*Disclaimer: This is not a paid review. The treatment and/or product was provided by the brand (Institut Esthederm), though the review therein is based on the author’s experience and opinion. Reviews published are intended to be for information purposes only, nor should they be regarded as a replacement for sound medical advice. Always speak to your doctor or skincare therapist if you have any concerns*
Even though we might be using good skincare products and making wise lifestyle choices, we might find that our skin starts to look a little dull or dehydrated; that’s usually when it needs a boost in the form of an aesthetic treatment or if your budget allows, a game-changer product to add to your regimen.
I have recently been fortunate enough to find such a treasure by Institut Estherderm (within the NAOS umbrella), a high-end French brand known for its excellent skincare products.
The latest launch, Age Proteom, is concentrated and designed to strengthen the proteome in the skin.
What is the Proteome?
This is an entire set of proteins found in the skin, which include collagen and elastin-these are important because everyone wants a firm, radiant and even complexion. So, it’s really important to preserve and strengthen the skin proteome.
What are the ingredients?
This serum contains Esthederm’s patented cellular water along with quite a unique extract-snow bacteria, which are resistant to UV, cold and oxidative stress, all factors that contribute to deep lines and wrinkles in the skin. The result should be firmer, denser skin.
The texture of the product and how to use it
This is an extra light formula that absorbs easily and layers beautifully. There is a subtle fragrance which is fresh and really pleasant. You only need 5 drops twice daily after cleansing and before your moisturiser or night cream.
It’s easy to dispense as the product comes with a pipette that fills on its own(a push button automatically opens when you unscrew the lid, and then you just push the button, and the product goes directly onto the skin)-it’s hygienic and efficient.
Who should use Age Proteom Advanced Serum?
The serum is suitable for all skin types, but in my opinion, if you have more mature skin and are concerned about ageing due to hormonal and environmental factors, then this is an effective, complementary product to add to your existing skincare routine.
What should I expect from Age Proteom?
Clinical trials were undertaken with this formula, and the results were positive: Candidates who tested were aged 42-65, with stressful lifestyles and skin which was dull and showing signs of fatigue.
After a month of use, the skin generally looked smoother and regenerated. After 2 months, there was an improvement in most signs of ageing, with the best results shown after 6 months: tighter skin, fewer lines, better tone and elasticity.
What I experienced
I am loving using this product, which complements the Esthederm Excellage range so beautifully. After 3 weeks of use, my skin feels really soft and smooth and looks radiant. I can’t comment on firmness just yet, as it’s only been 3 weeks; time will tell. But I trust the integrity of clinical trials and the brand, so I’m excited.
Price and where to buy?
Institut Esthederm Age Proteom™ Advanced Serum–R1 890.00 (as at Oct 2023)
However, other products in the Institut Esthederm range are available at selected retailers nationwide and online via:
- Esthederm available from RetailBox
- Esthederm available from Cosmetology
- Esthederm available from Woolworths
- Esthederm available from Superbalist
- Esthederm available from SkinMiles
- Esthederm available from Dis-Chem
For more information, linktr.ee/EsthedermSouthAfrica
Paola Chellew is a freelance journalist and regularly writes for a number of publications. A former professional contemporary dancer, she has always loved the arts in all their forms. She has been a freelance writer for many years and has been published in various magazines including Live Out Loud, Private Life and Do It now magazines. Her passion for beauty and skincare started in her teens, when she would read every beauty editor’s picks and reviews. Serious about skincare, she has researched medical-grade products for over ten years, as well as aesthetic treatments to restore and repair skin to look its best. Having turned 60 last year, she has dedicated her blog to the “over 50s and beyond Club”, shining a spotlight on a generation that is seemingly side-lined by the beauty industry. “There is no age limit for when you stop being beautiful – a gorgeous lipstick, a sexy fragrance, radiant skin- these are not synonymous with youth- they are just things that add an extra sparkle to my day”.