Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Spring Skincare Review

Living in Cornwall has its benefits and downfalls. A big benefit is spending the last few weeks of this term at University by the sea and sun. The downfalls is the constant weather change has done no favours for my sensitive and dry skin. This meant a big trip to Boots in order to take control over my problematic skin.


The first thing that I purchased to try and help my dried out skin was the Nivea Daily Essentials Rich Moisturising Day Cream (1), which I purchased partly because it has SPF 15 (which is so important now the sun is peeking out from the clouds) but because it includes almond oil, an ingredient that always seems to help my skin get back on track. The moisturiser is a really nice formula, (as is generally assumed by any Nivea product) and though it is hydrating, it isn't greasy and doesn't leave a 'film' on the skin afterwards (I'm looking at you, Boots Botanics Mattifying Gel Cream) I was really worried it was going to cause my skin to become greasy as the weather got hotter but it hasn't yet, which is excellent!

I also bought both the Vaseline Healthy Hands & Stronger Nails (2) hand cream, which was a cheap buy that claimed to be a 'non-greasy' hand cream that would strengthen nails by up to 50%. While I'm not sure I've noticed a huge difference in nail strength I've certainly noticed the cream sinks in really well to the skin and leaves them hydrated for a good few hours!  While I'm not sure I'd repurchase (the tube at 75ml  is a bit hefty for my bag) and I don't feel it is quite as hydrating as it claims; I'll definitely use it through spring and summer, when my hands need hydration without feeling greasy.

I'd heard good things about the Soap and Glory Ultimelt Cleanser (3) and decided to give it a try. Its got quite a nice formulation, with a heavy lavender scent (which, I don't particularly like, as lavender can sometimes irritate my skin) however I found this did exactly as it promised. My skin was soft and hydrated and I've noticed a real difference in my pores since I began using it. It is a bit pricey however for a drug store cleanser and I would say that it is a 'once in a while' product over my staple gentle cleansers I use, like the No.7 Soft and Soothed Gentle Cleanser (which retails for 8 pounds, and has lasted me months and months).

My skin seems to really be repairing itself thanks to a lot of these intensive products, and I'll be sticking with the cleanser and moisturiser for sure and staples in my routine until I can find better alternatives!

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