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I first tried Garnier Fresh 24hr Day Cream a few years ago, while looking for a new moisturiser to combat my combination skin, which can be sensitive at times, and prone to outbreaks and uneven skin tone. I had previously been using the Body Shop Vitamin E cream, but had noticed my skin had started to change as I approached my thirties, and the Vitamin E cream was making my skin too greasy.
I purchased this while on special offer in Boots for £2.49 for a 50ml pot. It currently sells for £4.99 from Boots and occasionally I have found it in Semi Chem. I often use other Garnier products such as the face wash so usually look out for special offers such as 3 for 2 and buy it then.
The pot comes in a little cardboard box in pale green and white, and to be honest it looks a bit special, without the extorianate price tag, which is probably what made me buy it in the first place. The pot itself is rather pretty to look at, pale green glass pot, again the glass makes it feel a bit special, with a white plastic screw top lid, there isn't too much writing in the actual pot and it looks lovely sitting on a dressing table for example. On the whole I found the appearance pleasing to eye, fresh looking and a nice pot to have on display.
*About the Product*
The cream is pale green in colour, and looks quite glossy. It is quick thick and creamy, but did feel at all greasy or heavy. The smell is fruity and fresh, with a hint of grapes, and is subtle and not overpowering. On applying the moisturiser I found it went onto my skin easy and worked in well. My skin felt fresh, soft and smooth. The one thing I will say is it does seem to take some time to absorb into the skin, I normally would have to apply this 30 minutes before applying any make up to ensure it had absorbed into my skin properly. However, when it does, there is not greasy,heavy feeling on the skin, instead it feels fresh and clean. It is a perfect base for applying foundation, too, as it leaves the skin very smooth and I found my foundation glided on with ease after using this cream.
Overall, I'm quite impressed with this cream. I did notice a difference after using it for a couple of weeks, my skin felt supple and smooth and my skin tone evened out a bit. My skin had a nice glow to it and felt in lovely condition. I would recommend using this cream with the Garnier Clean and Fresh Facial Wash (see my previous review), the two work very well together. I do think £5.00 is a lot of money for this moisturiser though, which is why I tend to buy it when I see it on offer.
*Do I recommend it?*
It you see if on offer, yes. It is a lovely face cream and ideal for combination skin. It leaves skin soft and supple and smells lovely. However the downside is the full price, and the fact that it takes so long to absorb.
Overall, I give this cream 4 stars, it does feel a bit special and is great for my skin, at the same time it's not the kind of cream 'I couldn't live without' but will certainly continue using it when I see it going cheap.
I've used Garnier's "Fresh" face cream for a couple of years now. I bought it for the first time while it was included in a half price offer in a Superdrug store - I was just starting to get into really looking after my skin, or at least trying to. I hadn't read any reviews of the product online or in magazines or anything of the like, I was just going entirely on the fact that it was included in an offer.
The fact that I've continued to use it for two years probably tells you my opinion of this moisturiser. I think that it's fantastic. I have fairly greasy skin anyway (caused by a combination of unfortunate genes and having a fringe down over my forehead), and have used creams in the past that have exacerbated this problem. 'Fresh' is - ha - refreshing different. It's light and doesn't leave any kind of film or residue on my skin. It rubs in very easily and leaves my complexion dewy but not wet. It is lightly scented and is faintly reminiscent of cucumbers to me.
I haven't put this cream in a situation that it couldn't deal with. I've taken it abroad to the much hotter climate of Turkey (decanted, of course - the tub is really heavy and I wouldn't want to waste my baggage allowance on cream enough for a couple of months on a one week holiday) and it kept my skin soft and moisturised brilliantly. I've also used it on a sea-crossing to Nordic climes and it stopped my cheeks becoming chapped in the cold wind rushing across the ferry deck. At home it functions perfectly, and it suits my skin-type really well. I've no intentions of changing face creams any time soon!
I think it was about a year ago that I really started to get into skin care and to devise a little 'skin care routine' for myself when I noticed myself getting spotty and my skin was becoming more and more red-pigmented. I knew I had to change and I was told to look out for products that are vitamin enriched as they'll really take care of your skin.
Before I was using this moisturiser I would just steal some of whatever my sister was using. Big mistake- everyone's skin is different and my skin is especially sensitive so I need to find products that are either aimed at sensitive skin or are non alcoholic or enriched with good minerals. Finding this Garnier moisturiser was a brilliant discovery for me, I swear by it every day and it keeps my skin hydrated and feeling smooth and supple.
