Elemis – Collagen Marine Anti-Aging Luxury Skincare

by Paris B on · 20 comments

in Mask,Moisturiser,Product Reviews,Treatment

When you hit the big 3-0 suddenly you start wearing your skin looser. Suddenly, late nights start to take their toll and your skin starts looking dull and tired and ohmygoodness! Is that a fine line I see on my forehead/ around my eyes / around my mouth?

Not that I’m not enjoying being in my 30s. I’m having more fun in my 30s than I ever did in my 20’s so yay to all 30-somethings! 😀

When I was introduced to the Elemis luxury brand of anti-aging skincare which originates from the UK, I was more than a little intrigued and not a little sceptical. Was this going to be another La Mer fiasco for me? I have used La Mer Creme before – it did zilch for my skin and instead turned me into a zit battleground from which I’m still bearing the scars of war.

Elemis Skincare

Elemis is a brand from the UK that started out by being sold in spas. I call them a luxury skincare brand because their prices are steep and out of reach of the masses but I might find myself saving up for one or two products that have done wonders for me. If you are in your 20s or early 30s then it is too early to use anything anti-aging and Elemis will not be for you – its not bad for you but its just wasted on your young skin. But if you are mid-30s and up, then Elemis might be something you could be wanting to save up for.

The star product for me and it would appear, for many people is the Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream

Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream – RM515 /50ml (link)

Elemis Pro Marine Collagen cream

The cream feels quite thick but spreads very easily on the skin. I only use very little – 5 dots on my face – 2 cheeks, forehead, nose and chin – and gently massaged into the skin. I also only use this cream at night because I believe that anti-aging creams work best when the skin is at rest i.e. when you are sleeping. In the day I am usually so harrassed and stressed at work no amount of anti-aging will help 😛

The key ingredient in the Pro-Collagen Marine Cream is extract of Padina Pavonica a marine algae that helps increase collagen production thereby increasing skin elasticity. To test this cream, I’ve set aside my regular moisturisers and I’ve been using this cream at night for 1 month during which time I’ve been ill, lacking in sleep and having other worries on my mind. But unlike other times when I’m ill, my skin is hydrated and smooth and feels more firm and elastic. And pores… what pores?! I do find that it works a little better when I use it over my H20+ Face Oasis gel at night but I only tried that on alternate nights. It makes me skin feel and look plumper.

I don’t have many fine lines for which I count myself lucky, but I do have “laugh lines” or lines where I smile – after a month’s use at night these lines have lessened and smoothened out somewhat and are less obvious now. I love it! At RM515 for 50ml though, my wallet doth protest so this will be something I’ll save up for to get at some point. My sample came in a tube but it actually comes in a tub.

Pro-Collagen Oxygenating Night Cream – RM735 / 50ml (link)

Elemis Oxygenating Night Cream

I also tested this for a week or so. It was nice but to check out its effectiveness I let my mom try it instead. My mom is in her early 60s and has great skin for her age but there are lines – some of which were put there by me heh… – and I felt she was the best person to test this out.

She found that the night cream was rich so she only used a little but she reported that it was very effective in hydration as her skin felt more moisturised. Also, her facial skin looks firmer and there is a glow to her skin. I’m told that the Pro Collagen Marine Cream will work too at a pinch and its relatively cheaper. So maybe if she doesn’t ask for this for Mother’s Day I might indulge her in the Pro Collagen Marine Cream instead 😛 Similarly, my sample came in a tube but it actually comes in a tub.

Papaya Enzyme Peel – RM180 / 50ml (link)

Elemis Papaya Enzyme Peel

Another popular Elemis product is this enzyme peel. It is a gentle exfoliator using papaya and pineapple enzymes and containing vitamin E, milk protein and marine algae. It smelt like pineapple yogurt – yummy! You just apply a thin layer on clean skin, leave it on for about 10 minutes then rinse off and marvel at your baby smooth skin. I couldn’t stop touching it 😛 The Rose Exfoliator (link) is more of a scrub. It is a clear gel with little granules in it and has a lovely rose scent.

