“ Brand: Balance Me / Texture: Cream / Type: Moisturiser / Suitable for: Face / Skin type: for dry skin and for all types / What it does: Moisturizes, „
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A while ago now I bought a magazine and I received a tube of this free with it. I am such a sucker for buying magazines with freebies on them and this little tube looked rather nice and I had never heard of the brand before and was eager to try it out as it claims to be 99% natural and I do like more natural products as a rule.
My little tube is 20ml in size and is white in colour with pink leafy pattern on the front of it and we are told that it is Balance Me. Daily Essentials, Balancing Face Moisturiser 'Smoothes, calms and hydrates' and that it is as I mentioned already 99% natural and that it is meant for normal to combination skin and the size is stated. On the back of the tube we are told a bit about the product, the ingredients are listed and contact details for the manufacturer are given. This is of course a trial tube but this is available to purchase in a 50ml size which comes in a box and a bottle with a push button dispenser to the top of it and it will set you back around £24.00 (price from Waitrose currently but can be bought in other stores as well and online of course) and it is style wise the same as my smaller tube that I own and am using now.
This is a decent consistency white lotion with a lovely fragrance to it which is slightly sweet, floral and really natural. It is a mix of meadow foam oil, moringa and bergamot and it really is fresh and pleasant and not too strong aroma wise but when applied you can smell it where you have applied it for a good couple of hours which is a nice added benefit in my opinion.
All you do is simply massage it gently into clean skin, you don't need much of it and when using it it does feel like it is a bit oily but it dries fast and leaves no residue behind on the skin at all so its light as a feather and you can forget its even on and of course you can use this as a make up base or pop it on to 'naked' skin whatever really.
This may be expensive to initially buy but in fairness to it a little of it does go a long way and skin feels softer to the touch and feels sort of refreshed from the inside. My skin looks a bit brighter, certainly smoother and using it daily for the past week or so I do think my face looks generally brighter and more radiant and I haven't had any adverse reaction to using this such as blemishes appearing.
However although I like this moisturiser well enough I can't say its anything special for the money, its nice enough and obviously a good quality product but it isn't outstanding. Wrinkles and lines don't suddenly disappear overnight but it is a nice light formula that smoothes my face rather a lot and I did have a patch of dry skin on my chin and on one of my cheeks and this got rid of that in two days flat which I was pretty pleased about!
Not bad but not really worth the high price tag in my opinion and so I wouldn't personally go out and buy it but it's a nice enough product to be fair to it!
I received a 20ml tube of this moisturiser from a magazine recently and was looking forward to trying it as I had heard good things about Balance Me. According to their website; Balance Me use natural ingredients and oils in their products, the natural origin ingredients are not subject to harsh chemical processes such as irradiation and ethoxylation. They avoid using ingredients that have certain question marks surrounding their safety on the skin and body such as parabens, sulphates, mineral oils, petroleum oils, and harsh solvents. This balancing moisturiser has neroli to replenish and hydrate combination complexions and encourage smooth and balanced skin with meadowfoam, moringa and rice bran oils. Balance Me state that this is also suitable also for normal to dry skins in warmer climes. Balance Me products are available online, from QVC or Space NK, this retails at £24 for 50ml.
The product is white in colour and has a thick consistency, almost like condensed milk. Despite the thick consistency it feel quite light on the skin and blends well across the face. The first thing that I noticed was the strong smell of essential oils. This is a pleasant and natural fragrance, which gives the feeling of an expensive spa product. The second thing I noticed once I had applied the cream to my face, was a slight tightness on my skin - it felt almost like I had a thin film over my face. This feeling lasted for around 5 minutes and then subsided, this could be possibly due to the product absorbing and drying? Despite this feeling, my face did feel moisturised and soothed. The moisturiser provides a good base for make-up and I was able to apply foundation within minutes of using the cream.
My face felt hydrated throughout the day from using this cream and my make-up didn't gather in certain areas on my face. The one issue I have with this is that it doesn't control shine. I have combination skin and my face actually look shiner that it usually does after using this, and considering this product is supposed to 'balance' I didn't expect this! The lovely natural ingredients in this product do give it some brownie points, and I do think my overall skin texture and softness has improved with this - but as a whole, I felt a little let down by the increased oiliness.
Due to the points raised above and the high price tag, I feel I can only award this 3 stars. However I do think this would be more suitable to a normal skin type - who doesn't suffer from excess oil. For those with combination or oily skin, this is a no go, unless you are prepared to use a powder or blotting paper.