes a long way, one dab covered my face and part of my neck. I have combination skin and the cream moisturized my drier areas very well and did not cause clogged pores on the oiler parts of my face. I also have sensitive skin and this cream caused absolutely no reaction or irritation.
The jar does not contain usage instructions, but I applied the cream in the morning and at night, after cleansing. While some of the ingredients in this cream are UV protective, it does not contain sunscreen so you might want to use it as a night cream only or use it with a separate sunscreen if you spend a lot of time outdoors.
Now the most important question, does the cream work? For me, it does, and very well! It actually exceeded my expectations. After one month of twice daily usage, the deep 11's between my eyebrows have decreased noticeably. The small lines around my lips have faded and are barely visible. The lines on my chest have softened and I feel comfortable wearing v-necks again. My skin tone has evened out and my skin feels smooth and soft and a little firmer. This cream definitely proves that natural ingredients can make a major positive difference in the quality and appearance of aging skin.