I was excited and conflicted when Perricone MD offered to send me a sample of their latest cream, OVM to try. I’d wanted to try Perricone products, but the price point is a bit out of my comfort zone. As you may or may not know, my anti-aging philosophy is to use lower cost topicals (creams & serums) and save my pennies for the expensive treatments that really work (like botox or lasers)! But, since they offered, I figured, why not review the doctor’s new product?
The Product: Perricone MD OVM ~ $165 for 2 oz.
The cream is called OVM (pronounced Ohm), and it’s an eggshell membrane anti-aging treatment that promises plumper, firmer, less wrinkled skin without any irritation, redness or flaking. It comes in a very basic matte white jar. The product itself is a pale yellow, fluffy cream that has a distinctive scent that I can only really describe as “funky”, but the scent dissipates quickly and after the first week, it didn’t bother me anymore. Consistency wise, it’s a light fluffy cream that becomes very liquidy when applied to the skin, so a little bit goes a long way.
Before you laugh at the idea of eggshell membrane in skincare, let me just say that eggshell membrane is made up mostly of collagen, glucosamine, condroitin, and protein. . . all things our bodies use for plumping skin and conditioning joints. But don’t worry, the retrieval of eggshell membrane is a recycling process that uses parts of the egg that would otherwise be thrown away.
According to their marketing, “OVM helps to reduce the appearance of dry, fine lines, wrinkles, and pores. In a consumer use study after four weeks of use, 88% reported their skin appeared firmer, 84% noticed improved texture, 84% saw renewed radiance, and 95% agreed that their skin was smoother and softer.”
Dr. Perricone recommends smoothing liberally on cleansed skin in the morning. Wait a few moments and follow with an SPF moisturizer.
I used OVM on my face and neck in the morning every day for 30 days. It spreads easily, but it stays tacky and a bit sticky for about a minute after applying. But, once it’s dried down it feels smooth to the touch, but it’s very shiny. If their definition of “radiance” is shine, then I can see why 84% say they saw renewed “radiance”. Unfortunately, I’m not into anything that leaves my face shiny, and the shine in this product somehow penetrates through everything I put on over it including foundation, so I had to add a step of mattifying powder every day to tone down the shine.
30 Day Results:
I’m going to break down the results into two areas, face and neck because I had different results on each.
Face: I didn’t really notice any improvement in wrinkles, texture, or firmness on my face and I actually think all that shine works against seeing improvement because for me the shine accentuates every wrinkle and pore. Plus, I’m already using retin-a, vitamin c, and glycolic acid on my face so I don’t think it improved or enhanced the results I’m getting from those.
Neck: I feel like my neck is the better barometer of how well this cream works because I’ve had to stop using retin-a, vitamin c, and glycolic acid on my neck since I developed a sensitivity to them and my neck became red, itchy, dry, and irritated. So, this is the area where I was pretty pleased with the results and felt the product lived up to its claims! First, and most impressive was the total lack of irritation. I was able to use this cream daily without any sensitivity so the redness and itchiness went away. It also reduced the surface wrinkles and seemed to plump the skin a bit.
Before & After Pictures:
So, while I’m not totally in love with it because of the shine and the smell, I do see some results (on my neck at least). If you’re unable to use retin-a because of irritation and you like that “dewey” look, this could be a good product for you (providing you’re good with the hefty price tag)!