Archives for category: Moisturizer

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Chamomile: Naturally calms and soothes your skin.

Gingko Biloba Extract: Energizes your skin for a radiant glow.

Kiwi Fruit Extract: Gently soothes skin.

Vitamin A Palmitate: This vitamin A derivative helps diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, evens skin tone and skin texture.

Vitamin C Derivative: Helps brighten the appearance of skin.

Tocopherol Acetate: This Vitamin E derivative has antioxidant properties to provide free radical protection and help condition and restore skin.

Shea Butter: An effective emollient and moisturizer.

Glycerin: Provides optimum hydration to replenish and revitalize your skin’s appearance.

Product Description: “Nighttime is the perfect time to give your skin an intense hydration boost. Now you can enjoy a spa-quality hydrating mask at home right before bed when your skin is primed to absorb the maximum benefits. Just leave on this luxuriously intense hydrating mask for 5-10 minutes. You’ll love the soothed, smoothed feeling it gives your skin. Use 1-2 times weekly to boost skin’s moisture levels.”

My Experience: Hmm. I’m on the fence about this product. On one hand, I do notice an instant difference in the hydration of my skin when I rinse it off, on the other hand it doesn’t provide me with the spa-at-home feeing I so desire. I like the ingredients, the sleek yet convenient squeeze tube and the quick results. It’s very thick in consistency, like a paste, which was surprising to me because I don’t think of a paste as something that my skin is likely to soak up. Due to the thickness, it can feel a bit dry and difficult to spread across the skin. However, once it’s on, it stays put. I don’t even wash it off 10 minutes later as advised, I usually go straight to bed and leave it on overnight. However, when I wash it off within 10 minutes I do notice a difference. My skin is instantly softer, smoother and brighter. I think my main quibble about this product is that it doesn’t feel as luxurious as I would like. The scent has the earthy, herbal scent of a clay mask and the pasty texture doesn’t feel pampering on my fingers or on my face. It’s effective, no-nonsense and unfussy, which I’m sure some would appreciate. However, I like a moisturizing mask that has a touch of je ne sais quoi to it: an inviting fragrance, a silky texture that enriches the experience and encourages me to spend just a little bit more time massaging the product into my skin.

The Skinny: An effective yet minimalistic mask that transforms dry skin into soft, soothed and brightened skin within 10 minutes. I just wish it had an enticing scent and a less pasty texture.

Cost:

USA: $36 from Elizabeth Arden

UK: £22 from lookfantastic

Rating: 3/5

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It’s been a while, I know. I’m sorry. There are several reasons for this, the most relevant being my masters degree, which has been relentlessly kicking my ass. I come bearing a peace offering gift in the form of a new review =)

Behold, Yu-Be Moisturizing Skin Cream!

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Ingredients: Glycerin, Water, Isopropyl Myristate, Stearic Acid, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Triethanolamine, Tocopheryl Acetate (vitamin E), Glycyrrhetinic Acid, Camphor, Riboflavin (Vitamin B2), Hydrogenated Coco-glycerides, Stearyl Alcohol, Polysorbate 80, EDTA, Methylparaben, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Sodium Hyajuronate.

Product Description: “Concentrated glycerin moisturizer (enriched with Vitamins B2, C & E) helps hydrate, soothe and smooth rough, dry and extremely dry skin. Non-greasy formula absorbs instantly and stays locked in for hours. ‘A little dab goes a long way’.”

