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As soon as the cooler weather comes my skin takes a rapid decline going from normal to dry. Therefore, I do have to change the products I use which are more suited to dry skin sufferers in a bid to keep it at bay and try and keep my skin looking as healthy as possible. There are of course a number of products on the market that claim to help dry skin but not a lot actually work I have found.
One brand I quite like is Garnier. I have used a few of their skincare products over the years and have been quite happy with the results. A few months back in Morrisons they had a massive price reduction across Garnier so I stocked up ready for the colder months and one of those items I bought was the Garnier Soft Essentials Replenishing Day Care moisturising cream.
== The Cream ==
The Garnier Soft Essentials Replenishing Day Care moisturising cream is part of the 'Soft Essentials' range and this range has been specifically created to soothe the skin whilst protecting and moisturising it as well as being incredibly gentle and therefore ideal for those who suffer with sensitive and dry skin. The Day Care cream is a day cream and suitable after the cleansing and toning process.
== Packaging ==
The cream itself comes in a small square cardboard box which features the Garnier logo all with a soft pink theme (the Soft Essentials range's packaging is pink coloured). The cream comes in a small pink glass jar with a white screw on plastic top. There is information about the product and how to use it is on the box as well as a list of the ingredients used and contact information for Garnier.
== In Use ==
The cream itself is a lovely white cream which has is incredibly soft and velvety to the touch. It has quite a decent consistency, thick enough for you to hold the jar upside down and for the cream to stay in place yet soft and delicate enough to apply directly from the jar to your face. I always apply this cream after I have toned and cleansed in the morning and at night after the same routine.
I love the fragrance of this cream, even though it is suited for those with sensitive skin it doesn't have a highly perfumed aroma but it does have a lovely soft, mild floral aroma which is really lovely and does stay on the skin for quite some time after applying the cream.
The cream is incredibly lightweight and when applied directly onto my skin it really does melt upon contact and absorbs almost easily. It really doesn't take much for it sink into the skin which is great. You only need to use a small amount each time you apply as I think by using too much I don't think it would absorb as easily either that or it would leave a residue behind which is not something you really want.
I do find that although this cream absorbs easily and quickly into the skin you can still feel the cream on your face hours later (if you haven't applied make up) and although it isn't sticky residue type feeling it does instead feel incredibly soft but it is nice to feel that the cream is still there and must be doing something rather than just absorbing and doing nothing. It is classed as a lightweight cream and it definitely is. There is nothing heavy or clogging about it whatsoever.
I have been using this cream for about a month now as I noticed a few dry patches appearing slightly and wanted to nip them in the bud. This cream has not only helped keep the dryness at bay but it has also helped my skin to look healthy rather than a bit dull as it can do sometimes in the winter but instead my skin looks healthy, soft and nourished which is of course the result I was wanting. Even better, because you only use a small amount per application one jar will actually last for quite some time.
== Overall ==
This is a great day cream which absorbs easily and quickly into the skin and you can definitely see a difference in the skin. The cream certainly cares for my skin, it is ideal for those with sensitive skin as it doesn't irritate; instead it soothes and protects and leaves a lovely subtle floral fragrance too so even better. For me, this cream was a bargain buy but I would definitely be happy to pay full price for this lightweight little beauty.
== Product Information ==
Price: £4.50 +
Availability: Boots, supermarkets etc
I liked this moisturiser at first and the main reason for that is that you do not need much of it at all to make your skin feel hydrated, and I have combination skin which is usually quite dry. However, over the summer I've been taking part in a lot of strenuous exercise and, if you lead the type of life where you're always moving about, it's not the right product at all because if you get hot, it kind of melts? If that makes sense? Like, you touch your face and you can feel it on the surface of your face still. It doesn't sink in at all, which I assume is mainly due to it being so runny. I've just switched to Clarins Daily Energizer Lotion - sinks in perfectly and you only need a tiny bit. Hell of a lot more money but so worth it.
Yeah, this moisturiser wasn't for me. I would not recommend it to anybody who exercises and sweats frequently.
Most people underestimate the importance of a good day cream. As I need to moisturise before applying foundation, it is really important that the moisturiser isn't too heavy or the cause of oily skin. It has been a hard task finding a moisturiser tha accomplishes this, as I find oil free moisturisers as too drying.
I have used garnier face washes in the past, but never tried the moisturisers. The garnier soft essentials range is aimed at users with dry skin. Garnier also have other ranges for different skin types. L
The day cream comes in a card box with the tub inside. It is £5.99 in Boots, which is a little pricey, but not the priciest day cream by far. The packaging had lots of information on which helped me to decide whether the product was right for me.
The key benefits of garnier soft essentials day cream are:
Ideal for dry skin prone to dry patches.
Provides skin protection by using vitamins and uv filters.
A light cream that hydrates without leaving skin greasy.
