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I was on the look out for a new moisturiser having used all my year's supply of Olay that I won and other products I get in beauty boxes. I do like trying new products and the "light" label appealed to me as whilst I feel I do need an SPF protection for my skin, I can often find these a bit heavy on the face and usually rely on the spf in my make up (either foundation or minerals) to protect the skin. This comes undone though on the days that I don't wear make up. The Garnier Light daily moisturiser has an SPF of 15.
I spotted the Garnier Skin Naturals Light daily moisturiser which promised fairness and dark spots prevention. I got a few dark spots over my two pregnancies which are fading but still visible so I am determined to try and help them decrease and also not gain any new pigmentation on my face. On the title it mentions the contents of the cream being pure lemon essence and Long Dan extract - what the heck is Long Dan? Read on to find out!!
On the box is the tantalising claim that skin is softer, visibly fairer and more even with reduced spots and has a healthy fair glow (proven results in 4 weeks). I was excited to read this and instantly cracked open the jar. On the box Q&A which asks How does it work? the answer is given: Its unique formula blends a moisturising cream with selected active ingredients: pure lemon essence and vitamin C (to clarify and smoothen skin); Long Dan Extract (to slow down skin darkening - that explains that then!); Glycerin (to moisturise and comfort the skin); UVA and UVB filters (to protect the skin from the harmful rays of the sun).
My pot(s because I bought two) came packaged in a cardboard box full of information and inside a small glass jar with a white screw top plastic lid. I don't know why but I love little glass jars, I find them very pleasing and this one ticks all the boxes, being 50ml it is a nice size to slip in to the hand bag too for days when I am rushing or for use after swimming. Another tantalising bit on the box is the Garnier fairness scale of white to tan blocks that remind me of a tea chart (how strong do you like yours?) and I think the idea is that you hold it up against your face or dark spots to watch them reduce. Quite nifty I think, I've kept the box anyway in case I feel the urge. Inside the box is an exemplary work of origami which is a cardboard cradle to keep your glass jar snug in transit. So far so good, a lot of thought has gone in to the boxing of this product.
As I mentioned earlier, I was interested to see just how light this product was. It is a bright white colour and fairly thick in consistency with a bit of a citrus smell to it but only a little. I used it daily as advised in the morning on perfectly cleansed skin (OK so sometimes it was just face wipe clean skin but who's checking?!). Gently massaging in to the skin in circular movements being careful not to rub in to the eye area as spf and eyes do not enjoy each other's company I have found out in the past.
The packaging is great for this face cream, I was really impressed although I do think some of the wording on the box feels a bit 'lost in translation' but it just about makes sense so no points lost there. I like the natural ingredients that are included in this product and I do trust the Garnier brand so have no hesitation in using their product daily. Results wise, I have found my skin to be clear and nice and soft after using this product. The skin dark spots do appear a little reduced and my skin brighter so it must be doing something. Thank heavens I bought two pots as I'm about ready to move on to the next one now.
This may be the best bit. I found this product in the 99p shop so got my two jars for just under two pounds.
I do like this cream but have one (or two) 'bewares' and that's if you apply too much it does that awful flaking thing when your skin dries and you have to rub it to get it off and it forms little pellets! It can also leave a bit of a white ghostly trail when dry if not rubbed in well so for this I have to remove a star. For the price paid though I think I got a bargain and whilst it is not my favourite (I do prefer No7) I will happily use it, especially on sunny days.
For those that wanted more on the Long Dan, it is a purple flowering plant and a herbal extract. Long Dan is known for its powerful anti-pigmenting properties.