My Experience: I was terribly unhappy with the state of my skin over the winter. It was dry, more bumpy than usual and more sensitive than usual. There was flakiness across my forehead and around my nose that laughed in the face of exfoliators and creams. And my makeup looked cakey and dry. Yum. Anyway, I was desperately in need of a heavy duty moisturizer and I didn’t want to spend a lot of money. Also, it’s been my obsession for a few months now to find skincare products that aren’t expensive and contain several good key ingredients. This moisturizer ticks all those boxes. It’s a balm, not a cream, so it squeezes out thick like Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream. It’s yellow, which is odd for a moisturizer, but it doesn’t disturb me. I put a small blob of this on my forehead, cheeks and chin and spend a couple minutes massaging it in. It responds well to the heat of your hands and blends easily after a few seconds. And my skin sucks this up within minutes. It’s not heavy. It leaves my skin feeling soft and dewy without being sticky or greasy. Now, the smell. It’s not a great smell. I think Sam of the Pixiwoo sisters got it right on when she said it smells like Vicks. This is true, but it’s not a deal breaker. The smell dissipates quickly after you’ve rubbed it in and I like the results and the price well enough to put up with it. My skin is a lot happier now that I’ve been using this twice a day. It’s softer, smoother and I can feel the moisture in my skin hours after I’ve applied it. Plus it’s tamed my flakiest areas and now my makeup glides on. This stuff is no frills – it’s one of those basic multi-purpose gems that can be used for the whole family and on an array of dry areas including lips, hands, feet and cuticles. And a 33g tube has lasted me 2 months and going, which is more than I can say for some high-end 50g pots I’ve used in the past. I’m turning with the tide. Maybe basic really is better.

The Skinny: A great multi-purpose moisturizer that’s safe for the whole family to use and treats dry skin all over the body. It sinks in fast, quenches thirsty skin and contains some great ingredients. The smell could be off-putting for some, but it’s such a good product I’m happy to put up with it.

Cost:

USA: $16 for 1.25 oz, $25 for 2.5 oz from Sephora

UK: £12.50 for 33g, £19.50 for 70g from Cult Beauty

Rating: 5/5

Ingredients: Water, Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Cetyl Ricinoleate, Glyceryl Distearate, Trisiloxane, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Cholesterol, Jojoba Seed Oil, Steareth-10 Cetyl Esters, Cetyl Alcohol, Vitis Vinifera Fruite Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Pyrus Malus Fruit Extract, Morus Bombycis Root Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Saccharomyces Lysate Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sodium Hyalauronate, Panthenol, Ceramide 2, Xanthan Gum, Sucrose, Glycerin, Cyanocobalmin, Caprylyl Glycol, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Hexylene Glycol, Polysorbate 80, Sodium Citrate, Sodium Sulfite, Sodium Metabisulfite, Acrylamide/Sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurate Copolymer, Linoleic Acid, Isohexadecane, Citric Acid, Fragrance, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Red 4.

Product Description: “The ultimate quick fix for the skin. Super-powered with potent botanicals; de-snoozes, de-stresses, moistens, freshens and boosts the look of dull, flat or tired-looking skin with a fully loaded vitamin zap and a mega dose of green tea.”

My Experience: This cream has been around a long time and is one of MAC’s hall of famers, and with good reason. It’s brimming with great ingredients and infuses skin with a beautiful glow. Although it’s technically a moisturizer, it’s really more of a cream highlighter with benefits. It doesn’t have quite enough hydration to be used alone, especially in the moisture-sapping chill of winter, but as a highlighter it’s quite lovely. And it isn’t sparkly or in your face, either. Dabbed across cheekbones, along the temples or down the center of the nose, it radiates fine, light-reflecting particles. Skin looks beaming and, when caught by the light, softly opalescent. And this doesn’t leave behind any sticky residue. It leaves skin feeling velvety smooth. I’ve even dotted this gently across my brow bone to give my eyes an enticing glimmer. This isn’t the product for you if you’re after a totally natural highlighter, because there’s a whisper of pearly shimmer. But, really, it’s one of the more delicately gorgeous light-infusing products out there. And for such a stellar product, it’s decidedly not extortionate. And it’s great for your skin. Go try it.

The Skinny: A cream that works wonders as a highlighter because it infuses the skin with a soft, pearly glow and it’s packed with good ingredients. There is some shimmer, but it’s very subtle. You needn’t fear the disco ball effect.

