I am one of beauty’s biggest sceptics. Call a product a miracle or promise me that it’d make me look younger and I’d look askance at you. That’s how I felt about the Dior Capture Totale One Essential Skin Boosting Super Serum. You will have seen the ads with Sharon Stone looking stunning in them. Its a mouthful so I’ll just call it the Dior One Essential Serum. But I was more sceptical than impressed to be honest.
The Dior One Essential serum says that it helps eliminate surface toxins on the skin and help reveal clearer, brighter skin that is more line free. Really? Since it contains AHA and Glycolic Acid, I don’t doubt the peeling process but how about the rest of it?
Because this serum helps to “peel” your skin and “clear toxins” its supposed to help your skin absorb the nutrients from other creams better. I took it on a trial spin – and after 1.5 months I’m still liking it and its effects! I’ve got some before and after pictures to show you below 🙂
Since the Dior Capture Totale One Essential serum promises to help erase lines, I paid special attention to that. I have deep nasolabial lines or laugh lines. Its partly hereditary. So, that would be a good test of the serum’s properties – and it did work!
Here are before and after pictures to show you if the One Essential serum works. For me, it did. Scary close up pictures ahead!
The pictures below are quite self explanatory I think. The one on the left was taken before I started using the Dior One Essential serum. The one on the right was taken 3 weeks later. I only used the serum once a day – at night only because I found it a little too much for me to use it twice a day. Used twice a day, it broke me out a little bit. Used once a day, I experienced no problems and my skin actually looks better.
The results was that the nasolabial line or laugh line had significantly lightened in depth and length. Where the line was lighter (by the side of my mouth) it had all but disappeared.
I’ve also realized that using this serum even just once a day, my skin has been looking and feeling smoother, clearer and more lifted. The other nice thing is that I seem to be having fewer blackheads which is awesome!
I use it after cleansing before toner and moisturizer from any other brand. Just 1 pump of this white milky liquid is enough for my whole face.
Another observation I have since using this One Essential serum, is that my patting time for the Hada Labo Super Hyaluronic Acid lotion has decreased a little. It seems to absorb more quickly into my skin. I also use any old moisturizer du jour and everything’s peachy. Perhaps it boosts the efficacy of the moisturizers – I’d like to think so but I can’t quite say with 100% certainty except for the Hada Labo toner for which I can tell its absorbing more quickly.
Point to note: You are advised to use a high SPF sunscreen when using Dior Capture Totale One Essential because of the presence of glycolic acid which can make the skin more sensitive to the sun. I use high SPF sunscreen regardless so I’m fine in that regard.
A 30ml bottle of serum retails at RM360. Now, don’t gawp so – its Dior and it works! 😉 Here’s the deal though – I’d say its more suitable for those at least 35-40 years and up which is great because its more affordable at that age 😉 It might be too rich for young skins – I’m no spring chicken and I can only use it once a day or risk breaking out a little.
Pros: Lightens lines on the skin, Makes my skin feel and look smoother and clearer, Fewer blackheads
Cons: Expensive, A little rich if I use it twice a day but thats not quite a con
Its now more than 2 months down the road since I started using One Essential. I detoured a little into uncharted territory using something else the past 2 weeks (no the lines did not come back), but I’m getting back on the road with this one – my skin looks way better with this!
I know some of you have picked up samples of the Capture Totale One Essential serum from the Dior counter – care to share your thoughts after trying it out? 🙂