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I was lucky enough to win a tube of the Dr Hauschka Melissa day cream in the Glamour beauty giveaway. At first glance, the packaging seems a little clinical, with it being packaged in a sleek white tube with and orange band across the bottom of it, but I suppose this is to fit with the 'science' part of it.
The tube is sealed with a small piece of metal foil which can be broken by the underside of the lid. Upon squeezing it out onto my fingers, the creams appears a pale yellowish colour with a fairly thick consistency that holds its shape well. It spreads into the skin fairly well, but doesn't go as far as my usual day cream, which means that you end up using much more of it. It sinks into the skin quickly and leaves it feeling refreshed, moisturized but not greasy. It leaves skin hydrated and is great for preparing the skin before make up. The smell is lovely, I first likened it to lemon sherbet, but it has a lovely orangey, citrusy tang as well.
As for its supposed benefits for sensitive skin, my skin showed no reaction but I do not have overly sensitive skin The cream also claimed that it helps reduce redness, but I saw no improved in my skin with regards to this.
Overall, this is a nice moisturizer to use and it does the intended job. However, I saw no great improvement in my skin compared to my usual (and much cheaper) day cream. So unless you have very sensitive skin and struggle with other day creams, I wouldn't suggest that this cream is worth its price tag.
I recently purchased a mixed lot of five travel sized Dr Hauschka products; after reading what seems like millions of reviews about the brand my curiosity had been piqued so I splashed out to find out what all the fuss was about, the first item I sampled being this Melissa Day Cream.
After reading the instructions carefully (as with Dr Hauschka things are never as straightforward as my usual 'slap it on and hope for the best' approach) I saw that you need to wash your face with a non-oil cleanser, spray with toner and then apply the cream. Easy enough, apart from the fact that I was a) not sure which of my vast array of cleansers contain oil and b) I only own toner than needs to be applied with a ball of cotton wool. Oh well, I picked the gentlest cleanser in my arsenal and decided to skip the toner step completely as this isn't something I use on a daily basis anyway.
The Melissa cream is incredibly thick, on some websites it's classed as a balm and this is a pointer to how thick the consistency is - when applying it's a good idea to warm the cream up in the palm of your hands to allow you to be able to spread it across the skin of your face comfortably and without any dragging. If I try to apply it directly from the tube the cream sits on my skin and kind of balls up when I try to rub it in, in cooler weather I suspect you could sit the tube on the radiator for a couple of minutes to loosen it up but no way am I putting the heating on today just to please the good Dr!
When you've (eventually) converted the cream into something resembling a spreadable product you apply all over your facial skin and as far down your neck as you feel necessary. It feels quite heavy as you're applying it and takes a while to absorb into your skin, a little definitely goes a long way in this case as although it has been developed to be a gentle product it can be a little irritating and cloying if you apply too much. Despite the thickness of the cream it absorbs fairly quickly (providing you haven't used too much in the first place); it's not immediately soothing regardless of the claims of Dr Hauschka and has the sensation of applying a thick suncream rather than a light and refreshing moisturiser.
The effects of the Melissa Day Cream are quite impressive; to be honest I'd say it would be more suitable for women (or men) who are suffering from the ailments outlined by Dr Hauschka in their product blurb as for someone like me, who has no particular skin issues, it seems like overkill to be using such a highly medicated/developed cream. One aspect I'm more than happy with is the mattifying properties, especially during this shine-inducing heatwave we're having at the moment. From the instant the cream absorbs into my skin my (not particularly) oily T-Zone appears far less shiny and this excellently lasts for hours even in hot sweaty weather. Applying foundation over the top is fine once you've allowed the cream to settle completely; I've been using a mattifying foundation while using the Melissa cream and have been impressed with the completely matte finish on my skin and also the smooth base it provides, I can feel a difference in how smoothly my foundation glides on and the finish is flawless after using this cream as a primer.
The moisturising properties are good, again I suspect the effects would be more pronounced on someone who has drier skin than me but I find my skin is softer and smoother after application with a plumped up look that takes a few years off the appearance of my skin when I'm not wearing foundation. I don't suffer with redness, but Dr Hauschka claim this cream will help with that too and I don't see any reason to doubt this as it feels soothing enough. When you're using the Melissa Day Cream the results aren't cumulative, by this I mean that the results are as good after the first application as after the tenth - using it religiously for months won't necessarily have a long term impact on the appearance or quality of your skin, as once you stop using it the problems will start appearing again. This is a shame, but at £23 for a 30ml tube it's actually quite relieving that I don't have to make it a regular purchase to see and feel the benefits.
I think I can only really recommend this cream to the people Dr Hauschka themselves recommend it for, ie. those with sensitive combination skin who have the added problem of redness issues. While it was a decent moisturiser with excellent mattifying capabilities my skin is just too *normal* to really get the benefit from it.
Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil0, Alcohol, Glycerin, Manihot Utilissima (Tapioca) Starch, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Arachis Hypogaea (Peanut) Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Anthyllis Vulneraria Extract1, Bellis Perennis (Daisy) Flower Extract1, Tropaeolum Majus Extract, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract1, Cetearyl Alcohol, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Root Extract, Citral, Limonene, Geraniol, Citronellol, Linalool, Hectorite, Lysolecithin, Xanthan Gum, Coco-Glucoside / 1 = in rhythmitised dilution / Dr.Hauschka Heroes – 2012 / Pure Beauty Awards Best New Organic Moisturiser – 2011 / Dr.Hauschka Melissa Day Cream has been specially developed to meet the needs of sensitive combination skin conditions / Rich in Lemon balm, combined with other extracts of medicinal herbs to soothe irritable, reddened skin, keep oily zones clear and matte while helping the skin to retain moisture in dry areas, the balancing Melissa Day Cream refines the skin and leaves the complexion soft and even / Features: Dr.Hauschka Melissa Day Cream helps sensitive combination skin to regain its healthy balance by stimulating its natural activity / Soothes irritable, reddened skin / Keeps oily zones clear and matte / Retains moisture in dry areas / Refines the skin and leaves the complexion soft and even / Directions for use: Following morning cleanse, spray first with Clarifying Toner and then squeeze a small amount of Dr.Hauschka Melissa Day Cream onto the palm of your hand and warm it by pressing your hands together / This makes it easier to apply / Gently apply to face, neck and earlobes / Hints and tips: Let Dr.Hauschka Melissa Day Cream help your sensitive combination skin to regain its healthy balance by stimulating your skins own natural activity / The Dr.Hauschka skin care concept incorporates the principle of oil-free night care / Following your cleansing, the Clarifying Toner serves as your optimal night care product providing the sensitive combination skin with all the support it needs / At this point, applying oil-based products would disrupt the skin's natural processes of elimination / Daily use of oil based creams at night can mean that the skin becomes dependant on an external source of moisture rather than producing its own / If your skin feels taut after cleansing and toning in the evening, be patient / Wait 20-30 minutes and the skin will re-balance itself / Make sure that you are rinsing the Cleansing Cream off properly / If you have been using night creams for a long time, then your skin may need extra support in the changeover period to Dr.Hauschka, and in this case, Dr.Hauschka recommend the Rhythmic Night Conditioner ampoules /