Cost:

UK: £12.50 for 30ml, £22.50 for 50ml from MAC

USA: $15 for 1 fl oz, $31 for 1.7 fl oz from MAC

Rating: 4/5

Ingredients: Aqua/Water/Eau, Propylene Glycol, Octyldodecanol, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Starch, Glycerin, Polysorbate 60, Sorbitan Stearate, Olea Europaea (Olive) Leaf Extract, Carbomer, Phenoxyethanol, Bisabolol, Sodium Hydroxide, Parfum/Fragrance, Butylene Glycol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Citrate, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Leaf Extract, Algae Extract, Hexyl Cinnamal, Linalool, Coumarin, Benzyl Salicylate, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Hydroxycitronellal, Citronellol, Geraniol, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Eugenol, Limonene, Isoeugenol, Ci 15985/Yellow 6E.

Winner of multiple skin care and beauty awards

Product Description: “The ultimate pick-me-up for tired, stressed skin—Clarins best-selling radiance booster helps eliminate signs of fatigue in a flash! Instantly moisturises, brightens and tightens facial contours so skin looks rested and relaxed”.

My Experience: This product has been on my radar for a long time. And I’ll admit, albeit sheepishly, that I bought two Clarins products just to get their promotional gift pack, which included a travel size of this balm. Anyway, this is a little tube of wonder and shall remain a permanent fixture in my life. It’s loaded with soothing and nourishing ingredients. My skin drinks it up and within minutes I can see and feel the difference. My pores look smaller, my skin tighter, and the glow is akin to a wilting flower surging to life after a much-needed infusion of water. Skin texture also improves. It’s plumper, more even and makeup glides on butter smooth. As others have said, this isn’t something you use everyday, lest your skin get used to it and fail to noticeably perk up. I’ve been using it once a week, on a day when I want to look particularly fresh and beaming. This isn’t a cheap product, but everyone would benefit from a little slice of radiance to brighten their skin on a lacklustre day. I know I do.

The Skinny: A wondrous balm that tightens and improves the look of your skin while imparting a radiant glow. Pricey but worth it.

Cost:

UK: £25.20 from feelunique.com

USA: $45 from Sephora

Rating: HERO (goes above and beyond expectations)

Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Glycerin, Butyrospermum parkii (Shea butter), Isostearyl isostearate, Sorbitan stearate, Cetearyl alcohol, Theobroma cacao (Cocoa) seed butter, Dimethicone, Ammonium acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP copolymer, Phenoxyethanol, Tocopheryl acetate, Rosa moschata seed oil, Methylparaben, Sucrose cocoate, Parfum (Fragrance), Dimethiconol, Sodium PCA, Xanthan gum, Potassium cetyl phosphate, Ethylparaben, Ascorbyl glucoside, Tetrasodium EDTA, Magnesium PCA, T-butyl alcohol, Citric acid, Dipropylene glycol, Zinc PCA, Biosaccharide gum-1, Potassium hydroxide, Manganese PCA, Potassium sorbate, Ascorbyl palmitate.

Hypo-allergenic

Skin Type: Dry / Very Dry

Product Description: “A rich and intensive moisture cream to instantly nourish and promote optimum hydration while you sleep. Designed to work in harmony with your skin, replacing lost moisture and leaving you with healthy looking radiant skin”.

My Experience: My papery skin has been in desperate need of TLC recently, so I scoured the shelves for an inexpensive yet nourishing night cream. As you know, I fell hard and fast for No7’s deliciously dessert-like Beautiful Skin Hydration Mask. And No7 has rescued me yet again. This is a rich and silky night cream with a touch of fragrance. I love it when a night cream sticks to my fingers in thick dollops, I suppose because I like the thought of giving my skin an intensive treat while I sleep. And I slather this on with abandon each night. My skin drinks it up, and after about ten minutes feels softly quenched, but not greasy. Upon waking my skin is velvety smooth. This is good stuff, and ever so reasonably priced. I’ve noticed since the brand revamp that No7 products closely resemble another of my favorite British brands, Elemis. And I’m not complaining, because I love the sleek and delicately shaded white and pastel bottles and tubes. Now, I’ve got my eye on their Melting Gel cleanser, which is the spitting image of the Elemis one. I’m curious as to how it compares. Kudos, No7. You get better by the day!

