Last year I attended the annual Fall Media event hosted by Spa Magazine, and met representatives from G.M. Collin. I knew their products would be special when I received their electronic press kit: a memory stick on a rubber bracelet. Dedicated to protecting the environment, G.M. Collin has a green approach from the selection of ingredients, to recycled/recyclable packaging, and every aspect of the manufacturing process. All their products are derived from natural plant and marine extracts and are biotechnologically developed to be results oriented. Moreover, there are a dizzyingly huge collection of products to suit just about every skin type and every skin problem you can think of.
One product I tried is the Active C Serum $92.00 0.5 fl. oz. This is a very concentrated serum created from 100% active Vitamin C (L-ascorbic acid). Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that protects skin from the negative effects of free radicals, stimulates collagen synthesis, and helps skin look more youthful and radiant. It also helps reduce the visible signs of premature aging and is good for all skin types.
The packaging on this product looks clinical and impressive. with two 0.25 fl. oz. orange-tinted glass vials and two orange plastic tips that cover the product once you break the seal. I like the freshness factor, although I couldn’t quite understand how the two vials together could be a four-week treatment, since each of the vials is supposedly at it’s freshest for only 10 days after you begin to use it. This alcohol-free formula doesn’t become “active” until you release the powder contained in the upper part of the white “stopple” into the orange vial, by pressing down on the top.
After you’ve shaken the powder into the liquid in the vial you can break the safety seal and remove the cap. I pulled the entire thing off first, and then had a bit of a struggle replacing the top–but it pays to read directions before you begin! Each morning and evening, after cleansing your face, apply 5 drops of slightly citrusy-y scented Active C Serum on the face and work it into your skin. The web site suggests you do it “by effleurage,” a massage technique using flowing movements up and down the face and neck during a facial. I just lightly rubbed it into my skin. You can also apply this serum on fine lines around the eyes (crow’s feet) but you are supposed to avoid direct contact with the eyes. For that reason, I decided not to use it in that sensitive area at all. After applying the serum you still should apply a moisturizer and sun block. Vitamin C is known to be a proverbial “fountain of youth,” and this product, while expensive, keeps it fresh and powerful. If you have room in your beauty budget, go for it!
Another G.M. Collin product I really liked was the Lip “Plumping” Complex $37.50 .26 fl. oz. A clear rectangular tube with silvery wanded top dispenses a silky, clear (moist not shiny) gloss with collagen and hyaluronic acid (a super-moisturizer) microspheres to plump and improve the look of your lips. The light, slightly citrus scent is also a plus. hydration, for fuller more sensual-looking lips. As with many lip plumpers, this one tingles, but not unpleasantly so. If you use this one the recommended three times a day (it’s actually pretty addictive) your lips will feel better and have a sexier look, although the pricey wand of plumper won’t be lasting too long! You are supposed wait 5 minutes before applying lip color, but actually, mine lips looked so much fuller and pinker, I didn’t bother!
G.M. Collin A.G.E. Defense $106.00 and contains 1.7 oz. is good for all skin types and has 8 antioxidants and 5 peptides including Matrixyl and Dermaxyl, Rice Peptides, and (I have it on authority) also Scavenol™ NDGA (a powerful antioxidant) and Eukarion 134 that mimics the body’s own enzymes responsible for cell protection. Six other high-performance antioxidants – Coenzyme Q10, Castaline, Carnosine, White Birch Extract, Vitamins E & C and Melon Extract help pack an age-fighting punch. The light cream is meant to be used day and evening, to combat the signs of aging. The state-of-the-art moisturizer targets aging skin caused by free radicals and harmful environmental saboteurs, and helps restore skin’s natural resiliency and elasticity. It also help to brighten and even out skin tone and improve the skin’s texture.
As with all skin care, you need to know what products are going to be the best for your skin, use them properly, use them regularly, and keep your expectations, reasonable. I like the pewter pump bottle and the refreshing, herbal scent and the easily-absorbed cream that packs a punch, but isn’t greasy.
Since this has so many ingredients in it I’ve included them all: Ingredients: Water/Eau, Arachidyl Alcohol, Behenyl Alcohol, Arachidyl Glucoside, Glycerin, Sodium PCA, Urea, Trehalose, Polyquaternium-51, Sodium Hyaluronate, Butylene Glycol, Carbomer, Polysorbate-20, Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-4, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cyclohexasiloxane, Hydrolyzed Rice Protein, Linum Usitatissimum (Linseed) Seed Oil (Omeaga 3, 6, 9), Tri C12-13 Alkyl Citrate, Aqualane (Vegetal), Dipropylene Glycol, Betula Alba Bark Extract, Scrophularia Nodasa Extract, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Ethylhexylglycerin, Dimethicone, Sodium Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Isohexadecane, Polysorbate 80, Ubiquinone, Dipalmitoyl Hydroxyproline, Cyclomethicone, Dimethiconol, PEG-100 Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Fragrance/Parfum, Soybean (Glycine Soya), C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Tribehenin, Ceramide 2, PEG-10 Rapeseed Sterol, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Dextrin, Castanea Sativa (Chestnut) Leaf Extract, Xanthan Gum, Disodium EDTA, L-Carnosine, Triethanolamine, Tetradibutyl Pentaerithrityl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Ethylbisiminomethylguaiacol Manganese Chloride, Nordihydroguaiaretic Acid, Potassium Ascorbyl Tocopheryl Phosphate, Tetrahydropiperine, Madecassoside, Titanium Dioxide, Hydroxypropyltrimonium Maltodextin Crosspolymer, Cucumis Melo (Melon) Fruit Extract.