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This day cream is made with natural Irish seaweed and it is designed for oily to oily/ combination skin. I have oily skin and it works a treat for my excess sebum production. The cream is more like a gel in texture. It's almost transparent and it smells quite fresh and invigorating. It smells like the ocean itself!
The cream absorbs instantly into the skin. I'm not talking about minutes here, I'm talking about seconds. I've never had a facial moisturiser that's soaked in so quickly before, which is a good thing! As the cream soaks in so quickly this means that I can apply make up straight over the top without having to wait for my moisturiser to absorb. This means less time in the morning when it comes to getting ready, bonus!
The cream keeps oil at bay throughout the day, unless you have VERY oily skin, like mine. This means that you may notice a bit of shine around midday. I simply carry around some blotting tissues and use those to soak up any excess oil my skin produces. My skin is definitely a LOT less oily when I use this cream though so it does work.
You only need a small dab of cream to cover your entire face. A little goes a long way so the £11 price tag is actually good value.
I tend to use this cream as my "Summer cream", when my face sweats and becomes even oiler than usual. The only downside is that this cream doesn't contain any amount of SPF. There is another seaweed moisturiser from The Body Shop that does, although it's very greasy as I have tried it. It didn't suit my skin type at all, whereas this one does.
Overall this is a good facial moisturiser for oily skin. It's also free from animal testing.
I have tried all of the seaweed products and must admit I am not a fan at all they dried my skin out completely. This however is absoutely fantastic! I use my normal skincare routine for my combination skin and then put this on before my foundation. I have to say it has made a huge difference to my make up, it actually lasts a lot longer than it did before which is a huge bonus for me as I don'e like to have to touch up my make up during the day. I also don't need to use a primer with this moisturiser.The moisturiser sinks into the skin very quickly. I find it much better than the moisturising lotion in the same range as that can be quite greasy. If you want a moisturiser that will keep your skin shine free all day and hold your make up in place buy this!
Having combination skin which gets oily easily during the day, I really struggle with moisturisers as they usually make my skin greasy and clogged. Although my skin gets oliy, it also sometimes gets dryness too. I already used the seaweed face wash, of which I am a HUGE fan, so I decided to try this day cream.
The first thing I noticed is that it feels very soft and moisturising, but not at all greasy. It has a refreshing feel to it (I think this is what Body Shop mean when the say "gel-like" in the description. It is medium-thick - it is not particularly runny, but blends in very easily and feels refreshingly damp rather than creamy. It absorbs into the skin very effectively, and my face feels both moisturised and refreshed at the same.
The day cream really makes my skin feel smoother and more conditioned, but it also seems to reduce redness and make my skin tone more consistent and radiant. I usually wear makeup on top of it every day, but on the days when I don't have time I find this day cream has enough immediate impact on the look and feel of my skin that I still feel "done" enough to go out and about. Fabulous!
I recently acquired some of this Body Shop Seaweed Mattifying Day Cream from the brand's online shop. I actually got the cream free because I spent over five pounds. There are often many deals available (using codes at the checkout stage) from the online shop if you sign up to their mailing list or check their website regularly which I thoroughly recommend doing. I have been using the cream regularly since it arrived in the mail.
When I was choosing my online free gift I was pleased to be able to get a product that was normally £4 a tub. This is for the 15ml sized tub. You can also get a larger 50ml tub for £9 or you can buy a giftset of the seaweed range for £10. I did not really understand how small the 15ml tub would be until it actually arrived at my doorstep. The tub is quite tiny and really the size I'd expect an eye cream product to be rather than a facial moisturiser. Nevertheless I seem to be using it up quite slowly and it seems a little goes a long way.
The packaging is a small plastic pot with a secure screw off lid. Labels on the side and on the lid reveal product information. Peel back the top label to show full ingredients. The best place to find out more about the product though is probably the online shop since the printed information on the label does not expand on the qualities of the moisturiser. The Body Shop call this an "oil-free gel like moisture cream" which is apparantly absorbed into skin very easily and is especially good for those with combination skins. The cream is said to moisturise as it "balances excess sebum" whilst giving a "matte, shine free complexion".
