That said, I am a firm believer in high quality skincare products that are packed with antioxidants, Omegas 3, 6 & 9, ceramides, Vitamins, resveratrol, retinol, peptides etc. I will gladly pay a premium for smart products that make attainable and realistic claims, and are capable of making good on their promises. Accordingly, I have been very happy with the entire Sunday Riley range of skincare products, and am smitten with the serums.
Stimulant I Perfecting Stem Cell Serum is one of my favorite products because it puts the kibosh on expression lines and fine lines, and is a non-surgical alternative to fillers and Botox. I have never really been compelled to go to a doctor to get these sorts of treatments, and perhaps I would feel differently if I had more than just a few fine expression lines- so for me something like this product is just perfect. I tend to have a very expressive face, and as a result I developed what my husband called an "11" between my eyebrows- he didn't mean it as an insult indicating that I was weather-beaten, more as a comment on me squinting at him in disbelief when reacting to some far-fetched man (il)logic. So if the growth of my "11" was directly proportional to some of his musings then I figured something like Stimulant I might just do the trick. While I can tell you that I do still squint at him in disbelief (frequently)- he no longer tells me not to "11" him! This serum really is that effective-- my expression lines have run for the hills, and I didn't mind bidding them adieu. This product is miraculous, but if you discontinue use the benefits will dissipate-- so don't expect this to be a life time cure-all if you stop using it.
Sunday Riley suggests that this product is intended as an intense corrective for: Plumping expression lines, and fine lines around eyes and mouth. Within minutes lines appear minimized. This is a profound tool for anyone seeking an immediate expression line eraser as well as the wrinkle smoothing effects of gently relaxed facial muscles. Skin looks noticeably less lined, younger, and fuller. This product is enriched with Edelweiss Plant Stem Cells, and is paraben free.
Key Ingredients: 1) FiFlow -20% (Maximum possible amount!) Oxygenating, di-electric effect acts in multiple levels (fast penetration, instant skin volume, muscular relaxation, cellular detoxification) to impart instaneous extreme plumping; 2) Edelweiss (Leontopodium) Plant Stem Cells - Anti-aging properties that include firming, antioxidant activity, inhibition of collagenase and hyaluronidase and the reduction of wrinkle depth by 15% of the eye contour area after 20 days; 3) Snap-8 - Peptide, reduces depth of expression wrinkles up to 63%, topical alternative to Botox; 4) Inyline - Peptide, minimizes expression wrinkles by 14.9% after 28 days, smooths skin surface; 5) Gatuline - Flowering herb with analgesic properties and instant Botox-like properties, 75% of test subjects experienced wrinkle smoothing within 24 hours of the first application; 6) Syn-ake – Based on a synthetic tripeptide that mimics the effect of Waglerin 1, a peptide that is found in the venom of the Temple Viper, shown to decrease wrinkles by 52% within 28 days; 7) Colloidal gold - Restores elasticity, smoothes skin by stimulating cellular regeneration, antioxidant; 8) Silk - Helps plump up the skin and increase its ability to retain moisture resulting in smoother, less wrinkled skin.
Full List of Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Perfluorodecalin, Perfluorohexane, Perfluoroperhydrophenanthrene, Butyro- spermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Alcohol, Cholesteryl Oleyl Carbonate, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetearyl Olivate, Cholesteryl Nonanoate, Dipeptide Diaminobutyroyl Benzylamide Diacetate, Acetyl Hexapeptide-30, Acetyl Octapeptide-3, Acmella Oleracea Extract, Leontopodium Alpinum Meristem Cell Culture, Hydrolyzed Silk, Colloidal Gold, Sodium Hyaluronate (L), Cholesteryl Chloride, Cholesteryl Stearate, Sorbitan Olivate, Squalane, Aloe Barbadensis Flower Extract, Yeast Extract, Orchis Mascula Flower Extract, Opuntia Vulgaris (Prickly Pear) Leaf Extract, Agave Tequilana (Blue Agave) Leaf Extract, Opuntia Vulgaris (Cactus) Extract,Tocopherol (D-alpha), Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder, Arginine (L), Acetyl Tributyl Citrate, Zea Mays (Corn) Silk Extract, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Oil, Phenyl t-Butylnitrone (Spin Trap), Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Phytic Acid, Gluconolactone, Sodium Benzoate, Xanthan Gum, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Hydroxide, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbic Acid, Phenethyl Alcohol, Caprylyl Glycol, Carbomer.
Overall assessment: L O V E I T!
$295.00 1fl. oz. This can be purchased at Nordstrom, Barneys New York, & Beauty.com (Affiliate Links).