The packaging is also really fresh looking. It comes in a small lime green pot with a rounded white lid which is easily opened. Inside the moisturiser is an off white, very light green colour. Very natural looking- so I did not hesitate in applying to my skin and thinking that I was doing myself some good!
It claims to hydrate your skin for 24 hours. I'm not sure about a whole day, but my skin toes seem to keep feeling fresh and glowing somewhat for ages with this moisturiser. The vitamin E that is found in this product is there to fight external aggressions that can lead to irritated skin.
Finding a moisturiser of a good consistency can also be quite difficult. You don't want one that's too thick and gloopy because that won't feel fresh on your skin, it probably won't absorb in to your skin quickly and it might clog up your pores. Eek! At the same time a moisturiser that is too runny isn't good as it could just drip off your face and would be incredibly hard to apply! This Garnier moisturiser however is what I would deem as the perfect consistency. It has a light, smooth feel and feels fresh and cold as you apply to your face.
As I actually love this product so much I have invested in more products from the Garnier range to complete my skin care routine! Garnier Fresh Essentials facial wash is brilliant to use in conjunction with this moisturiser.
As far as moisturisers go, I don't think they come much better than this one, especially if you're on a budget. I was lucky enough to pick up this moisturiser recently for £2 in ASDA on a deal. The moisturiser is normally around the £4/£5 mark and can be picked up from most shops that stock Garnier products.
This product is for normal/combination skin and promises to be Fresh and non greasy and to hydrate your skin (hence the 24hr reference in the title).
I don't believe you only need to apply moisturiser once in 24 hours- most females wash in the morning and in the evening so the 24hr reference isn't to be taken literally as you wouldn't wait 24 hours before cleaning or washing your face again after using this in most instances.
However, when I bought this product I liked its smell, its texture (it is green, with a bit of a thin hair gel texture) and my skin seems to like it. It smoothes on well, it is a decent base to apply make up onto and it isn't heavy or greasy like some face creams can be.
Garnier advertise that they use fresh natural ingredients so you feel like you are doing something good to your skin by using their products. A tub of htis will cost around £5-6 unless you can find it on offer. The only drawback to using Garnier products is they do discontinue products regularly- you will get used to using one product then you find it is no longer sold, so don't get too attached.
I have been using Garnier Skin Naturals Fresh 24 hour Hydrating Day Cream for quite a while now and have got through a few pots of it, so I thought I was probably experienced enough with it to write a review!
The moisturiser comes in a little, circular, glass pot with a white, screw top lid. The glass pot has a green tint to it, and I think it is very cute, definitely looking nicer on a dressing table than a standard tube of moisturiser. The fact that it is glass makes it look a bit posh and up market in my opinion.
The little pot comes inside a small cardboard box which is white with shades of green on it and has a refreshing, natural look to it. The box has lots of information about the product on it. It says that the moisturiser is for Normal and Combination skin, has been dermatologically tested, and aims to quench, protect and refresh the face, until 'skin glows with a healthy look'. The moisturiser contains 'pure fruit waters' which are 'extracted by a unique process of flash distillation to be in their most pure and fresh form, and preserve the goodness of the fruit'. Fruit waters help to hydrate skin and 'stimulate cellular renewal', leaving skin 'more supple'.
The moisturiser is also said to contain 'Vitamin E, renowned for protecting against free radicals, and a UV Filter for protection'. It is also promised to be 'non-greasy' and to act as 'an excellent base for make-up'. All these promises sound really good.
When you unscrew the top of the pot, you will find a reasonably thick, green tinged moisturiser inside. It spreads easily over the skin but is not as light and airy as some moisturisers and occasionally feels a bit heavy for me. It sinks in quite quickly though again not as immediately as some other moisturisers. It tends to moisturise my skin quite well and I rarely feel as if my skin is dry later in the day, unless there are extremes of temperature in play.
This is a pretty average moisturiser in my opinion, and although it does a decent job of quenching the skin, I don't think it makes it glow as promised by the blurb on the box. I have also found that it does nothing to help clear my skin of impurities such as spots and blackheads.
I'm not sure that I will buy this moisturiser again, as I feel I've given it more than a fair chance and it has not really made any positive impact on my skin. If you do want to try it though you can buy it for around £3.70 for a 50 ml pot from most supermarkets or pharmacies.
