Product Type: The Body Shop body care
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Member Name: Campbell87
The Body Shop Seaweed Mattifying Day Cream
Date: 06/10/11, updated on 03/03/12 (123 review reads)
Advantages: consistency, longevity
Disadvantages: lack of shine control for more than an hour or so!
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.
Summary: Not for the serverely oily amongst us!