Anti-wrinkle creams are here, there and everywhere, and have been for a few years now. My first Saturday job was in a Savers (lol) and it involved being one of those annoying checkout people that have to ask whether you would like to try a product on promotion. You know the ones I mean. FYI, it's just as annoying to be the one repeatedly asking every customer as it is to be asked. We rarely sold any of the products. Maybe two a day would be forced off of the front of the till. And then one day, we had a L'Oreal anti-wrinkle cream on offer. I sold over 20 that day on my own. At the ripe old age of 16, I hadn't learnt any new fancy sales schemes overnight, it was simply down to the product. People went MAD for it.
Now I'm always hearing about people in their early twenties making time for anti-wrinkle products. I'm being warned about starting to take care of my skin early so that I don't regret it in the future. I've spent a ridiculous amount of time staring into the mirror at my laugh lines and fine lines that pop up when I frown, investigating whether they're getting too noticeable.
Initially, when Korres asked me if I wanted to try their Castanea Arcadia anti-wrinkle range* I was going to reply with a straight up no: my largely early 20s demographic wouldn't be interested, and I wouldn't use it. And then I thought about those fine lines and everything the media was telling me about preparing my skin from an early age and I changed my mind.
Once I had the products I sat down and had a 'What the F are you doing with your life Steph?!' kinda moment. I mean, I'm 22. Do I NEED to invest in anti-wrinkle cream? But, then I looked into the products some more, and decided to give them a go. I eventually realised that they were exactly what my skin needed, even if it didn't need to be de-wrinkled.
I have combination skin, but from time to time (especially when damn cold winds pop up in the middle of April, erm hello English weather?!) it gets dry and chapped. I need a lot of extra hydration. And this is where the Castanea Arcadia range comes in. It's incredible at making my skin plump and hydrated without smothering it in grease. It's basically my new holy grail.
The night cream* is creamy without being overly thick. It's a nice light one, but a little goes a long way so I pop a tiny bit on before bed and let it sink in. I love using night creams as part of my pre-bed routine, and it sinks into my skin easily without the mare of finding little greasy smears on your pillow case. It's also one that doesn't flare up my spot-prone T-zone.
The eye cream* and day cream* I use hand in hand on days when I'm not wearing makeup. I find that using a day cream and then smearing my face in makeup is a sure-fire way for pesky spots to pop up.
Eye bags are basically the bane of my life. They're not delicate little ones, but full on 'I've got a carton of milk and a tonne of heavy fruit in my ASDA bag' ones. They suck. I've tried a few different eye creams before and gave up on them for a long time because all they really did was make my eye skin greasy (*cough Benefit cough*). Grim I know. This one from Korres actually makes a difference though. It plumps up my under-eye area so that the bags aren't as deep-rooted, and after using it for a week or so I noticed that the purpley/gray colouring of them was starting to fade.
And finally we have the day cream. This one oddly has the consistency of sudocrem. Which terrified me because that is hella hard to rub in and stays tacky for years. Thankfully it rubs in quite easily. It is a little too heavy for my T-zone, but I've found that it's great for those days when my skin feels dry and tight on my forehead in particular.
We all know I have super-sensitive skin, and I've not had any kind of flare-up since using these over the past month. They even came on holiday with me because I didn't want my skin to get too dry and have nothing to repair it with. So yes, I don't need anti-wrinkle cream, but do I need something that makes my skin plump and hydrated? Hell yes.
Have you tried anything similar before?
*Although this post contains products sent to me for the purpose of a review, all opinions are my own*