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This review is for Garnier Intensive 7 Days Ultra Softening Lotion with L-Bifidus and Shea Butter for dry to extra-dry skin.
I bought this lotion as I had previously tried the Soothing Cream-Gel version, and absolutely loved it (also reviewed). Given that this one is for dry to extra-dry skin, I wondered if it could possibly be even better than the cream-gel, given that was for dry and sensitive skin. It was bought on offer, and can generally be found for between £2 and £3 which I think is very reasonable for a branded moisturiser, and you get 250ml which is a good amount in a bottle.
Unlike the gel-cream (which is well up there with among the best moisturisers I've used), I was quite disappointed in the results of this lotion. It is a white lotion, which lacks the thickness of body butters and other body lotions so it applies with ease. The scent is also nice, with the shea butter smell coming through, and it also has a hint of fruitiness about it. This claims to be fast absorbing, and I didn't find that it lives up to this - Its fairly 'wet' when it goes on, and took a little while to absorb so you can't just whack it on and go. Its not too greasy though, which is a plus.
These products claim that if you use it every day for a week, your skin will feel moisturised for 7 days afterwards. I do not moisturise that regularly, so can't comment on whether this works that well when used as recommended. However, given the results of the soothing gel-cream, I expected more from this. It didn't irritate my sensitive skin however, and did leave skin feeling soft. However the hydration didn't last very long and after about 24 hours my dry skin needed moisturising again (for comparison, the gel-cream lasted about 3 days). Don't get me wrong, its by no means a bad moisturiser, it just doesn't compare to the other one for me.
I wouldn't buy this particular version of the 7-Day cream again, but overall I think the product is good. And its worth bearing in mind that everyone's skin is different and what works for me, may be rubbish for you and vice-versa! So don't write it off :-)
I was really keen to try the Garnier Intensive 7 Days Ultra Softening Lotion after reading lots of positive reviews about it online. At first I misunderstood the premise of this lotion - I thought it was a great time saving device only moisturising every 7 days but it turns out it is a little more complicated that that!
The lotion should be used twice daily for four weeks, then the skin can feel hydrated for up to seven days but presumably you need to continue with the twice daily routine to keep up the rolling seven days?! Anyway, I usually try to moisturise after a shower or bath so it was no issue to use this lotion, although I must admit I was not hitting twice a day every day due to the limitations on my beauty regime these days. The active ingredients in the lotion are L-Bifidus which helps to prevent moisture loss from the surface of the skin and reinforces the skin's natural barrier thereby locking in moisture which results in long lasting hydration. It also has Shea Butter which is harvested from the Shea tree in West Africa. The Shea Butter is known to build skin lipids to nourish and reinforce the barrier function of extra dry skin with soothing properties to help relieve discomfort.
A small amount of this cream goes a surprisingly long way. I was pleasantly surprised by this and am finding I prefer a thin cream on the skin to the thicker body butters these days as it seems to sink in quicker and better. The cream smelt beautiful but I can't pinpoint what it was although it might be the shea butter ingredient. When I apply this with my hands, it does leave a bit of a greasy sheen on my hands which isn't altogether unpleasant but perhaps not something you want on your hands if you are doing other things but it soon wears most likely after wiping on a towel or clothes (the inside of my jeans are well moisturised!).
A 400ml bottle costs £4.25 on the feelunique website.
I really like this moisturiser and will definitely buy it again in the future when I have run down the Christmas stocks! The consistency reminded me a bit of baby lotion and it was nice and light on the skin. I think this would make an excellent lotion to take on holiday as an alternative to after sun lotion.
I really think the L-Bifidus and Shea ingredients make this a superior body lotion yet the price is reassuringly affordable and available at most supermarkets so I really think that Garnier are being realistic about what people are prepared to spend these days on their body care. I know this is targeted towards extra dry skin but who doesn't really suffer from that when the weather's cold and we are all dried out from central heating!
Garnier Intensive 7 Days Ultra Softening Lotion
Sometime last year I filled in a form for a freebie on the Garnier website and I was thrilled to receive not just a fat sachet or mini bottle but a full sized bottle with a note apologizing that they had run out of samples so I was getting the full sized bottle. Considering this costs around £1.99 I was more than happy that the samples had run out.
