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Skin Ceuticals is one of those brands, much like dermalogica, that I strongly associate with quality at quite some cost. I am always slightly torn with these kinds of brands and shop around for cheaper products that offer similar quality with a cheaper price tag. There are some products I do always come back to because they simply are incredible and that means they are well worth the cost for me. This is not one of them unfortunately. I think because of the huge price tag, roughly £55 for 12 fl oz., I had huge expectations for this product. I think that is probably the number one issue with very expensive products, unless they literally give me the smoothness of a baby combined with the looks of Jessica Alba then I probably won't be impressed. That's probably an exaggeration - but you get my point? The product come in a a lovely frosted glass pot with silver metal lid. The overall look of the product is very clean, fresh and un-gimmicky. It looks like an expensive product, but more than that it doesn't look over designed. Meaning that most of the focus will have been on producing a fantastic product that really lives up to the description. The jar is quite heavy, though at 12 fl. oz the size isn't huge. I like that it is a pot because you know you will be able to get everything out of it, and at this price you'll want to. It also means if you take too much it is easy to put back in the jar, meaning there is no waste. I also like the lid - it goes on easy and is very secure. I would be careful reapplying the lid with greasy hands though as the metal can be quite slippery. Overall I was fairly impressed by the look of it and it certainly would make a lovely, expensive looking gift. The moisturiser is designed for normal to oily skin. I would class my skin type as normal to dry so perhaps this wasn't the best match for me. However, as it says it is appropriate for normal skin I didn't worry too much about it. The product espouses to help reduce visible pores through a combination of vitamins and minerals. I like that they try to use as many natural products as possible, including extract of ginger and cinnamon, although I am less familiar with some of the ingredients listed. The natural ingredients combine to make a very fresh smelling cream, I would almost describe it as a sort of leafy/grassy smell. It is fairly pleasant and not at all overpowering when applied. The moisturiser is lightweight, as described, but thick enough that it feels like an expensive cream. When you apply it to the skin it does feel very nice and it absorbs quickly which I think is great. I have a cream that sticks to the surface of your skin making it difficult to use before applying makeup. This cream absorbs quickly enough that within 5 minutes you have a great base upon which to apply other products. I tend to use it predominantly on my face, although I have put a little bit on my neck and chest before and found the results good. The cream does leave my skin feeling smooth and healthy. It hydrates my sometimes dry skin, but I do find that within a couple of hours I would probably need to reapply this or another product to keep my skin feeling moisturised. I did find it sensitive to my dry skin though, some products irritate broken skin but this one was very soothing and gave no irritation. If you have sensitive skin I would advise seeing if you can get a sample of this cream and testing it, as if it does irritate you skin then you will have paid a lot for it. However, my guess would be that it would be sensitive to irritable skin based on my experience. In terms of reducing pores I didn't see much of a difference. I think like any good cream is does reduce visible pores to a certain extent, but with such an expensive product and this being its main selling point I wasn't especially convinced. Saying that, I don't find visible pores to be much of a problem for me so perhaps it would be more effective on someone with larger pores that are more obvious. I was hoping that this product might go some way in reducing breakouts in my skin. I don't have breakouts that regularly but probably find a spot/spots once a week. Sometimes this is worse depending on my diet and other variables but whilst using the cream I found breakouts in my skin fairly consistent with when I wasn't using it. So, overall? I wouldn't buy it again. I think with the price come a lot of expectations which aren't completely fulfilled with this product. If this cream retailed at £20 rather than £55 I probably would forgo my regular moisturiser in favour of this one. However, I do think there are far cheaper products on the market that offer perhaps not quite the same quality but almost.
I bought the skinceuticals daily moisturiser to use in combination with the cleanser. It cost me £58 which is much more than I would normally pay even though I normally only buy premium skin care products. Because it was so expensive I'll admit I was expecting more from it than I might have done with a less expensive moisturiser. The skinceuticals daily moisturiser is designed for normal to oily skin and it is supposed to help with the size of your pored whilst offering moisturisation and a plethora of vitamins and minerals to leave it looking and feeling its best. Amongst the vitamins and minerals are pure vitamin E, burnet and Brazilian sea kelp. The moisturiser is described as being lightweight and whilst this is true it isn't still a lot thicker than a lotion and is more like a cream. It doesn't have an overpowering scent to it but it does have a slight grassy smell to it. When you put it on the skin it does feel gorgeous and it absorbs quickly but gives me enough time to make sure that I have spread it all over my face and neck first. It leaves my skin feeling silky smooth and hydrated straight away and I found it excellent at giving me great hydration throughout the day without making my skin look or feel greasy. My skin is sensitive and with my rosacea I need to be careful with what I put on it as some products will leave it red and stinging. With this moisturiser there was absolutely no discomfort at all and I never once felt any stinging when wearing it and there was no red blotches so it passed the test for being gentle enough to use on sensitive skin. As for my pores I have to be honest and say I never noticed any reduction in their size when using the moisturiser. I did keep an eye on them as I have slightly enlarged pores on my cheeks but they seemed to be more or less the same size after using it or a while. My skin was left in lovely condition though and I experienced significantly less breakouts when using it. This is a lovely moisturiser and had it been half the price it was I would be wholeheartedly recommending it but as it is so expensive I did expect more from it and truthfully I honestly didn't see any benefits that I wouldn't have got with another good premium skin care moisturiser such as from Dermalogica. Even though I thought it was lovely I won't be buying again based solely on the fact that at the price charged I think it should be able to outperform other moisturisers and it didn't.
It constantly surprises me that moisturisers are still being developed without SPF incorporated into them. I have fair skin and I burn really easily, so having built in SPF in my moisturiser is the minimum I can get away with. So you might be asking yourself why did I buy this product if it doesn't have SPF? Well I didn't I was given a box of Skin Ceuticals skin care samples from my local salon, so I dutifully gave them a try. I think this moisturiser is designed for normal/oily skin, and I have combination skin. However, I found that this cream was non-greasy and moisturised my skin well enough. It is quite a lightweight cream that absorbs easily and was a good base for applying makeup. I didn't have a shiny face during the day and my skin didn't feel dry or tight, so it is clearly rich enough. I've only had enough to use it for a week, so I can't comment on the long term effects of this product, however, within a week my skin has felt soft and supple and I haven't had a breakout. There is no fragrance to this cream that I noticed and it didn't react with my sensitive skin. Now would I buy the full priced product? I considered it as I was quite impressed with it and I noticed that Skinceuticals did a separate SPF that you can layer over the top. However, the price was enough to put me off. Perhaps I am a bit tight but in department stores this is retailing at around £54 and even searching online I can only find it for £34.99 for 40ml. I am sorry but for something that doesn't contain SPF that is just too much for me to spend, so I will go back to my bog standard moisturiser that costs £5.
For Normal or Oily Skin