The Skinny: A rich, thick night cream that absorbs easily and leaves skin feeling soft and smooth.

Cost:

UK: £13.50 from Boots (but you can get this even cheaper if you happen to have one of those nifty Boots skin care vouchers!)

USA: $13.99 from Target

Rating: 4/5

Ingredients: African red tea, ester C 10% vitamin C complex, polylysine, hyaluronic acid, macadamia nut oil and zinc, copper and manganese gluconate

Skin Type: All

Product Description: An anti-aging moisturizer that hydrates, lifts and protects dry skin.

My Experience: I was dying to try some Ole Henriksen products because of the hype. The brand prides itself on fusing science with nature to create products that ‘treat the face and body while helping to achieve overall health and wellness’. The blend of ingredients sounded so intriguing and what can I say, I’m a sucker for something new. But I was terribly disappointed by this moisturizer. I like Ole Henriksen packaging. The bright striped labels on the jars are somehow both cheerful and clinical, and they proudly state the main ingredients on the front. Sadly, that’s the best part of this product. Unscrewing the lid is dramatically disappointing for the senses. Considering the ingredients, I expected an exotic scent or, at the very least, something pleasant. Instead, the smell of cheap, synthetic candy slapped me in the face. I’m not particularly fond of synthetically sweet scents anyway, but this smells like those awful candy necklaces from the 80s, but in horrific concentrated form and crammed into a little jar. It actually offends my nose. I also despise the look and texture of it. It’s an unsavory grayish beige, and the texture is thick and almost tacky. It’s heavy and leaves the skin feeling greasy after application. Eventually, my skin does feel softer and I feel that is this product’s only virtue. The sad thing is I’ve used it several times now, but because of its heaviness I only use it at night. And why do I continue to use this? I paid £57 for it. I intend to use it up and then chuck the empty jar into the nether regions of my trash can.

The Skinny: An expensive cream that is heavy, greasy and reeks of cheap candy. Save your pennies for better stuff.

Cost:

UK: £57 from lookfantastic

USA: $65 from Sephora

Rating: 1/5

Ingredients: Kopara (natural polysaccharides) from French Polynesia, mineral-rich seawater and ascorbyl glucoside

Oil free, dermatologist tested, non-comedogenic, synthetic fragrance free

Color: Alaska

Product Description: Provides a translucent veil of color and sun protection while helping to reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation and dark spots in just four weeks.

My Experience: I’m a big fan of tinted moisturizers. I have long despised foundations for their heaviness. I want my skin to look better but I don’t want to feel the weight of makeup on my face. And this tinted moisturizer is possibly the best I’ve tried. I have this in Alaska, which is the second fairest shade. The texture is silky and it glides on easily. It has a delicately alluring citrus fragrance. The coverage is good for a tinted moisturizer – it evens out my skin tone and conceals redness and blemishes whilst leaving a glowy sheen upon the skin. I didn’t notice any reduction in dark spots, but I don’t really have many to begin with. I also don’t think hyperpigmentation has decreased; but this is undoubtedly one of the best tinted moisturizers on the market right now. The formula combines good coverage with sun protection and a bright, fresh finish. And I love the sleek packaging of Nars products, although I’m underwhelmed by the flip-top lid and spout: it gets a bit messy because a lot of product tends to squirt out, and I’m never fully confident that flip-top lids will stay shut whilst in transit. A very good, but pricey tinted moisturizer.

The Skinny: Provides good coverage, broad spectrum sun protection and leaves skin looking fresh and dewy. One of the best tinted moisturizers out there right now.

