Last month Shiseido launched their newest time-fighter, Bio Performance Advanced Super Restoring Cream, R1 295.
It promises to help preserve your skin’s youthful-looking firmness while reducing visible wrinkles and are relying on these three ingredients to do it:
An advanced Bio-Renewal Complex
This is a mix of ingredients that’s unique to Shiseido and includes inositol (a good hydrator) and yeast extract which is said to encourage collagen and have antioxidant benefits.
Rose Apple Leaf Extract
A powerful antioxidant that protects your collagen-producing fibroblasts.
Super Bio-Hyaluronic Acid N
I think they’re talking about hyaluronic acid here unless they’ve added something else to it. HA is a fab hydrator that can temporarily plump up the look of your skin.
As I have a combination skin type and this cream’s deliciously rich creme-gel I’ve been using it only at night for the past week or so. If you’ve got dry skin, however, you could easily wear it in the day but would have to apply a seperate SPF.
I really like the cream’s texture. It’s fabulous decadent but doesn’t feel too heavy on and absorbs quickly provided I don’t use too much of it; a little goes a long way. If I use too much of it it can end up ‘pilling’ when I roll my fingers across my face. It does a great job of plumping up fine lines and leave my face with a healthy-looking glow thanks to it’s luminesence. I also like it’s soft, pretty scent.
Due it’s jar packaging, I worry about the stability of the antioxidants but am not too sure what to decant it into, what with it being so creamy. (I’ve actually just done a quick online search for a home decanter kit or something that would let me transfer my thicker lotions and potions into something like a toothpaste tube and couldn’t find a thing. Gap in the market, perhaps?)
Anyway, if you’re looking for an indulgent face cream that’s to hydrate, stave off free-radicles and encourage collagen, Shiseido’s is an option. To boost your collagen production even further, team it with a good retinol serum and don’t set foot outdoors without a good sunscreen. Protecting your skin from the damaging UV rays of the sun will do more to preserve your skin’s firmness than any other skin care ingredient.
UPDATE: Gayle the SA PR for Shiseido (who’s a dead ringer for Lady Gaga, just so you know), had a chat with Sam the national trainer for Shiseido regarding the issue I have with this being in a jar and this is what she had to say.
‘I understand the concern with oxidation (air around the jar) however, the formulations are stabilised and therefore it is not necessary to protect’.
She also added that it’s important you use the spatula that comes with the cream instead of your fingers to prevent contaminating the product.
Girls, it’s great that Shiseido’s using a stabilised formula but please bare in mind that not all brands that utilise jar packaging do this so just be aware of what you’re buying.
Shiseido chicas – thank you for being so awesome and easy to work with in regards to feedback.