What was even better was that a few days before I had also received the sachets for the seven day challenge so someone had made an error but I was going to complain about it.
My green plastic recyclable bottle comes with a flip top lid and the top has a hole for dispensing that is covered when the flip top lid is closed.
I have used it on and off with other creams and lotions from my vast collection over the last few months. Also I initially did use this for seven days as the challenge was to see if your skin improved in softness and became less dry in the seven days.
In the sample pack and the larger bottle I also got two skin readers; one to use on your skin before the challenge and the other afterwards. The skin readers were a piece of card with a black circular area about the size of a pound coin. The idea was to press the sticky black circle onto a clean dry area of skin and hold for 3 seconds. According to the blurb that came with the samples the reader is supposed to record the number of dry skin cells seen as white bits on the black sticky patch. After using the seven sachets you repeated the same exercise with the black sticky patch and in theory there would be less white on the second patch.
In actual fact as I regularly moisturize my skin with lotions and potions there was little difference between my two patches. That does not mean that this lotion is ineffective because in actual fact I found it excellent. For the challenge the lotion was applied only to the legs but as I had my larger bottle I was able to apply this to my arms and indeed I also used it on my feet at night.
I liked the way it felt as I applied it. It felt creamy and silky and cool as I put it on my skin. It soaked in fairly quickly and within minutes my skin felt silky soft. My feet are not too hard and so I apply some cream or lotion twice daily. I put a peppermint one on my feet in the morning and any lotion that I have on them at night and this keeps them nice and soft.
This lotion smells fresh and very slightly floral but not an obviously scent just fresh and appealing. I have used this both in the morning and at night and have found that at times my skin gets very dry on my back as I can't regularly moisturize it so I ask my kind husband to do the honours and this one works quickly and my back feels less dry and itchy after this has soaked in. I find I need to have a back application about once a week to keep it non itchy.
This is not a lotion that is full of natural ingredients but it does claim to have shea butter and L-Bifidus which is the same ingredients that those healthy yogurts have to help with stomach digestive problems. Yogurt is good for the skin and so I suppose that makes sense. It acts as a moisture shield in this lotion.
I was happy with this lotion and would be happy to buy it again if I saw it at the right price. I did like the scent which was fresh and delicate. I thought that this might have been a bit more expensive than other lotions given its hype but in fact it is not that bad. Boots sell this for £1.99 for a 250 ml bottle and £3.99 for a 400 ml bottle. It is always worth shopping around though as Garnier products are often found in the cheaper stores such as B&M and Home Bargains as well as deals in the supermarkets.
I can't say I would go out of my way to hunt this down specifically but I would be happy to buy this if I found it on special somewhere.
I did a bit of research and despite the fact that EU law says no animal testing on toiletries I find that Garnier does till test on animals. They may not do it specifically for toiletries and cosmetics but they do still do it so that has slightly put me off. They are especially vague about testing on their website but according to 'The Vegetarian Site' Garnier is on their animal testing list.
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I have been trying to run down a quite frankly ridiculous stash of toiletries while at the same time, find something in the stash which would deal with the dry skin this horribly cold and desperately dry weather has left on my face and body. I had had some success with the ever reliable giant tub of E45, but this does tend to be a bit greasy and had not sunk in and lasted well without leaving stains.
Which takes me to this product. When I took this bottle from the stash and cracked the flip top on this bottle open the skin on my arms had reached flaky levels usually seen more often on my eczema-prone eyebrows and the state of the skin on the back of my hands was positively horrifying.
I was hopeful. The package said the cream contained shea butter, which I have had some good results with in face creams. I was less sure about the L-Biffidus, which it was claimed would lock in the moisturisation. Ignoring - admittedly with some difficulty - associations with active yoghurts, I tried it.
The cream is white and neither so runny that it runs off the limb being treated before it can do any good nor so thick that it takes forever to rub in, which can be tiring when recovering from serious chest infections and living with the bronchitis they left in their wake.
The scent is subtle. It is pleasant and definitely comes from the shea butter rather than the Not Yoghurt side of the force and also lasts really well, but is never overpowering. Because it is so pleasant yet mild sniffing the softened skin is as nice as touching it.
