overall rating: 4.5/5
about my reviews:
the pursuit of dewy, youthful skin becomes more paramount as the glow fades. it is, by far, the most-asked question i get from clients: 'what can i do about my w r i n k l e s ?' thankfully, there are loads of things we can do to keep our skin healthy and vibrant as the years go on (check out my skincare post for tips on daily care), and the skincare industry has taken huge strides in the last decade in the anti-aging category.
over the last couple of years, there's been a lot of buzz about a new product that boasts some pretty incredible claims: reducing fine lines and discoloration and improving elasticity and appearance of skin, to name a few. sounds impressive, but, let's be honest. these aren't exactly original claims -- any self-respecting skincare line has to make these statements. the question is: can they live up to them? no really -- can they?
Optimera (said, much-buzzed-about brand) is the latest from Nerium International, a Texas-based skincare company that has gained a fast reputation for providing non-toxic, plant-based products with some pretty outstanding results; Optimera boasts a 93% improvement in fine lines and 97% improvement in skin tone and texture. no parabens or other harmful ingredients? i'm in! lucky for me, a rep for Nerium contacted me and offered to send me the day and night formulas of Optimera to try out for myself to see if the claims rung true.
my main concern is skin tone -- when i turned 30, my skin decided i was actually turning 13 and began to build an uneven platform of dull, flaky skin with the occasional mountainous range of acne and whiteheads. gross. again, using high-quality products has helped, but there is still a lot to be desired. this was the main issue i was hoping Nerium would address.
i was super excited when i came home one afternoon to find a package at my door (who doesn't love pressies at the door?), and immediately ran upstairs to check out the goods. the packaging is fine -- pretty standard -- day and night creams packaged in separate boxes with clear labeling (hey, this is important to those of us who like to pore over every word before trying a new product!). the bottles are fairly light -- not as 'luxury' as i was expecting for the price ($185 for a 30 day supply), but i wasn't too concerned; it's what's inside that counts, right?
i was instructed to use five pumps of the day and night cream, respectively, and apply to my face, throat, decolletage and the backs of my hands. it seemed like an awful lot of product when first dispensed, but, once applied it was the perfect amount.
so, how'd it go? well, in order to provide you with the truest, most accurate results, i took a photo of myself before trying Optimera, and again after 30 days of using the day and night creams. you're welcome.
want to give Nerium a try for yourself? take your own before and after, post to instagram and tag @envoutermakeupdesign so i can check out your results!
questions? you know where to find me!