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Definitely one of the best moisturisers on the market. It is reasonably priced, and very effective. Neutrogena Norwegian Formula moisturiser is a product I am sure to go back to. It comes in an attractive, well sized bottle, which looks more upmarket than the price suggests. It has a lovely smell, which is not artificial or plasticy like some moisturisers. It has a light, feminine scent. The Norwegian Formula line is made with a synthetic version of highly moisturising fish oil. The range is particularly good for dry skin, and it's enriched with glycerin which helps repair rough areas. I suffer from patches of excema, and this moisturiser helps to clear them up as effectively as any medicated excema cream. The product is much less greasy than other moisturisers I've tried such as Garnier, which require you to spend fifteen minutes rubbing it into the skin! I also saw some improvement in my skin tone, as my skin becomes more taut and smooth after using the product twice a day. This product claims to keep you smooth and hydrated 24 hours a day, and I would agree with this claim. Overall, it's a high quality, very effective product with a reasonable price-tag.
Westbourneplace said it all for me - thank you! Aimed at the "middle aged consumer who's not looking for an anti-wrinkle cream " - yes, that's me. :) I've been experimenting with moisturisers for a couple of years, since the last one I liked was discontinued, and had visions of spending the rest of my life experimenting. The most recent one I discovered and liked, a supermarket organic own-brand, was out of stock when I needed it, and I found myself in Boots, becoming increasingly frustrated and irritated by manufacturers' apparent inability or unwillingness to use the magic word moisturiser. There's a lot of repair creams and replenishing lotions and serums around, so yes, I spotted the word "moisture" and pounced with delight. I'm hooked. My skin is dry and needs all the help it can get. It's now getting the help it needs. The screw-top is a bit narrow and awkward, the hole is a bit small, and I haven't even tried to make the tube stand up. The product is so good, I don't care! It doesn't sting my eyes, as so many others do, it leaves my skin feeling soft and comfortable all day, and the smell is fresh and subtle. The last brand I bought hurt my eyes and has a smell to knock out a horse at a hundred paces. I've been using Neutrogena soap for decades, and now I think I have a world-beating combination.
Always on the look out for new cosmetic products, I snapped this one up a few months ago when I spied it on offer at my local Boots. I'd previously used Simple Light Moisturiser, but wan't entirely happy with its moisturising qualities! **Packaging** I can't say I was drawn to it right away. I can't quite work out the market segment Neutrogena are aiming at here. I would guess it's more pitched the middle aged consumer who's not looking for an anti-wrinkle cream - no jazzy colours and fonts here. Hunt for a little rectangular cardboard box, about 6 inches high - mainly white but with blue and white detailing - probably tucked away on the bottom shelf! Clearly Boots don't anticipate this being a spectacular seller - I've noticed one of the smaller stores around me has actually stopped stocking it recently. Don't let its uninspiring appearance put you off. Open it up and you'll find a surprisingly stylish and tactile little tube, albeit with the same style branding. The tube tapers to the bottom and is finished off by a clear plastic screw cap. This means spillages are unlikely, making the tube also great for travelling with. **The Promise** The Norwegian Formula range is designed for dry skin. It's based on a synthetic version of fish oils (don't let that put you off!) - Norwegian fishermen reported soft and supple hands despite all their grim work at sea, and thus a range was born... I would say that this particular product in the range is not suitable exclusively for those with dry skin, however - I have the ultimate combination skin and this moisturiser suited to all areas of my face. The main active ingredient besides Glycerin is Active Soy, a natural ingredient which, it is claimed, 'continuously feeds skin with moisture and nourishing nutrients leaving it softer and smoother'. The idea of a natural-based product and time-release technology really appealed to me. I prefer to use gentle, natural ingredients where possible due to having sensitive skin, and I always have a problem with certain zones of my face feeling beautifully soft as soon as I apply a moisturiser but find this feeling often fades. Having quite fair skin, I was also attracted to the fact that this moisturiser has SPF 15 contained within it. In my opinion, SPF is effectively the best 'anti-wrinkle cream' around - certainly in terms of real prevention - and although SPF 15 isn't as high as I'd use in a sun cream, it's a relatively high factor for a moisturiser. This is also the first moisturiser with an SPF that I've come across that doesn't irritate the more sensitive areas of my face and sting the eyes if I happen to smear it on a little over-enthusiastically! **The Product** Now for the important bit - the product. Squeeze the tube gently and a bright white cream comes out - more a thick, but strangely light, cream, rather than a fluid. It has a soft, non-greasy feel on rubbing in. It soaks in just about immediately, leaving skin feeling thoroughly moisturised and beautifully smooth. I'm pleased to say that this soft and supple feeling lasts throughout the day (I can only assume thanks to the 'Active Soy'...), and doesn't feel like it re-surfaces in some sort of oil slick if you get a bit hot! This also makes it a great base to make up - as does the fact that it's non-comedegenic. One thing Neutrogena don't mention is the real glow it gives to the face. The first time I wore this a friend actually noticed the difference without knowing I was trying a new product - the cream itself contains what looks like miniscule glitter. Don't worry, it's not actually glitter, and I suspect it may be something to do with the Soy. Whatever, it gives subtle brightening to the face - which is great for those days when you feel a little tired and have bags under the eyes! The SPF is noticably effective. I quite often used to get burnt on my nose in summer when using other moisturisers - so don't panic if you forget your sun cream! The burnt nose is now a thing of the past... Nor is the scent overpowering, as with many moisturisers. The only aroma, indeed, comes naturally from the ingredients of the cream itself - for those who have tried Norweigan Formula hand cream, the smell is very similar. As anyone who's also tried the hand cream knows, a little goes quite a long way. I suspect this may be why the hole to dispense the cream is so small (see below - I think this size may have been a little ambitious but never mind!). Using the cream once a day on the face and neck, my current tube is now on the way out after about 4 months. Not bad for the price (RRP £6.99). **Nit-picking Downsides** Ok, if I had to pick up on a couple of things - firstly, it would be that the tube doesn't stand up very easily on the dressing table. This is especially irritating when there is not much left in the tube, as it can be hard enough to squeeze at this stage as it is. Obviously, this can be overcome by standing it against something. A more minor second point is that the hole where the moisturiser comes out is rather small. This can result in a little 'trail' in your hand that you can even draw pictures with if you are artistic...However, this can be rather annoying as it means standing there 'squirting' as much as you need for longer than your average moisturiser. **Conclusions** Other than those couple of minor downsides, this fabulous moisturiser makes my skin both look and feel great. Perfect for daily moisturising as well as protecting from more harsh conditions. This is not just a product for dry skin. I have lent this to a friend with typical 'greasy' skin who thought it was absolutely brilliant. Especially suited to sensitive and combination skin, it moisturises dry areas throughly, without making greasy zones oilier or clogging pores. My favourite element of this moisturiser is the fact that not only does it hydrate the skin effectively, but it looks like it revives my skin and gives it a healthy glow - no matter how tired I'm feeling. I've cut down the amount of make-up I wear as a result. It has all the feel of a quality product - it's not exactly in the 'budget face care' section, but I would expect to pay more than the RRP of £6.99. **Key Info** Stocked by larger Boots stores and some larger supermarkets eg. Sainsbury's/Asda Price: Usually £6.99, but often included in promotional offers (eg. save 1/3 - grab a bargain!)