Cellular Recovery Skin Bliss Capsules – RM500/box (link)

Elemis Cellular Recovery Skin Bliss Capsules

This is one more skincare product I particularly liked. What it is, is a tub containing 60 capsules of 2 colours – pink and green. The capsules contain Moringa Oil which has a high concentration of anti-oxidants. The pink capsule contains rose oil and is used in the day while the green capsule contains lavender oil and is used at night.

I only used these very sparingly and only once a week while at home because I did not want to waste them 😛 The capsule with the rose oil applies very light and after I warmed the oil bewteen my hands and massaged it into the skin, my skin did not feel oily at all. I used it under my sunscreen and to my surprise, after a while, my skin felt soft, matte and not oily. I was impressed. The rose scent is also really nice.

Ditto the lavender oil I used at night. The scent is wonderful and relaxing and I swear it gives my skin a glow. Again, although it was oil I was spreading on my face, it did not make it feel oily after it had absorbed. In the morning, my skin feels and looks refreshed and moisturised.

I took them with me on holiday recently because I knew I was going to Ho Chi Minh City, a city that I was sure was going to be hot and polluted. I took 2 sets with me and my skin drank it all up and if anything, looked better than it ever did so while on holiday! 😀 I absolutely love these… if I can afford the RM500 pricetag. le sigh…

Eyes Awake Recover Gel and Lip Revive (RM110/7ml)

Elemis Eyes Awake & Lip Revive

The Eyes Awake Recover gel (link) was nice and light and is supposed to help reduce puffiness and ease eye strain. I must say that the light clear gel absorbs very well and works even under eye makeup without causing any slipping and sliding and it does what it says i.e. depuffs but for the price, I think I’ll be sticking to other eye gels for now.

I was not taken in by the Lip Revive (link) which is essentially a petroleum free lip balm. It squeezes out a watery liquid in warm weather which I find hard to control and there is an underlying oily minty taste which isn’t unpleasant but which I don’t quite like. In an airconditioned room or in colder climates, it is more of a smooth creamy balm. It does what it says – soothes dry and chapped lips but then so do many other lip balms for a smaller pricetag.

Elemis anti aging skincare works!

All in all, I’d say that Elemis’ star products lie in their pro-collagen anti-aging skincare range. They do what they say they do i.e. they hydrate, plump up wrinkles and fine lines and firms up the skin. They do all that and make my skin look good AND they did not cause my face or my hands to break out.

The only thing holding me back is the hefty price tag but then everything good comes at a price. I can see myself saving up for the Pro-Collagen Marine Cream and the Cellular Recovery Skin Bliss Capsules. They are so expensive, but they do the job and importantly, I like how my 30-something skin looks after using these products! I suppose I have the time it takes to finish up my existing skincare to save up for the Elemis Pro-collagen marine cream 😀

Elemis is not tested on animals and is presently available in Malaysia at Parkson Sunway Pyramid and selected spas.

Grab a free sample of Elemis skincare to try!

Until 31 May 2009 Elemis has kindly offered readers of My Women Stuff some samples that you can pick up from the counter after undergoing a complimentary SkinLab Analysis. If you have the time, pop by the counter at Parkson Sunway Pyramid which is open only until 31 May 2009.  Thereafter Elemis will only be available in selected Spas and salons.

Seriously, 20-somethings need not apply because you might find its too rich for your skin or that it doesn’t do anything special for you, but you can always bring your mum. After all, good things should be shared! :)

Enjoy the samples and stay beautiful,

Paris B

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pf1123 March 12, 2009 at 9:34 am

Oh goodness! Another collagen product that hurts the pocket but works! Hehe…

I did a guest review at Vivawoman on a collagen product as well. :)


ParisB March 12, 2009 at 10:57 am

Hi pf1123

I read it :) And yes this one is really good … and hurts the pocket plenty!


pf1123 March 12, 2009 at 11:25 am

I think its good that we reviewed these spa products. There are not much information on these! Like some secretive magic potion confined to the elite (see my comment in the guest post on the background of Istrilene) hehee…

But they’re not priced that much higher than counter products anyway.