The Body Shop's description of the cream is very accurate. It is a rather strange gelatinous texture and looks like the colour of a jelly fish. It looks like it has a watery, weak consistency. The fragrance of the cream is unique and intitially takes some getting used to. It's not that it's a horrible fragrance but it's unlike any other cream I've used before. I would say the cream smells like salt toffee, tobacco leaves, apple cider and rose petals. That may sound like a disgusting combination but I actually like the combined notes. The overall fragrance does have something of the sea about it.
The cream sticks to my fingers with ease as I'm applying it and it then transfers to my facial skin very easily. No rubbing or pulling is required. It sinks into the skin very quickly and dries. The mattifying effect (makes skin non shiny) is very obvious straight away. All shine or greasiness on the skin is sort of airbrushed away by the cream. It's a really great cream if you want to go make-up free without wanting to look oily on your face. The cream also provides enough moisturisation for you to be able to apply make up items like concealer with ease, although skin is perhaps a little drier when applying make-up than with other moisturisers I've used. I really like the way my face looks after applying the cream. I would describe my skin as being normal although I do tend to suffer from a T-zone of oiliness around the brow, nose and chin. This cream is great for evening out the whole of my face so that I look healthy and fresh.
I'm enojying the cream so much that I'd really like to try the other products in this range - they include a night treatment, cleanser, toner and more. I would recommend this to anyone except those with exceptionally dry skins who might need something ultra moisturising - this cream does not provide an intense moisturising experience. I would also suggest trying to buy this when there is a deal available either in their highstreet stores or online as I think £4 is quite a lot to pay for so small an amount of cream. I am regularly using this cream though and will probably buy it again and/or try some other products in the same range.
The Bodyshop uses fairtrade ingredients and does not test on animals.
I understand the importance of moisturising every day but many moisturisers can leave my skin oily skin looking greasy and shiny, which I really don't like. I usually use the oil free moisturiser by Simple which I like but it doesn't seem even for my skin anymore as it's getting older, so I went on the search for something new. The Seaweed Mattifying Day Cream by The Body Shop seemed right up my street.
What does the product do?
The product is described as being an oil free hydrating cream which moisturises the face while balancing the production of excess sebum which is the awful stuff that causes that greasy shiny complexion that I hate so much. The gel like cream promises to leave your complexion looking matte and shine free - woohoo! It contains Seaweed which is packed full of vitamins and minerals, including Zinc which is essential for keeping spots at bay.
How do you use the product?
The product is to be used in the same way as your usual moisturiser. It should be applied to dry skin that has been cleansed. You scoop some from the pot and use your fingers to gentle massage the gel into the face and neck. You can then carry on with applying your make up in the usual way. It can be reapplied as often as you like.
Packaging and Price
The product comes contained within a plastic tub which has a screw top lid. The product has a sky blue label with some extra details about the product written on it. You can buy a little 15ml pot for £4 or you can buy a bigger 50ml pot for £9. The product can be bought from your local Body Shop store or from its online website.
Aroma and Consistency
The product has a fragrance that is quite difficult to pinpoint. I can only describe it as smelling fresh and clean, and a little bit like the ocean, which I really like as I think having an perfumed facial product is not needed. I don't think the aroma would put anyone off this product. The product doesn't have the consistency of a normal moisturiser and it is more like a gel or jelly. It's quite thick but that doesn't translate on the skin.
Application and Performance
It feels really light and refreshing on the skin and it is easily applied, however it turns quite watery on the face and it takes a good few minutes before you feel like it has been fully absorbed. It does feel comfortable on the skin and doesn't cause me any irritations. As a moisturiser, it doesn't leave my skin feeling soft or smooth, and it doesn't make my skin feel very hydrated which is the main purpose that I tried out this product. It doesn't make my skin feel oily or greasy which is a bonus but it doesn't prevent my skin from becoming oily later on. But then again, I've never come across a product that does manage to do that with my skin. There's no SPF in this which is another negative in my eyes.
All in all, I was a bit disappointed with this product as it doesn't hydrate my skin enough and it's doesn't prevent the shiniess appearing on my skin for any longer than the product I was already using. It isn't quickly absorbed, despite this being promised by the product, and all in all I was quite disappointed with this product. The search continues and I'm glad I only bought the small pot. This may be more beneficial on very young skins with mild oily tendencies but it's not for me.
