I recently got the opportunity to try Hydropeptide's new product called Nimni Cream, which is an amino acid, vitamin c, and retinol blend/complex. A pretty potent one to be clear. One of the biggest features of this is the Patented Collagen Support Complex which is the blend of amino acids that it has. This product is way more than meets the eye. I suggest you read all of this to really appreciate what it can do for your skin.
First off, if you know me through my instagram (@lovemascara) or my snap (loveandmascara), you've probably seen a lot of my skincare routine. You'll also note that I have.....to say "several" is really not doing it justice, more like an extensive skincare product line up mostly at night. In the morning I have a lot less products, because honestly, who can be bothered to have 40 extra steps in the morning? Not to say that if I'm having an at home "me day" or "spa day" that I don't go the extra mile and use as many products and masks as possible. And yes, even though I work in this industry and test product all the time, that doesn't mean I don't have days where I shut the world out, take a candle lit bubble bath, do a hot oil hair treatment, use some essential oils, and do not just one skincare mask but several, and follow up with everything under the sun for skin. Because believe me, I do.
Not the point of this post....
What I'm saying is that often it's hard to distinguish what does what in the skincare lineup, when you should actually use it, who it's for, and what will it do for your skin. So hopefully we'll clear that up today.
Starting with Retinol. Retinol is by definition: "the chief and typical vitamin A C20-H29-OH that is a highly unsaturated alicyclic alcohol used in various forms in medicine and nutrition" Thank you Webster. So to be short Retinol traditionally is the Vitamin A molecule. Retinol and Retinoids are a bit different. Retinoids need a perscription most of the time due to how strong they are. Retinols are viewed as "weaker" and sometimes "less effective" especially if not housed properly (meaning packaged correctly), than Retinoids. I tend to disagree.
Retionol and Retinoid products are meant to reverse signs of ageing, helps with texture, antioxidant qualities, but mainly it's the biggest advantage to "anti-aging" thus far. Which is why it's so strong often times. Now, the part about me disagreeing with the Retinol vs Retinoid statement is that I disagree about a retinol being less effective than a perscription strength Retinoid. New research has shown that less is more basically. So rather than using a Retinoid twice a week and have uncomfortable skin, now some think that a less harsh strength and consistant use proves to be not only effective but those effects last longer as well. Plus, they're easier on the skin where a high strength can cause flaking, dryness, sensitivity, redness, sore skin, and so on. So I will always recommend trying a milder Retinol first before diving into the Retinoid side of things.
Which brings us to this product. Nimni Cream has retinol in it, although you may focus on that at first that's really not the focus, it's there to aid in the production of collagen. Still though it has Retinol and should be used as most retinol products which is work up to it as the skin tolerates it, to be on the safe side. This cream is actually a blend of an amino acid complex (Collagen Support), Vitamin C, and Retinol. It's a bit of a powerhouse if you ask me. Hydropeptide truly doesn't disappoint me, they're backed by science and they stay on the "cutting edge" of skincare and skincare ingredients.
Biggest bonus of this cream and what you need to walk away knowing is that: The Patented Collagen Support Complex boost collagen. Meaning that this product actually gives your skin all the components that create collagen. I actually talked to the Director of Education for Hydropeptide about this cream specifically, asked questions and she talked me through the benefits and potential this product actually had that I hadn't yet grasped. So it supports fibroblast health, it stimulates collagen production, etc.
I'm going to insert their claims and description of this product:
"Nimni cream contains a revolutionary patented amino acid complex developed by Dr. Marcel Nimni, who "wrote the book" on collagen. This complex helps to optimize collagen production, which is essential in maintaining a younger, firmer appearance.
This cream also rejuvenates skin to lessen the look of fine lines and wrinkles, while improving the appearance of fullness and elasticity.
Who It's For:
--Those concerned with expression lines, wrinkles, loss of facial volume, hyperpigmentation and/or uneven texture.
How to Use it:
--Apply a small amount to the face and neck at night, after cleansing. Avoid the eye area. Begin using twice weekly and increase usage as tolerated.
Patented Collagen Support Complex
--Blend of amino acids that fight against skin sagging for a firmer appearance
--Improves skin’s fullness and elasticity while resurfacing skin for a more even tone and texture.
--Improves skin’s structural integrity and provides additional collagen signaling.
Collagen Supporting Antioxidants
--Helps stimulate and suppport healthy collagen.
*since this product contains a time-release retinol, we suggest using it 2-3 times a week at night to start (after cleansing). Avoid the eye area, and apply your moisturizer after applying Nimni Cream. Once your skin builds up tolerance, you can begin using it 5-7 days a week (at night)."
