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My skin type is quite dry, but I also find that I get congested very easily. I normally stick to certain brands of cream. However, just before Christmas I was browsing the shelves in Tesco and noticed their new Along Came Betty range which was all on special offer for below half of the price it was going to be just to get people to try it.
The style of the packaging is the same sort of retro pink look to the packaging that the soap and glory range use, so it greatly appealed to me, particularly at about £2-3 per item. The price now for a 50ml tub of this night cream is £6.99, so it was a great price to try it out and see if I liked it.
I tend to only change one product at a time to see how it affects my skin. I have eczema, and although I don't often suffer from break outs of this, I do get blotchy irritated skin, and I constantly suffer with spots on my chin due to having such a dry skin texture and needing to apply moisturiser.
The cream is in a tub with a screw top lid which looks as gorgeous as anything in the soap and glory range, which it should do as it is very similar. It contains amongst many more chemical sounding items, Grape seed oil and Vitamin E which are meant to be extremely nourishing to the skin. It is a rich cream designed to be put on at night for a rich treat for your skin. You are meant to apply onto clean skin on your face and neck area, running it in in small circular motions.
On opening the pot, there is a plastic white bit that sits on the top of my pot of cream to keep it fresh. The cream itself is really thick, shiny, and a peachy colour. The smell is quite a cheap fruity smell in my opinion and reminds me of a gift set I was bought as a young teen. It doesn't really make me think it is a premium product, but I was prepared to ignore my first impression if it worked out a nice experience.
I have followed instructions each time I have used this, making sure my skin is cleaned and absolutely dry to the touch before applying it to my face. The cream makes my face sting a little when I first apply it which is probably not the best indication to how it will work. I don't have this problem with my olay or simple moisturisers I use during the day. The cream does smooth onto my skin well and absorbs fairly promptly. The stinging issue only lasts at most half a minute, so I can just settle down into bed and let it get on with its work.
When I wake in the morning, my skin is pretty well moisturised. I wash my face and find that I don't need to add any extra moisturiser as my skin still feels really soft. However, the deal breaker for me is that every time that I have applied this lotion I have woken up with lots of extra spots on my face. I last applied this a few nights ago, and I currently have 3 spots between my eyebrows where I normally have none, and a couple of small pimples under the skin on my cheeks near the nose which are raise bumps rather than full on spots at the moment.
Although I do like the moisturising effect, I cannot afford my skin to suffer a major break out like this every time I use the cream, so unfortunately, I am going to have to not use this on my face any more. I will use it up on dry skin on my body instead where a break out will be less noticeable if it occurs.
For skin that is prone to breakouts, I could not recommend this cream at all as it is far too clogging on the skin. I think if you need a night cream, better to give your skin a non-clogging dose of nutrients.
This cream is also full of quite nasty sounding ingredients that some people choose to avoid. There are 4 types of parabens in there, polyacrylamide, various alcohols and hydroxides which are drying to the skin, so I don't know why I am surprised that it has clogged my skin so badly.
It might look a bit like the popular and effective soap and glory range, but this is a poor product in comparison, and not that cheap either really.