Vivderma Cellular Recovery System

Every so often skin needs a reboot, especially if you have more mature skin. While a good daily skincare routine is vital, a more intensive treatment can completely rejuvenate the complexion. Usually these treatments require several trips to a clinic, and can be very costly, so I was thrilled to test this product from Vivderma. I previously tried the Detox Elixir Serum and Restoring Moisturiser which I loved, so I had high hopes for this treatment.

The Vivderma Cellular Recovery System is a clinically-inspired four-week intensive course of concentrated retinol, which promotes cell renewal and boosts collagen. By bringing new skin cells to the surface and removing dead cells it reduces wrinkles, increases firmness, clears blemishes and age spots, and also brightens photodamaged skin. It’s a multi-faceted anti-ageing treatment, designed to repair and renew the complexion.

After only a few days I could see an improvement in my skin – in fact my husband asked me what treatment I’d had…praise indeed!

Over the four-week course, the concentration of retinoid in the treatment is increased from 10% to 40%. This allows the skin to gradually adjust to the product and helps prevents irritation. Retinol is a vitamin A product, which has powerful anti-ageing benefits. Just two drops applied at night time to clean skin is all that’s required, making it really convenient and easy to use.  After only a few days I could see an improvement in my skin – in fact my husband asked me what treatment I’d had…praise indeed!

Vivderma Cellular Recovery System

Small but potent, the Vivderma Cellular Recovery System has given my skin a much needed overhaul, improving firmness and tone while reducing fine lines.

By the end of the course my skin was significantly improved. I’ve been wearing less makeup and feeling much more confident about my complexion. After trying countless different salon treatments which only deliver short-lived results, I’m delighted with the difference this has made; a few weeks after completing the course the results are still evident. Small but potent, the Vivderma Cellular Recovery System has given my skin a much needed overhaul, improving firmness and tone while reducing fine lines.

Vivderma Cellular Recovery System

While using any product containing retinol, it’s extra important to remember sunscreen to protect the fresh skin cells. Due to the intensity of the treatment it’s recommended that the course be repeated up to three or four times a year, depending on skin requirements. I plan to repeat the course over the Summer, and again towards the end of the year.

The Vivderma Cellular Recovery System costs £195, which admittedly is quite pricey, but when you consider you’ll get more than one round of treatment out of it I’d say it does offer good value for money. I can’t tell exactly how much is left in the bottles but I think there’s enough for at least one more course, and that’s with accidentally dispensing more than the recommended two drops some days. Plus, it delivers impressive results within the comfort of your own home and takes about 30 seconds to apply. It doesn’t get much easier than that!

Have you ever used retinol products? I’d love to hear about your experience in the comments!

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*Disclaimer: I was gifted the Cellular Recovery System in exchange for a review. All opinions are completely honest and unbiased.

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Murad Complete Renewal set

The Murad Complete Renewal set was one of two I got for Christmas, and as we’re now well into the Summer I feel as though I’ve had ample time to test it out thoroughly! The Hydro Dynamic Ultimate Moisture and eye cream were only small pots so I got through them quite quickly. I had tried out the moisturiser before and found it to be very nourishing and hydrating without being too heavy or greasy, making it suitable for all year round.

The eye cream was equally pleasant to use, although if you’re looking for an eye cream that has specific anti-ageing properties this probably isn’t the cream for you. Neither of these have an SPF so can be used morning and night, but you would need to apply a separate sunscreen for daytime.

The AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser is designed to be used a couple of times a week rather than daily. It contains glycolic, salicylic and lactic acids to dissolve skin cell buildup, as well as jojoba beads to polish and retexturise skin. My skin did feel clearer after using the cleanser and along with the Intensive-C Radiance Peel, which I apply once a week, (see review here) freshens my skin and helps keep congestion at bay.

At first I was using this treatment once or twice a week at night but I wasn’t really seeing any results. I’ve now increased usage to roughly five times per week…

Of all the products in the set I was most excited about the Time Release Retinol Concentrate for Deep Wrinkles. I’ve always approached retinol-based products with caution as over use can cause irritation. At first I was using this treatment once or twice a week at night but I wasn’t really seeing any results. I’ve now increased usage to roughly five times per week and I do think I’ve seen a small improvement, but as I’ve also recently changed moisturiser it’s impossible to attribute this solely to the Time Release Retinol Concentrate. You can apply it daily under moisturiser in the morning and at night, but Murad advises restricting it to night time usage if the skin starts to become irritated. It claims to reduce deep wrinkles by 45% in six weeks so I will try using it twice daily to see if it makes a difference, in particular on my forehead.

Murad Complete Renewal set

Overall I do like the products in this set and I’ve enjoyed using them, especially the Hydro Dynamic Ultimate Moisture, but given the fairly hefty price tag I’m not sure I’d rush out to buy them again when there are so many other products to try. In short I liked them, but probably not quite enough to repurchase in the near future.  I’m still reserving judgement on the Time Release Retinol Concentrate until I up the usage to twice daily.

Murad Hydro-dynamic Ultimate Moisture

Prices stated on Murad website at time of publishing:

Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisture, £64 for 50ml.

Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisture for eyes, £57 for 15ml.

Time Release Retinol Concentrate for Deep Wrinkles, £65 for 15ml.

AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser, £34 for 200ml.

Are you a fan of Murad skincare? I’d love to hear your comments. Thanks for reading, have a lovely day!
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