by Rebecca Penny
I was very excited to get the opportunity to trial a treatment specifically for my neck and décolletage. Despite being repeatedly advised to pay attention to this area, I never saw the need to until very recently when I noticed the start of some crepiness in the center line of my neck and neck rings becoming quite prominent along with just a general loss of firmness.
I am in my late 30’s and normally have very oily skin, it is also problematic to being blemish prone, pigmented, sun damaged and fighting ageing.
The skin on my neck and chest has always been soft and elastic and not at all prone to the problems of the skin on my face, other than sun damage. It is only just recently that I noticed the signs of aging and was hoping that the SimySkin Intensive Lift Neck Serum Phase 25-45 ($55) would have some impact on the noticeably crêpey skin that runs from the centre of my chin down my neck in a vertical column and provide some visible tightening of the neck area including the neck rings. I have also developed some sun damage spots on my décolleté that I wanted to target.
The serum comes in an attractive, polished aluminium 30ml vacuum pump bottle with cap and is packaged in a bright orange box. The serum is a white creamy consistency and quite strongly scented. I was surprised at how strongly scent it was and while I did get used to the smell, it did remind me of something my grandmother might use and I would expect that it would bother some people. I found the pump quite hard to depress and it got harder the more product I had used. I was able to use 1 pump for my neck and décolletage area, morning and night. At this rate of usage the bottle lasted for one month.
The serum is marketed to help even skin tone and soften the fine lines around the neck, reduce crepiness and signs of aging with the added bonus of a UVA/UVB protection filter. The star ingredients for this serum are: galactaric acid, thermus thermophilus ferment & palmitoyl oligopeptide. Despite quite a bit of research I couldn’t find anything to substantiate the anti-ageing claims of galactaric acid. Thermus thermophilus ferment prevents UV damage responsible for age spots, wrinkles & blemishes. Palmitoyl oligopeptide is believed to be responsible for collagen production and that of intercellular matrix substances ie hyaluronic acid and could be an alternative to retinol. These last two products are seeing an increasing inclusion in skin care products.
After consistent use of the serum for a month, I only saw a marginal improvement in the texture of the skin on my neck. The crepiness had reduced fractionally, however the neck rings did not appear to improve and there was minimal improve to the general firmness of my neck. There was some improvement in the red sun damaged spots on my décolletage. I had incorporated the use of the serum in with my usual skin care routine for my neck which included using Paula’s Choice Skin Balancing Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum, Paula’s Choice Resist 4% BHA Treatment (once a week), Medik8 C-Tetra and Royal Nectar Moisturising Face Lift.
Based on my results, I believe that with longer use there is the possibility that there would be more obvious and definite signs of improvement.