My repeat and rewind earworm song could definitely be: “I’m all about the face, about the face — HALT aging!” (sung, of course, to the tune of “All About That Bass”). As sure as winter means snow, I am forever on a quest to recapture a youthful look and glow, refined tone and tight skin that doesn’t stop at the neck and décolleté. I’m a self-proclaimed youth preservationist who will search and research to find the next best proven anti-aging skin care product. This fixation on fearless aging has grown more intense with each passing year since entering into the 50s window of life.
After reading the great reviews and press on Sciote Peptide & Defense Firming Youth Creme ($90 in the shop), I was aghast with delight when given the opportunity to test and review this coveted anti-aging breakthrough. It fits my profile to a tee with being geared toward mature skin, and although it is targeted especially for extremely dry skin, my skin is not desert-dry but rather more dehydrated. The consistency of the cream is my ideal of perfection. It is thick but not greasy or gooey. The absorption is fantastic, and the dispenser pump makes application a breeze with no clogging hiccups or technical difficulties. Two pumps easily covers my face, neck and most of the décolleté area, but three pumps would ensure full coverage for all of these areas.
The 1.7 ounce size of the crème is very generous and should last for a decent amount of time with twice daily use — maybe two or three months. The price point is very reasonable considering the quality of the formula and that this a product from a prestigious skin care line. I want to also point out that this crème is fragrance-free, so it will surely appeal to those averse to fragrance and perfumes.
My skin has always been combination/oily, blemish-prone with large pores and elasticity-challenged (the latter reason being I was a reckless sun worshipper in my teens and 20s and it really destroyed my elastic fibers, overstretching them like a well-worn rubber band). So, it’s a constant push-pull battle trying to keep my skin tight and firm as gravity and compromised elasticity and collagen fight to win.
A unique mix of ingredients that work like a skin-loving symphony is what makes Sciote’s Peptide & Defense Firming Youth Creme so different and so incredibly good for my kind of skin. The squalane helps with dehydration, the glycolic and lactic acid help with the fine lines, pores and any discoloration and uneven skin tone, and the peptides help with wrinkles and relaxing facial muscles and contractions.
My skin looks better overall right now and feels softer and nicely moisturized after adding this crème to my regime. I layer it over my serums, switching between E’shee KI Therapy Elixir of Life, BRAD Biophotonic Essential Elixir Multi-Peptide Youth Regenerating Serum and Medik8 Firewall. I see less hollowed shadowing and slackness within the various areas of my face (mainly the marionette lines/indents below both sides of the mouth) and more visible plumpness and volume. I follow the crème with Osmotics Age Prevention Protection Extreme SPF 45 Crème and Osmotics Inner Light Instant Complexion Enhancer. This whole plethora of luxury skin treats leaves a great smoothing canvas for my makeup to glide over for a healthy dewy finish.
This crème will appeal to all ages and skin types because of its multi-dimensional ingredients, effects and benefits. I have enjoyed the results of my test drive and am excited to try more Sciote products in the future. Sciote (pronounced Sho-tay and Latin for “know thyself”) is a company based out of Denver, Colorado. They offer several sub-category skin care lines with namesakes such as “Peptide & Defense” and “Advanced”.
A while back, I tested and reviewed Sciote Illume Brightening Crème, and I truly enjoyed that experience, as well. Of the two products though… I have to say that I favor the Firming Youth Crème. But, I am going to experiment with mixing both together and see what interesting results might behold me.