Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Filorga NCTF-Essence, review

Asian skincare has been influencing the western market for the last several years and many brands have brought out products inspired by Asian routines. Hence we started seeing essences appearing in many brands' ranges.
Essence is usually a very lightweight lotion which is to be applied after cleansing the skin and before serum and/or moisturiser. Essence adds a layer of hydration to the skin and makes it ready for the next steps helping other products work more effectively.  
Last month I was kindly sent the Filorga NCTF-Essence* (£50 for 150ml) which I've been using twice daily for over 3 weeks and today I want to share with you my thoughts on it.  

Filorga NCTF Essence

Filorga is a French brand founded in 1978 by Michel Tordjman, a French doctor of aesthetic medicine and enthusiastic cellular biologist. Before Botox took off, he developed hyaluronic acid-based injectable products for the medical profession and created NCTC, an anti-ageing mesotherapy product that subsequently became the brand's best-selling NCTF® product (New Cellular Treatment Factor).
NCTF-Essence is a very lightweight lotion with subtle floral scent and cloudy appearance.
It contains, amongst other ingredients:
- moisturising concentrate which thanks to AQUA-MX technology (using water sensors) provides express and long-lasting hydration,
- skin booster effect : NCTF® combined with an anti-pollution polysaccharide to regenerate and reveal radiance in dull complexions.
Filorga NCTF-Essence
Full list of ingredients:
Aqua (Water), Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Capryloyl Glycine, Citric Acid, Dimethicone Peg-7 Phosphate, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Polyacrylate Starch, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Disodium Edta, Parfum (Fragrance), Sodium Chloride, Sucrose Palmitate, Cetrimonium Bromide, Caesalpinia Spinosa Gum, Methyl Methyoxydibenzoylmethane, Salvia Sclarea (Clary) Extract, Glyceryl Linoleate, Diethylhexyl Syringylidenemalonate, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Glucose, Cyamopsis Tetragonoloba (Guar) Gum, Xanthan Gum, Alteromonias Ferment Filtrate, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Buteth-3, Potassium Chloride, Calcium Chloride, Sodium Benzotriazolyl Butylphenol Sulfonate, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Magnesium Sulfate, Glutamine, Sodium Phosphate, Ascorbic Acid, Alcohol, Sodium Acetate, Tris (Tetramethylhydroxypiperidinol) Citrate, Lysine Hcl, Arginine, Alanine, Histidine, Valine, Tributyl Citrate, Leucine, Threonine, Isoleucine, Tryptophan, Phenylalanine, Tyrosine, Glycine, Polysorbate 80, Serine, Deoxyadenosine, Cystine, Cyanocobalamin, Deoxycitidine, Deoxyguanosine, Deoxythimidine, Glutathione, Asparagine, Aspartic Acid, Ornithine, Glutamic Acid, Nicotinamide Adenine, Dinucleotide, Tocopherol, Proline, Aminobutyric Acid, Methionine, Taurine, Hydroxyproline, Glucosamine, Co-Enzyme A, CI17200 (Red 33), Glucurunolactone, Sodium Glucuronate, Thiamine, Diphosphate, Disodium Flavine, Adenine Dinucleotide, Sodium Uridine Triphosphate, Retinyl Acetate, Inositol, Methyl Deoxycytidine Niacin, Niacinamide, Biotin, Calcium Pantothenate, Folic Acid, Riboflavin, Pyridoxal 5-Phosphate, Pyridoxine HCL.
Although the list of ingredients is very long and I'm not the kind of person to study every single one of them I was excited to see lots of active ingredients that are not only hydrating (Glycerine, Sweet Almond Oil, Sodium Hyaluronate) but also with anti-aging properties to improve the appearance of large pores and uneven skin tone (Retinyl Acetate, acetate ester of retinol, Niacinamide).
I've been using the NCTF-Essence twice daily for over three weeks, applying a little in the palm of my hand and then pressing it all over my face and neck. You can use a cotton pad but, in my opinion, you're just wasting a product that is not cheap. The Essence absorbs in seconds and leaves my skin velvety soft and instantly plumper.
I noticed some effects after only a few days of using the Essence, my skin was smoother, felt much more hydrated and had a nice healthy glow.
I've heard many people praising different essences and saying they improved their skin a lot and while I can't say I've seen major changes in my skin I have definitely experienced positive results from using the Filorga NCTF-Essence, my skin is well hydrated and looks definitely more radiant.
The NCTF-Essence is not a cheap product but seeing I've used less then a third of the bottle after using it twice daily for almost a month I think it's worth the investment. It might not be a necessary skincare step but if you like to invest in your skin, keep it in the best condition, then I highly recommend it.
You can buy it HERE for only £35 at the moment.
Have you tried Filorga products? Do you include essence in your skincare routine?
*PR sample


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