I have been so blessed to get to try the Sciote Omni Phyto-Cell Serum ($130 in the shop). I'm in my late-30s and have somewhat oily, acne-prone skin. I am super sensitive and very prone to redness and irritation. I sometimes get these dry, itchy spots like little flaky islands in pools of oil. So yeah, I've got some weird skin. So I've found proper exfoliation and light moisture to be the best combination to keep those issues in check, and I obsessively read labels and research ingredients. Yep, life was good and my skin was normal for one brief moment in time.
Then, I found myself in this confusing, sweaty place called my late 30s. All my old friends were back: acne, oil, redness. They even brought some new friends along: sweaty, blotchy and the three things destined to be the bane of my existence, my horizontal forehead wrinkles. My search sent me on to new products with mysterious ingredients labeled "anti-aging." No longer could I throw heavy-duty acids and other harsh ingredients at my skin to clear it up. Those old remedies that used to work made my problems worse! I had to kick the chemical habit and seek a kinder, gentler solution. I've switched the greatest portion of my products to botanicals, organic and natural products. I'm always searching for the next best thing, and I'm here to tell you Sciote is a line that has it nailed.
If you've read my other reviews you know I LOVE ingredient lists that read like a recipe. This one is a little longer than I prefer and actually reads like some lovely items you could pick up in your backyard. Cucumber, periwinkle, geranium and dandelion extracts — I love it! Don't be fooled into thinking this is your run of the mill health food store brand; it also contains many heavy-hitters: Matrixyl 3000, Resistem, a peptide complex, and an ingredient of specific interest to me, Hyalurosmooth. The peptide complex is very impressive.
I was most interested in what this would do for my blasted forehead wrinkles. I checked the ingredients and found no bad guys, so I committed to nightly all-over treatment and daily spot treatment. Suggested use is once a day, but with no major irritants, I saw no harm in the twice daily. I know its petty, but I had trouble with the packaging again. The airless pump is great and dispenses the product well, but the top has to be in just the right position for it to snap back in place. Not a big deal but I try to think of everything. It took about a pump and a half to do full face and neck, and this stuff feels amazing going on. It spreads so well and doesn't dry out or cause any pulling of the skin. The aloe base gives it a great slip without the smothering feeling of silicone. No stinging, burning or irritation, no funky smells, no tightness or dryness, no greasiness.
And the results — oh, the results! IMMEDIATE plumping of the skin resulting in a smoother surface, sound familiar? A product that does exactly what it claims! Over the course of my four week treatment I never had any redness, irritation or breakouts from this product. It continued to consistently perform and its smooth texture worked great as a makeup primer. Over time, those outstanding initial effects started to hang around longer. Crow's feet are not really an issue for me, so when I spot-treated, I did my nasolabial folds and forehead. This product hands down has done more for my forehead wrinkles than any other product I have ever used, and I saw significant plumping in those marionette lines. With continued use, I could see a complete reversal in those forehead wrinkles. Sciote takes it beyond anti-aging; we're not just talking prevention but actual reversal of the signs of aging. I cannot recommend this product highly enough. Used in conjunction with the cream, the results are astounding.