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I bought this face cream several months ago after I tried the body shop's hemp body butter. To be honest I was a little hesitant about buying another face cream from the body shop as I had an allergic reaction to one of their other face creams but I figured that it was worth the risk and I've been absolutely fine with - no redness or irritation at all.
I paid £8 for my 50ml pot which is the full retail price. Initially this seemed a little expensive but the pot is bigger than I had expected and because I only need the smallest amount for my entire face a pot lasts for a long time. I bought mine back in March and it is still well over half full despite being used pretty much every day. The face cream comes in a round plastic pot which is around the same size as the palm of my hand and it has a screw on lid.
The lid is very easy to screw on and off and the packaging is unisex as it has a black and green colour scheme. On top of the lid there's a sticker with the product name and when you peel it back there's a full list of ingredients, very brief description of what the product does and it also says that the body shop are against animal testing. The cream itself is a very pale shade of green and it has a strong smell to it.
Although the smell is strong it is a clean and gentle kind of smell which I really like and it is not too over powering or anything and it doesn't linger on my skin for too long. It doesn't smell anything like the hemp body butter and the smell is very inoffensive and unisex. The cream has a wet, slightly greasy feel to it and it is a nice thick consistency while still feeling nice and light and it spreads over my skin easily, absorbing into my skin within seconds. The green tint of the cream does not transfer onto my skin at all which is obviously good!
My skin always looks quite shiny initially after I have applied it, however this lessens after a bit of time and isn't as noticeable. My skin feels refreshd as well as quite firm after I have used it - firm in a good way, not a bad way, as well as very smooth and soft. When I apply this in the morning my skin is left feeling soft all day, although because it is leaves my skin with a noticeable shine I tend to apply it before bed, as that way it moisturises my skin and the shine is gone by time I wake up in the morning.
The cream, although it feels a little wet and greasy when I am applying it does not leave any stickiness or greasiness on my skin as long as I don't use too much. I love this face cream and it is amazing at getting rid of dry and flaky skin and leaving my face feeling lovely and soft and very moisturised. My skin has had absolutely no negative reaction to this face cream in the time I've been using it which is brilliant as I had quite a bad reaction (soreness and redness) to a different face cream from the body shop.
I highly recommend this face cream and I give it five out of five stars.
The Body Shop's Hemp range is specifically designed for very dry skin and heavy duty hydration. If you've read any of my previous reviews, you'll probably already know that I tend to suffer with dry and sensitive skin quite regularly and struggle to find products that work.
~WHY I BOUGHT IT~
From a young age, I've used Hemp body cream as I had quite severe eczema and my mum was advised that this was the best thing to treat it. Which it did. I'm pretty sure it got discontinued for a while, and I was relieved to see it back in store! My eczema is no where near as bad as I used to get it, and in fact I rarely get it on my body now, just on my face. After using a face mask not designed for sensitive skin (silly me), my face reacted to it and became very red and dry. I tried almost everything on it, but my skin stayed dry. I have various different brands of moisturiser that are claimed to be for 'intensively moisturising' which didn't help in the slightest, so my last port of call was obviously the Hemp Face Protector.
~PRICE AND AVAILABILITY~
Hemp had never let me down in the past, so although this costs £8 for a small 50ml tub which may seem expensive for what is it, I didn't hesitate to buy it. I'd never used the face protector before and had always gone for the body butter which is £13 for a 100ml pot. The Hemp range really do have something for every area of dry skin: hands, lips, face, feet and your body/skin in general. These products can often be found on offer, but unfortunately at the time I needed the face protector it wasn't, so I had to pay full price. You can purchase it from any of The Body Shops throughout the country or online at www.thebodyshop.co.uk. Compared to other expensive cosmetic and beauty brands, it isn't actually too overpriced considering what a wonderful job it does.
The Hemp Face Protector comes in a small brown pot with a screw on grey lid - this might be seen as less hygienic than a pump, but this doesn't bother me at all, and at least I know I can get every last bit of product out of the bottom of the pot and get my moneys worth! The stickers on the top and around the pot are green stating what the product is and that you get 50ml in the pot. I think that the colouring is chosen very carefully to represent that it's a natural product and therefore suitable for the use on sensitive skin. If you want a list of the full ingredients, they can be found on the Body Shop website along with the product. The pot does look very small for the £8 that you're paying, but it comes full to the brim and you don't need a very large amount for every use as it's quite strong. I've been using this twice daily for a couple of months now and I still have plenty left and there isn't a chance of me running out any time soon.
The Body Shop says that the Hemp Face Protector "Intensively hydrates, brings instant relief to very dry patches and is designed to protect skin in extreme weather conditions" and I agree! After just a couple of days using this I noticed a huge difference. My skin was back to it's usual self with no dry patches.
