Optimera Day and Night Cream {Holiday Gift Idea – Giveaway}

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Pamela Chan, Contributor

When I have an opportunity to try a new skincare cream, the very first place I head to are the online reviews. Most times I find mixed reviews about products. Some think they’re fabulous while others hate them. It can be confusing to read the reviews and try to align them with your own experiences with the product.

What I have come to realize is that we have wrinkles from the days when we are babies. The images of women that we see in ads (models and actors) are heavily air brushed. THEY had more wrinkles when they were babies. The rest of us look in the mirror, notice that our skin doesn’t look as smooth as the advertisements and take a hard line on our appearance.

Keeping this in mind, I took a realistic perspective when I had the opportunity to try Nerium International’s Optimera day cream and night cream.

What You Get

The moisturizers are sealed in 30 ml pump bottles that have a fine nozzle. The unopened bottles come with a small leaf that is pushed into the end of the nozzle. The pump mechanism on the top of the bottle delivers even amounts of the moisturizer.

These creams are designed to be non-comedogenic, paraben free, gluten free and cruelty free. Many over the counter creams – including expensive ones – contain paraben, which is considered to be something that can cause cancer. The moisturizers are described as improving the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles; uneven skin texture; enlarged pores; and, aging, hyperpigmented sun-damaged skin. In clinical trials performed using Optimera, 93%of participants experienced improvement in the appearance of facial wrinkls and 97% experienced improvement in skin radiance.

The creams feature SAL-14 extract, vitamins A, B,m C and D, and plant triterpenoids, flavonoids and amino acids. The company has chosen ingredients that work well individually and also in conjunction with other ingredients.

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My Initial Reaction

I noticed that the creams are not heavily fragranced and the night cream, in particular, has a notable scent. It isn’t unpleasant but smells, instead, like I’m putting bread on my face. As you can see in the ingredient list below, the cream does contain bran oil. Perhaps this explains the scent. The day cream goes on smoothly while the night cream is noticeably thick and leaves you with a short-lived tightening effect after application. If you would like it to glide on easier, you could dampen your skin before applying the cream. The instructions advise to use 4 pumps. I decided to follow the instructions exactly so that I could fully test the bottles until they were empty and used both the day cream and night cream every day.

What I Noticed

After a few weeks using the creams, I noticed a reduction of the size of my pores around my nose; soft, pliant skin around the eyes which helps to reduce the look of deeper wrinkles; normalized dry skin that felt moist; smooth soft and even looking skin; and, an overall good colouring and glow to my skin. My makeup went on more smoothly. Was my skin more wrinkle free? I can’t say that I would describe it that way. Did it feel and look better? Yes.

My Thoughts

I noticed that the day cream does not include a sunscreen. On the other hand I have heard that built in sunscreens are not terribly effective, so perhaps it is no loss that it isn’t there. I waited quite a few weeks after finishing the bottles to see if I had a skin break-out. Apparently it can take a couple of months for blemishes to appear as a result of changing your skincare routine. No break-out arrived, thankfully.

It’s recommended that you try the cream for two to four weeks. Follow the instructions about how many pumps to use and don’t skimp. Use extra cream for the front of your neck and tops of your hands.

I would be interested to try out complimentary products from the same line to see how they go together. I am a firm believer in the benefits of a skin serum in addition to a moisturizer. Perhaps the company could develop this kind of skincare product in the future.

If you are keen to try a product that makes your skin feel balanced, moisturized, smooth and glowing, I recommend this product. These would also make a wonderful gift for a lady in your gift giving list this year!

Optimera ingredients can be found here.

Nerium website

THE GIVEAWAY

Win it: One lucky CAN/US reader will win a set of Nerium’s day and night creams (a $188 value). Enter to WIN via Rafflecopter below. Good Luck!!

Disclosure: I received a sample of a product to facilitate my review. No other compensation was provided and all views and opinions stated on this post are 100% my own.

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46 responses to “Optimera Day and Night Cream {Holiday Gift Idea – Giveaway}”

  1. Erika+Belanger — November 23, 2014 @ 3:05 pm (#)

    I would keep them! I love trying new skin care!

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  2. Milena — November 23, 2014 @ 3:07 pm (#)

    Would love to win this for my sister : )

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  3. latanya — November 23, 2014 @ 3:19 pm (#)

    I would keep them for myself

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  4. cheryl+hodgkins — November 23, 2014 @ 3:39 pm (#)

    I would gift them to my sister…shes always buying cream

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  5. jan — November 23, 2014 @ 3:45 pm (#)

    keep it for me as I don’t splurge on this type of item

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  6. Silvia D — November 23, 2014 @ 4:14 pm (#)

    I would keep them for myself!

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  7. Chris Stockford — November 23, 2014 @ 4:38 pm (#)

    I would give them as a gift!

