There’s nothing new about a moisturiser with multiple ingredients that do multiple things. What’s standout about this soft cream, though, is how well it works. A pea-sized amount – twice daily, day and night – is all you need to see softer, more radiant skin in a week; and less obvious fine lines and a more even complexion in a month. How it does so boils down to its contents.
There’s theanine, a tea-derived amino acid that blocks stimulation to NMDA receptors (these make skin remember past injuries, making it weaker and more susceptible to recurring damage). Think of it as Leo DiCaprio in Inception, encouraging skin to “forget” past bruises, while erasing imprints of present ones.
There’s liquorice extract (which supposedly regenerates dermal basement structure), and raspberry and pine tree extract (which promises to control and reduce the size and quantity of fat cells) to prevent sagging and puffiness. There’s citrus unshiu peel extract, rosemary extract and the chemical compound inositol, each working individually to reportedly strengthen the dermis or epidermal stem cells. Together, they are said to make skin healthier, with more defined contours.
In addition, no Class A moisturiser these days would neglect brightening. This has extracts of Thai golden silk and Japanese white silk to boost radiance and protect against UV damage, as well as Japanese pearl extract to increase hydration, resulting in a plumper, stronger protective barrier. Now you know why this mini disco ball of a bottle costs so much.