Product Type: Soap & Glory body care
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Can you really catch a wrinkle in time?
Soap & Glory Catch a Wrinkle in Time Moisturizer
Member Name: KLockwood75
Soap & Glory Catch a Wrinkle in Time Moisturizer
Advantages: Good mid-price moisturiser, easily absorbed, hydrating
Disadvantages: Lack of SPF
I think I might have developed an addiction to the Soap and Glory range. It seems like a buy a new product from that range every few weeks - today I have bought two new shower products (reviews to follow when I've used them) and I only nipped into Boots to buy one bottle of shower gel - so the discovery of their facial skincare range on one of my frequent trips to the big Boots at Westfield a few weeks caused me great excitement. I've got a bit of an obsession with beauty products as it is, but can't afford to regularly buy the premium brands that I used to rely on these days, so I was very keen to give Soap and Glory's skincare products a try.
As I was in desperate need of a new moisturiser to hopefully clear up the mess that the Clinique Dramatically Different Lotion had made of my face (see other review), I opted for the 'Catch a Wrinkle in Time' Day Moisturiser. According to the box, this product contains sun filters, high performance hydrators, collagen stimulating tri-peptides and light reflectors - ok, so I'm not entirely sure what a tri-peptide is, but the rest of it sounded good.
The packaging is fairly typical of the Soap and Glory range - the 50ml tube comes in a box with a picture of a two hands holding a clock, symbolising the passing of time and the need to catch those wrinkles before they develop. The box also says that the best way of keeping the life in your skin is not to 'smoke, sun, drink or sleep deprive it to death' - I think we all know that a healthy diet, wearing an SPF when outdoors, drinking loads of water and getting eight hours sleep a night IS the best thing we can do for our skin, it's just that sometimes you need a bit of extra help! Inside the box, the tube is a simple cream colour, with the Soap and Glory logo and product name on the front and instructions on the best way to use in on the back.
So, what is this product like? According to the instructions on the back of the tube, the most effective way to use the product is to massage a light layer of it over a well-cleansed face and neck. You should then let it soak in for a few seconds before putting make-up on top. They suggest using it with their own cleansing milk, called 'Clean Mary', but I haven't succumbed to the temptation of buying that yet. I don't think using the whole range is important though - as long as you are using an effective cleansing product that works for you.
The product is light in texture and absorbs easily into the skin. It has a smell which hints at citrus fruits and cocoa - Pink_Glitter's review describes it as smelling like Terry's Chocolate Orange and I think I'd have to agree with her on that. I think it's maybe more orangey than chocolatey, but it's definitely a delicious smell! I find it easy to use this product and the speed at which it absorbs into the skin is impressive - within a couple of minutes it is fully absorbed and ready for me to apply my primer over the top. Although it absorbs quickly, my skin feels hydrated all day and is soft to the touch. There is no greasy residue and it creates a matte finish which is perfect for applying make-up.
So, going back to the promises on the tube - sun filters, high performance hydrators, collagen stimulating tri-peptides and light reflectors. I have no idea about the sun filters - my skin hasn't got burnt while wearing this, but that's probably as much to do with this rubbish excuse for a summer we're having at the moment. Ultimately, I think it would be better if this product actually had a SPF of 15 or so - saying it contains sun filters is fairly vague and I don't think it offers a lot of protection so you would need to wear a facial sun-cream on top on a hot day. I do believe that it contains high performance hydrators as my skin feels hydrated and moisturised all day long. It also gives my skin a bit of a glow, which I think may be down to the light reflectors. As for the collagen stimulating tri-peptides, a quick Google says that these are an ant-ageing ingredient which specifically targets skin cell renewal through the regeneration of collagen. I'm not entirely sure that it has stopped the development of more wrinkles, but it does make my skin look smoother and the lines look a bit less noticeable, so it is probably doing its job.
A 50ml tube of this moisturiser costs £9.78 from Boots - it is not a cheap option, but it is cheaper than the products I used to use and, for me, the performance is easily good enough to justify the price.
Overall, I am impressed with this product and would definitely consider using it again once my current tube has run out. You don't need to use that much of the product to provide effective moisturisation so I think the 50ml tube will last about three months. In the three weeks I have been using it, I have noticed an improvement in my skin condition - it feels cleaner, clearer, smoother and less spotty which is great! The only reservation I would have about the product is the lack of an SPF - this would have made it even more appealing to me, but I am still happy to recommend it to anyone looking for a good, mid-priced moisturiser.
Summary: Good for smooth, hydrated skin - especially under make-up