ParisB March 12, 2009 at 12:49 pm

Hey again pf1123

Yep I have to agree with you. The prices are about as high as some department store brands – La Mer and La Prarie come to mind :)


prettybeautiful March 12, 2009 at 9:39 am

wow, the price tag just shocked me, but if it really works, i really dont mind paying for that amount. too bad my mom is in johor :( will not be able to score the freebie. but i so feel like trying out myself! << greedy


ParisB March 12, 2009 at 11:02 am

Hi prettybeautiful

It works a treat and plenty! 😛 You can still try the products for yourself – print the voucher and go! 😀


Monstro March 12, 2009 at 11:53 am

I stopped reading at RM515.
Too broke for Elemis…:-(


ParisB March 12, 2009 at 12:51 pm

Hey Monstro

Ditto! But samples are free! 😉


Sylvia March 12, 2009 at 2:53 pm

LOL. Agree with you, Monstro.
I stopped reading at RM515 too. And my pocket disagreed with the price tag.


ParisB March 12, 2009 at 3:53 pm

Hi Sylvia

Aww… if you had kept reading you might have been able to pick up some nice samples 😉 I must admit the price tag places it beyond the reach of many but when you think about it, its about the same price as many luxury skincare lines.


Vonvon March 12, 2009 at 11:55 am

Why must all these luxury products be sold in only places not so accessible to KL folks? I mean when you live almost near KL city centre, it’s really far to drive all the way to Sunway!

Why not Pavilion? Or Suria KLCC??

Anyways, I ‘ll try it out since I’ve some fine lines around my eyes already and 3-0 is still months away…sigh!

I’ll tell my colleagues, though in late 20’s, already having lines due to too many late nights….no, no, don’t assume anything….late nights from going on call…in the medical profession la!


ParisB March 12, 2009 at 12:52 pm

Hi Vonvon

I guess they had to start somewhere and the new Sunway Pyramid wing is really quite nice and maybe the other city malls are taken up. I hear they are going to come into KL but not so soon. If you plan to go to Sunway, these few weekends would be a good time to hit I Nuovi and Elemis 😉


Vonvon March 12, 2009 at 4:02 pm

Yep, you are right, Paris! That was what I thought :)

Killing 2 birds with 1 stone hor…


Affy March 14, 2009 at 2:56 am

hi paris, i went there immediately afta work, n u know what, afta they did da skin analysis, they offered me to try out their tri-enzym facial. i was seated on their so called intelligent massage chair and experienced sort of a mini spa. n ur right, the papaya enzyme peel smells really nice, reminds me of pineapple tart n i also love the smell of Japanese camellia oil, the SA use it to massage my shoulder…. n true enough, their product is sooo luxurious. manage to get me some sample. dying to try out the cellular recovery skin bliss but forgot to ask for the sample, probably they don’t have it in the 3ml sample tube anyway. oh yeah, i managed to collect some of I Nuovi eyeshadow too, 3 colours for rm88, rm12 for eyelashes… What a great way to end your weekdays… :))


ParisB March 14, 2009 at 6:42 pm

Hi Affy

It sounds like you had a great time! Glad you put the vouchers to good use :)


MyCoffee March 24, 2009 at 2:40 pm

Hi. I read your post and agree with what you wrote. I’d tried their facial and it was indeed luxurious. On the other hand, not all their products are priced so high. I bought their super soothing Absolute Eye Serum and it only costs about RM150 which I think is a good value.


ParisB March 24, 2009 at 4:32 pm

Hi MyCoffee

I haven’t tried their facial – maybe I should :) I did not try the Eye Serum but that’s a pretty decent price compared to all the brands out there. Thanks for the update!


Kanok-on Koay February 14, 2011 at 9:47 pm

any elemis salon in penang?


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