This cream is marketed as a multi purpose anti ageing product, and is intended to address not only hydration and nourishment, but also lines and wrinkles and lack of radiance and vitality. I've copied a section of the press release, so that I can give you an idea what claims I was testing it against:
|Estee Lauder Revitalizing Supreme|
Global Anti Ageing Creme
As skin ages, it begins to feel dry, losing its youthful radiance, and its needs are constantly changing. By reactivating skin’s natural ability to look younger, REVITALIZING SUPREME GLOBAL ANTI-AGING CREME anticipates and responds to skin’s changing needs, delivering advanced science, nutrients and moisture deep within skin’s surface to help delay the look of signs of aging. With 10 patents worldwide, this supremely lightweight, high-performance, multi-action creme features Estée Lauder’s new, breakthrough IntuiGen Technology™to beautifully revitalize the look of skin. Derived from nature, this powerful technology helps revitalize skin from within, addressing multiple visible signs of aging by supporting skin’s natural activation of Nrf2, a “master switch” that turns on multiple anti-aging pathways within the skin. The breakthrough formula also features an advanced SIRT-1 Technology to help rejuvenatethe look of skin by providing cells with more time to carry out their natural restorative functions. Additionally, a powerful Barrier-Building Complex, potent anti-irritants and anti-oxidantsnourish skin with replenishing moisture and nutrients to help skin resist the signs of ageing.
The test: Two of the most stressful weeks of my life. Including (but not limited to): Deciding to move to Gauteng, quitting my day job, assisting with finding a replacement for my day job, taking a four day trip to Gauteng to do house hunting, coming back without having found a house, etc.
Here's what I found:
Hydration and Nourishment: My nose and lips were seriously suffering with the dry Gauteng climate, but my skin was absolutely fine. It was comfortably hydrated and nourished throughout, without a hint of tightness or flaking, which often occurs in winter. I also have horrible dehydration lines/expression lines on my forehead that become visible as soon as my skin is under nourished/neglected - I watched them get less prevalent day by day.
Revitalizing and Rejuvenation: Through late flights, followed by late nights in smoke-filled pubs, early mornings and heavily stressed individuals driving in areas they do not know at all, my skin looked plump and clear throughout. I should also point out that I have not developed any blockages or congestion, even though the texture is deliciously rich (Yay! Am I a grown-up now?).
Barrier-building, Anti-irritants, Anti-Oxidants: Tick, tick and tick - No irritation whatsoever.
They go on to talk about amazing technology that offers both short and long term benefits on expression lines and sagging, but (a) I fortunately don't have many lines yet and (b) I do not have the lab equipment to measure such results. Texture-wise, I found it slightly odd at first - as in not so spreadable. I realised it works best if you warm it between your palms for a few seconds, and then apply. It sinks in without leaving a greasy film, yet you can still feel there's something that's preventing discomfort. Overall verdict: A winner in my book.
Sunflower and Barley extracts: Improves skin's moisture retaining ability
Vit E and Caffeine to soothe inflammation
Black Bamboo (Intuigen Technology) extract to help cells boost age resisting functions
Available at R540 for 30ml and R725 for 50ml