And the skin is definitely softened.
The effect is immediate and really lasts. I applied a 50p sized blob to each arm yesterday evening, after a relaxing post visiting the parents and long drives bath. Since then I have done lots of washing up and been out and about in the cold - if wrapped up afor outisde and having used rubber gloves for the washing up. My arms are still wonderfully smooth, soft and very slightly scented. The same is the case for my legs and torso. The flakes are gone.My skin is soft. The backs of my hands look their age, not my mum's.
And I will definitely be buying this product again once I have used this bottle up and got throught the giant bottle of cocoa butter that glares at me every time I open the bathroom cupboard of body lotions.
I might well try the Mango version though, as I do love the scent as well as the taste of mangos.
However, as the bottle I will have to use up before rebuying is enormous and this cream is so economical, as you need to use very little to get a great and long lasting effect, that purchase will be a long time in the future.
But for those looking to try this great body lotion for themselves right now, Boots are selling this at £2.99 for a 250ml bottle or 299 Advantage Points. This is great value for money, as this product works and keeps on working.
A body saver at an good value price - I can heartily recommend it. Indeed, my skin would not forgive me if I didn't let others know just how good this product is.
A definite Five Star product.
I suffer from Winter Dry Skin condition which is a horrible dry skin condition that is brought about with a combination of cold weather, hot baths and central heating leeching all the moisture from my skin and leaving it not just dry but red, scaly, flaky and so itchy that I have on occasion actually scratched my skin so bad that I have made it bleed. It is so bad at times that some night I cannot sleep due to the constant itching and burning sensation.
The only way around this is for me to constantly moisturise myself with a heavy greasy moisturiser morning, afternoon and evening. My doctor recommended things such as E45, Aqueous Cream and Dipribase. I do try and do it but I am guilty of not putting them on as much as I probably should. Thinner creams are absolutely no good to me and just soak into my skin without actually doing anything about the dry skin so it has to be a heavy based cream. I have tried creams from the big manufacturers before but most of them have done nothing to alleviate the dryness.
I tried the Garnier Intensive 7 days ultra-softening lotion as it was on offer in Superdrug and my sister had said that she found it really moisturising on her skin. I read the back of the bottle and although it sounded good I was dubious to the claims that it was making and was sure that it wouldn't be heavy and greasy enough for my skin but I decided to try it as it was only £2.99 on offer so I thought I didn't have much to lose and if it didn't work on it's own then it would at least make a good base for adding a heavier cream on top of it.
Garnier claim that this cream will intensively hydrate skin for up to 7 days at a time and it contains both Shea Butter and something called L-Bifidus. It is designed for dry to extra dry skin and it is supposed to not only moisturise your skin but also help reinforce its natural barriers and protect skin from all the things which leech moisture from it. It all sounds very impressive but I was still doubtful the cream could live up to its pretty impressive claims.
The first thing that I noticed about the cream was that it smells exactly like baby lotion which I think is a nice enough smell but as a man not really something that I want to be smelling of for the whole day. The second thing that I noticed was that although slightly thicker than a normal body lotion it wasn't anywhere near as thick as the types of creams that I had been using to keep the dry skin under control.
The first time that I used this my skin was particularly bad as I had run out of cream so hadn't been moisturising for a couple of days. This had left my skin looking red raw and feeling as though it was on fire. Although I was convinced that this wasn't going to get rid of it I thought it would at least help and as I was desperate and didn't have anything else (I had forgot to buy some Aqueous Cream) I used this as soon as I got home.
I was actually shocked with just how well this worked. The cream had an immediate cooling and soothing sensation on my skin and almost instantly took away the burning sensation. The redness was still there but this too went after a couple of hours. The itchiness was taken away within about 10 minutes of applying the cream to my skin and as for the dryness this too was looking and feeling much better really quickly after applying the cream. Usually when I have applied cream and allowed it to soak in to my skin there are still dry patches which I can feel when I rub them but this even took them away.
I have now been using this as my main cream for my body skin for a few weeks and it is looking and feeling better than it has in years. Every winter this skin condition has been the bane of my life and is something which I absolutely dread when the cold weather starts but it now seems to be under control thanks to this cream.
