Fillerup: La Roche-Posay Redermic C10 Correcting Filler review

La Roche Posay Redermic C10 correcting filler


So. Fillers. Where do you stand on them? Personally, though I recognise the dreaded facial slide south that happens in your forties, I'm not sure I want to deal with it by injecting stuff into my face.

Filler creams, on the other hand, those I can deal with. Especially when they come from one of the most reliable French pharmacy brands, La Roche Posay. The down side to filler creams is that they're only effective for as long as you use them, as opposed to injectible fillers where the result is inevitably longer lasting. But still, I'd rather use a cream than a needle.

La Roche Posay's Redermic C10 is a filler cream designed for daily use. It combines 10% pure Vitamin C in its most soluble and effective form, with Vitamin E and Hyaluronic acid and is suitable for sensitive skin. As is often the case with French pharmacy products, it doesn't have added perfumes, though it does have a slightly chemist-y scent.

After 1 week Redermic C10 claims to:
- Leave the skin looking plumper and reduce the look of wrinkles
- Reinforce skin firmness
- Even out the complexion and leave the skin more luminous

  La Roche Posay Redermic C10 correcting filler



I've been using it in the day time for the last few months and I definitely like it, and can see a difference. It absorbs instantly and actually does deliver on its promise of minimising fine lines, since it's so hydrating it makes fine lines caused by dehydration look smoother. I found that it was a particularly good partner with Fillerina Night Cream, or many people use it along side La Roche Posay's Redermic R retinol cream.

The texture is very light, like a serum rather than a cream. Since Vitamin C can react with the air, you need to wipe the nozzle after use as any residue will turn yellow - this is why the nozzle is quite fine, to protect the active ingredients from the air. So don't leave it lying around with the lid off.

You can use filler creams under moisturiser and BB cream (or whatever base you prefer). If your skin is especially dry then you might want to add in a first step of serum as well, but leave it a minute or two to absorb before layering further. What you won't need is a separate primer, as Redermic C10 contains silicone, so if you were to add a silicone primer on top of that then it would probably pill up on the skin and clump into little white bits on your face. Not the look we're after. 

I have been using it in combination with some Korean products - on top of Benton Essence and under Benton Steam Cream. I found that it sank in straight away with no irritation or redness, so I could add the moisturiser with having to hang around for ages waiting for it to absorb.

Unsurprisingly, it paired particularly well with my new fave BB cream, La Roche Posay's Effaclar Blur (though you do have to pat them on fairly cautiously to avoid pilling since both contain silicone). However, because it contains dimethicone, some people can react negatively to this ingredient, so it won't suit absolutely everybody with sensitive skin. 

I found that it did deliver as promised, with visibly smoother and more luminous skin, so I think it could be a good skincare for staple for anyone dealing with dehydrated skin and fine lines. And no needles required! 


Product details:

Redermic C10 Corrrecting Filler by La Roche-Posay is widely available online and in stores. RRP £29.50 for 30ml. Often on special offer in Boots (currently 25% off).


What are your feelings on fillers? Would you use them, or a filler cream? Leave a comment below

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Stand up, sit down, keep moving - New metric for Fitbit

I'm such a Fitbit saddo. I get genuinely excited when they bring out a new metric, and the latest one is the 250 steps per hour challenge. You might be thinking that's not very far at all, and you'd be right - it's around a tenth of a mile or 190 metres.

So this is a fitness challenge that's less about the distance and more about the difference moving makes, even in a very small way.

Sitting on your butt is now considered a health supervillian more evil than sugar. One of the largest pieces of research on the issue, which looked at data from nearly 800,000 participants, found that sitting down too much could lead to

  • 112% increase in risk of diabetes
  • 147% increase in cardiovascular events
  • 90% increase in death due to cardiovascular events
  • 49% increase in death due to any cause

This resulted in claims that having a desk job doubles your risk of having heart attack.

Scary stuff. So the 250 steps per hour challenge is like a virtual poke in the butt to make sure you keep moving it. And it's harder than it sounds. Watch a movie, have a lie in, stay propped up at the bar for a little too long and you just might miss it.

I have a desk job, but I move about plenty too. My daily steps target is 12,000, or just over 5 miles. My weekly goal is 100,000, so really my daily average is at least 14K. So I was surprised to see that under the new metric, I often don't hit the required 250 steps per hour. Now that I know about the metric, you can see that I'm achieving it (most of the time), but beforehand I wasn't, despite the fact that I was doing plenty of steps per day.


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Aargh, it's tricked me into moving more! That's how they get you, these fiendish devices. It's a psychological trick with physical consequences. And now I can never again stay seated during the commercial breaks in The Big Bang Theory.

If you have a Jawbone UP, you will already be ahead of the game when it comes avoiding the evil that is sitting in a chair, since the UP buzzes if the user hasn't moved in an hour, I guess to check that they're still alive and to nag them to keep moving.

