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I was fortunate to be sent a load of beauty goodies to review and included in the stash was a 50ml pot of Liz Earle Superskin moisturiser.
I knew this was an expensive product (£39 for a 50ml jar) so I was expecting to like it.
I love the packaging which is acrylic with a silver lid and inside is a hidden plastic sunken pot with the product in. The packaging probably makes it look like there is more there really but 50ml is 50ml I guess! The first thing I do when I take the lid off any skin care is sniff it... and I really did not like the way this product smelt.
The thing with this sort of trial is that you have to plough on anyway, even if you don't like it! I have to say I started to get more used to the aroma of this moisturiser as the weeks went by. I am now in the last 10 percent of the product at the bottom of the pot and I will be quite relived when it is gone so I can start another product off!
This is quite a thick cream and you really don't need to use a lot which is good considering the price. I loved the effects and the moisturising properties of this product but I just hated how it smelt. It is quite a botanical smell that must appeal to most as I know this is a very popular product.
Not wowed by this but it has been OK and extra good that I got it free but if I liked it I would have bought it again even at that price but I didn't like it that much so no rebuy for me.
My daughter knows I always use a daily moisturiser and has often treated me at Christmas etc with gifts of high end, more expensive moisturisers than I would buy for myself.
Last Christmas she got me this Superskin Moisturiser by Liz Earle and I was looking forward to trying it, especially as I'd had no experience at all of Liz Earle products prior to receiving my gift.
The moisturiser came in an attractive box with a 50ml glass jar inside.
This Superskin Moisturiser is described as rich, luxurious, fragrance-free moisturiser for more mature or dry skin, as it contains a powerful blend of high quality naturally active ingredients to smooth, plump and replenish for healthy, rejuvenated-looking skin.
I noticed on the box it stated the moisturiser had naturally active ingredients including cranberry, borage and rosehip seed oils, which intrigued me as I could not recall ever using a facial moisturiser with these ingredients before.
The moisturiser also contains high levels of GLA and is rich in omega-3. Using it helps prevent moisture loss and improves your skin's elasticity, while pomegranate fruit extract and natural source vitamin E, both rich in antioxidants, help protect from environmental damage.
You are advised to apply this Superskin Moisturiser to your face, neck and décolletage morning and night as part of your essential daily skincare regime, but I was surprised to find there was also full instructions on how to apply the moisturiser too for 'optimal' results. By following the technique below you will be helping to clear toxins, reduce puffiness, boost circulation and aid lymphatic drainage.
Step 1: Apply to face with upward and outward movements using firm pressure.
Step 2: With your fingertips, lightly smooth in an outward circular direction along the cheekbones to above the eyebrows.
Step 3: Using the thumb and ring finger, gently pinch along the brow bone from the nose to the outer edge of the brow.
Step 4: Finish by gently sweeping your hands up the neck and over the décolletage.
On reading these instructions, which I thought sounded like a facial massage technique, I made a mental note to follow these step by step instructions at some point, although the first few times I used this moisturiser I did just apply it to my face using my usual quick daily routine of simple circular movements all over my face.
I have however, followed the above steps on a few occasions when I have had more time to spare and it does feel like I am giving my face an extra treat following this massage technique and can recommend doing it on an evening,or if you have more time to spare when not rushing about on a morning as I usually am.
I have always had combination skin but find as I am getting older that the skin on my face has became more dry and less oily than it used to be and therefore my combination skin is definitely heading in the dry direction thanks to the joys of aging! If I didn't use a moisturiser my face would feel tight and dry which I really hate, so I always ensure I use a moisturiser each day as my skin looks and feels much better for doing so. The skin on my face can also be prone to being sensitive from time to time too and so it is important that the products I use suit my skin and don't leave my skin feeling irritable, stinging or sore.
I have also experimented with various night creams too, most of which I find quite heavy and greasy, so I was glad to see it is recommended you use this Superskin Moisturiser day and night as I find it is just right for me to use at night time also.
I personally don't expect any miracles from moisturisers. Despite all the 'younger looking skin' promises from varying moisturisers, I am perfectly happy as long as a product is nice to use and moisturises and suits my skin type without any irritation, then that'll do for me.
The moisturiser itself is quite light to use and has a more watery appearance than some moisturisers I have used which are suitable for dry skin.
The first time I applied this I thought it felt greasy and my initial thoughts were that maybe I wasn't going to like this moisturiser. However, despite its slightly greasy feel, it does absorb quickly and I can feel the difference immediately. My skin feels moisturised without any dryness at all and it also provides a good base for applying foundation too.
I think maybe I applied a little too much the first time I used this moisturiser and so the next time I applied slightly less and was happier with the results. I find that a little goes a long way with this product and so I would advise only using a tiny amount at first and build up to what suits your skin.
I have been using this moisturiser for some time now and still have plenty left in my 50ml jar. I don't always apply it twice a day but have been using it every morning for the last three months now and am pleased with the results. My skin feels moisturised and soft and I experience no irritation whilst using it. I have also found that since using this moisturiser my skin has not felt as sensitive as it can do at times. Using it also doesn't leave me with a shiny face, which is something I have experienced when using one or two other moisturisers in the past.
Overall I think it feels quite luxurious on my skin, despite the initial greasy feel which quickly disappears. My face is left moisturised and soft and doesn't feel clogged with product at all. It lasts all day long too and my skin feels moisturised for the entire day. Indeed I cannot feel any dryness creeping back in at any point during the day.
I have in the past used cheaper moisturisers which have initially moisturised my skin, but later in the day I have felt my skin becoming dry in places, so the fact my skin feels moisturised all day long when using this product is a bonus and goes towards justifying the price, which I knew was not cheap.
Speaking of the price, I had no idea of the price of this product but for the purpose of this review I did look it up online and saw that my 50ml jar is priced at £36.25, with a smaller 15ml jar costing £13.50 from uk.lizearle.com. I must admit I have came round to the way of thinking that yes it is expensive, but it actually lasts a long time and works really well for me, so really the price isn't too bad all things considered. I think you'd be forgiven for looking at the size of the jar and the price and thinking that it is not worth the money, but when you actually come to use it you realise that it really lasts a long time, as well as being a great product to use.
When I think of how many cheaper moisturisers I have bought and ended up discarding as they have not been suitable, then this actually works out at better value for me personally and I will be buying this for myself when my jar runs out.
Liz Earle moisturiser and other products can be found at uk.lizearle.com and branches of John Lewis, Fenwicks and selected branches of Boots.