I am currently trying to save some money by using up old face and beauty products before buying new ones, so my trusty Clinique moisturiser has temporarily been replaced with the Body Shop's Seaweed Mattifying Day Cream. I was a little aprehensive about the effects of switching from a more expensive to a cheaper moisturiser, expecting my skin to be noticeably shinier than normal or to suddenly break out in spots, but I've been pleasantly surprised.
This is a nice, light, non-sticky moisturiser that is very quick and easy to use. I simply dab a small amount on my finger and smooth it across my face. It has a relatively thin texture, which means that it spreads across my skin easily, and it is absorbed very quickly, leaving me able to apply make-up within a couple of minutes of moisturising without having to worry that my foundation will slide off my skin. It has a subtle fragrance which is difficult to describe but it certainly doesn't smell unpleasant.
The main thing that attracted me to this moisturiser was its promise to mattify skin. I suffer from combination skin which can get greasy and shiny very quickly, particularly in hot and sunny conditions. I am pleased to report that this face cream mattifies my skin very effectively, leaving it shine-free for a good few hours. I tend to top-up my make-up with pressed powder every few hours to combat shine, and the combination of powder and this moisturiser works very well to keep shine at bay.
In addition to preventing my skin from becoming too shiny, this face cream also moisturises my skin effectively, leaving it feeling soft, smooth and hydrated. It doesn't seem to clog up my pores (as I have found in the past with some thicker-textured moisturisers) and I haven't started getting any more spots than usual since I started using it.
At £9 for a 50ml tub, I'd say that this is a good value moisturiser, particularly taking into consideration the fact that its thin-ish liquid texture means that a little goes a long way. The Body Shop also tend to have frequent promotions on their website (I'm signed up to their mailing list and am always getting emails telling me that their products are all on 'buy one get one half price' or similar offers), so it's worth watching out to get a bit of a discount.
Overall, I'd strongly recommend this product for those looking for an effective moisturiser that will keep shine at bay without breaking the bank.
I first bought this quite a while back, and have been buying it since. It has a very unusual jelly like appearance, its not like a cream its more like a sort of gel. I bought this because I have combination skin, meaning I get dry skin in some areas of my face and oily in the others. which makes finding the right moisturiser very difficult. The product is aimed for combination skin, so I figured I would give it a shot.
The unusual thing about this product, which I havent seen in any other moisturiser is that upon application it feels really wet but it dries up really quickly. A major drawback for lots of moisturisers is they have a oily look, however with this product it dries up and you cant notice its there. Its very cool and refreshing, so I often take out with me on sunny days.
since iv been using this product my skin has improved dramatically, my skin tone seems slightly more even, and my face is very smooth, the product lasts for ages, despite it looking like a relatively small tub.
Theres really nothing to criticise about this product, its perfect in every way. It also has a very nice clean smell to it.
Today I am reviewing the Body Shop Seaweed mattifying day cream.
I have been using this for a couple of years now so I think I know the product well enough to do a good quality review.
You get 50ml / 49g. It's a pretty good amount and an average for a cream. The product is gel based, it doesn't look creamy and doesn't apply creamy. It's designed for oil control. On the container it says oily / combination. It's definitly not for dry skin as it doesn't give a lot of moisture. It says its a shine control moisturiser with oil balancing technology.
It does moisturise a bit, it's not super moistursing but it will keep you skin from being dry. I use this moisturiser everyday whether I put makeup on or not.
I don't like the packaging because it's really unhygenic as it's a tub so you contaminate the product when you dip you fingers in it. But the packaging is sturdy and it has never leaked or anything.
It applies clear and then it looks slightly wet when you rub it in, but then it dries to a matte finish.
I apply this in the morning and it keeps my face matte for at least 10 hours. I haven't used blotting sheets for 2 years, while I have been using this.
It costs £9 and sometimes it is on offers as the body shop always has great offers on. I think this is a good price for this product as a lot of moisturisers that have oil control are alot more expensive
It has a scent as it is from the seaweed line. To me it smells the best out of the skincare line and the scent doesn't really linger that long anyway.
