There’s a skincare line that has recently launched in(to) Harrods and I am going to tell you about it. Do try to stay with me on this one even if it highly science-techy.
111SKIN is 20 years in the making by Dr Yannis Alexandrides, a renowned Harley Street plastic surgeon who’s collaborated with space scientists – yes, you read that correctly – space scientists.
The key formula in this product range is NAC Y² (eh?), which has been tested in the extremes of space where the lack of oxygen and ultra violet radiation can be detrimental on the skin. If such a formula can withstand the extreme conditions of outer space, then it’s likely to effectively reduce environmental effects on the skin on ground level. Who’d have thought, eh?
This is Dr Yannis Alexandrides. There. Formalities over and done with. Onto the exciting part. I was sent one of 111SKIN’s products to try – the Lift Off 111 NAC Y² Facewash Essential Cleanser, a non-foaming cleanser which I’ve been using for more than six weeks.
My first concerns were, this is going to be expensive. It’s exclusively sold in Harrods, it’s by someone who practises on Harley Street and it’s been tested in outer space! Well, I’m not far off from that assumption…
The range of eight products are very ultra-glam space-age looking with the choice of packaging and labelling – even the logo has a ring around it. I know what you’re thinking…OK, OK, I’ll get onto that next.
At £35, the facewash cleanser is the least expensive. After which, prices rocket up to £190 (incidentally this is the price tag for a facelift repair serum, and facelifting is clearly what this doctor knows best about).
So as I said, I have been using this product religiously for over six weeks. It’s a pump action cleanser and only a few pumps are required for an adequate amount to cover the face and neck. The liquid is clear, odourless and paraben and paraffin free. It also contains Rosemary and Copper Chlorophyll to cleanse the skin and restore the skin’s PH levels.
To remove the cleanser, I wipe my face with a hot, damp face towel (a la Lady Hirons school of cleansing routine). I don’t trust the method advised by the doctor and scientists on the packaging which is to simply “rinse thoroughly with warm water”. Prfffft! Rinse with water?! Lady Hirons’ eyebrow would probably extend to her hairline if she saw that.
Any way. I’ve got to say there is still plenty of product left in the 130ml bottle so that’s pleasing but how does it measure up as a cleanser? Very good. Possibly excellent. No dryness or dry patches, and clean, clear and soft skin. I’m happy to report I’ve not experienced any irritations or bad reactions. Does it make me look younger? Difficult to say as I’m still asked for I.D (I know, what a bitch!) but I like the product very much and would be inclined to purchase it because £35 to me is a reasonable amount to pay. My bank balance, however, couldn’t cope with the rest of the collection. Fancy giving this cosmic cleanser a go?