As you all know, I’m very much into owning my age, and encouraging other women to do the same. I’m proud of my 55 years, and everything my body has done for me, so I’m never going to slide off into old age quietly and ‘gracefully’, as society would have expected of my mother’s generation. And on the whole, I’m happy with my body and my skin as I get older. I don’t do Botox, fillers scare me, and the idea of surgery for anything other than my dodgy joints horrifies me. If you do, that’s great, no judgement here, but I can’t face it.
I do, however, have some mornings when I look in the mirror and see my Dad’s face staring back. You’d think that would be cause for some lovely reminiscing, since it’s been 13 years since he died. It’s not though, because what jumps out and slaps me straight in the jowelly face is the saggy neck that made him look like Droopy McPoodle from Tom and Jerry. I can almost see the collagen sliding off my face into those jowls, and I will try anything (short of a knife) to improve it.
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Perricone MD Cold Plasma Plus review
I was recently offered a free trial of the Perricone MD Cold Plasma Plus Trio, and have been using it for about a month. I’m not normally interested in quality skincare, having always been happy with a Simple facewash and basic SPF moisturiser. But I was interested to see if the Perricone products made a difference. Read on to find out what I thought.
I’d never heard of Perricone MD, but when I looked into the reviews I was impressed. For more than two decades, Perricone MD has been a holistic, three-tier skincare and wellness system with a winning description – powerful, multi-tasking formulas designed to rapidly target skin’s individual needs, from face & eyes to neck & jawline. I decided to try the classic Cold Plasma Plus+ Collection, designed for mature skin, and with aims of specifically targeting the neck, as well as fine lines.
Cold Plasma Plus+ Advanced Serum Concentrate review
First in the range is the Cold Plasma Plus+ Advanced Serum Concentrate, which contains Vitamin C Ester and Copper Tripeptides, and claims to reduce the look of dark spots and restore radiance, as well as promoting smoother, more supple-looking skin. The idea is that you use it morning and evening, underneath your regular moisturiser. I’ll admit that at night I used it on its own, although I did top it off with my usual SPF for the daytime. Cold Plasma Plus+ Advanced Serum Concentrate, £133.
I won’t claim to have seen any visible improvement in dark spots, and I haven’t noticed an increase in suppleness, but what I am impressed with is the new colour of my skin! With age, I’ve noticed that I can be prone to a bit of a yellowish pallor, especially if I’m tired, or have had a drink the night before. I don’t like it, and I’ve even started to avoid my favourite yellow tops, worried that the reflection on my skin might be causing it. I’ve definitely noticed that my skin looks fresher, and now has more of a pink shade to it – the yellow is all gone, and I look much healthier. I’ve even had comments that I look really well – on days when I’ve been feeling pretty under the weather! That’s enough for me to call it a win.
Cold Plasma Plus+ Sub-D/Neck review
Again, the description of this neck cream is promising – this multi-tasking powerhouse visibly sculpts, firms, tightens & contours the jawline & neck areas. Targets & improves the appearance of lines, wrinkles, uneven texture, sagging & crepiness, while smoothing skin & improving elasticity. So one thing I’ve never been blessed with is a defined jawline. Rather, my neck just slopes gently down from my chin to my collarbone, making me prone to a double chin if I don’t remember to ‘jut’. Photographers tell me to stick my chin forwards, and it’s always a reminder that I wasn’t first in the jawline queue at birth.
Would the Perricone MD neck cream live up to the test? Well yes! This one is the biggest success for me. Slightly thicker than the face serum, but light enough to absorb, it feels luxurious on the skin. Whilst it obviously can’t magically transform what I never had, the skin on my neck is visibly less saggy in appearance, and best of all, the jowls are hardly noticeable, even to me. I will definitely be replacing this when it runs out. Cold Plasma Plus+ Sub-D/Neck, £123.
Cold Plasma Plus+ Advanced Eye Cream
A multi-tasking advanced eye cream that promotes the 5 most visible signs of youthful-looking eyes. Targets and dramatically improves the appearance of dark circles, puffiness, crow’s feet, fine lines and loss of firmness. This is the product that gets the best reviews on the Perricone MD website. It wasn’t really my biggest focus throughout the trial, as I’m lucky not to have too much in the way of lines around my eyes, considering my age. Even so, I’ve definitely seen results. The skin around my eyes is less crêpey, and definitely more luminous than it was previously, so again, as eye creams go, this one gets my vote. It feels really light as it goes on, and disappears quickly, leaving just a fresh feeling that I was happy to wear during the day as well as overnight. Cold Plasma Plus+ Advanced Eye Cream, £83.
Now, each of these items individually looks quite expensive, but if you buy them as a trio you’ll get all three for £125. For skincare at a lower price keep an eye on my Instagram page, where I sometimes review products for both middle age and the teenage years.