“ Brand: Superdrug / Type: Facial Gel / Subcategory: Moisturiser / Suitable for: Face / Skin type: for dry skin and for all types / What it does: Moisturizes / Product line: Superdrug Tea Trea „
I'm a bit of a skincare junkie and have sensitive, combination skin which is prone both to dryness and oiliness. I usually tend to buy more expensive brands (Clinique is my current favourite, or Soap and Glory if I'm after something a bit cheaper), but I recently found an old tube of Superdrug's own brand Tea Tree Moisturising Face Gel and thought I might as well give it a go.
To use this gel you simply massage a small amount into your skin after cleansing. I normally give it five minutes or so to sink in, then apply my make-up as usual. I apply it once daily, in the mornings only as I prefer to use a cream-based moisturiser at night to provide my skin with all of the nourishment it needs, rather than a gel.
The gel is transparent in colour, with a very slight greenish tinge. Upon application it makes my skin look quite shiny, but it sinks in very quickly, drying to a matte finish. This gives me a good base to apply my make-up on top of, and I don't feel like my foundation is slipping off after using this moisturiser, unlike some others I have tried.
The main thing that attracted me to this moisturiser is the fact that it is formulated for oily or spot-prone skin and is described on the packaging as a 'light, soothing, non-greasy face gel'. It moisturises my face sufficiently and eliminates a bit of shine, so my face appears less oily than it would if I used many other day moisturisers. One word of warning: it's not massively moisturising. I used it years ago without using moisturiser at night and ended up with flaky patches of dry skin on my cheeks, but I don't have this problem if I use this gel in the mornings and a thick night cream before going to bed.
The gel comes in a small 50ml tube, but there is enough product in there to last months as the light, easily-absorbed formula means that a little goes a very long way. Personally, I don't think I'd buy it again as I'd rather spend a bit more money on a moisturiser which has more of a mattifying effect, but at £2.99 I'd say it's a bit of a bargain.
Overall, it's a cheap effective product that isn't particularly amazing but represents good value. I'd recommend it if you're looking for a day moisturiser for oily skin but are a little strapped for cash and don't want to spend a huge amount of money.
On my first trip to Superdrug in ages I ended up buying most of the Tea Tree range. It isn't that my branch of Superdrug is all that far away, only about 2 miles away down the high street, but I don't go down all that often. To be honest shopping bores me.
I had heard reviews about this range and from what I was lead to believe this was like the Body Shop range of Tea Tree products but that bit cheaper. Sounds good to me anyway, What was even better is the range was on a 2 for £5 offer, so a bit more of a saving to be had. I think the right price for most things in the range is around £3-£3.60, so quite averagely priced normally.
This comes in a 50ml tube so not all that large, so it seems a bit expensive for what it is, but I always find that Moisturising products normally are smaller and cost that bit more anyway. This looks like the Dooyoo picture, so alright looking but nothing all that special. The main colouring is green and it looks ok for what it is. This stands on it's end so at least this way you can get all the drips out of it hopefullt. The lid comes off this easily enough.
This isn't that thick a Gel so rubs in easy enough. When you open this you get the scent of Tea Tree straight away. Other products in the range have Peppermint Oil in it, and not sure if this does as well, but I can't smell it anyway.
To use you just squeeze some of this out and rub into your face. This being a Gel I thought it would make my face feel a bit sticky at first and it sort of does, but my face doesn't feel that dry when this has soaked in. You only need a little bit of this to rub in and the first time I used this I used too much and my cheeks felt a little bit rough I would say.
This seemed to Moisturise a bit, but didn't seem all that great. It is the product that I found worked the leasta and although I am still using this I won't buy it after the tube has finished. This seems to take the shine away from my face which is good, and although doesn't give me any new spots I feel, but the spots I had didn't seem to vanish much either.
Not really a product that I can rave about i'm afraid.
As Ive mentioned in several other reviews when it comes to toiletries I'm a bit of a shopaholic and hoard them; often ending up with several items all designed to combat the same problem.
I have awkward skin especially on my face, sometimes it's dry and sensitive whilst other times it's spot prone yet not greasy, so finding the right product is often tricky and means I end up buying lots of different products to see which suits my skin best. Well, that's what I tell my husband when he asks why I have masses of toiletries anyway so don't tell him I've said otherwise *puts finger to lips whilst giving conspiratorial wink*.
What brought me to buy this - Superdrug's own Tea Tree Moisturising Face Gel was the fact the tea tree range was on offer of buy any product and get the cheapest free. As I'd already picked the facial wash (see separate review)
I opted for this even though it was the same price as I thought it would complement the facial wash if used directly after.
The gel contains tea tree, peppermint oils, pro-vitamin B5 and aloe vera so it all sounds promising..
Price and packaging~
This gel comes in a bright green, plastic tube. The tube is upright standing with a flip open lid at the base which on first buying is a little stiff and difficult to open but once used a few times does loosen up (so doesn't cause too many broken nails luckily).
For a 50ml tube the price is quite steep and is the odd figure of £2.92.
The Tea Tree range does luckily tend to be on some kind of offer quite frequently so it's not often it's actually full price.
My experience of using the gel~
As stated I bought this along with the facial wash in the same range so decided to use it straight after on a morning to see how it would fare.
On finally managing to flip open the lid the first thing I noticed was the strong peppermint scent and the tea tree is very faint but definitely present.
On squeezing a small amount out onto the palm of my hands I proceeded to rub into my skin as I would a normal moisturiser (avoiding the eye area).
The gel is a clear pale green colour and surprisingly quite watery so don't do as I did and squeeze the tube tightly or you will end up with it dripping straight onto the floor.
The gel feels cool and refreshing when applied to the skin and absorbs well but leaves a sticky residue which wasn't too pleasant.
I've used this for about 2 weeks now and can't say it's very moisturising but having said that it doesn't leave my skin feeling tight or dry either so it's somewhere in between.
This is an okay product but it's not worth the full price of almost £3 and there's no way I'd buy it at it's regular price. Having said that it does leave my skin tingling and feeling quite clean so I will definitely use the rest of the tube but don't think I'll be buying it again.