It wokrs really well for oily skin and you should try it out.
If you suffer from oily skin, or an oily T Zone, then I recommend this day cream! It comes in a 50ml pot and can be bought either instore or online for £9. The cream is a light milky colour and looks almost like a gel. I would class it as more of a transparent gel than a moisturiser. The cream helps the skin to soak up excess sebum, leaving you with more of a matte finish. Does it work though? I am pleased to say that the answer is yes!
First of all, the cream isn't greasy at all. It is easy to apply and soaks into your skin almost straight away. It doesn't "sit" on top of the skin, which is good. Another great thing about the cream is that you can apply make-up on top of it without it looking patchy or uneven. I would say that this cream is a fantastic base for make-up if that's something you are looking for.
The cream leaves my skin dry and matte all day long. I no longer suffer from shine, which was rather embarrassing. I am now confident about my skin and no longer feel ashamed of it. This cream really does work wonders for oily skin. It's great to use all year round but it's more suited for summer use when your skin is even more sweaty than usual.
Fantasic day cream.
I got a 15ml trial size version of this day cream when I purchased a complete seaweed kit in my local Body Shop. The kit only cost me £10 (RRP £25), which means each product in the starter kit as I would call it, cost me just £2.50...a bargain if like me, you love to try new products! I'm on the hunt for the perfect skin care system and having heard so many wonderful things about The Body Shop, I decided to finally venture in and see what I could find. I have very oily, sensitive, acne prone skin, so after much wandering about in the store and a chat with the sales assistant, 'Seaweed' came home with me.
The day cream comes in a solid, small white plastic pot with a secure screw top lid. It has the green/blue labelling associated with the rest of the Seaweed line, making it easy to find when you're in store. I have to admit, the thing I love most about the pot is how reusable it is. I'm going away in a few weeks and I much prefer to decant my larger bottles into something smaller so I'm carrying less weight in my luggage (especially great if you travel with only hand luggage!). If the entire system itself had been an overall winner, it would have been the perfect pre-holiday purchase, idea for hand luggage or saving weight/space in the suitcase!
For oily skin, you always want to use a product with a gel like consistency; it is less likely to clog up the pores. With 'cream' in the title, I was expecting something thicker with a more solid consistency. What I got was a very pale white, thin, possible even watery substance. It was not cream and it was not gel, it was somewhere in between. All the products in this range have the same, very distinct smell. As cliché as it sounds, it smells very sea-like, almost a little salty. It has a very peculiar scent, which I believe is the seaweed. It really hits you at the back of the nostrils, making it somewhat unpleasant! It does put me off the products but luckily, it does not linger for long on the skin. The 15ml pot of cream lasted me around 4 weeks. It was the second product of the four in the kit to run out. I think 4 weeks for 15ml is great, I was only using it once a day, but when certain steps of the kit run out, I no longer feel as though I am getting the benefits of the entire system when other products have lasted 3+ weeks longer than this one.
After cleansing and toning, get a 2x pea sized amount of the cream onto your fingers, work it between both hands for a few seconds then apply to the face. Move in circular, sweeping motions across the face. Try not to concentrate on the eye area, just gently sweep over this area once or twice. I concentrate mostly on my most problematic areas, mainly the T-zone and chin. Take a second, smaller amount and work into the neck from your décolletage, upwards. Do not forget your ears! After application my skin looks very shiny, especially my nose. I find that the shine goes away after a few minutes but not for long. My skin feels very refreshed and hydrated.
I do like the very strange consistency to the day cream, my pores do not feel clogged and my skin does feel as though it can breathe. It works well under make-up, acting as a nice base/prep cream. It's longevity really surprised me, for such a small pot I didn't expect to get more than two weeks out of it. I always say I need a good month+ to really decide on the quality and effects of a product and this size definatly gave me that chance.
