It's ironic that just one day after wondering aloud whether skin creams actually work or not, I find myself getting so excited about Lacura's new "Wrinkle Stop", but hopefully you can forgive me once I tell you a little bit more about it.
So, back in September of last year, I wrote about Planet Skincare's £60 moisturiser, which contained a synthetic version of "snake venom" and was being described as the closest thing to Botox since… well, Botox, basically.
This product works along the same lines, but costs £5.99. Guess which one I'll be trying, then?
If you're thinking the name "Lacura" sounds familiar, it probably does: this is Aldi's (yes, Aldi the budget supermarket chain: THAT Aldi) own skincare line, and there was a bit of a fuss about it last year, when a lot of people started to claim it was every bit as good, if not better, as some of the major league skincare brands.
I can't comment on that (yet), but when I found out they'd developed a serum using Syn-Ake, which is that same synthetic "snake venom" used by the Planet Skincare product that was leaping off the shelves last year, well, I had to try some for myself. The product isn't available to buy until May 4th, but Aldi were kind enough to send me some in advance, so take a look under the jump to read some more about it…
First of all, I should say that this isn't a "proper" review, because I only received Wrinkle Stop this morning, and have only used it once so far. The initial impressions are good, though: as you can see from the images above, they've done a pretty good job of making it look suitably medical/scientific, even putting the product inside a giant syringe, which you use to dispense small amounts onto the wrinkles you want to get rid of: in my case, on my forehead, between my eyes, and that pesky nose-to-mouth line.
According to the box this came in, this was the right thing to do. It promises:
-52% forehead wrinkle reduction
-24% crows feet reduction
-82% wrinkle muscle activity
Eighty two percent wrinkle muscle activity? Wow. You can see why they're calling it "botox in a jar", although if I wanted to be pedantic, I'd say "botox in a pretend syringe" would be more accurate, if less catchy.
How does Wrinkle Stop do this? Well, I think it would probably be easiest for me to quote directly from the package again. It says:
"If applied regularly, Syn-Ake has the following specific effects:
- Smoothing of the skin thanks to tripeptides
- long-term anti-wrinkle effect by improvement of the wrinkle surface
- Plumping out wrinkles from the inside using biospheres
- Relaxation of facial muscles"
I applied it first thing this morning, and half-expected my face to instantly freeze, but of course, I felt nothing at all. They recommend using it morning and night, and say results will be visible in 28 days, so watch this space!
If you want to try it for yourself, meanwhile, hit up your local branch of Aldi from May 4th – and be warned, they're expecting this to be in high demand, so you might want to get there fast!
UPDATE: So, it's been a few weeks since I started using this product, and I have to say, it lasted much longer than I'd expected it to, which is a very good thing indeed. Did it work, though?
My skin definitely looked better while I was using this, but it was more of a general improvement than a reduction in specific lines. The overall condition of my skin was smoother and softer, and yes, I did notice a slight reduction in my fine lines and wrinkles. They didn't, however, disappear completely, so if you're expecting a miracle, you're probably going to be disappointed. Then again, if you're expecting a miracle, I think you're probably going to be disappointed by EVERY skincare product out there.
Overall, I liked this and would use it again – perhaps another few weeks use would be enough to make a bigger difference!