One of my worst characteristics has to be the fact that I am incredibly impatient. This in turn has lots of negative implications including the fact that I have hardly any will power and am useless at sticking to any kind of routine. So, when it comes to any kind of facial cleansing routine it is pretty fair to say that my face is doomed to a life of wearing yesterday's makeup. I rarely treat my face to the luxury of cleanser, toner or moisturiser let alone all three in succession!
My skin has not thanked me for this lack of respect so one of my resolutions this year has been to try and change my slovenly ways. I decided not to try and commit myself to all three steps of the holy grail of facial cleansing all at once. Instead my aim was to make sure I remove my make-up the same day I put it on and then moisturise my face with some magical cream that will cure all. The theory being that once I'd managed to keep up this routine I could then introduce the other two stages.
Before fully committing myself to my new regime I had to go in search of that magical cream that would make the skin on my face say thank you by glowing instead of peeling like an orange. After dabbling in some products from the Simple range and also Boots No7 I decided that I should take a risk and try a new product that I had not tried before. The product that I gambled my money on was Garnier Fresh 24hr Hydrating Day Cream.
The cream comes packaged in a small square box which has a similar design to all of the other products in the Garnier range. Each side of the box is filled with lots of different information, including how the cream should be used and how the cream works. On the front of the box the information boasts that the cream 'quenches and protects the skin' for 24 hours. In my opinion the packaging looks quite attractive and looks more expensive than it actually is.
The cream itself is contained in a small round pot which sits snugly in the box underneath two cardboard supports. Despite the secure packaging it is easy to remove the pot from the box. The pot is made out of quite a thick and heavy glass. I do find this quite irritating when companies do this because it fools you into thinking you are getting a lot more product for your money. On the plus side the density of it means that it would be difficult to break. The pot has a screw top lid made out of white plastic which contrasts nicely to the light green colour label wrapped around the pot. It's not an obvious label as it looks as if the glass is actually green. It is not until you look at the bottom of the pot that you realise it isn't. The label is pretty basic with only the Garnier logo on the front and some other information written in miniscule writing on the back.
Inside the pot:
As the pot has a screw top lid it is very easy to remove, however when it comes to putting it back on it is a little bit more tricky because the cream can make your fingers slightly greasy. After removing the lid the cream fills nearly the whole pot, which is reassuring because it looks like there is more than the 50ml stated on the box. The first thing you notice about the cream is the lovely smell emanating from the pot. It is difficult to describe although it is quite fruity and the word 'fresh' suits it perfectly. It is not particularly overpowering although you can still smell it a little while after applying it.
The cream itself is pale green and is a shade lighter than the green on the packaging. However, you don't end up looking like the Hulk as when you apply the cream it sinks in and the colour does not transfer. On first appearances the cream looks quite thin and almost watery, this suspicion is confirmed when you stick your finger in and try and get some out. The cream feels extremely light when it is on your finger and it looks almost translucent. After reading the box I believe that this watery texture comes from the use of 'pure fruit water' in the ingredients. This may also explain the sweet fruity smell.
Applying the product:
As the cream is so light it is extremely easy to get it out of the pot, however this does have its disadvantages. Mainly being the fact that I tend to get too much out and then attempt to apply it all to my face. The main problem with this is the fact that if you use too much it just will not sink in, no matter how much you rub it. When you apply it to the skin it immediately feels cold and you can sense the watery texture. As you begin to rub it in the watery texture seems to transform into a greasy feeling. It is not terribly greasy but becomes more so if you use too much. The only positive to the greasy texture of the cream is the fact that it is easy to apply to the skin. It does not drag and so is easy to rub in even on delicate areas around the eyes. However, I would prefer the cream to be thicker and not so greasy.
Immediately after applying the cream my skin does feel moisturised and smells lovely and fresh. It is also noticeable softer, which I was quite surprised by. However, I wouldn't say that it 'quench's' my skin for 24 hours, it helps but it does not stop the dry patches completely. As with any form of moisturisation it does inevitably make my face quite shiny. The cream states that it makes a perfect base for make-up, however due to the shine factor I would have to disagree. My make-up does go on better when I used this compared to not using anything; however it is far from perfect.
For the small sum of around £3.50 this is not a terrible product. I would definitely recommend this product if you have normal skin that is not as dry as mine. I personally feel it is not the right type of cream for my skin as the texture is just too thin. I wanted something thicker and less greasy and this was just not it. I was sucked in by the promise of 24hr hydration and I thought it would deliver. I do not think I will be purchasing this again, however I would still recommend it. I guess we all have different skin types and it takes a while to find the perfect cream.
For non-greasy hydration /