It's been awhile since I've talked skincare so, I wanted to jump back in with a review of a great product that will particularly appeal to the more mature woman but, is also great for those of you who, like me, are interested in preventative aging. Neal's Yard Frankincense Intense* (€71.90) is a luxurious, ultra hydrating moisturiser that, using the power of plant stem cell technology, promises to reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and increase the skin's firmness.
Let's get the obvious out of the way first, this is a pretty pricey jar of goodness and that will absolutely divide opinion on this product. It is very, very expensive. The main ingredient is in the name, Frankincense, and it is one of the most important and successful oils for improving the skin's tone and appearance of lines. Neal's Yard also use a blend of three peptides which work together to "increase skin's firmness and suppleness, support the production of collagen, and reduce the appearance of sagging, fine lines and wrinkles while Gardenia plant stem cells help to protect the skin and slow down the breakdown of collagen.
First and foremost for me, this is a very good moisturiser. It is very heavy and intensely, intensely hydrating which I love this time of year. It has some serious skin smoothing and plumping effects, not unlike those of Hydraluron and, ultimately, it gives skin an obvious glow and luminosity without even applying make-up. While my skin is 23 years old and doesn't need much yet in the way of line-smoothing or wrinkle-plumping, I can absolutely see why this product would be a must-have for many women who do have the beginnings of lines as well as those who are that bit older.
The scent may be a turn-off for quite a few people as it is very musky and earthy and remains on the skin for quite some time. I kind of like it but, could do with it being turned down a notch! This is a really lovely product for those who are serious about taking care of their skin and, at €71 for 50g, you would want to be serious! This does lead me to ask whether price is reflective of quality in skincare? I'd love to get your opinions on this; do you think more expensive skincare is better or is middle-of-the road just fine?