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I purchased a pot of Garnier Skin Naturals Daily Moisturiser SPF 15 recently due to wanting to get rid of some blemishes under my chin which have become more noticeable in recent months. Garnier Skin Naturals Daily Moisturiser SPF 15 claims to be for fairness and dark spots prevention. Therefore I was hoping it might help remove some of the dark spots I had.
Now being Indian I have seen many people in India using products from a range called Fair & Lovely and have chuckled when seeing adverts when holidaying out there for this product range which claims to make people's skin fairer. Having been brought up in the UK where people go to extraordinary lengths to get a tan, it was amusing to see it the other way around with people trying to lighten their skin.
I had seen Garnier Skin Naturals Light out in India but not thought to purchase it as I thought it was a gimmick product as I believe the Fair & Lovely range to be (that's only my opinion, I haven't tried them so I don't know either way). So why did I purchase it here in the UK, I hear you ask? Basically if it was being sold here in the UK I imagined it had passed the required testing and wasn't making false claims.
~WHAT GARNIER CLAIMS~
Garnier claims to be inspired by nature and that they use "wherever possible active natural ingredients", which to me says they're not always active natural products! Obviously those who actively only purchase beauty products with natural products used might be reluctant to use this as it's not 100% clear if only natural ingredients have been used.
This moisturiser contains pure lemon essence and Vitamin C to clear and smoothen skin with Long Dan Extract to assist in slowing down the skin darkening process
~THE TASTE TEST~
Well hopefully you get that I didn't actually taste the stuff. Does it actually work? Does it deliver what it claims to do?
On first and subsequent applications, I found this cream to take a long time to absorb into my skin and I mean the longest time it's taken any moisturiser I've ever used to absorb. Within a few minutes I was quite dismayed to see my skin looking all patchy as if I'd applied a face mask unevenly and incorrectly. I had followed the instructions on the box correctly (which weren't exactly rocket science) applying the cream by massaging into my face in circular motion from the centre of my face outwards and from the base of my neck to the top. There was absolutely no way I go venture out in public looking like this! So I decided to give this product a proper chance I would apply it in the evenings and leave it on overnight to see if I noticed any difference or apply during the day when I wasn't due to go out of the house. It is amazing how often I had to resist the urge to just go and wash it all off!
Having used this on and off for about 4 weeks (as per the box saying "Proven Results in 4 weeks) I have found it makes no visible difference whatsoever, my skin always looks patchy after applying and doesn't feel at all moisturised. When you look in the mirror after applying the cream it looks like you're wearing a really poor quality foundation which is several shades too light for your skin - seriously really VERY unattractive.
I can't tell you whether this product is effective out in the sun with it claiming to be SPF15 as I would just never venture out in public with this on my face!
I'm struggling to find anything positive to say about Garnier Skin Naturals Daily Moisturiser SPF 15 so I'll say here that it has an inoffensive odour, and that's because it barely has any scent at all.
I should add here that the box size is considerably larger than the pot inside so don't be misled thinking you're buying a bigger jar due to the size of the box. At £4.95 for 18g, this is quite an expensive product, especially when it's really not effective. AT £25.50 for 100g this would be an expensive mistake!
Garnier Skin Naturals Light's main function as a moisturiser is completely redundant so I can't in all honesty give this product a positive rating. I'm going to have to give this a rather poor 1 out of 5 stars as it just does not deliver results in any way whatsoever.
~PRICE AND AVAILABILITY~
At the time of writing this is available from Amazon for £4.59 for 18g, although I was lucky enough to get an 18g jar from my local 99p Stores for guess how much? Yes, 99p! I'm just so glad I didn't pay any more for this as I would have been sorely disappointed!
And last (and I think, in this case, least) here are some of the ingredients, I didn't want to waste time copying out all of the ingredients listed on the bottom on the box, mostly because the font was so small I struggled to actually read them! The active ingredients in Garnier Skin Naturals Daily Moisturiser SPF 15 Light are pure lemon essence, Vitamin C, long dan extract and glycerin.
It also contains water, xanthan gun, titanium dioxide, lemon fruit extract, gentiana lutea fruit extract, cyclopentasiloxane, zea mays / corn starch, peg - 100 stearate, stearyl alcohol, glyceryl state, octocrylene, tocopheryl acetate, C12 - 15 pareth - 7, C13 - 14 isoparaffin, cetearyl alcohol, dimyristyl tartrate, laureth - 7, polyacrylamide, ppg - 25 - laureth - 25, methyl paraben, phenoxyethanol, chlorhexidine digluconate.
NB: As Garnier are generally a well respected brand, I had to look up other users comments and reviews on this product and have found that many people experienced very similar issues as well as somewhat oily side effects too!