Name: Instant Lifting Cream
From Clever Skincare’s website:
TEN-™ Anti-Age Instant Lifting Cream ’lifts’ the face making it appear more youthful and counteracts the signs of aging such as fine lines and wrinkles. Using a formula rich in antioxidants and Hyaluronic Acid (HA), this anti-age face cream rejuvenates cells for a smoother, younger complexion.
What I liked:
– lightweight texture sinks quickly into the skin
– moisturizing, makes skin soft and smooth
– plumps skin, temporarily reducing the appearance of wrinkles
– most people will love the subtle shea butter and coconut scent
What I didn’t like:
– jar packaging
– doesn’t contain many antioxidants
Humectants are a must have in any well-formulated moisturizer. They draw water from the environment into the skin, thus helping to keep it moisturized. When skin is moisturized, it is softer, plumper, and looks younger.
TEN Instant Lifting Creams contains two: glycerin and hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is particularly effective because it can bind up to 1000 times its weight in water and, unlike glycerin, works well both in high and low humidity conditions. That makes it a great choice for women all over the world, regardless of the climate they live in. Besides, hyaluronic acid has also been shown to improve skin’s elasticity a bit.
The rest of the cream is made up of emollients, such as Glyceryl Stearate, which acts like a lubricant, giving skin a soft and smooth appearance, and forming a barrier that prevents water loss, and Diethylhexyl carbonate, which is often used in place of silicones for the light emollience and good spreadability it provides.
Of course, like most moisturizers these days, TEN Instant Lifting Cream contains a peptide. It’s called Palmitoyl Pentaptide-4, also known as Matrixyl, and consists of five amino acids linked together and attached to a fatty acid to enhance its penetration into the skin.
Although whether it can really do so is still debatable. Peptides are usually too big to penetrate skin, but they could still work even when left on the surface. According to this theory, the signal to receptors present there how cells should behave.
Palmitoyl Pentaptide-4 is said to stimulate the production of collagen and elastin, much-needed substances to keep skin elastic and firm overtime. Although the results of the studies are promising, they were all conducted by the company that makes this peptide. Another concern is the small amount of this peptide in this formula. Even if it works, it’ll do so very slowly.
But moisturizing skin is something this moisturizer does very well. It has a fairly lightweight consistency that sinks very quickly into the skin, leaving both my oily t-zone and dry cheeks soft, smooth, and hydrated for most of the day.
I didn’t detect any brightening effect, but the fine lines around my eyes looked a bit smaller. The effect, though, is only temporary. Once the cream is removed, they are still there. But I don’t mind that. It’s the scent I can’t stand. It’s a subtle blend of shea butter and coconut most people will find pleasant, but I don’t. My nose rarely likes coconut scents. I’m weird like that.
Aqua, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glycerin, Glyceryl Stearate, Diethylhexyl Carbonate, PEG-100 Stearate, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Hamamelis Virginiana Water, Phenoxyethanol, Tapioca Starch, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Hydrolyzed Jojoba Esters, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Imidazolidinyl Urea, Olus Oil, Parfum, Steareth-2, Carbomer, Polyacrylate-13, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Cetearyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Sodium Hydroxide, Methylene Bis-Benzotriazolyl Tetramethylbutylphenol, Polyisobutene, Disodium EDTA, Hydroxypropyl Guar, Polymethylsilsequioxane, Simmondsia Chinensis Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter, Hydrogenated Lecithin, PVP, Decyl Glucoside, Polysorbate 20, Sorbitan Isostearate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Butylene Glycol, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Propylene Glycol, Caprylyl Glycol, Xantham Gum, Hexylene Glycol, Citric Acid, Palmitoyl Pentaptide-4
Ten Instant Lifting Cream has a lightweight texture that sinks quickly into the skin, leaving it soft, smooth, and moisturized. I just wish it contained more antioxidants and that it weren’t packaged in a jar.