I am no longer being kept awake at night thanks to the itching and the burning sensation has pretty much disappeared. I am dubious to its claims that it provides moisture for 7 days but I can say that unlike with Aqeuous and E45 if I forget to apply some for a day or so then the next day I am not back to square one and although I have a little bit of dryness it is easily brought back under control and doesn't half a bottle to sort out.
This is also so much easier and nicer to use than those thicker heavier creams. This absorbs almost instantly when I rub it in and unlike those other creams it doesn't leave my skin feeling greasy. It also doesn't leave a white layer on the top of my skin which takes ages to go away so I can use this in the morning after my bath or shower and get dressed straight away saving me valuable time plus I don't have to worry about it leaving greasy marks on my clothes.
The baby lotion smell is also nowhere near as bad as I thought it might be. There is a definite scent of it on my skin but it isn't too strong and after it has been on my skin for a few minutes it sort of changes from that to a really fresh neutral smell which is inoffensive and not as feminine as I was worried it was going to be.
For anyone with really dry skin like myself then I would happily recommend this as I think it is amazing and it has really made a big difference in the past few weeks. It is as hydrating as anything else I have tried but it is also so much less hassle to use than the more greasy creams which can take ages to apply and then soak in. This gives instant relief to dry skin and actually leaves my skin feeling so much better than it did previously. It also does moisturise so much that it leaves my skin feeling moisturised even when I forget to apply it on a regular basis which is something else that it has over other creams that I have tried.
I'm another one who managed to get the seven-day samples of this product, and went out and bought a bottle straight after my last sachet had been used.
I only really use this moisturiser on my legs, because I use a different product on my arms and body. The reason is, for some reason this moisturiser leaves my arms itchy. However, on my legs it's a completely different story. I use this after shaving my legs in the shower, and before I used this product I had trouble with dry knees. This product helped a lot with that, and also makes my legs feel great after shaving.
The lotion is not too thick, which is a plus because it is absorbed into my skin easily, without being too watery. It also smells quite nice, and is a great product to use for the summer as it is quite light and isn't greasy.
I'd recommend this product to anyone who likes fresh feeling skin, especially in the summer. It is an excellent product for preparing legs to be bared!
This time of year for my skin can be a real killer. As I do spend a lot of time outside with the horses my skin can easily become dry and quite sensitive so I tend to spend all the winter months using products to help keep my skin as moisturised and nourished as possible which if course those with dry skin will know it isn't easy. As I shower twice a day this of course doesn't help my skin but I do try to use products aimed specifically for people with dry skin.
Because of showering a lot it does mean that I need a body lotion that is decent enough to tackle dry skin and although I have used various brands the one I am using at the moment seems to be doing the job well and it is Garnier Body Intensive 7 Day Repairing Lotion with Shea Butter. I am quite a fan of Garnier's skin care ranges as I find that they are excellent value for money and they do generally what they promise.
== The Lotion ==
The Garnier Body Intensive 7 Day Repairing Lotion with Shea Butter has been specifically formulated for those with extra dry skin needing a little help with keep their skin moisturised. Their main ingredient Shea Butter is of course well known for its moisturising properties as it is enriched with essential nutrients ideal for keeping the skin nourished. Garnier advise that within 7 days your skin will be smooth and soft with a hydration feeling that can last up to 7 days (after two applications per day during 4 weeks - according to their website).
== Packaging ==
Most Garnier body lotions tend to be in the same shaped bottles and the Body Intensive lotion is no different. It comes in a mint coloured bottle which is slightly metallic looking with a white flip top style cap. It features on the front the Garnier logo together with the product name as well as an image of a golden coloured droplet which I'm guessing is to represent the Shea Butter! On the back of the bottle there is product information, how to use as well as the ingredients list and contact information for Garnier.
== In Use ==
The lotion itself is white in colour and has a lovely soft, silky feel to it although for me it is a little thin on the consistency side of things as I did find it came out of the bottle a little too quickly and ended up with too much lotion! The fragrance of this lotion is absolutely love and it is nice for a lotion designed for dry skin has a lovely fragrance as you tend to get lotions with a minimal scent or not at all. This fragrance is definitely noticeable and quite floral but with a creamy almost nutty hue to it which to me is lovely.