Cost:

UK: £27 from Nars

USA: $42 from Sephora

Rating: 4/5

Ingredients: Shea butter, vitamin E and cherry extract from Luberon, France

Product Description: This creamy and non-greasy moisturizer nourishes and protects hands, leaving them delicately scented.

My Experience: Now that I’m thirty-something I want to pay as much attention to my hands as I do my face. At the very least, I want to pay some attention to my hands. And I must say that I adore L’Occitane. Their soaps have permanent residence in my bathroom. And I don’t know what it is about this year but I’m all about cherries, so I bought this cream. And it’s truly lovely. The scent is delicately fresh and cherry-licious. If I breathe in and close my eyes I immediately picture myself laying in a field of fluttering cherry blossoms. The scent lingers but it’s subtle; it won’t overpower your perfume. The texture is silky and luxe – my hands feel instantly nourished when I rub it in. Less than five minutes later my hands are noticeably softer and smoother and not at all greasy. And the packaging is brilliant. The lid doesn’t come off. You merely twist it and a tiny hole in the top of the lid opens. This allows for control over how much product you can squeeze out – you’ll never have to worry about a ton of cream accidentally plopping out or the area around the lid getting goopy or collecting fluff and dirt. It’s terribly neat and different to any other hand cream packaging I’ve seen. This cream also comes in a 30 ml travel size that’s cheaper and perfect for your handbag. It doesn’t have the nifty twist-top of the full size but, like all L’Occitane products, the packaging is tres jolie. Everything about this cream screams quality.

The Skinny: A nourishing and non-greasy hand cream that smells divine and leaves hands silky soft.

Cost:

UK: £14 from L’Occitane 

USA: $22 from L’Occitane

Rating: 5/5


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Product Description: Soothes dry skin, comforts minor weather burns, scrapes and abrasions and provides anti-inflammatory benefits.

Ingredients: Petrolatum and vitamin E

My Experience: I’m not sure if you can tell, but this tube is lovingly covered in fingerprints and scratches. It’s like an old, treasured sweater that I can’t bear to get rid of. The cream has a slightly medicinal smell, but don’t let that put you off because it’s not that strong. Although it’s a cream, it’s not your typical white, slick consistency. It’s amber-colored, transparent and thick. A tiny amount goes a long way. Due to its thickness it doesn’t spread that easily, so it’s best for small areas and not slathering all over your body. The miracle of this is that you can use it in so many ways. It soothes all kinds of skin irritations from scrapes to cracked lips. I’ve also used it to soothe and heal itchy bug bites, rashes and blemishes. I keep a pot of this next to my bedside and I apply it to my lips every single night as a treatment. It lasts all through the night and I credit the general good condition of my lips to this alone. If that doesn’t convince you of how great this product is, then this should: this is the ONLY skin care product of mine that my husband (who is a purely soap-and-water kind of guy ) actually asks for when he has a skin irritation. It’s hands down the most versatile skin care product out there. It can be pricey if you use it everyday (a pot only lasts me about a month). I tend to use ebay or purchase it as part of the gift sets Elizabeth Arden often has on offer. You might be tempted to buy it in stick form for your lips – don’t! It’s more expensive that way and doesn’t last as long. You get much more bang for your buck if you buy the tubes or pots, and you could easily carry either in your handbag. I prefer the tube for sanitary reasons (and for air travel) but I think the pot provides more product.

The Skinny: An incredibly versatile product that soothes, protects and moisturizes any number of skin irritations including very dry skin.

