I don’t remember the last time a skincare product excited me as much as this newest serum from Korres, Golden Krocus Ageless Saffron Elixir. Apart from the fact that I may be indulging in a bit of unapologetic Greek pride (this brand hails from Greece, my mother country), I can honestly say that after incorporating this product into my daily regimen, my skin has seriously never looked or even felt better. After all, there was once a time when saffron, the star ingredient here, was valued more than gold … and I totally get why.
The town of Kozani in northern Greece produces some of the best saffron in the world; every October for two weeks straight, the purple crocus flowers are harvested right after the morning dew has evaporated and the plants’ key antioxidants are at their highest. At this point the fields may appear empty but by dawn the next day, the flowers seem to almost magically bloom anew. With ethical harvesting & planting practices strictly enforced, all the unused portions of the flowers are redistributed back to the land as organic fertilizer for the next year’s crop. Approximately 150,000 flowers are needed to obtain 1 kg (2.2 lbs) of dried crocus stigmas, the fiery tendrils at the heart of each flower. No wonder it has earned such a regal reputation, no?
freshly harvested crocus flowers
Korres Golden Krocus Ageless Saffron Elixir (CAN $13o.00) | The golden glass of the rounded bottle hints at the magic found within; this innovative Elixir is made with 1-day fresh saffron extract (saffron is renown for its exceptionally high levels of the potent antioxidant crocin) together with beta-glucans, peptides, and amino acids — all of which help firm the skin and strengthen it against daily damage. Another crucial ingredient is patented natural Hexapeptide-11 which not only helps firm the skin, but also reduces wrinkles by increasing the skin’s production of collagen and elastin. Rounding things out are strong levels of a Hyaluronic Acid with a uniquely low molecular weight so as to be more easily absorbed into the skin, providing long-lasting hydration and plumping benefits without irritation. Finally, Polysaccharides derived from oats and tamarind seeds form an invisible barrier over skin to help regulate moisture for a smooth, supple feel.
I have been using this Elixir for several weeks now and my skin is thanking me; after cleansing my face and giving the contents of the bottle a gentle shake, I apply 3 drops from the dropper dispenser onto the tips of my fingers and pat that quickly all over my face and throat (when possible, I also try to stretch that down to my décolleté as well). Bearing a soft green/floral/herbal scent that’s quite lovely and fresh but which appears to dissipate fairly quickly once applied, the Elixir is then quickly absorbed into the skin leaving no greasy residue behind. I have been using this in conjunction with a variety of other brands and so far, it seems to work beautifully with all of them; in fact, I feel that it’s been amplifying the effects of whatever I layer on top. All I know, is that my skin looks so much more even-toned, feels significantly smoother, fine lines are actually less pronounced (yay!), and my makeup overall applies totally better as well.
Korres Golden Krocus Ageless Saffron Elixir swatches
The best part about this Golden Krocus Saffron Elixir? It works. For real. Bonus points scored for the fact that you can also incorporate it into whatever skincare regimen you’re currently using — no need to shell out for an entire dedicated product range. Consistency is crucial; by using this morning and night, you will see a difference and as early as within a week of use. After all, doesn’t your skin deserve the royal treatment? Also, how often does one get to say that they’re using an “elixir”? #itsthelittlethings
Available at select Shopper’s Drug Mart (Pharmaprix), Sephora (US) & Murale stores
Press sample/As always, all opinions my own