A subtle fruity fragrance to leave skin smelling clean and fresh.
I use this moisturiser once a day before applying makeup. I applied a small amount of cream by dotting it on my cheeks, chin, nose and forehead and messaging in. It spreads easily and is absorbed quickly. You have to be careful not to apply too much as it will make skin greasy and is unecessary. It definitely softens skin and hydrates reasonably well. I have found that even with makeup my skin does not get greasy during the course of the day. Due to the fact you only need a small amount of product , this tub will last ages. It usually lasts me three months maximum. I really like the fragrance too as it is quite subtle. My skin is also less prone to,dryness with regular use, I can sometimes skip a day without moisturising and not have any dryness. It would be nice if garnier made this,product in larger tubs. I can't wait to try out this product with the garnier soft essentials range.
After complaining about my dry and horrible skin, my mother went out and bought me this moisturiser. I have tried many different to make my skin healthier and look nicer, but I have found that many just ended up making my skin too oily and others... well I might have just as well rub mud on my face!
So seeing that she bought me this Garnier, moisturiser I felt hopeful that this was going to be a decent product. And after using this product for around, just three weeks I am happy to report that it has very much improved the look of my skin.
The pot that I have has 50ml in it and while it does not sound like a lot of product, trust me you do not need a lot of this wonderful product. On the back of the tub it says, "Replenishing day care, Vitamin enriched." The container itself is pink in colour and has a while lid. I have to say, while it is not a great importance, I do really like the look of this product!
Now I don't know about anyone else, but when I'm slathering anything on my face, it is important that it smells nice. And this product certainly does! It reminds me of sun cream and a sweet smelling one at that!
The product its self, is super easy to apply to the skin and I found that it is easily absorbed into the skin. I found this very important as I hate when some moisturisers take around half a day to anyway dry into your skin.
I have found that this product has improved my skin incredibly and I have now made it one of my key products in my skin car routine. Sometimes I think that the brand Garnier can be built up to be something it's not, where some of its products are concerned. But this is one product that I could very well see myself using for quite a while.
This vitamin enriched day cream keeps skin soft and hydrated. I only purchased this product for the first time recently and found that it was good value for money; at £5.50 I was really pleased with the results. I have a mixed dry and oily complexion and I found that this product helped to hydrate dry areas whilst making oily areas soft without producing a greasy affect, like many other day creams on the market. The cream has a light creamy texture, and has a pleasant rose fragrance. It also comes in attractive, girly pink packaging. Due to its small size it can be transported easily in your handbag or overnight bag. The only downfall with the product is that due to the pots small 50ml size, if used regularly it does not last long, and I found it had to quickly be replaced. This however was not too problematic due to the fairly low cost price.
This is one of the many products I have tried in the quest to find the perfect moisturiser for a decent price. The thing that attracted me to this one was the packaging, it's very girly and pink and looks nice on your dressing table. At the time I was also using other Garnier products so I thought it made sense to have everything in the same range, although I'm not sure this makes any difference in terms of the condition of my skin.
The cream itself has a slight hint of pink colour, and also smells a bit rose-like which I'm not sure is what anyone wants their face to smell of but it's not hugely unpleasant and is quite subtle.
The moisturiser comes in a tub which costs between £4 to £5 depending on where you shop. It lasts a good few months because you don't need an awful lot of it as it spreads really well. I like the tub it comes in because you can control how much of the cream you use and you're never left in a position where too much cream has come out of the tube and gets wasted.
The consistency of this cream is nice because it feels thick enough to be doing your skin some good, but not so thick that it feels uncomfortable. It spreads easily and absorbs fairly quickly, so you don't have to wait too long before putting make-up on. I would advise putting make-up on after using it because it leaves your face quite shiny without.
I didn't notice a huge difference in the condition of my skin after using this product, but having said that I have quite dry skin and this seemed to do the trick in keeping in moisturised and not leaving it flaky or dry. I think my skin is the kind of skin that doesn't look visibly improved but you only notice products when they're bad because they make my skin look dry and dull.
I think this is a very good value product, and if you suffer from dry skin it does the trick. The only offputting thing for me is the scent, but only because I'm not a big fan of scented face products. It's a bit middle of the road but it does work so is worth a chance if you see it on offer.
Once again on my quest to find a good moisturiser for my skin, keeping it moistured but also not making it greasy, congested or having a "bobbly" effect, by this meaning when you run your hand over your face the moisturiser rolls off which drives me mad.
Garnier is not a make i usually use but my gran has been using this for years and has no wrinkles so I thought I might give it a go and fight my skin early!
It is available in boots for £5.50 and get 20 points, not the cheapest for moisturiser but also isn't the most expensive.
It is a moisturser that is for dry skin and can be used on sensitive skin, it says it hydrates for 24 hours and has vitamin E and a UV filter to protect your skin from the sun.