Cost:

UK: £25 from Boots

USA: $19.50 from Elizabeth Arden 

Rating: HERO (goes above and beyond expectations)

Firstly, I have sensitive skin. I’m prone to random splotchy redness and blemishes stick around forever – if I dispose of them myself they will scar for weeks, if not months, so I tend to leave them and let them run their course. My skin texture is quite bumpy, so I need to exfoliate frequently. Now that I’m thirty-something I’ve noticed fine lines creeping in, as well as some loss of elasticity and darker circles under my eyes – mind you, I’m being quite critical; these are only minimal issues and are not things other people tend to notice, but I’m letting you know because they have an affect on the products I buy and the expectations I have. I’ve always had quite good skin, to be honest (not many breakouts and such), but my skin is a lot different to how it was when I was a teenager, which is only natural. Please be aware that my reviews are based on my own experiences, which may differ from yours. Please also note that the ingredients lists below are not complete; I am merely listing the ingredients as seen on the packaging, so for full information please visit the necessary websites. So, with skin profiling and other business out of the way…this is my current routine:

1. Caudalie Gentle Cleanser 200 ml – 6.7 fl oz

Ingredients: Grape-seed polyphenols, cornflower extract, oat extract, sweet almond and jojoba oils, shea butter.

0% parabens, phenoxythanol, artificial colorings, mineral oils…Against animal testing. Ophthalmologically tested.

Skin type: All

Cost:

UK: £13.50 from Feel Unique: http://www.feelunique.com/p/Caudalie_Gentle_Cleanser_200ml

USA: $26 from Sephora: http://www.sephora.com/gentle-cleanser-P6026

What it’s supposed to do: This smooth and velvety cleanser leaves the skin clean, soft and protected against free radicals.

My experience: I snapped this up from a Sephora during a recent trip to the USA. I was after a cleanser that was inexpensive, gentle and came in a decent size bottle with a pump. I did some preliminary research (because I’m obsessive like that) and decided that, per ounce, this cleanser was less expensive than some other high end brands and came in a larger size than most high end brands. And I’m currently loving it. I’ve been using it everyday for a month and I’ve used about a third of it. I use two pumps for my whole face, which is quite generous. The texture is indeed velvety and it washes away easily. I’ve used it on and around my eyes without any irritation (and my eyes are tres sensitive). The smell is light and it leaves my skin feeling fresh and comfortable. I love the packaging as well. It’s sleek, simple and sheer so you can see how much of the product you’ve used. I use this with my Clarisonic in the evenings.

The Skinny: Great packaging, gentle yet effective and leaves my skin feeling fresh and soft. I feel it’s neither cheap nor expensive for the quality. It does exactly what it says on the tin: what more can you ask for?

Rating: 5/5

2. Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant 75 g – 2.6 oz

Ingredients: Green tea, ginkgo, colloidal oatmeal, grapefruit and licorice

Contains no artificial fragrance or color.

Skin Type: All

Cost:

UK: £30.40 from lookfantastic: http://www.lookfantastic.net/dermalogica-daily-microfoliant-75gm/10362640.html

USA: $50 from Dermalogica: http://www.dermalogica.com/us/html/products/daily-microfoliant-11.html

What it’s supposed to do: This unique rice-based powder formula activates upon contact with water, releasing papain, salicylic acid and rice enzymes that micro-foliate dead cells, instantly leaving skin smoother and brighter. Helps to balance uneven pigmentation and calm the skin, leaving it clear and refreshed.

Note: not recommended for users of medically-prescribed exfoliation products.

My experience: I use this everyday after my Caudalie cleanser, but only in the mornings. It’s not cheap – in fact, it’s quite dear. But it does work, and it is gentle enough to use everyday. A little does go a long way, so one bottle will probably last you months. I have used tons of grainy exfoliation products claiming they are gentle for every day use that have left my skin irritated and dry. I have no problems with this at all. You use a half teaspoon in wet hands to create a paste. I focus on applying it to my nose and forehead, where my skin most needs exfoliation, and then massage it outward. There are tiny particles but for the most part application is smooth. Once I rinse off my skin looks more even and the texture is definitely more smooth. It’s so easy to rinse off too – it’s not messy like some scrubs and you don’t have to rinse your face a million times because you’ve still got bits stuck in your hair. I’ve been using it every morning for a month without any irritation. The packaging is good: simple and durable.