As it's a very heavy duty moisturiser, I expected the consistency to be very thick and slimy, and a bit gross to apply to my skin. I was pleasantly surprised to find the texture was in fact quite thin and smooth and was very easy to apply. The product was light and it sunk into my skin almost instantly without feeling greasy and left me feeling fresh faced. It's a good base for foundation and also helps to stop make up clinging to any dry patches if you do have any. If you're skin isn't majorly dry (or you suffer with oily skin) but you'd like something more substantial to make sure it's kept hydrated, I'd suggest using Hemp at night before bed and leaving it to work it's magic over night, and then using a lighter moisturiser in the morning before applying any make up.
Many other moisturisers I've tried when my skin has been bad have caused a burning sensation or made my dry skin go red, which isn't something I'm comfortable with and doesn't assure me that the product is working how I want it to. With Hemp, it didn't do this at all and actually helped to soothe my skin. It's advised not to use this near the eye area, which I (foolishly) ignored as I use it all over my face. Doing this, I haven't suffered with any adverse effects. I haven't tried this myself, but I've been told if your skin is irritated and itchy it can help to leave Hemp in the fridge for a while before applying it to your face. Then, as it's already very soothing it can also cool down your irritated skin.
The smell of Hemp is very much down to taste although it's not very over powering, some people like it and others don't. Personally, I quite like the smell of it. To me it seems to smell pretty natural and fresh, but it doesn't linger after you've put the product on your skin.
~WOULD I RECOMMEND IT?~
I really would recommend Hemp Face Protector to anyone suffering with dry skin. No other moisturiser I've ever come across has even come close, and you really do get what you pay for. If I had to suggest an improvement for this product, it would be to include SPF as this is what many people look for in skin care products. This doesn't bother me too much though as most foundations or BB creams do include this and I use these over the top. I love the Hemp range from the Body Shop and wouldn't hesitate in buying other products from the range too.
I absolutely love The Body Shop's hemp range but wasn't quite sure whether or not I should buy the face protector as I thought that it would be as thick as the body butter, which put me off. I was also concerned that it would have the same smell as the body butter, which is quite an odd one. It's a pleasant enough smell, but I didn't like the idea of having the cream on my face as I thought that the smell may be a little overpowering. I eventually decided to try it when I saw that The Body Shop had a recent 50 percent sale on and I'm really glad that I did - it's nothing like I was expecting and it's a really effective moisturiser.
This facial moisturiser retails at £8.00 per 50ml pot, which I know seems quite expensive but I assure you it is worth it. The quality is amazing and the effects on my skin were noticeable straight away and any dry patches had gone after the first 2/3 days of using it, plus it dried up a spot that I'd had on my chin for over a week and got rid of it within a few days! I managed to get mine for £4.00 and even at this price I must admit that I felt a little ripped off when it arrived - the pot it comes in is tiny!! Luckily though the pot is full to the brim with product and a little goes a long way - you don't need to lather it on to get results and I only need two fingertip sized blobs for the whole of my face, which is impressive considering how dry my skin has been recently.
The pot that the moisturiser comes in is black with a grey lid. The pot has a green label wrapped around it which has the product name and the body shop logo. The lid has a circular label on it which is half green, half black and again, the body shop logo and product name are written on it as well as a picture of a hemp leaf. The label peels back to reveal a list of ingredients, a brief product description, company contact details and so on. It also states that The Body Shop are against animal testing, so this is a cruelty and guilt free product. It's dermatologically tested and is best suited to very dry skin.
The lid screws on and off meaning that I need to dip my fingers in and out of the pot when applying the cream, which is obviously slightly less hygienic than a pump bottle would be but this doesn't bother me - it's worth mentioning though. This is described as The Body Shop as an intensive facial moisturiser which soothes and rehydrates very dry skin. They say that it creates a protective barrier of moisture on the skin, which protects the skin in extreme weather conditions. I have got quite dry skin - especially on my t zone, so this seemed perfect for me, and it is!
Despite my concerns it is nothing like the hemp body butter - it's lovely and lightweight and it sinks into my skin within seconds; my skin literally starts soaking up every last bit of it as soon as it makes contact! This does not smell at all like the rest of the hemp range - the smell is much more gentle and it's nice and refreshing. It smells a little like lemon and cucumbers in my opinion. The scent does not linger for very long at all and it leaves no residue behind either. The cream is a very light green but it leaves no green streaks or anything like that on my skin and my skin is left feeling incredibly soft, nourished and hydrated pretty much instantly.
I also find that this is really refreshing as it has a slight cooling effect when applied and the fragrance is nice and fresh as well. I have been using this daily each morning and night for the past week and a half and already I can see a difference. My skin has no dryness or flakiness at all, not even inbetween my eyebrows which is where it usually becomes gross and dry. My skin has a silky feel to it and I've noticed that my skin even appears more hydrated as it has that subtle (non greasy) sheen to it which makes my skin look nice and healthy. Overall, I love this product and I can't recommend it enough!!
I've found the Body Shop hemp hand cream really effective in the past so when I had a voucher to spend in there and was going through a dry patch face-wise I plumped for the face protector, and wasn't disappointed!