The new hourly total, like all Fitbit goals, is adjustable (or indeed you can ignore it all together). I've already seen people on social media complaining that it's too hard, so they've switched it off. Er, guys, I think you're kind of missing the point.


What do you think of the 250 steps an hour challenge? Good idea or irritating example of things that are irritating?


Spider Woman Reborn: Remescar Spider Vein treatment review

Remescar Spider Veins


I'll be honest from the start - when I agreed to review this product, what I was expecting was not at all what I got. I thought that Remescar Spider Veins would be some sort of make up product to disguise the look of those less than delightful skin blemishes.

Actually, it turns out that it's more of a treatment product, designed to reduce the veins you've got and prevent new ones from appearing. So it's medicinal rather than make up, and hopefully will produce a much longer lasting effect as a result.


What are spider veins?

Spider veins are small dilated blood vessels, visible near the surface of the skin. They can be red, purple or blue and are caused by a variety of factors, including standing a lot. So whilst we're all being told that too much sitting down is bad for your health, stand up too much and you'll suffer for it too. It's estimated that up to 60% of adults have some sort of spider or varicose veins, so if you have these at least you know that your spider tribe is large.


What does it do?

Remescar Spider Veins is designed for "prevention, management and treatment of skin affected by spider veins" - they're very optimistic about this and promise up to a 51% decrease in the appearance of existing spider veins.  It works by forming an invisible, breathable film around the veins to strengthen and protect them. It can be used on the legs, abdomen and face.  The effectiveness builds up over time, and the advice on the packaging is to use it twice a day for two to three months. So now is the time to start using it if you want to see a result by the summer.

I have a particularly robust crop of spider veins on my right leg. Most of the time these don't get aired, apart from when I wear cropped leggings at the gym. I regard them as part of the normal blemishes that life throws at you. They may not look good, but they're not the end of the world. I probably got them by knocking my leg at some point, but that's OK, I was most likely up to mischief anyway. If they bother me I cover them up with fake tan. But fake tanning can be a chore, and also looks a bit weird if you just do your legs.


Does it work?

After trying out this product for several weeks on the veins on my legs, I would estimate about a 30% decrease in visible spider veins - enough that I can tell the difference in the mirror, but not enough to show up on camera. The biggest, most purpley vein hasn't shifted. That bugger's not going anywhere, he's with me for life. All in all, I was pleased to see a visible result.

What I like about Remescar is that you can see a difference from the first application - at least I could. I suspect that this is because of the pale green tint of the product, like green tinted CC creams designed to reduce redness in the face.

In terms of preventing future spider veins, I am sceptical about those claims because how would you ever prove that? So I don't think that this is a miracle product, but I do think that it's a useful one to add to your bathroom cabinet if your spider veins bother you.


Product details:

Remescar Spider Veins is available online and in stores including Superdrug, priced around £29.95 for 50ml.


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Perfume review: Miller Harris Vetiver Insolent

Miller Harris Vetiver Insolent


London-based perfumer Miller Harris have launched Vetiver Insolent, the fourth in their Editions collection of scents inspired by powerful and unexpected moments in life.

It was created by French perfumer Mathieu Nardin and comprises top notes of Italian bergamot, black pepper, elemi resin and Indian cardamom, heart notes of iris, lavender and amber, and a base of Haitian vetiver, tonka bean and moss.

This is a unisex fragrance which veers towards the masculine - if you prefer sweet and flowery then it's probably not for you. It does contain floral notes in the iris and lavender, but these are more in the background than the most prominent elements.

Vetiver is a tropical grass that's native to India, although most of the vetiver oil used in fragrances usually comes from Haiti. It's a smoky fragrance, most commonly used in products aimed at men, hence it's unusual to find it in scents also aimed at women. Historically, vetiver has been used to make blinds in India, with the blinds giving off the vetiver scent when they are sprinked with water.

Personally I love the idea of a unisex fragrance you can share with your other half - you'll smell the same, yet slightly different depending on how the perfume reacts with your personal chemistry. I would have assumed that it was quite a grown up fragrance, but my teenager has been asking for repeated wafts of it so it seems to have a wider age range appeal. Or maybe she is just a lot more mature than me.

Packaging-wise, it comes in a pale green and greige cardboard outer, with the glass bottle beautifully engraved with grasses and leaves.

Given that this is quite a smoky, peppery fragrance, and you don't get too many smoky interiors these days, I found that as a scent it was quite evocative of the past - it's like a drift of incense at a Catholic mass, or that spooky wood at the end of season two of Twin Peaks. It reminds me of lots of things, whilst also being like nothing I've ever smelt before. If you want an unusual, spicy signature perfume, this is it.

  Miller Harris Vetiver Insolent eau de parfum bottle



Product details

Vetiver Insolent Eau de Parfum is available now online and in Miller Harris stores, starting at £65 for 50ml


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