Shine control? Zero. The main selling point for this day cream was its mattifying properties and should have supposedly controlled my shine. For someone with minimal/mild oily skin problems then maybe it would work well for them, but for someone with over active sebum glands like me, it is an epic fail of a product. If anything, I found my t-zone was shiner after using it. I see many rave reviews here on DooYoo about this moisturiser and am saddened that I cannot say the same as others. Nevertheless, everyone's skin is unique and different, what works for him or her will not always work for me. I was also annoyed that they put the non-SPF version of this moisturiser in the starter kit. There is a full sized version available that is SPF15. I am not saying the SPF version would have made much of a difference, but to go 4 weeks without an SPF on my face made my toes curl!
I will definatly not be repurchasing this product. From the four products in the starter kit, this probably comes in 3rd place. A full sized version of this will set you back, £9 for 50ml, the SPF version costs £10 for 50ml. I will not begrudge the £2.50, it was nice to give it a go, it is just a shame it failed on several levels.
I have recently enjoyed trying and testing out The Body Shop's Seaweed Skincare Kit, which contains four gorgeous toiletries. Over the last week I have been discussing my experiences with using them and this review focuses on the Mattifying Day Cream.
~~ APPEARANCE OF THE PRODUCT ~~
The 15 ml Day Cream is identical in appearance to the full sized 50 ml version and is presented in an opaque circular plastic tub with an easy to open screw top lid. Identical to both the facial wash and toner the label provides the same calming and relaxing appearance with the sea blue and white coloured stripes. The label situated on the lid can be pulled back to reveal further information on the product where we are provided with the ingredients and the product claim, which is "shine control moisturisation".
~~ USING THE MATTIFYING DAY CREAM ~~
I'm normally a fan of Olay and I reluctantly refrained from using it to enable me to ascertain the full benefits of this oil-free product. On removing the lid I am able to witness a white coloured cream, which almost has a pearly gel effect. The aroma is simply irresistible and mirrors that of both the wash and toner with its' unisex clean and fresh fragrance. What I find a little strange is that despite me checking the key ingredients on The Body Shop website I learned that the cream contains seaweed extract and Vitamin E, yet both the wash and toner contain menthol and cucumber and they all smell very similar. Consequently, I have reached the conclusion that the stunning aroma in all of the products must be due to the seaweed extract, which is wonderfully refreshing.
I dipped my finger tips into the cream and scooped out a small amount and was surprised at the consistency as it was a little runnier than I had expected and resembled more of a lotion as opposed to a cream. This is not a negative point as far as I am concerned, as it enabled easy application and was wonderfully cooling to my skin. I would state at this point that I regularly use facial moisturisers and as a result my skin is beautifully soft. However, I only have to omit using for one or two days or use an inferior product for dry skin patches to begin to appear on areas such as my cheeks and neck.
I was absolutely amazed at how quickly the cream absorbed into my skin, which was within literally seconds and as a result there was no need for me to wait to apply my mousse foundation, which I will always wear when going out for the day. I am in total agreement with the claim that the product controls shine because my T-zone skin will often become a little shiny, particularly on my forehead and nose. However, it was considerably reduced following regular application of this day cream. I have tried and tested many different facial moisturising products and there are only a few that I can highly rate with this being one of them. I still love Olay, but due to the fact that this moisturiser is a fraction of the price and delivers the same superb moisturising results I think I've been converted. The Seaweed Mattifying Day Cream does not cause any irritation when applied and leaves my skin feeling totally soft and smooth with no sticky residue.
~~INGREDIENTS AND OTHER INFORMATION~~
I have never seen such a long list of ingredients contained within a moisturiser and they can be found on The Body Shop website. However, I would advise that this product contains alcohol. Seaweed Mattifying Day Cream should be used within 12 months of opening and the tub can be recycled once empty. This is a superb moisturising product that delivers high quality and extremely effective results and has my full recommendation together with 5 stars.
~~ PRICE AND AVAILABILITY ~~
You can either choose to purchase the Seaweed Skincare Set where you will receive a 15 ml Mattifying Day Cream, 15 ml Clarifying Night Treatment, 60 ml Deep Cleansing Facial Wash and a 60 ml Clarifying Toner for £12 or a full sized 50 ml tub of Mattifying Day Cream will cost £7.00. The products can be purchased in store, but I always prefer to purchase online, particularly as I always wait for special offers, which are regularly sent to me by email.
I hope you found my review useful and would thank you for reading.
