Review: Super Facialist Neroli Firming Intense Facial Serum

This serum is aimed to reduce signs of ageing (like wrinkles) and restore the skin’s natural health. The description from the Boots website claims it helps to “Maintain youthful and radiant skin with this silky textured wrinkle smoothing Intense Facial Serum – our superb serum is a hero product you cannot be without!”

The serum is intended to be used before moisturisers for both morning and/or evening, but also claims it can “also be used on its own for a light, hydrating skin treat.”

http://www.boots.com/en/Superfacialist-Neroli-Intense-Facial-Serum-30ml_1273987/

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I bought this from Boots for £9.99 while it was on sale, although it’s original price is £14.99. Since it was on sale at the time I bought it, I thought I would give this product a try and see if it would be effective as a part of my skin care routine.

The packaging is a white box with purple decoration, which in my opinion looks very clean and sophisticated. I haven’t kept the box to save space in storing it, but the white and purple theme is consistent on the bottle. The bottle claims that the serum makes you “feel like you have had an expert facial every day”. Whether I agree with these claims will be discussed later. The bottle also has a pump for dispensing the product, which I think is a nice feature. It means bacteria doesn’t get inside the product as easily as opening a cap, although I do find it difficult sometimes when I want to only dispense half a pump, and end up with a full one – which is more product that I wanted to use. However, this is a minor inconvenience.

What this product claims to make it so “super” is the ingredient Hyaluronic Acid which is seen in many anti-ageing products as research suggests it helps with moisture retention, which as far as skin care goes, means collagen and elastin in our skin last longer, promoting a healthier and younger appearance. (I will post the link at the end of the post of where I’ve paraphrased this from)

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The serum itself is a light gel consistency with a milky colour, and absorbs quickly and easily into the skin. The bottle contains 30ml inside, which seems to be the average quantity for standard serums in drugstores like Boots.

As for my own experience, this a nice product to have in my skin care routine, and although my photos won’t be able to show this, I can tell I’ve nearly finished it. Although I’m still quite young and haven’t noticed any visible signs of ageing on my skin, I picked this up so that I had an extra method of hydration for my skin besides my moisturisers that I switch between. Although I have oily skin, I use this for extra hydration to avoid any potential dry patches on my skin, which can make my slightly sensitive skin more sensitive than usual.

As part of my routine I use this after I have cleansed and toned my face, and before I use my eye cream and moisturiser in the mornings. On the skin I’ve found it helps to increase the smoothness of my skin slightly, although it doesn’t provide an intense amount of hydration as I expected of a product using Hyaluronic Acid – which is still being treated as a must-have ingredient. That’s not to say the serum doesn’t hydrate my skin at all, it’s just not in an “intense” way like the serum suggests.

The serum doesn’t make my skin feel much firmer either, despite its name suggesting it as being one of its defining features. I can’t pin this as being entirely the product’s fault. From my understanding this is aimed at slightly older women who are fighting signs of ageing, whereas this isn’t something my skin suffers from at the moment. It makes me wonder if years down the line if this product is still on the shelves if it will have that effect on my skin when it needs it.

What I do like about this product is that a little goes a long way: I usually use a pump and a half and this  is normally enough to use on my entire face and some of neck. Which is a pleasant feature since I find it frustrating when I have to use lots of product for one application.

Another feature I like is that I haven’t noticed that it clogs my pores. As someone with oily skin, it’s something I take into consideration when I try out products, so this is a pleasant factor if you have oily skin like myself. I won’t make any complaints about it not tackling the oiliness of my skin, as this product doesn’t declare it’s designed to do that.

Over all, this a nice product to have. It helps add a little bit of extra hydration, and for oily skin like myself, doesn’t seem to cause extra acne or blackheads. This product is better suited for people who want to tackle signs ageing, although I can’t give a verdict on how well this product works to help. It is also convenient for its light texture and quick absorption, so you won’t be sat around waiting to apply your moisturiser afterwards. Finally, a little goes a long way so you won’t be spending £9.99/£14.99 on a frequent basis if this product does work well for you. While it is not a “hero product” for me or like my skin has just had a facial, it is a lovely part of my current skin care routine.

Would I buy this again? If I’m looking for the extra hydration I bought this for originally, then I’ll definitely considerate it. However, as this isn’t something that concerns me too much, I’m not in a rush to do so, and prefer to experiment with other serums to see how they work for my skin.

Have you tried this product before as well? Or does it appeal to you? Let me know, I’d love to hear your thoughts and opinions on this product.

Website referred to about Hyaluronic Acid: http://www.gnet.org/the-truth-about-hyaluronic-acid/

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