(product photo courtesy of www.amazon.com)
1.69 fl.oz./50mL $13.75
I am a huge fan of K-Beauty products. And a great place to find them is Amazon. The superstore is a hidden treasure trove when it comes to finding some of the most fun K-Beauty products around. One brand I particularly like is Elizavecca. I think it is likely a mass market brand in South Korea, but that is okay with me. It is cute and fun and the products work wonderfully.
Something I have recently been trying out from the brand is the Elizavecca Witch Piggy Hell Pore Marine Collagen Ample. This fun product is a beautiful light pink collagen serum that is used to reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles. It has been during this past year that I have noticed my skin has really started to go downhill. The stress of the pandemic and looking at my phone a lot more has brought on some aging a lot more than expected this past year and I definitely need help in this department. This product contains 95% marine collagen, which has anti-aging benefits. It slows down the aging process of the skin. Since the molecules are too large to penetrate down past the epidermis and actually act upon anything, in all likelihood what they actually do is not permanent but temporary instead. This collagen provides temporary reprieve from your wrinkles, making skin look fresh and youthful.
The serum also contains 5% adenosine, which helps maintain skin smoothness, especially in the periorbital area (around the eye). Adenosine is a nucleoside that is most commonly associated with ATP (adenosine triphosphate), the body's energy transferring process, an essential biological and chemical signaling molecule. Due to its high biological profile, it has grabbed the attention of cosmetic companies for use in skincare. Studies have shown that it is an effective method for providing anti-aging benefits. When applied topically, skin shows significant improvement in visible signs of aging as well as improving skin smoothness. For this reason, adenosine can most commonly be found in moisturizers and serums (https://bit.ly/3fyDmgP)
Other ingredients in this serum that are of note are: allantoin, glycerin and various botanical & fruit extracts. Allantoin is an anti-aging ingredient extracted from the root of the comfrey plant and is was originally used in wound healing, but was found to help benefit collagen production and smoothing/soothing of the skin. Glycerin is a humectant that you have heard me mention countless times. It is better than hyaluronic acid and is very hydrating to the skin because it actually penetrates all the way to the dermis. There are many botanical and fruit extracts in this product. Of note would be the very top of list. Hyacinth extract is an excellent treatment for eczema, which means it is great at smoothing the skin.
Serums like this are necessary when one turns a certain age. Using them in conjunction with sunscreen, Vitamin C and retinoids will be essential in providing yourself with a tremendous anti-aging regimen that will inhibit and treat your skin with the best prevention of fine lines and wrinkles non-prescription fillers can do at this point. Should you want something more, there is always the dermatologist's or plastic surgeon's office. However, if you do not want to go under the knife you can always turn to wonderful skincare products and mix up your own regimen. That is where this serum comes in. I have found that this serum works very well at treating and correcting fine lines quickly. It makes them disappear as long as you keep using it at least once daily. The collagen is a temporary fix for helping to fill in and reduce temporary lines and wrinkles.
Look at the photos of my neck below. You can see in the first photo there are a couple of lines in my neck when I was having an atopic dermatitis flare up. Then you can see how my neck looks after using the Hell Pore Marine Collagen Ample for about 2 weeks. There is a significant difference in how pronounced the wrinkles look:
|neck prior to using Marine Collagen Ample|
After using this for a couple of weeks, I noticed significant reduction in the wrinkles of my neck as well as some decrease in the lines above my right eye (which are harder to photograph). This serum is also quite soothing to the skin. I was suffering from atopic dermatitis and found that the allantoin and hyacinth extracts (as well as some of the other botanical extracts in this product) are very soothing as well as smoothing for the skin. I was also using some Exederm hydrocortisone cream for the atopic dermatitis on my skin during this time (review to come later) but that doesn't account for the smoothing of the skin, only the lack of redness. And as I mentioned, the effect is likely temporary since this product only reaches the lower levels of the epidermis. Also, this product doesn't mention anything about collagen synthesis. Only wrinkle reduction. Vitamin C actually does help with collagen synthesis. However, this is only a $13 product that works and is economically feasible to use as opposed to a $50 product that doesn't work.
The only thing about this product is the smell. It kind of smells like cat urine. And many people I noticed said the same thing in the Amazon reviews. Only a couple of people said it smelled wonderful. I was not one of them. It definitely has an unpleasant odor but if you don't have a lot of it the odor dissipates pretty quickly.
Elizavecca Witch Piggy Hell-Pore Marine Collagen Ample retails for $13.75 and is available from Amazon.
Until Next Time~
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