ReLuma Advanced Facial Moisturizer - reader reviewed
Honestly, the thought of consistently using a single skincare product for a month made me nervous.
I dove headfirst into skincare in July of last year and have accumulated literally boxes-full of skincare products, acquired mainly via Sephora. I usually choose my skincare based upon criteria such as the weather (the weather ranged from 101 degrees and humid during the first week of testing ReLuma Advanced Facial Moisturizer down to 35 degrees and dry a few nights back), what my skin looks and feels like, and my mood...therefore, I generally did not consistently use any one single product.
Then in July of 2011 I discovered Truth In Aging - too late for the July 4th promotion, but before my 50th Birthday. I have thoroughly enjoyed and learned a great deal from the enlightening reviews and information on products, ingredients, use and other topics.
I am pleased to report that I consistently used ReLuma Advanced Facial Moisturizer as my solitary product (other than various cleansers and eye cream) for skincare during the first two weeks of testing.
One day around the end of that second week, a friend made the comment, "those things on your face are going away,” referring to my very puffy nasolabial "hills;” British comedy fans think Geoffrey Palmer, to a lesser extent.
While quite happy to hear those words, I also began to wonder if "those things" going away was a direct effect of the new ingredients in ReLuma Advanced, such as arabidopsis thaliana extract, camellia sinensis extract, tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate, niacinamide, acetyl hexapeptide-8 and pentapeptide-18, or instead a residual effect of my previously used selection of "Five Best" products I indulged in during the Labor Day Sale, along with a NuFace…or possibly a combination of all three.
This thought prompted me to try a side-by-side comparison of ReLuma Advanced on the right side and ReLuma Skin Illuminating Anti-Aging Moisturizer ($85 in the TIA store) on the left.
For some quirky reasoning I enjoy utilizing a serum/treatment in the evening followed later with a cream/second application before retiring. I applied ReLuma Advanced as the cream/second application over my side-by-side serum/treatment phase mentioned above, where it supplied more than adequate moisture throughout the night (I even sleep with a fan blowing on my face at night) from the addition of shea butter, aloe barbabensis leaf juice, dimethicone and squalane.
ReLuma Advanced Facial Moisturizer’s packaging is good and allows for one complete pump (okay, sometimes a bit more) of this lightweight product to be applied (very easily) to the face and neck area after cleansing (with various cleansers and usually a Clarisonic Plus with deep pore cleansing brush head). Applied immediately after shaving, I found that it soothes and calms irritation and burning.
I like the way my face feels using ReLuma Advanced, and the way it feels on my face. The single adverse comment would be the "glossy shine" left after application. I would prefer a more matte finish during the day. However, to be fair, I must be cursed/blessed with naturally shiny/polished skin on my head, as my scalp, forehead and nose areas exhibit somewhat of a sheen when freshly cleansed.
I am even more pleased to report that I continued with the product for an entire 5 weeks. With twice daily application, there is just about one-half of the 50 ml bottle remaining. While I have seen results in firming and reduction of puffiness in the nasolabial hills, I particularly like and prefer the firmness, texture and overall results seen on the left side – the combination of both versions of ReLuma Moisturizer.
In summary, I like ReLuma Advanced Facial Moisturizer, but feel and wish that if ReLuma were to combine the actives of this product with the actives in ReLuma Skin Illuminating Anti-Aging Moisturizer, they (and we) would have a formidable and fantastic product.
Ingredients: Human Adipose Derived Stem Cell Conditioned Media, DI Water, Glycerin, Cetearyl Olivate/Sorbitant Olivate, Jojoba Oil, Sorbitant Olivate, Caprilic/Capric triglycerides, Polysorbate-20, Shea Butter, Aloe barbabensis Leaf Juice, Alpha-Tocopheryl Acetate, Dimethicone, Squalane, Phenoxyethanol, Xanthan Gum, Arabidopsis thaliana extract/Lecithin Citrus Gradis Extract, Camellia Sinensis extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Pentapeptide-18/Caprylyl Glycol, Co-Enzymes Q-10, CL. Panthenol, Allantoin