Emma Hardie wants to be the Kim Kardashian of skincare.
Kim K made contouring, the makeup trick that gives you chiselled cheekbones and a slimmer nose, all the rage. For years now, we’ve all had to figure out how the heck to swipe that bronzer on without looking like we’ve got mud splattered all over our faces (or is that just me?).
Emma Hardie isn’t having none of that. She thinks contouring is a job for skincare, not makeup.
I know what you’re thinking. Sculpting skincare? Isn’t that science fiction?
You’re right to be sceptical. A serum can’t give you the same results as a little nip-and-tuck but it can still do its little bit to keep your skin looking young.
Emma Hardie is starting her contouring skincare mission with the neck. It’s the first area that starts to go south as you get older.
Her new Lift & Sculpt Firming Neck Treatment uses a combination of the latest peptide complexes and massage techniques to firm the neck area.
Does it deliver? I’ve put it to the test. Here are the results:
The Neodermyl complex is a mix of Glycerin, Water, Methylglucoside Phosphate and Copper Lysinate/Prolinate.
Rumour has it, it’s a needle-free collagen & elastin filler. It boosts collagen and elastin production, making your skin firmer and more supple. It may even help your wrinkles look smaller.
Induchem, the company that sells Neodermyl, has done a small in-vivo (on real skin) study that shows the complex improves “collagen density and alignment, firmness and elasticity and wrinkle reduction.”
Induched also compared Neodermyl to hyaluronic acid injections. The result? Hyaluronic acid injections improve dermal thickness by about 3.5% after 1 month. Neodermyl improved it by almost 6% in 15 days.
Sounds very promising, doesn’t it? There is some evidence that copper peptides can boost collagen so I don’t see why Neodermyl shouldn’t work. But, I’m still waiting for more, independent this time, studies to confirm just how well it does this.
Liftonin -Xpert is a mixture of Bulbine Frutescens Leaf Juice, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate and Citric Acid.
According to the manufacturer, it can boost collagen production, reduce stretch marks and increase your self-esteem (no kidding, they really promise that).
Again, I’m not saying this isn’t true, but I’d like to see these claims confirmed by unbiased sources, too. After some digging, I’ve found a study that claims Bulbine Frutescens, a flowering plant from South Africa, can help wounds heal faster.
Ok, the study was done on pigs rather than human skin, but the researchers found it has some effect on collagen production.
And more collagen = fewer wrinkles.
So far, Emma Hardie has been taking advantage of the latest technologies. Wether prematurely or not, only time will tell.
But she didn’t forget about the old trusted allies that have been helping our skin for decades. Like Sodium Hyaluronate.
It’s a form of Hyaluronic Acid that can hold up to a 1000 times its weight in water. Its job is to attract all that moisture from the air, dump it into your skin and lock it in so it stays there.
Once your skin has all that moisture, it’s softer and plumper. Your fine lines look smaller, too.
Emma Hardie believes that facial massage firms skin and fights wrinkles, too. She may have a point. There aren’t that many studies on the benefits of facial massages, but I’ve found a couple that say they can enhance the anti-aging effects of creams and make you relax (stress is wrinkles’s BFF, FYI).
Emma Hardie Lift & Sculpt Firming Neck Treatment has a roller applicator that hits skin with a cooling touch (but warms up pretty quickly). Here’s how it works:
- Turn it around so the arrow is firmly pointed on “ON”.
- Apply some pressure to release the serum.
- Lift your chin, supporting the skin with your spare hand
- Apply the serum in a downward motion
Don’t go up and down with this thing (I’ve seen some “skincare gurus” doing this online and it’s so wrong). Just gently move it downwards for a few minutes.
Let’s Put It To The Test: Personal Use & Opinion
New peptide complexes, collagen-boosting hyaluronic acid, cooling rollers and facial massages… Emma Hardie has thrown everytyhing at your neck to help it stay young and firm.
Were all her efforts in vain?
Mmm, I guess it depends on how you look at it.
Emma Hardie Lift & Sculpt Firming Neck Treatment is NOT an alternative to fillers or plastic surgery. But you already knew that, didn’t you?
But when I look in the mirror after using this little gadgety serum, my skin does look more taut. It’s certainly a lot smoother and softer.
The catch? These results aren’t permanent. After a few hours, my skin starts to lose that taut look (but not its softness).
I’ve been using it only for a month because I wanted to bring you my first impressions quickly (I know a lot of you were curious about it). There’s a chance that, with prolonged use, the results may last longer. If so, I’ll update this post in a few months. Check back!
Now, for the nitty gritty: The roller glides smoothly on my skin without tugging or pulling. The serum it releases sinks quickly into my skin, too. It’s very lightweight and doesn’t feel sticky at all. Overall, I find it very pleasant to use.
As I said, it’s not an alternative to fillers but I think it’s the best on the market in this category so far.