It has a slight flowery smell to it not too strong so its not got lots of perfume in it.
It comes in a small cardboard box which is pink/white and has information about the product. The moisturiser comes in a baby pink tub with a white screw top lid, the moisturiser itself is white and has a good consistency is quite light when applying so you can easily apply more without it ending up too thick.
When applying the moisturiser put it over dry areas or all over your face and rub in, since its quite thin it wont take much to rub it in and takes effect to your skin quite quickly in terms of dryness because it absorbs in quite fast but also does not leave your skin feeling tight.
You can apply make up on top if it - as long as its dry.
I'm happy with this moisturiser as I have combination skin so I need a moisturiser to balance the two out evenly, I'm not sure about the 24 hour claim I don't feel the need to reapply it throughout the day but on the occasional time I will reapply once or twice depending on how dry my skin is.
Since starting using if used on a daily basis my skin has improved and feels much more hydrated and even the tone of my skin looks much better.
I think the price is reasonable for the quality of this, you can also buy this in a cream wash for £2.50 in Superdrug.
I have really dry skin and so a good moisturiser is essential for me. Unfortunately I have never found the perfect face cream for me, there always seems to be one problem or another with the ones I've tried, so my search continues. For the past few months I have been using Garnier Skin Naturals Soft Essentials Day Cream. The reason I bought this is that when browsing the different options in Boots I noticed this one was especially for dry and sensitive skin (I have eczema, and although it's not currently on my face it is around my ears), and it was in my price range at the time. I also tried testing a few different creams by rubbing them into the back of my hand and I liked the way this one felt the best.
Although I'm quite a beauty product junkie at times I must admit the Garnier brand is not one I am overly familiar with. I did use one of their eye make up removers a few months back, but other than that I can't really recall having used many of their products.
This particular moisturiser or 'day cream' contains rose water to soothe and soften the skin, vitamin E which is an anti-oxidant and also Shea butter which is moisturising and nourishing. They say it will hydrate the skin for 24 hours and protect skin against 'external aggressions' although it doesn't seem to clarify what external aggressions in particular it protects from.
The product comes in a cardboard box which is quite unnecessary packaging, although it does contain some information about the cream. The face cream itself comes in a baby pink coloured plastic tub with a white screw top lid. It's fairly basic but I really like it as it's sturdy and not too fussy.
I really like the smell of this cream, it has a rose scent to it which is very soft and gentle and is not too heavily perfumed.
The cream itself is white and although it's not runny exactly, it's quite a thin consistency and therefore quite light on the skin. To be honest when I first started using it I was slightly concerned that it wasn't going to be particularly moisturising enough because of the consistency and the fact my skin is particularly dry.
When applied to the skin I find that the thin consistency means that it spreads across the skin quite easily, so you only need to use a small amount at any one time. It doesn't take a huge amount of rubbing in, which means it can be applied quickly, great for when I'm short on time.
One of the most important things I want from a face cream is for it to absorb into my skin quickly. I've used so many creams in the past that don't sink into the skin very quickly, or leave a greasy film on my skin which I absolutely hate. This one, thankfully absorbs really quickly - I'd say 30 seconds although I've never been sad enough to time it! I like that it it's quick as I don't have a huge amount of times in the mornings and it means I don't have to wait ages before applying my make up.
Once it's on the skin it doesn't leave my skin greasy at all, although I can feel that my skin is more hydrated to the touch. Saying that it is also soft as well and feels more supple. I'm not 100% convinced by the claims that the effects of this cream last for 24 hours but since I began using it a few months ago I've never felt the need to reapply it throughout the day. It also doesn't seem to irritate my sensitive skin, and I even use it on the eczema behind my ear to stop it being so dry and flaky, and it seems to hydrate it and stop me itching so much.
My skin does look brighter than normal when using this, but I think that's just because it is more hydrated. It doesn't leave my skin with any shiny or oily looking patches either which is something I've had from other creams in the past.
One negative thing about the cream is that it doesn't contain any SPF. I have very pale skin and I have already been sunburnt on my face quite badly when I was younger (due to my own stupidity) and so I do need to take care in the sun. During the summer I stopped using it completely and started using a special facial sun cream to protect my skin instead.
I paid £4.99 for this in Boots, and I believe that is the recommended price for it. Having just had a quick look online I've found that Superdrug charge only £3.99. I find both of these prices pretty reasonable to be honest and I think that around the £5 mark is what it is worth.
It comes in a 50ml tub, and I've found that even with regular use this has lasted me well, as it spreads across the skin very well meaning only a small amount is required per use.
In conclusion, I really like this cream. It leaves my skin soft and hydrated, smells lovely and is reasonably priced. I would buy it again, but if I'm completely honest the fact it has no SPF is a big negative point for me, so I will try to find a cream with SPF when this one runs out.