Reviewed by: Saffron Spy
Skin type: Dry and sensitive
We reviewed Carita Genesis of Youth Cream (£150 for 50ml).
Carita's Genesis of Youth cream is presented in a satisfyingly heavy, clear glass jar with a silver, domed, lid. The packaging gives confidence that it will produce professional results.
What’s in it?
This facial moisturiser is part of the Carita ‘Genesis of Youth’ range, which aims to help repair some of the worst skin ravages caused by age and the stresses of life. As well as a facial moisturiser, there are neck, eye and night moisturisers and a serum, and a ‘masque biologique’ in the range. Carita treatments, using these products, are available at salons, and the range uses Carita’s own “Genesis Lift” ingredient which is claimed to target the source of imperfections and to help reduce and correct loss of firmness and elasticity.
The product is not tested on animals.
The colour of pink ice-cream and the scent of calamine, both childhood memories, wafted from the jar when I opened it. This moisturiser is aimed at the driest of skin, and therefore the consistency of the cream is very thick.
Each morning, as instructed, I applied the moisturiser to clean skin, after applying a serum. I love the scent, I love the colour, I love the cool sensation of the cream when it first goes onto my skin. But, sadly, I found it left my skin shiny, looking almost as if I had put petroleum jelly on my face.
Despite having very dry and sensitive skin, I found this moisturiser too heavy for everyday use. My skin broke out on day three. I decided to apply this moisturiser to the driest parts of my face, on my cheeks and around my lips and it worked. In cold weather these areas of my skin feel softer after using the cream, and I could still benefit from the lovely smell of the cream.
The marketing says this is “an expert firming and anti-ageing cream to help preserve your skin’s youth by acting on signs of existing and developing ageing… to help reduce and correct loss of firmness and cutaneous elasticity.” In other words, there’s a lot of research, expertise and technology packed into this small jar, and hence the price.
The cream smells great and looks great. It wasn't quite right for my skin but I'm sure it would be perfect for those with dry but less sensitive skin.
16th January 2015
Warmth and sunshine; spas which take me away to another country; fruit infused waters; beach-worth pedicures; deep tissue massages.
High footfalls; treatments that over promise and under deliver; heavy lunches; loungers drapped in used towels.
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