Another offering in the hemp range from the Body Shop, this is a face protector for extremely dry skin. It features the khaki green branding with the 5 pronged leaf of the other products in the range - it's a bit more creative and less clinical looking that a lot of the branding out there. The pot is plastic not glass, with an easy screw top lid (some face cream jars have lids tricky to line up with the groove) and a peelable label on the top of the lid that reveals the ingredients and other info.
The colour of the cream is a lovely pale green and the scent is realy delicious. It's a very light and natural smell, you can really tell it's a plant-based scent, it's not at all flowery or girly but very fresh and juicy. The consistency of the cream is great - for a face protector you would expect it to be heavy but it's light and after application still feels fresh and light rather than heavy and oily. It's for extremely dry skin and feels very refreshing and cooling on application, so brings a lot of relief. The scent and consistency together make it a really great product.
I haven't been using this daily, as despite feeling light on application I didn't want my skin to get too oily once it had stopped being dry. I find it really effective as a product to use once or twice a week and give my skin an extra boost rather than a twice daily slathering. This combined with the fact that the strength of the product means that I use slightly less than I would a standard face cream and it's been great in terms of being long lasting too.
Other than all of the environmental and animal freindly promises that come with all Body Shop products, the only promise here is that the cream provides 'powerful moisturisation, protection and repair' for extremely dry skin. I suffer from dry tight-feeling skin quite frequently and this product is very effective in providing immeidate relief. It feels like it's moisturising deeply but isn't too heavy. It's very refreshing and cooling on dry skin too, leaving it feeling suppler and calmed. At the same time it hasn't gone the other way and made my complexion more oily after having used it for a while. I think it's fair to say that this product lives up to it's promise.
The Body Shop price for this 50ml pot is £8. The majority of face creams from Body Shop follow the same pricing so it's the same as the others there. But against other face creams it seems a little steep, especially as Botanics and brands of that calibre tend to offer face creams for a few £ less. However as this is more of a special face cream to be used less frequently, and only at times when skin is particularly dry, I think it's worth splashing out on and getting protected!
I suffered with patches of dry skin and eczema breakouts on my face and neck for over a year. Unfortunately, using hydrocortisone cream although sorting out the eczema (temporarily) made my skin thin and itchy. I tried all sorts of creams and homemade remedies to sort my skin out but the eczema flared up and my skin was still dry in patches no matter what I used. It was then I stumbled across the hemp range in Body Shop, after trying their Vitamin E range which was good but irritated the flare ups and the aloe range. Although the cream is thick, if you use it gently around the delicate areas like eyebrow, eye area I found it has improved my skin dramatically. I know eye creams are light and delicate for a reason but this cream has never made my eczema around my chin, hairline or eyes, sting. It has kept the skin well moisturized, it hardly ever itches if I use it regularly and keeping my whole face moisturised regularly has made a big difference. I use it on my whole face about 3 times a week as it is thick, but on the eczema prone areas every day. I really cannot tell you the difference it has made to area around my eyes, I thought I had wrecked the skin with steroid cream but it has helped so much. I find it isnt highly scented, obviously its got a slight smell but its not horrible and you get used to it.
Have since invested in the hand protector - again great for eczema or irritated skin and the lip balm-great in this cold weather. Give it a go or maybe see if you can get a little sample in store to try! Obviously I still get break outs but I find the skin is in much better condition overall and I still use it when I do get break outs I dont find it stings and it certainly helps the patches clear quicker.
After my recent holiday in the sun I noticed that my face was, understandably, a little drier than usual. I am already a fan of the Body Shop's Hemp Hand Protector, so thought I'd try this face cream which cost £7.80 for 50ml.
Its ingredients include allantoin, panthenol, shea butter, beeswax and hemp seed oil which, according to the Body Shop's website "has an unusually high concentration of essential fatty acids that help to repair the skin's moisture barrier thus helping to restore moisture, smoothness and suppleness."
Like the other products in the range, the tub is green and black and displays the trademark leaf and, although this may not look particularly feminine, it isn't unattractive. In addition, the gender-neutral packaging is an advantage in my opinion as it has encouraged the men in my family (notably my older brother) to listen to my advice and to try it!
The label on the front of the tub promises "powerful moisturisation, protection and repair" and that it is suitable for "extremely dry skin" and I have to say that it doesn't disappoint.
Now I don't have dry skin as a rule so I don't need to use this every day or even every few days. On average, I only use this a couple of times a week as and when necessary - sometimes in the morning before applying make-up but I have also found it to be an effective night cream and aftersun cream.
When you open the pot and see the light green cream, it does look rather thick and heavy and has a slight, earthy fragrance. However, I don't think that it smells quite as strongly as other products in the same range and, actually, I quite like it!
Because it is quite thick and creamy, you need to be careful not to apply too much as, if you do, it can feel very heavy on your skin.
However, if you only apply a little, it is easily absorbed, makes a great make-up base and leaves your skin feeling soft, smooth, supple and moisturised.
In summary, it really helped to quickly moisturise and repair my dry skin after my holiday and, even though it is slightly more expensive than some brands, it does wonders for dry or flaky skin and lasts for ages.
Helps repair skin's moisture barrier by restoring moisture and suppleness /