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A must have for dry skin sufferers
The Body Shop Hemp Face Protector
Member Name: -becky-
The Body Shop Hemp Face Protector
Date: 27/04/13, updated on 30/04/13 (59 review reads)
Advantages: Intensively moisturising and hydrating, works well and lives up to expectations
Disadvantages: A little pricey
~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.
Summary: A must have for dry skin sufferers