I've started using a lot of the Body Shops 'seaweed' products. in this there is the wash, day cream, night cream, mud pack, pore perfecter , clarifying toner, purifying facial and SPF-15 moisturizer. The seaweed range is specifically designed for combination-skin to balance out the oil and make the dry areas moisturized leaving your face feeling amazing.
Body Shop says: This oil-free, gel-like moisture cream is easily absorbed and perfect for combination skin. Moisturizes dry areas. Balances excess sebum. Gives a matte, shine-free complexion. Key Ingredient(s)
Seaweed extract and Vitamin E.
This is quite an expensive range and you might find it all a bit excessive which I do agree, I so far only use the wash and have just bought the day cream and I will also be purchasing the clay mask. All the seaweed products are in see through packaging with light blue/green labels which makes it look really neutral, this does have a bit of French language on the lip however all the other languages are luckily on the bottom of the product so they've done us a favor with this one. this also has a clear plastic cover inside over the cream so when you open it, it doesn't spill everywhere so it's hand to keep this and not throw it out.
This only comes in 50ml pots and is £9 which isn't normally a price i'd pay for something like this at all but i'm trying to reduce the look of blemish's on my face without taking any drastic action so giving this ago along with the wash. The cream for this is quite running so if you are new to trying only use a tiny bit at a time as this goes really far so it should last a long time as well so you really want to get your monies worth and not waste it.
This leaves your face feeling really refreshed after washing your face and applying this, it leaves no shine and truly is a matte finish, it also helps create the perfect base to start putting on your make up and I have seen a change in my skin condition already, definately money well spent.
When I went to my local body shop store, I spoke to one of the friendly staff who I told about my combination skin. She recommended the seaweed mattifying day cream, which is a light moisturiser designed for reducing the appearance of oily skin while also keeping dry skin moisturised.
I first used a sample which I was very impressed with as it and did just what the lady in the shop had said it would. As soon as I could afford to go back and buy the full pot I did. The pot however is rather expensive, seen as you only get 50ml. But this is worth the cost as it keeps your face looking oil free nearly all day, without having the heavy feeling of a normal moisturiser.
The cream is white and feels very light when applied to your face, it is easy to work into your skin and doesnt take long to be absorbed. There isnt a strong fragrance to the cream, just a very fresh smell.
I would definately recommend this to anyone with combination skin, or even just dry skin, as it is very light for a day moisturiser. The Body Shop are always very good for their sales, so if you wait for a sale this may beat the problem of the large price tag.
A big part of any woman's skin care regime should be her chosen moisturiser and for oily to combination skin the body shop has given us the seaweed mattifying day cream which contains Bladderwrack community trade seaweed and vitamin E to leave you skin nourished, shine free and moisturised throughout the day without any additional fuss.
The only downside is the expense, a 50ml tub cost £9 but don't let that put you off as this product does last for a long time (a little goes a long way) and if you are not sure you can always speak to an in-store consultant who will give you a free sample to try before you buy.
The product is easy to use, after cleaning your face apply to the skin with the finger tips and leave it to be absorbed. It can also be used to make a tinted moisturiser, using the little sample tub I mentioned before (I just asked for one at the counter and they gave me a new unused one) add the desired amount of foundation to moisturiser and mix it in.
Apply when ready to use and do not be tempted to rub it in too much, it will look odd but after the moisturiser has been absorbed into the skin you are left with a light weight coverage that can contain an SPF if you use that kind of foundation, it will also keep in the fridge for a month.
I have been using the moisturiser for several years now and find that it the best thing since sliced bread! My skin has gone from being spotty and greasy to smooth and with very limited outbreaks of spots. The best way to buy is to buy a savings card for a fiver and buy in bulk when the company has their 20% promotions throughout the year. It has a none greasy consistency..and goes on smoothly without leaving your skin feeling clogged. It is good for all ages that suffer from combination skin. The tub lasts me about two months as you only need a pea sized lump on each application. I only apply in the morning as I also use the Seaweed Night Moisturiser in conjunction with the day cream. I think that at the moment a tub costs around £9.50ish but its worth waitin and buyin in bulk when on offer.
A quick absorbing, non-clogging, oil-free, hydrating gel-like moisturiser /