I have been using this lotion at least once if not twice a day for a few weeks now generally after a shower as I find that it is a lightweight lotion and doesn't clog up the pores. For me the slight downside is the consistency as I find that if I am too heavy handed I just end up with too much out of the bottle. However, despite this the lotion glides onto the skin easily and is rubbed in without any problems but because it is lightweight and not greasy in the slightest it is quickly absorbed.
I do find though that although it isn't greasy so doesn't leave that film over the skin it can leave behind a residue on the skin for quite sometime after rubbing it in and although it isn't sticky or greasy you can definitely tell that there is something left behind on your skin. It does however eventually disappear about about half an hour and although it doesn't bother me it may bother other people especially after you apply after a shower and get dressed as I know I did wonder how long I should wait for it to absorb to get changed.
As said above I have been using this for a few weeks now and my skin definitely looks a lot better especially on my legs where they can get really dry which isn't helped by shaving. My skin certainly looks a lot healthier and it is nice that the fragrance of the lotion does stay put on the skin quite subtly for a good few hours after being applied which for me is quite nice as it isn't overpowering to impose on a perfume. My skin has definitely improved since using it and I am incredibly pleased with the results.
== Overall ==
A decent lotion which does improve the skin over a short period of time. As for the 7 day test my skin definitely does feel hydrated and moisturised which is ideal for someone like me with dry skin. However, I don't think this would happen for everyone but it definitely makes noticeable improvements to the skin. I really like this body lotion and will happily continue to buy it. It has a lovely lightweight feel to it teamed with a lovely fragrance. A definite recommendation but due to the slightly thin consistency and the smooth residue it can leave behind I can only give it 4 stars.
== Product Information ==
Price: £2.99 (Boots Dec 12)
Availability: Supermarkets, pharmacies etc
After reading alyson29's review of this lotion, I decided to try it myself and decided to take up the '7 Day Challenge'. I sent off for my free sample of lotion and received it in the post shortly afterwards.
***Using the lotion***
I received seven 6ml sachets in the pack, one for every day of the week. Garnier claim that using the lotion will lead to soft, smooth, non-greasy skin. I have dry skin on my body and hoped that the lotion would moisturise effectively.
I use body lotion in the morning after my shower, as I prefer a thicker body butter at night. Therefore I used this lotion in the morning. I tore open one sachet and applied the lotion firstly to my driest skin, on my legs, and then elsewhere on my body. One sachet was enough to cover all of my skin.
The lotion had a lovely subtle scent of shea butter. It was quite runny and seemed of high quality. Unfortunately it seemed to take ages to sink in. I had to wait quite a while before getting dressed as my skin still felt a bit sticky.
On the plus side, the moisturiser was very effective at keeping my skin soft and in good condition. The moisturising effect lasted all day.
The sample pack came with a skin reader so you can test how effective the lotion is at moisturising your skin. There are two black circles, and you are meant to use one before using any lotion and the other two hours after your last sachet. The readers should be pressed to your skin for three seconds and they record the number of dry skin cells, which turn white. The idea is that the second reader should record far fewer dry skin cells, but in fact both readers looked pretty much the same - I moisturise my skin regularly anyway and I'm sure any decent body lotion would moisturise in much the same way.
***Price and Availability***
This lotion is available at stores such as Boots and Superdrug, at a very reasonable price of £1.99 for a 250ml bottle and £3.99 for a 400ml bottle. It is a good basic body lotion and seems very good value for money.
This is a good quality, reasonably priced body lotion which does a good job of keeping skin moisturised. It has a lovely scent which is, however, subtle enough not to overpower any perfume. My only criticism is that it takes ages to sink into the skin: this would be fine for someone wanting to apply it in the evening and take their time, but not for someone in a hurry in the morning. I'm not sure if I would buy it myself for this reason.
Recently I got sent a trial of this Garnier 7 day intensive ultra softening lotion, which for a 400ml bottle usually retails in and around the £5, so I was pleased to be able to try this for free. Now, I usually just use aqueous cream to keep my skin moisturised, however coming into the Spring and Summer months when I am shaving my legs every other day, my skin does get much drier so I was excited to try this product. Garnier is not a brand that I have had much experience with either.
