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I have always taken good care of my skin and use a multitude of products to keep it in tip top condition. Whilst I discovered the perfect moisturiser last year, namely Garnier's Ultra Lift, a couple of months ago, my eyes were drawn to a women's monthly magazine, which was accompanied by a free 25 ml tube of Elemis Fresh Skin Daily Moisturiser. Never being one to turn down the challenge of trying out a new beauty product my purchase was made with this review discussing my experience with using.
Despite having accumulated a ridiculous hoard of beauty products, I must admit that whilst I was familiar with the Elemis brand, I was totally unaware of their products with the exception of the designer prices. It was only when I looked online that I was aware that the full size version of this Daily Moisturiser containing 50 ml will set you back around £20 with my 25 ml tube being "worth" £10. Whilst the full version appears to be contained within a pump action bottle, my 25 ml was presented in a tube with a screw top lid, so I do not intend discussing packaging.
I would describe my skin as T-zone where I suffer with oily patches on my forehead and nose with dry areas on my cheeks. It was only approximately eight years ago that I began using moisturising products, as I wrongly believed that they were not suitable for me due to my oily skin. However, as my skin is rapidly ageing with me now being in my mid-forties, moisturising is an essential part of my twice daily beauty routine.
The moisturiser is described as non greasy and I was interested to learn of its ingredients; one of which is seaweed extract, which is high in vitamins and minerals that assist in promoting healthy and radiant skin. I have previously used skin products containing this miracle ingredient, as it assists in slowing down the ageing process and protects the skin against the elements. Furthermore, seaweed contains fatty acids, which soothe the skin and prevent inflammation.
The pure white cream is fairly thick in consistency although this did not prevent me from easily applying and spreading it over the surface of my skin. In addition to the highly beneficial inclusion of seaweed, it was the aroma that won me over with its clean and fresh offering. The cream contains the oils of sweet almond and rosehip seed; both of which offer high moisturising properties and it was the scent of rosehip that adds a real element of luxury. I was pleasantly surprised, particularly as I found the packaging to be considerably bland and uninspiring and as a result, I had come to the conclusion that it would be scent free.
I was highly impressed that the cream melted within seconds of me applying it to my skin, which is something I had not anticipated, particularly due to the oil inclusion and within just a couple of minutes it had totally soaked into my skin without leaving any greasiness or tackiness on the surface. Despite me being more than satisfied with my regular Garnier Ultra Lift, which offers superb moisturising properties, Elemis far exceeded my expectations with the surface of my skin resembling that of a beauty salon treatment with its silky soft texture together with an almost glowing healthy appearance. In addition, I loved the fact that the gorgeous aroma lingered for a good while afterwards, which gave me the distinct impression that it contained high quality ingredients.
In terms of moisturising, I found the cream to be superb although I would compare the results identical to that of Garnier, as it was effective at keeping any patches of dryness on my cheeks at bay in addition to providing a good base for my mousse foundation. My only grumble is the price tag, as I really cannot justify paying out such a large sum of money for a product solely for its scent, particularly when I can obtain the same moisturising results from my regular brand. However, I would not dismiss making a purchase for an occasional treat. I have searched online for the most competitive price, which is at Superdrug where it retails at £19.99.
I dithered when deciding the amount of stars to award to this product, as in terms of moisturising properties and the user experience, it deserves nothing less than five. However, I feel it appropriate to remove one due to the price tag.
I hope you found my review useful and thanks for reading.
Ingredients: Chamomile, Geranium, Lavender, Rosehip Seed Oil, Seaweed Extract, Sweet Almond Oil / Enriched with seaweed extract, this light and non-greasy daily moisturiser helps protect and moisturise / Rosehip seed oil and sweet almond oil deliver soothing and softening qualities ensuring the skin receives an instant hydrating booSt. Skin is left revitalised and more radiant / Skin Type: Teens to 20s / How it works:Moisturisers work by sealing water into the skin and keeping it hydrated and supple / Even a young skin needs a good moisturiser / Make sure you protect your skin during the day with an SPF if exposed to direct sunshine / Signs of tiredness and life's excesses are reflected in the face, dulling the complexion and causing dark circles / Combat this by drinking plenty of water, and ensure you regularly have a good night's sleep / How to use:Smooth over face after cleansing and enjoy giving your skin a mini face massage by using circular motion and enjoy the calming effects of lavender / And breathe / Key