Reviewed by: Super Spy Age: 47 Skin type: Dry and sensitive
The Stratum C packaging is nicely understated with purple and white sides and gives the impression of being reassuringly scientific. The serum is in a pump dispenser and the cream in a clear pot with white lid.
The serum itself is clear and almost odourless and the cream is off white and also smells very neutral.
What’s in it?
The key ingredient in these products is a chain of amino acids called Matrixyl, said to almost double the production of collagen in the skin. The cream is specifically targeted at menopausal women for whom collagen production drops off by up to a third. There no parabens or other nasties in the product. The serum also includes Irish moss seaweed for hydration.
What’s it like to use?
The products are very simple to use and I really like the lack of perfume as my skin is so sensitive. Many products can irritate my skin but these products did not and felt great to apply. I particularly like the fact that the serum is recommended for use around the eye area as well.
Did the product work?
It’s really hard for us to judge whether the products did what they promised without a clever gadget to measure my collagen levels. However, at a superficial level, I think the cream is a little too light for me – my skin didn’t feel properly hydrated after using it. The serum is great and I would definitely continue to use it, perhaps along with a richer cream.
Is it worth it?
I think that a cream specifically designed for menopausal skin is worth paying for as the skin’s needs are so different at this stage of a woman’s life. These products are not cheap, but I think it’s worth the money to really boost your skin.
I would buy the serum again as I think it is worth paying more for a targeted product. I would however use it in conjunction with my favourite moisturiser; one that I know can deliver the level of surface moisturising that my skin needs. If you are hitting the big M and your skin is less dry than mine, then both of these are great products that I would thoroughly recommend.