Although I only had a sample pack of this lotion, as you can see from the picture at the top of the screen, this product comes in an apple green bottle. It has been designed for those with dry to extra dry skin and contains shea butter to give that extra nourishment as well as L-Bifidus.
I also like the fact that this product is suitable for sensitive skin which I have, so I didn't have to worry about any adverse reactions over the trail period. It has also been dermatologically tested and is colourant free.
This product makes some big claims. Firstly it claims that immediately rough skin will be relieved and softened, as well as being hydrated for 48 hours. Secondly, it claims at 7 days to to dramatically improve the quality of the skin and reduce dryness by almost 50%, roughness by a quarter and improve suppleness by around a quarter. Those are big claims in such a short space of time.
Well, the trial offered my enough lotion for seven days and there was a product tester to test the dryness if my skin on the first day before using this product and then after the final day of use and I have to say that I did see a difference in the dryness. Even though I wouldn't say my skin falls into the extra dry category, my legs are certainly dry after a lot of shaving in good weather, so I was pleased that the results showed that this lotion did improve the quality of my skin, especially in only a week. In terms of the first claim to offer immediate relief of dry skin, well I certainly felt my legs were moisturised and felt smooth and soft straight after applying this lotion.
All in all, although I don't usually stray too far from my aqueous cream, I have really been impressed with this lotion, and have actually already bought a bottle of it for use during these Spring Summer months when my legs are drier after shaving. During the winter months, when my legs hardly see day light, I will stick to my aqueous cream, but I definitely think it is worth using this during these months with the positive effect it had on my skin. A great truly effective product!
I adore beautiful toiletries and for the past five months or so I have vowed not to purchase anything new until I use up the entire stash that I've stockpiled over the last few years. Consequently, a few weeks ago I was delighted to discover that Garnier were promoting their Intensive 7 Day Ultra Softening Lotion and were offering a seven day challenge, which would cost me absolutely nothing. Not one to refuse trying out new products without having to part with my hard earned cash I inputted my details online and awaiting my freebies. I had high hopes for the lotion, particularly as my experience with their hand cream is extremely positive and this review discusses my findings with the seven day challenge.
In my freebie pack I received seven 6 ml sachets, which are intended for dry to extra dry skin, so the products were well suited to my needs due to the fact that I frequently suffer with dry skin on my knees. Contained within the pack were two skin readers; one of which was to be used prior to the challenge and the other afterwards. The readers consisted of a black circular area, which was slightly smaller than a pound coin and I needed to press the sticky black circle onto a clean dry area of my shin and hold for 3 seconds. The reader is designed to record the number of dry skin cells, which subsequently turn white. The idea is that I needed to use the seven sachets over a period of one week and then use the remaining reader to ascertain the moisture contained within the skin on my legs.
However, as I regularly moisturise my legs with butters and lotions the reader remained black, but the real test for me was how effective the product would be, particularly as my skin will dry out rather quickly if I omit to use a high quality moisturiser. I would point out that the reader is only provided with the promotion kit and cannot be obtained when purchasing the full sized bottle. I applied the entire contents of one of the 6 ml sachets to both legs and the pearly white lotion offered a good consistency whilst spreading over my skin's surface with great ease. I was immediately able to witness the delightful aroma, which can be described as clean and fresh whilst being suited to both men and women.
The lotion offered a slight sheen to my skin for a while and seemed to take ages to fully absorb; during which time it was a little sticky. However, I think it was me being a little impatient, particularly as I am used to the hand cream fully absorbing within a matter of seconds. The lotion took a good ten minutes or so to fully soak into my skin and for any tackiness to disperse. Consequently, I made the decision to use the lotion in the evenings as unfortunately, during the working week I don't have time to sit around waiting for body lotions to absorb before I am able to get myself dressed. I must admit that I did not use the lotion on my feet as in order to fully comply with Garnier's challenge and to provide them with accurate feedback, I used it solely on my legs. It is necessary for me to use more intensive products on my feet, particularly as I suffer with hardened skin and unfortunately, lotions are not effective enough to keep the problem at bay.
