Elemis: Best Skincare Brand

I've spent years trying all kinds of 'miracle' anti-aging products: from the eye-wateringly expensive to well-loved brands and cheaper options. Almost all have disappointed - and then I tried Elemis.

Elemis is a spa and retail range of luxury skin products and is widely available. The products below are those that I’ve tested so far. The recommended retail prices are listed, but it is worth shopping around as products are available for less on Amazon, just click on the titles to take you straight through to buy. There are a selection of sizes of the Marine Cream and Oxygenating Night Cream. I bought from a local beauty salon and they were cheaper than the RRP too. My review is under the product list, scroll down to read.

Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm RRP £40, Amazon £36 approx

An award winning, softening and deeply soothing balm that removes make up, daily grime and pollutants. Contains 20 beneficial flower oils and waxes, plus skin plumping Padina Pavonica extract and Vitamin E. Elemis advises to remove the balm with a cleansing cloth. The Balm can be used as a daily cleanser or as a face mask. Tip: it’s great for facial massage too!

Elemis Pro Collagen Quartz Lift Serum RRP £99, Amazon £83 approx

Pro Collagen Quartz Lift Serum contains pure concentrated Padina Pavonica, proven to strengthen the protective layer of the epidermis, leaving the skin looking younger and smoother. Formulated with Rhodochrosite, Quartz and Argan oil, the serum forms a network of proteins, developing a an immediate and perceivable tightening effect. Methylsilanol Mannuronate, an organic derivative of seaweed, helps bind moisture in the epidermis, leaving the skin feeling firm and strengthened, whilst smoothing the appearance of wrinkles.

Elemis Pro Collagen Marine Cream RRP £80, Amazon £99 approx

Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream is a revolutionary Anti-Ageing cream that uses the Marine extract Padina Pavonica to transform the complexion in just over 2 weeks. Trials proved that the appearance in wrinkle depth was reduced by up to 78% and that hydration was increased by up to 45% after 15 days. The powerful anti-ageing properties of Pro-Collagen Marine Cream provides and accelerated effect through increased collagen support. The unique Mediterranean algae, Padina Pavonica dramatically increases the quantity of Glucsaminoglucans (GAGs) within the skin. By special cell communication, these water-attracting GAGs are responsible for skin moisturisation, improving suppleness,firmness and elasticity. In addition, a potent synergy of Ginkgo Biloba, Rose and Mimosa Absolutes provide superior free-radical protection, thus creating the ultimate anti-ageing cream from Elemis.

Elemis Pro Collagen Oxygenating Night Cream RRP £95, Amazon £61.00 approx

Developed with the revolutionary Padina Pavonica, the luxury, moisture rich Elemis Pro-Collagen Oxygenating Night Cream is clinically proven to help increase oxygen levels in the skin and assist the skin’s natural regeneration process. After 28 days usage, the skin’s oxygen levels are increased by up to 41%*, to help accelerate dermal respiration. Containing Laminaria Digitata and Red Coral, the tell-tale signs of premature ageing are delayed, whilst the skins’ natural collagen network is supported, helping to promote skin elasticity and hydration.

Testing Procedure

I used to be a fan of Arbonne's RE9 range. Nothing has beaten it – until now. The one thing I discovered about Arbonne RE9 is that the minute I stop using it, my skin suffers. So the benefits can’t go very deep into the dermis.

When I test any product, I use my usual cleanser, serum and moisturiser on one side of my face and the new products on the other, unlike most skincare tests that use no skincare as their control group. That’s right – most tests use products on one side of the face and no products at all on the other.

The Full Elemis Review

Starting from the top with the cleansing gel: Very silky and I love the feel of it on my skin – I always use a wash-off cleanser and this is really lovely. If you want to reduce your outlay, you could skip this step – I’ve since gone onto an Aubrey organic cleanser and I’ve noticed no changes to my skin.

The first thing I like is the ability of the serum and creams to spread: the usual ‘pea-sized’ blob is enough for my entire face and neck,and the remainder on my hands enough for a treat there, too. No greasy feeling or stickiness: just lovely, comfortable feeling skin. The smell of the products is divine – I know that shouldn’t matter but it is truly indulgent – makes me feel like a million dollars! I finished the serum about three weeks ago and by the look of my skin this is definitely needed – I haven’t replaced it and I’m starting to see a difference in the look of my skin. I didn’t notice an immediate tightening from the serum – probably because of the results from Faceworks.

For the day and night creams I started with 50ml sizes: they should last 5 months with ordinary use on both sides of the face. I’m impressed with the quantity, many higher-priced brands are quite mean with their precious formulas. My Arbonne Night Cream is 50ml but it is much thicker than the Elemis and I go through lots of it – which results in me being stingy and not moisturising my whole face.

The Elemis began to show its’ class after about three weeks. Line depth was first to improve, and the crepiness on my upper lids. Skin generally looked smoother and in better condition. The ability of the cream to cover so well is a master stroke, because every part of the face is nourished and there’s no guilty ‘second dip’ because you’ve missed a bit.

To make sure of the results I swapped sides and used the Elemis on the Arbonne side, and vice versa. It’s taken some convincing that my beloved Arbonne is beaten, but it is! The main aim was to find products to benefit my skin and improve the structure as I grow older, to give more than the purely superficial help that the Arbonne RE9 provided. Elemis does this and I will be using it exclusively from now on – and I’ll be smelling like a million dollars too!

Enjoy looking gorgeous! Elaine x