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Patience paid off with Stemulation Hi-Impact Serum ($185 in the shop). It didn’t “Wow!” me at first, but I gave it a little time to do its magic, and now I’m completely hooked!
Stemulation Hi-Impact Serum claims to stimulate or accelerate the skin’s natural renewal process and transform it by illuminating, smoothing, hydrating and refining the surface. Diligently using this product for six weeks, my skin changed little by little each day. After the first three weeks, it really came to life with a new firmness and glow, and kept on going. I think the best word to describe the overall effect is younger! My 58-year-old, normal to dry skin looked and felt younger with consistent, daily application of Stemulation Hi-Impact Serum.
The firmness factor, in particular, was really amped up. I could see and feel a distinct difference, especially around my mouth, jawline and lower face. The plumping and firming produced a slightly uplifted effect, diminishing sagging. Refining the surface and plumping the skin also helped reduce the appearance of fine lines. The wrinkle/line-reducing results were subtle or almost non-existent in some places, such as between the brows, and more pronounced in others, such as around the corners of my mouth. So for me, it was the firming activity in the lower face and jawline that really paid off and why Stemulation Hi-Impact Serum won me over.
This Serum is a clear, thin gel and is virtually odorless. It applies easily (with a dropper) and absorbs quickly. At first, it left my face shiny for a couple hours after product application, like a non-sticky barrier. Even my husband commented on it, and he never says anything (smart man!). The answer was to use a little less product and voila, no more high shine.
Stemulation Hi-Impact Serum claims to be deeply hydrating and is marketed as a sophisticated blend of hyaluronic acid, vitamin C ester (sodium ascorbyl phosphate) and epidermal growth factors (sH-Oligopeptide-1) to increase elasticity and collagen production. Looking at some of the ingredients, after water comes pseudoalteromonas exopolysaccharides, a marine-derived substance that plumps and smooths the skin by retaining water. The peptide sH-Oligopeptide-1, a bioengineered epidermal growth factor, has been shown to increase the rate of healing and renewal of the skin.
I was most curious about the lilium candidum leaf cell extract in Stemulation Hi-Impact Serum. What does it actually do? First, lilium candidum — white lily— is known for its skin healing and repair abilities. It has been used in herbal skin treatments for ages, and was a favorite of the ancient Greeks and Romans. (source) Next, Stemulation says their revolutionary technology is based on advanced stem cell research and the effects of topical application of cell derivatives (e.g. lilium candidum leaf cell extract) combined with clinically proven highly concentrated antioxidants. My take as a consumer and a lay person — white lily cell extract and other ingredients, working together, help renew the skin and strive to mimic the effect of human epidermal stem cell activation. If there was scientific proof that it could jump-start the body’s own stem cells, there would be direct claims put into words and terms everyone could understand.
All in all, the mix of ingredients in Stemulation Hi-Impact Serum work together to produce, in my case, the results Stemulation promises: firmer, plumper, smoother, more vibrant skin. It’s going to become a staple in my arsenal of anti-aging products.