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Skin Ceuticals Hydrating B5 Gel
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Skin Ceuticals Hydrating B5 Gel
Advantages: Moisturises Your Skin.
Disadvantages: The Gigantic Price Tag.
The gel itself is clear in colour and is a little thicker than water, although not really as thick as I expected - I think the gel brought about connotations of shower gel and it's certainly not that thick. It's got quite an astringent smell to it that is very lightly fragraced I'd imagine to make it smell a little more pleasant, it does have a hint of E45 about it as well! The directions suggest that you apply the gel one or twice a day so I've been using it in the morning and at night too. It suggests that you apply two to three drops to your face, neck and chest area but avoid the eye area. It can also be used on other dehydrated areas of the body and I must admit I've tried it out on the heels of my feet... in fact I've probably spent about £20 of the bottle on my feet which is terribly expensive to combat my dry heels! Two to three drops is enough to cover my entire face and neck.
It's really easy to apply and I did quite like the whole pipette dispensing technique as it ensured that you didn't use too much of the gel in one go, and I did feel a bit like a scientist on the brink of a great discovery while using it! It did feel a little oily when it was on my fingers but as soon as it began to spread out over my face this oily effect disappeared to leave my face feeling only a little bit greasy. This effect disappeared again after a minute or two as the oil began to soak into my skin and after a few minutes more it wasn't really noticeable on my skin at all. It was almost as if my skin sucked it in and I still found it necessary to use my everyday moisturiser on top of it before applying my make up. It does feel really light and during the day my skin didn't experience any more grease or oiliness than it usually does which I was worried about at first.
So onto the scientific magic of this gel... it contains hyaluronic acid which is the body's natural hydrator and that's what allows the skin to absorb the moisture so readily. They actually recommend that you use a daily moisturiser on top of the gel as the gel will only prepare your skin for absorbing the moisture rather than overly moisturising your skin itself. It also contains vitamin B5 (hence the name... doh!) which will help repair any tissue damage and a moisture enhancer too. It's an oil free formulation which means it shouldn't create any grease on your skin at all and is ideal for all skin types... although I personally would be wary about using it if my skin was really greasy or oily as you wouldn't really want to moisturise it further if you could help it. So basically it's a gel that will help make your skin soft, supple and ready to absorb moisture.
After researching this gel a little bit online people's opinions do seem to be fairly mixed on the whole, a bit like mine really. The overall premise of this product is that it not only moisturises your skin but also makes it more likely to retain moisture from further products that you apply on top. Personally if, like me, you have a moisturiser that keeps your skin smooth and soft then I don't really see the point of buying this product as well. My skin is what you'd call normal, with a very slightly tendancy to become dry during the very cold months of the year but even so an intensive moisturiser seems to do the job just fine for me. My skin definetly felt soft and supple while I've been using this gel but I personally wouldn't bother to buy it, and I won't be replacing it when it does run out, in fact I think it's done more good on my feet than my actual face and neck!
Now the price of this "not really miraculous" hyrating B5 gel is a whopping £56 for a 30ml bottle on HQ Hair, it does seem to be available a little cheaper on some other sites but not remarkably cheaper. The price is absolutely ridiculous in my mind, I can't see any results of using this product which actually justifies having such a high price. Yes it does work and it does do the job it's meant to, but then again so does my regular facial cream which cost me less than £10! I firstly thought that I must have been sent a tester bottle when I read the price of the product usually but it turns out that for £56 you'll only recieve 30ml... so it's up to you really, you could spend a small fortune on a bottle of this gel or you could buy yourself a nice pair of winter boots or go out for a nice meal with your partner... or do a multitude of other, more worthwhile, things!
Thanks for reading!
Summary: A hydrating and moisturising gel from Skin Ceuticals.