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There are several variations of this, with/without SPF, day, night, skin type, etc and I have to say the day version for normal/combination skin is the best moisturiser I have come across for my skin (I have tried the one with SPF, but found my skin didn't absorb it very well, but this is true of pretty much everything with an SPF, have also picked up the dry skin one before by accident and hated it). It's very variable in price, and ranges from being quite expensive (at full price), to quite reasonable and is frequently on some kind of offer. It's light and easily absorbed, and leaves the skin with a (very) temporary glow (this is only useful for the feel-good factor when you put it on - it doesn't last much after that!) and feeling velvety. Its fresh, fruity smell makes it a pleasure to use. The combination of texture and smell also make this a nice way of perking your skin up after a long day, if you're going out in the evening. There is only one thing that prevents me from giving it a 5* rating: make-up frequently rubs off when being applied in quite a strange way (powder based things in particular) - this can be avoided by waiting longer before putting it on, but seems an unnecessarily long time beyond the skin being "dry" before this effect disappears.
As much I'd love to try the newest luxury skin care products and am restricted by the amount of pennies in my purse and instead have to search for the price reductions and for those that happen to be on offer. I look longingly at the new products and all their amazing claims and then have to force myself to fing something more affordable.
A couple of months ago, I was on such a mission in Boots, scanning the shelves for something that was within my prce range and also met my requirements. I was after a day moisturiser which also had SPF in it. The choice was somewhat limited but I did spot that the Garnier skincare products were on offer at that time. I believe I paid just less than £5 for the cream
The packaging for this product is quite appealing and the moisturiser in a lovely thick glass pot. This does however give you illusion that you are getting a lot of product for your money on closer inspection I noticed that it was only a 50ml pot.
On first application I really enjoyed it's fresh and slightly fruity smell. It really appealed to me as it smelled really clean and was just the sort of smell that I really like, especially for a day time cream. The cream had a light and non-greasy feel to it and when applied to my skin it seemed to go quite a long way. My only worry was that it did not appear to be absorbing into my skin all that well. I rubbed it in as best as I could and my skin did feel quite soft and nourished.
After about an hour, I was ready to apply my makeup and went to the bathroom mirror and I noticed that there were some white marks on my face. I rubbed at them and then i felt like a flakey powerdy film on my face. It was almost like my skin had failed to absorb the cream and I was left with a powdery residue - not nice. This continuted to happen as I made my way through the pot and after a week I stopped using it and bought a different product.
Now I'm not sure if this was just my skin or this would happen to everyone, but I can say that I have never experienced this problem with moisturizer before. As a result I am marking this cream quite lowly and I would not choose to use again.
Having recently finished my current brand I was on the lookout for a new moisturiser (preferably one that was on offer of course) to replace it.
I was in my local Tesco when I noticed they were doing a promotion on the Garnier face creams and cleansers. I had a look about to see if they had one suitable for my skin type and decided that the Nutritionist day cream for dry and sensitive skin sounded like the best option, and the best bit was that it had been reduced down to half price from £7.82 down to £3.91.
The cream comes in a heavy glass jar inside a cardboard box. The blurb on the outside of the box tells you that it 'fights the first signs of ageing' and that it 'protects and reinforces the skin, to hydrate and relieve tightness'. It also tells me that 74% of women who tested the product agreed that their skin looked more radiant.
The cream is advertised as containing Omega 3 & 6 that are essential fatty acids, supposed to reduce dehydration and give better moisturisation and also contains magnesium to energise skin cells. It all sounded very impressive but did it work?
The moisturiser itself has a nice creamy texture to it but I don't think there is much of it in the jar, the weight is somewhat distorted as it is quite a heavy glass jar and you only get 50ml of the product inside. 50ml may not last very long if (like me) you use your moisturiser on your neck as well as your face. The smell is very fresh and clean, it's a bit of an unusual scent and is very hard to describe as I can't think of anything else that it smells like but it's very nice all the same.
Now to say it's supposed to be specifically formulated for dry skin, it is a creamy formula but it doesn't feel very thick. Maybe that's because it's also supposed to be non greasy I'm not sure but I was expecting something with a little more substance to it.
Application is very easy and it melts into your skin almost immediately which means for me I always end up dipping into the pot for a little more which may be the idea in getting you to buy a second pot sooner than you would expect.
Having said that the moisturiser works very well, it is non greasy and feels light on your skin while still giving you a feeling that it is moisturising your skin. I haven't had any problems with dry patches or gained any grease spots from using this over the last fortnight and my skin feels smooth and hydrated.
I was quite pleased with this moisturiser, it is a good base for make up and I've been using it day and night and it has hydrated my skin very well without feeling heavy, I'm not sure I'd pay the full price for it in future (depending on how long the 50ml lasts) but would definitely get it again if it is on offer.