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I don't regularly use moisturiser on my face and I'm lucky enough to have good skin but as the years pass by I think it's important to start a skin-care regime. Not really knoing where to start I popped into my local Boots to have a look at their range of face creams. I had no real requirements except that I'd prefer it to have some SPF protection. This narraowed down the range somewhat! One that stood out on the shelf was the Garniew Nutritionist range in its distinctive green and black packaging. The box has a picture of the bottle and boasts a new cell energising complex that contains Omega 3 and 6, magnesium and SPF15 UV filters. It should be noted that there is an identical product without the SPF15 filters and is around £1.20 cheaper than this one which is priced at £9.78 for 50ml.
On the back of the benefits of each of the ingredients is explained. The omega 3 and 6 are essential fatty acids that reduce dehydration and reinforce the skins defences. The magnesium energieses cells to revitalise tired skin and combined these ingredients should result in skin that is more toned. The back also explains that the texture of this moisturiser is creamy and it is delicately perfumed and does not leave a greasy film. This last point is very important to me and is one of the reasons I don't use a moisturiser regularly, as most creams I have tried leave my skin feeling really greasy. I was impressed with what I'd read so far so I thought I'd give this product a try. There are other products in this range such as the night and eye creams which according to the packaging should be used together for optimal results (the sceptical side of me thinks they would say that wouldn't they?!)
The bottle itself is lime green, made of glass, with a white lid. The cream itself is white and looks a little thick. It doesn't have a strong smell, just a faint sweetness. Looking at it I didn't believe that it wouldn't be greasy. Once applied I found it quite difficult to blend in. I have light brown skin and found myself rubbing for 30 seconds or more to get it to blend in without leaving a white film. It did also feel a little greasy, but did leave my skin feeling very soft. I've been using the cream for a month now and my skin doesn't really look any different, but then I didn't have any skin problems to start with, so for me this is more long term protection. Would I buy it again? I think I'd be tempted to try something else, only because of the difficulty in getting this cream to blend in.
Also posted on ciao as tecnomars