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  8. Lorrie+Coleman — November 23, 2014 @ 5:12 pm (#)

    I would love to win

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  9. Athena — November 23, 2014 @ 5:43 pm (#)

    I’d keep it to try it!

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  10. Anna+W — November 23, 2014 @ 5:45 pm (#)

    I would like to keep them for myself to try.

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  11. Brenda Witherspoon-Bedard — November 23, 2014 @ 7:12 pm (#)

    I would keep them 🙂

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  12. Jeannie — November 23, 2014 @ 9:58 pm (#)

    I think I would give them to my sister in law.

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  13. Jennifer+P. — November 23, 2014 @ 10:16 pm (#)

    I would keep this for myself – I really need something like this for my skin!

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  14. Jenn+Erin — November 23, 2014 @ 11:36 pm (#)

    I am glad to hear that you didn’t break out from this – I have acne-prone skin! I would love to keep this for myself since i’ve heard great things about the Nerium brand!

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  15. Julie F — November 24, 2014 @ 2:19 am (#)

    I would keep it for myself 🙂

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  16. Stephanie+LaPlante — November 24, 2014 @ 9:21 am (#)

    I would totally keep them for myself

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  17. Myra R — November 24, 2014 @ 9:39 am (#)

    if i were to win i would be giving this to my mom because she loves these kind of products!

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  18. Gizele — November 24, 2014 @ 9:45 am (#)

    I would keep them to try.

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  19. Glogirl — November 24, 2014 @ 10:21 am (#)

    I may keep one cream for myself and gift the other.

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  20. Doreen Lamoureux — November 24, 2014 @ 11:49 am (#)

    I would definitely keep it. I almost ordered some the other day. What a treat it would be to win it. 🙂 🙂 🙂

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  21. kristen+visser — November 24, 2014 @ 2:27 pm (#)

    i would give them to my mom

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  22. loriag — November 24, 2014 @ 2:46 pm (#)

    I would definitely keep these creams if I won.

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  23. Deb Dorrington — November 24, 2014 @ 3:28 pm (#)

    I would keep them for myself..would be lovely to win this.

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  24. Jessica+G — November 24, 2014 @ 6:39 pm (#)

    I’ll probably give it to my mum

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  25. Angela W — November 24, 2014 @ 7:11 pm (#)

    I would keep them for myself!

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  26. Jonnie — November 24, 2014 @ 7:45 pm (#)

    I would keep the creams to try myself

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  27. Maegan Morin — November 24, 2014 @ 8:09 pm (#)

    I would keep the creams. I would love to give them a try!

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  28. Alison K — November 24, 2014 @ 8:25 pm (#)

    If I were to win, I would probably keep and try the creams considering how expensive they are … aren’t I worth it?

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  29. Amy+C — November 24, 2014 @ 8:58 pm (#)

    I would keep and try them

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  30. Karla+Sceviour — November 25, 2014 @ 3:45 pm (#)

    I would keep them for myself,,sounds great!!

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  31. Lori Bazan — November 26, 2014 @ 5:19 am (#)

    I would keep them for myself! Thanks so much for the chance!

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  32. Angie+Andrews — November 26, 2014 @ 11:57 am (#)

    i would probably keep these for myself

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  33. Belinda+McNabb — November 26, 2014 @ 3:32 pm (#)

    I would keep these as a special treat for me

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  34. Jacquelyn Neuffer — November 27, 2014 @ 12:32 pm (#)

    I would be a very lucky girl to win this. Thanks for the chance!

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  35. Jake B — November 27, 2014 @ 12:34 pm (#)

    I would give this to my mother. Thank you for the chance to win.

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  36. Austin Baroudi — November 28, 2014 @ 12:40 pm (#)

    I would give them to my mum!

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  37. Jenny — November 28, 2014 @ 4:59 pm (#)

    I would gift this to my mother because she loves Nerium already!

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  38. Linda — November 28, 2014 @ 5:33 pm (#)

    I would give the creams as a gift.

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  39. Ash Yap-Chung — November 29, 2014 @ 7:28 am (#)

    I’d gift them to my mom.

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  40. Sherry+K — November 29, 2014 @ 11:09 am (#)

    I would like to keep these for myself this time.

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  41. Jen+L — November 29, 2014 @ 2:27 pm (#)

    It’s Christmas so I would gift this to my Aunty, though I would love to keep it (sunspots!).

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  42. leanne — November 30, 2014 @ 1:12 pm (#)

    I would like to keep them.

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  43. Elva+Roberts — December 2, 2014 @ 4:39 pm (#)

    I would be tempted to keep this fabulous set for myself.

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  44. krista — December 4, 2014 @ 6:29 pm (#)

    I would probably give them to my sisters as a gift but I would still try them too

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  45. maria — December 5, 2014 @ 8:20 pm (#)

    I would keep them for myself!

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  46. Hilary — December 6, 2014 @ 5:36 pm (#)

    I would make good use of it!

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