Perricone MD has long been a hero beauty brand of mine. I love everything behind it: the science, the ethos, the technology and research. Every product has always resonated with me, not to mention delivered the desired results!
I was lucky enough to meet with the man himself, Dr Nick Perricone who has been a skincare pioneer for the past two decades, and I can honestly say I got a little star struck! I’ve lived by his attitude to aging healthily ever since I got to grill him on all things skin.
Dr Perricone takes a three-tiered approach to healthy living and skincare. First up he swears by an anti-inflammatory diet packed full of foods rich in antioxidants and essential fatty acids – think fish, fresh fruits like blueberries packed with antioxidants , lots of water rich foods like watercress and spinach, good fats from avocados and almonds. Next, he recommends targeted nutritional supplements – discovering which vitamins, minerals and amino acids will work best for your needs. And last up, for beautifully healthy skin, Dr Perricone advocates the use of topical skincare containing nutrient-based natural anti-inflammatories. For more on his approach to healthier, younger-looking skin, head to perriconemd.co.uk
Now, luckily, I’ve always been a fan of eating well (in moderation, I do sneak in a few naughty things quite regulary too!) and have long been obsessed with slathering goodness on my skin. So I was super excited to hear that Perricone MD have created a new line of products using vitamin F. This wonder vitamin is critical in supporting the skin’s lipid barrier – helping to seal in moisture and keep infections at bay. By bolstering our skin’s natural defences, we can smooth out lines and wrinkles, ultimately achieving a more youthful, plumped, and glowing complexion
Perricone MD’s Essential Fx line of skincare also contains the brand’s award winning antioxidant molecule, Acyl-Glutathione. Hold tight for the science bit: Glutathione is made up of three amino acids and is an essential biomolecule that’s found inside every cell. So, what does that mean? Basically, that it’s the body’s best defence against environmental damage. What’s more, as we age our production of Glutathione becomes compromised, and so this easily absorbable range is the perfect way to boost our skin’s natural ability to protect and repair itself.
For me, the hero product in this line is the Essential Fx Eyelid Lift Serum (£89 for 15ml, available at perriconemd.co.uk). This lightweight serum reduces creases as it helps to lift and tighten the eyelid area, and I am really happy with the results! Having always been on the hunt for products that tackle signs of aging around the eyes, and on the eyelid its self, this serum is the holy grail of anti-aging serums. Packed full of flaxseed, chia seed and macadamia seed oil, it’s intensely moisturising, too.
There is of course a much more dramatic action that can be taken to tackle aging around the eyes. My really good friend who lives in Los Angeles recently underwent Upper Blepharoplasty with Dr Groth, who is THE eye surgeon to see over on the West Coast.
She basically had all the loose baggy, creased skin from her eyelids taken away. When I first saw her, a few months after her surgery, I can honestly say it was so subtle I didn’t notice, and I like to think I’m an expert at spotting these things! I mean she looked incredibly fresh and youthful, but I certainly couldn’t see any scars. Her feedback was that yes there was bruising, but not too bad and she used lots of packets of frozen peas for a week to ease swelling and help speed up her recovery.
And while for now, as I never say never, I’ll be sticking to the Perricone Eyelid Lift Serum myself, for those of you who are interested, there is a London-based surgeon – Dr Maryam Zamani – who is renowned for her sensitive and subtle-looking work in this area.
So, there you have it, my guide to the newest Perricone MD range, and tackling tired eyes and heavy eyelids. Any comments or suggestions pop them below.