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With skin that is dry in the best of conditions, it’s been a real challenge this winter to keep my face looking and feeling soft and hydrated. Thanks to Truth In Aging, I’ve been using a product for the last month that has helped meet the challenge: Sciote Vitamin C Face Creme ($70).
Sciote is dedicated to using only the purest ingredients, adding nothing that will harm the skin such as parabens, sulfates, dyes, chemicals or even artificial perfumes. They are equally committed to a “green” philosophy by respecting nature and their impact on it as a company, something that is becoming increasingly important to aware consumers.
The creme was designed to meet the needs of normal to dry skin. The product is a creamy white in color with a gentle, non-greasy feel and a very light, pleasing scent. It comes in a 1.7 oz pump bottle. Two or three pumps is sufficient. It is quickly absorbed, leaving no residue. My skin feels soft and comfortably hydrated. The creme dries matte, making foundation and makeup easy to apply.
The creme is a collection of a great many organic botanicals to soothe and heal: tamanu oil, beeswax, coconut oil, aloe, rosehip oil and vitamin B5 are just a few. The promise of their face creme is to hydrate and tone, to promote elasticity and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. This is accomplished with the help of allantoin, arnica and 5% vitamin C. At 60 years, I have not yet had to deal with true wrinkles, just fine lines around the mouth and eyes. While I notice no dramatic reduction of fine lines, and am not sure how to evaluate the elasticity of my skin, I am pleased with the results to date.
Sciote recommends using the product as a day cream, but notes it can also be used at night. This is my one reservation about the product: as a day cream, hydration is quite satisfactory. However, I have tried using the Vitamin C Creme at night, but it just doesn’t seem to be enough. That might work for normal skin, but based on my experience as a dry skin person, a richer night cream is a must for me. It’s a small caveat, and not one that would preclude a recommendation to use the Sciote Vitamin C Face Creme.
As a stand alone day cream, I would recommend it, but it would not become my “must have” cream. I do believe the synergistic effect when used with Sciote Illume Brightening Serum ($95 in the shop) changes the dynamic. They work beautifully together. Skin tone, hydration and fine lines are all noticeably improved. How much of the improvement is the Brightening Serum? I don’t know. But when I find myself touching my cheek because I love the soft feel, I don’t really care. I’ll stick with a winning combination and use both.