The Skinny: Gentle enough for everyday use, improves skin texture and evens out discoloration. The only downside is it’s very pricey.

Rating: 4/5

3. Shiseido Benefiance WrinkleResist24 Day Emulsion SPF15 75 ml – 2.5 fl oz

Ingredients: Octinoxate 4.9% and octocrylene 5.0%

Skin Type: No information provided

Cost:

UK: £60.50 from John Lewis: http://www.johnlewis.com/228019/Product.aspx

USA: $52 from Sephora: http://www.sephora.com/benefiance-wrinkleresist24-day-emulsion-spf-15-pa-P173614

What it’s supposed to do: There is not much information on the packaging other than it’s meant to help prevent sunburn, but this is basically an anti-aging moisturizer with sunscreen.

My experience: I really, really like this. I recently started using the Shiseido Extra Smooth Protection Lotion SPF30, which I like and will review later, so I was interested in trying another product from Shiseido. I did some research and found that this was one of Shiseido’s cheaper moisturizers and you get a good amount of product (75 ml – 2.5 fl oz). It also comes in a lovely chic bottle with a pump dispenser. The bottle is sheer so you can see how much you’ve used (in one month I’ve used one third). I use two pumps for my whole face, which is a generous amount. The texture is rather different for a moisturizer – it’s quite runny, like yogurt. It spreads very easily and absorbs quickly. After a few minutes my skin feels very soft and happy, like it’s been infused with moisture and goodness. The fragrance is light and subtle. I’ve only been using this for a month so I can’t speak for it’s wrinkle resistance, but it’s my new favorite moisturizer. I love the packaging, the feel of it and how my skin drinks it up, and it seems to calm down irritations and redness a bit. And I love that it contains SPF.

The Skinny: A great moisturizer that sinks in quickly, contains sunscreen and calms skin, leaving it feeling velvety soft. Pricey, but you get a decent amount and I think it’s worth it.

Rating: 5/5

4. Clarins Super Restorative Day Cream 30 ml – 1.06 oz

Ingredients: Pueraria lobata, pelvetia, dehydrated plant-based micro-pearls, pequi pulp, shea butter, selenium from tomato extract

Skin Type: All

Cost:

UK: £65 for 50 ml from Clarins UK http://www.clarins.co.uk/Super%20Restorative%20Day%20Cream/C010409001,en_GB,pd.html

USA: $114 from Sephora http://www.sephora.com/super-restorative-day-cream-spf-20-P95038

Note: The one sold at Sephora appears to be SPF20, although the version on the Clarins UK site contains no SPF.

What it’s supposed to do: Replenish the skin by restoring elasticity and reduce the appearance of dullness, age spots, deep lines and wrinkles.

My experience: Okay, first of all I’m reviewing the travel size version. This is a pricey cream, but you can snap up travel sizes on ebay for about £10, which is what I tend to do. It lasts me a couple weeks maybe more if used every day. Second, I’m currently using this at night even though it’s a day cream. Third, it’s technically for mature skin that has gone through hormonal changes. All that said, I think this is a great moisturizer. I’ve been using it off and on for a couple years now. I love the travel size because it’s great for traveling – durable and small with a little spout I can squeeze a very controlled amount of product from. It smells of flowers and spring and loveliness and it’s thick and rich. It feels wonderful to massage in and leaves the skin baby soft and plumper looking. I use the night version when I can, but recently was only able to get the day version from ebay and it works just as well at night. I wake up with skin looking bright and refreshed. I think the fine lines under my eyes have diminished slightly, but other than that I can’t speak for it’s anti-aging properties because I don’t really have wrinkles. It’s packed full of good ingredients and antioxidants that stimulate the production of collagen, restore cell cohesion and soften the skin. So who cares if it’s for mature skin if it’s a great moisturizer? I think anyone would benefit from this.

The Skinny: Wonderful moisturizer packed with good ingredients and antioxidants that makes skin feel very soft and pampered – just wish the full size was cheaper.

Rating: 4/5