Thursday, 10 February 2011

Does it work? Boots Protect and Perfect Intense...miracle cream?

‘Ripoffecile rapide skin enervating action age defying serum reduces the effects of age within 4 months* (according to feedback from sample of 300 women who rubbed it into their faces at some point, somewhere). £ 26.99.’

What a lot of b*****cks! But women fall for it, in their millions. And before the gents start to feel smug at their comparative lack of dupability let’s remember that the market for creams to help male skins look less ‘tired’ is one of the fastest growing ones. What are chaps doing to their skins? Making their cheeks dance the Macarena until 2 am? Forcing their noses to work late at the office?

There are of course cheap alternatives such as Ponds which probably do as well. Although a friend pointed out that rubbing petroleum on your face might not be such a good idea. Apparently the petroleum creams may moisturize but do not protect or help your skin. The fact is anything moistening and not basically dangerous will improve the feel of your skin (olive oil, eggs, beer…hmm that might make a good batter!). What we pay for are soft smelling prettily wrapped pots of nonsense, and perhaps they have a placebo or anti depressive effect. The chemicals that do alter the skin are prescription only, have side-effects and are serious substances. Certainly not one to trust the cosmetic aka smoke and mirrors industry with, we’d all end up with purple skins and diarrhea.

In 2007 however Boots launched a skin cream, the Protect and Perfect serum, that was discussed on a Horizon documentary and was, holy grail like, shown to actually, physical and scientifically work. Some results of the research were that:

After six months twice as many of the volunteers who used the cream, 43 per cent, had improved wrinkles, compared to 20 per cent of those who used a placebo cream.

After 12 months, 70 per cent of those using the Protect and Perfect cream had "significant" improvements to their wrinkles, according to a clinical dermatologist.

The cream worked well across all the age groups tested according to the findings, published in the peer-reviewed British Journal of Dermatology. 

Tests also showed that the cream was able to stimulate the production of fibrillin, or elastic tissue. It is this last aspect that is the vital thing, the cream was actually shown to alter the skin not simply puff it up by annoying it (how many lifting products work). This is not to say that other creams might not do this, just that they wouldn’t put their money where their mouths are, or risk being made to obtain a medical licence for their product. Boots were prepared to take the risk.
Queuing for P & P in 2007

Although I didn’t participate in the general scrum that ensued to get this miracle product I did start using it, and I liked it. No allergic reaction, as good as SK II serum (which costs close to a £100 a pot) and no reaction. However I used it sporadically so cannot claim to have seen any results. Although the catch is how do you know? Perhaps I would look rougher if I hadn’t used it?
The original formulation.

A newer Intense serum was launched for old skin, containing the same basic ingredients in a more intense formulation; the claim is that you can see a difference within a month. I have decided I can manage this, and I do have some, thankfully not many, deep wrinkles to test this on. I shall report back in March on whether I feel it has worked. I’ve been using it for a few days now. It is a different colour from the first serum, cream rather than white and distinctly heavier and oilier. It does sink into the skin and leaves it moist. So far no flare-ups or reactions, I found when I tried the brand’s day cream that it made my skin itch. It costs about £22.00, £2.00 more than the lighter formulation and you can opt for a more stylish looking glass dispenser. However I chose the tube as I find you lose some of the product with push pump dispensers and that they are heavier and less handbag friendly.
The bottle pump version

I shall be back in a month on this, either with a better skin or faintly disgruntled!

What creams and potions are you using? Anyone else using this? I’d love to know! xx


Anonymous said...

I really like your blog and your topics. This one caught me in particular since I also don't normally buy into the fancy marketing/psuedo polls that are used to push beauty products. I'm not using the Boots serum, but I bought L'Oreal Youth Code (horrible name) based on said polls. Well, I liked it and used it for awhile. Never thought about it until I stopped using it. About a month later, I could see the difference in not using it. Hmmm. I went back to using it again. So maybe there's a little bit of truth in marketing. Looking forward to hearing how you get on with this next month.


RedlegsinSoho said...

Many thanks anon, it might be good for one of us to list the creams we have found to actually work. x

Mim said...

I use Olay Regenerist 3-point treatment cream, and the regular Regenerist Serum as I find the 3-Point Serum makes my concealer go on patchy (it seems to have some gubbins in it that makes it form a film).

Does it work against wrinkles? Ask me in 20 years! The one thing I can say for certain is that it's definitely reduced the redness in my skin, which was a real problem, and it's the main reason why I've stuck with it.

LandGirl1980 said...

I use E45 once a day. I am really 103.

Joking aside - I have been pondering this sort of thing since turning 30. And I am not too sure what route to go down.

Scarlett Daggers said...

I have pretty sensitive combination skin and swear by Dermalogica's ultra calming cleanser, daily microfolient and active moist moisturiser. I've tried swapping back to a cheaper brand twice and regretted it within days!


At 41, I buy lots of potions to avoid wrinkles...I'm a bit of a potion whore....
However the weather, the office heating, ryanair flights and my mums death have seen the number of deep wrinkles increase over the last 4 months....
Saying all this, I swear by Elisabeth Arden's 8 hour face cream; I take my make up (regular and stage) off with Aqueous Cream, and use tri-aktiline 'intense deep wrinkle filler' each the more after a late night, a quick roll of Garnier Eye Roll with caffine.
Then there is the hand cream to avoid dark spots...
Who said getting old was easy!

Unknown said...

I love my expensive creams and potions. Usually the more expensive, the more they work - honestly. Hate to disappoint and rock the proverbial boat. Plus, isn't anything that makes a woman feel better about themselves, worth doing? I'm all for beauty products that, as well are efficacious, are self indulgent and help boost confidence. But then again, I'd have no qualms with botox. I dye my hair, I use great creams and make-up and I wax. So sue me.

Unknown said...

NOTE: Readers (Landgirl) E45 is one of the WORST things you can use on your skin. Full of cortisones. NOT meant to be used daily but for flare-ups as prescribed.

RedlegsinSoho said...

2 Weeks in and a distinct improvement in forehead wrinkles, quite impressive.
Minn x

LandGirl1980 said...

To Katie Chutzpah -"NOTE: Readers (Landgirl) E45 is one of the WORST things you can use on your skin. Full of cortisones. NOT meant to be used daily but for flare-ups as prescribed."

Thanks for the tip - but I have only noticed an improvement to my skin since using this through the winter months. No breakouts and rehydrated skin into the bargain. Perhaps it is a case of it being just what my skin needed at the time :)

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