So obviously what I think needs to be focused on here is the "Collagen Support". You see "Retinol" and it's often the thing that grabs your attention and it certainly did mine. I truly waited and watched for this to act as a "retinol" would act with my skin. I stuck with it, I've been testing it, nearly everyday for a month. I kept waiting on dryness, flaking, any sign of the typical retinol use. What I did notice though, is the smoothness in my skin after consistent use. The texture issues that I had, were less than they had been in a while. Not gone, but definitely less. My skin often looked very clear with no "pink" areas like I typically had, so much so that I didn't have to wear foundation if I didn't want to. All while my skin didn't really get sensitive from it. Which through me for a loop to be fair. I honestly thought it had more to do with my AHA's I had been using which were also strong. When I think about it though with the antioxidant benefit, the Vitamin C that is used in this which is "Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate" a vitamin C that specifically works best with retinol and enhances the effect of retinol (and in this cream retinol helps collagen production), and then the amino acid complex which is where the Collagen support comes in, I see that it's done way more than I was giving it credit for. Which, that specific Vitamin C addition I think is why I focused more on the retinol side rather than the Collagen Complex. In short though, I feel like each highlighted part "retinol, vitamin C, collagen" each function the best they possibly can, or in other words they "hold their own" while also complimenting each other and enhancing each other in the process. Which is why I think this is a powerhouse of a product basically.
I really enjoy using this in place of other retinols and even some vitamin c products at night. Mainly because it works well for my skin. I use this after my AHA at night. Simply because my AHA is usually in pad form and I feel like I wouldn't be getting the full benefit of a cream product if I was using a pad and buffing my face. So I cleanse, I AHA tone, and then I use Nimni for it's retinol purpose and vitamin c component. I have more steps afterwards but we're not here for that just yet. Both retinol and Vitamin C help with pigmentation. I will say I had a pigmentation spot pop up on my face in the last 6 months so I've really been trying to get that to be less noticeable. It has gotten less noticeable, but it has not diminished or left. Which is fine with me. I personally don't feel those things ever truly leave unless you take a lazer to your face. As I said earlier, my overall "tone" of the face is even and clear, my skin is so smooth, and I feel like it's in the best condition it's ever been in to be truthful about it. I do bring this down the neck as it says. I am careful around the eyes as well. I can't say that absolutely all of this is due to this one product but I know for sure that my regimented, in depth, consistent, routine which Nimni cream is part of, has made an impressive jump in the last 3 weeks or month that I've been using it. So I will continue to use it because it has only benefited me in the best way so far.
They offer this in 0.5 oz for $110 and in 1.7 oz for $220. I have the 0.5 or 15ml and it's maybe half way done. I tend to be a little extra with it. I probably, more often than not, use more than I actually should, or more than necessary is I guess a better way of saying that. So really I have nothing bad to say about this, if I had to pick something it would be that I wish it was in an air tight pump, simply because that's easier for me and controls how much I use much better. Also, pumps tend to put you at ease as far as worrying about turning a product "bad" sooner rather than later. I think Hydropeptide done an awesome job as always. It's definitely a product that I've not seen on the market yet, so I feel like it's new territory and a great addition to skin that has the concerns listed above.
Water, Glycerin, Propanediol, Bis-Stearyl Dimethicone, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Pentylene Glycol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Diethylhexyl Carbonate, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Unsaponifiables, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Potassium Olivoyl Hydrolized Oat Protein, Behenyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Isododecane, Dimethyl Isosorbide, Fragrance, Sclerotium Gum, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Dimethyl Sulfone, Hydroxyacetophenone, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Glyceryl Oleate, Squalane, Benzyl Alcohol, Retinol, Polysorbate-20, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Sterols, Linoleic Acid, Phospholipids, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Tocopherol, Carnosine, Stearyl Glycyrrhetinate, Cetyl Palmitate, Polysorbate-60, Anogeissus Leiocarpus Bark Extract, Methylglucoside Phosphate, Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate, Copper Lysinate/Prolinate, Sorbitan Isostearate, Ceramide NP, Valine, Lysine HCl, Threonine, Arginine HCl, Leuicine, Histidine, Isoleucine, Phenylalanine, Tryptophan, Methionine, Palmitoyl Dipeptide-5 Diaminobutyroyl Hydroxythreonine, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5, Tetradecyl Aminobutyroylvalylaminobutyric Urea Trifluoroacetate
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