Thursday, November 15, 2007

Beauty Buzz: Sisleya Radiance Anti-Aging Concentrate

Sisley launched a new high-end anti-aging product: Sisleya Radiance Anti-Aging Concentrate.
So what is the promise?
• Smooth, luminous skin
• A fresh complexion characteristic of youthful skin
• Even-looking skin, diminished appearance of brown spots

The product is intended for women after 30. Sisley promises the results “in just 4 weeks”.

Looking Closer at the Ingredients
Some of the ingredients Sisley used to deliver the promised effects are
  • Cactus Pear Extract and Vitamin A Palmitate to achieve smoothness and luminosity
  • Nasturtium Flower, White Mulberry and Scutellaria Extracts to balance production of ‘black’ melanin
  • Alkekengi Calyx Extract to fight against the effects of free radicals on melanin production
  • Lavender, Geranium and Rosewood to insure radiant youthful-looking complexion

    I looked into some of these ingredients and their properties. Here is what I found out.
    Cactus Pear Extract is not very commonly used in skin care products. According to some sources it has definite medical benefits due to its ability to reduce inflammation, fight free radicals, and balance out “bad” cholesterol level etc. Nasturtium Flower (Majus) seems to be more widely used in cosmetics. It originally came to Europe from South America. It has antioxidant properties, rich in Lutein, contains Zinc and antiseptic substances. Lutein is well known to have amazing antioxidant and sun protecting properties. It also promotes skin’s hydration and elasticity when taken orally. However, studies in the recent years have shown that it has similar benefits when applied topically as well. Lutein is found in a human eye and is vital to our vision. Lavender is often used in skin care to soothe the skin and encourage the new cells growth. Geranium and Rosewood seem to have similar properties of soothing and at the same time refreshing the skin as well as improving its elasticity.

    How active are the active ingredients?
    So we all know that the higher the ingredient is on the product ingredient list the higher its concentration in the product. So here is a quick look at Sisley’s

    Sisley Radiance Anti-Aging Concentrate 13 first ingredients:
    Isodecyl Neopentanoate - an ester and emollient (used to soften, condition the skin)
    Butylene glycol - a humectant (moisturizer, attracts water to epidermis)
    Majus Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract - an extract from Nasturtium Flower/Leaves/Stem
    2 silicone ingredients later Cyclopentasiloxane (silicone fluid) Dimethicone (silicone oil) used in cosmetics for lubricating and moisturizing properties we come again to a couple extracts and an emollient:
    Hydrolized Opuntia Ficus Indica Flower Extract- the Cactus Pear Extract described above
    Tribehenin PEG-20 Esters - a fatty acid found in seed fats used as emollient and lubricant
    Citrus Medica Limonium Fruit Extract – used for its exfoliating and skin lightening (bleaching) properties
    Squalane – found in shark liver oil and in plants. Used in cosmetics for moisturizing and protective properties
    Physalis Alkekengi Calyx Extrtact has antimicrobal, antibacterial properties, enhances immunity, soothes skin
    Marrubium Vulgare Extract - reduces inflamation, has healing properties
    So now we have a better picture. The initial ingredients and their properties look impressing to me

    Price Time: Get Ready!
    It is about 400$ for 30 ml (ouch!)

    My Experience:
    Even though this product is targeted at women after 30 and I am a couple years short I could not resist trying out a sample I received from a Sisley sales rep. Let me tell you, now I know what it means “to have a healthy glow and luminous skin”. My skin reacted immediately. In just a couple days I looked as if I have just had a beauty salon facial. Perhaps the skin after 30 won’t react as rapidly but I think it should definitely benefit from this product and you should see the promised results in 4 weeks.

  • Read More Reviews on Sisley's Skin Care Products:
    Sisley Buff and Wash Gel
    All Day All Year Essential Day Care

    You can get more information about Sisley product range and Sisleya Radiance Anti-Aging Concentrate, in particular, as well as shop for Sisley's Beauty Products at Sisley Cosmetics

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