I continued with the challenge for the remainder of the week and must admit that I was very pleased with the results. As previously stated, I only need omit using a moisturising product for one day for small dry patches of skin to begin to form on my knees. However, the lotion clearly served its purpose well, as my skin felt totally hydrated as well as being soft and smooth together with a beautiful healthy shine. Despite the first skin reader not recording any results I went ahead with the remaining reader, but again, no results were recorded, which is no more than I had expected. The ingredients contained within the lotion are similar to that of the hand cream with its shea butter and L-Bifidus content. I was curious as to what L-Bifidus meant, particularly as we seem to hear so much about it these days, so a quick look on Garnier's website informed me that it acts as a moisture shield and is inspired by the probiotics found in yoghurts.
I cannot admit to this lotion being of a higher standard than my usual lotions, but a point I found extremely favourable is the delicate and comforting lingering aroma of shea butter. I had expected this product to be quite highly priced and was pleasantly surprised to discover on the Boots website that it retails at just £1.99 for a 250 ml bottle and £3.99 for a 400 ml bottle. In addition to the very affordable price tag Boots are currently running a promotion on Garnier products where you make one purchase and obtain a further product at half price. Consequently, I broke my vow of not purchasing any new products and bought two bottles especially as the offer was too good to miss.
I can highly recommend Garnier Intensive 7 Days Ultra Softening Lotion and at the time of writing if you visit the Garnier website you too can take the seven day challenge totally free of charge.
I hope you found my review useful and thanks for reading.
I have a problem with dry skin, especially on my legs, which has been exacerbated since I loved to the UK (the water here really doesn't agree with me), so I needed a good intense moisturizing lotion asap. I bought this one because I've been happy with Garnier moisturizers in the past, and I saw that it was reccomended for dry to extra-dry skin.
How does it work:
According to label, the active ingredients are Shea-Butter and L-Bifidus, suitable for sensitive skin and allegedly improving skin quality within seven days. It also claims to keep skin moisturized for 48 hours, which seemed like a rather extravagant claim to me.
Packaging and Price:
The product comes in a fairly basic light green, slightly hourglass-shaped bottle with a picture of a shea nut on the front (I can only assume-have only actually seen said not on cosmetics labels). I bought it in a minimarket for just over 2 pounds, but have since seen it for slightly cheaper prices in large retail chains, which I feel is very reasonnable for the 400 ml size and the Garnier brand.
Using the product:
The texture is thicker than the typical lotion (though not as thick as most body butters) and absorbs quite quickly and easily, leaving skin silky-soft and no residue. As a result, you only need to use a little bit, and my bottle still has about a quarter left after 20 days (of daily application). The cream has a nice discreet and natural scent. I don't know whether it will actually keep skin moisturized for 48 hours (I didn't go that long without using it), but it's definitely improved the overall quality of my skin to the point where I never notice dryness anymore.
Would I reccomend it:
Absolutely, and with no reservations. It really works, is easily absorbed and it's simply excellent value for money. It is very moisturizing though, so it's probably for fellow dry skins sufferers alone.
I'd seen this advertised on TV for a few weeks and decided that I should get some the next time I went shopping. I bought mine from Tesco's where it was on offer but I imagine it can be found in all the leading supermarkets, Boots, Superdrug and pharmacies. It is currently available from Superdrug for £1.99 for the one I have which is on offer where you can save £1 making them just £1.99 for 250ml.
I chose the Shea Butter variety as it was recommended for dry to extra-dry skin and my skin is quite dry. Other varieties include Honey for sensitive skin, Mango for dry skin, Cocoa Butter for dry, rough skin and Aloe Vera for normal skin. The lotions are also available in a 400ml bottle priced at £2.99 currently in Superdrug (normal price £4.99). Also available from the range is a gel crème in Peach for dry and sensitive skin or Grape for normal to dry skin, both of these are currently priced at £1.99 for 250ml (saving £1). There is also a hand cream in the range that comes in a variety of fragrances which I will be hunting down next time I am in town! These are also currently on offer in Superdrug for £1.99 (saving £1).
