I use this along w/ the Elixir softener and lotion, and this entire system has eliminated the blackheads on my nose (= miracle!!! ;P). This serum/essence is used after the softener, and before the lotion, and it's supposed to penetrate deep into the pores to moisturize and provide a "lifting" effect for aging skin. I've been using it for a couple months, and I haven't noticed any lifting... but then again, I don't think I have much that needs lifting. ;P However, I have noticed my pores are tighter and my skin glows, but I think it's the result of all 3 products. Regardless, the Elixir line works very well w/ my skin, and I'm very happy.