The lotion comes in an attractive pale green bottle with a white flip top lid. The bottle is shaped so that it can be held with ease and I think that the bottle looks quite nice sat on the bathroom shelf. Each variety has a different colour scheme that highlights various information on the bottle eg. the Shea Butter variety uses brown to emphasise that it is for dry to extra dry skin. I like this aspect of the design as it means your chosen variety is instantly recognisable on the shelf, even if you have forgotten which one you actually bought last time, you can probably remember the colour.
The back of the bottle gives a lot of information about the lotion which I found very useful when making my purchase.
To use the lotion it is recommended that you use it daily, if you use it twice daily for four weeks then skin will stay hydrated for seven days. I personally can never find the motivation to moisturise daily, let alone twice daily so I have been using this two or three times a week for the last few weeks. When I use it the results are visible for two or three days afterwards which I have not found in the majority of moisturisers that I have used.
The lotion is very easy to apply, you simply rub into dry skin. It absorbs very quickly and easily and it has a nice subtle aroma. The lotion is white in colour and quite creamy, not at all runny which makes it easy to apply. The lotion is not sticky either which I think is great as it means you can get dressed as soon as applying it and not worry about it getting on your clothes.
I usually use this every few days on my body and once or twice a day on my hands because my hand cream has just ran out and the only ones I have at home at the moment are either very sticky or too runny and my hands go through stages of getting extremely dry in the winter. This can come on very quickly if I haven't been looking after my hands for example the other day my skin was fine one day and the next day I woke up and my skin was peeling off the inside of my hands and between my fingers. I applied this cream as it was the nearest thing to hand and I noticed immediate results - my hands went from red, dry, sore and peeling to moisturised, more supple and smooth within a matter of minutes. I have also found it very good for dry feet.
I have also used this on my face a few times but I have just realised on the bottle that it says it is not recommended for use on the face!
I really like this lotion as it is quick and easy to use, long lasting and is very good at relieving dry and sore skin. After just one use my skin was much more supple and felt less sore and more nourished. It felt much softer and smoother and looked a lot less red and sore too.
I think this lotion is brilliant and is a great buy for the price.
I recently got a sample sachet of this in a magazine and liked it enough to go out and buy myself a bottle. It cost £4.99 for a 400ml bottle which seemed like pretty good value for money.
The bottle it comes in is green with a white lid. The lid is a flip top which does make it more convenient to use, but I find because the bit that flips up is only quite small it is sometimes a bit difficult to open. It's also not a very sturdy lid and I would be worried about it opening or even snapping if I was to keep it in a bag.
It's a white lotion with quite a runny consistency which surprised me from something that's called 'intensive' as this always makes me think of thicker, richer lotions. It feels smooth and creamy but quite light. The scent that initially hits me is of shea butter which is not a scent I'm really keen on but it's not awful. But after a few seconds I can notice a fresh fruity-floral scent as well that takes over form the shea butter and this is much nicer I think.
It feels silky and light on my skin, it spreads easily and sinks in relatively easily with not a lot of massaging needed. Because it's quite light it feels fresh on my skin and not heavy or greasy, and once it's fully absorbed into my skin there's no residue left behind. It leaves my skin feeling really smooth and soft, and it looks dewy and healthy.
After using this for a few days I noticed a definite improvement in the feel of my skin, particularly in drier areas. All signs of dry scaliness have gone completely and my skin feels and looks so much better and is also less itchy. My boyfriend has also commented that my skin feels softer which is not something he would normally even notice so it must be good!
The only slight downside is that I do find I have to use quite a lot of this at a time so the bottle doesn't last as long as I would like, but as it's only fairly cheap it doesn't matter too much.
Garnier Intensive 7 Days Ultra-Softening Lotion with Nourishing Shea Butter / Dry to Extra-Dry Skin is: Formulated with natural-based ingredients, specifically selected to meet the needs of extra-dry skin / Suitable for sensitive skin / Colourant-free / Garnier Intensive 7 Days Ultra-Softening Lotion with Nourishing Shea Butter / Dry to Extra-Dry Skin is enriched with natural-based Shea Butter and L-Bifidus, inspired by probiotics, which have been selected to meet the specific needs of dry skin to extra-dry skin.