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I have always loved the Seaweed Range from the Body Shop. I remembered using this range in my teenage years. Over the years, I have ventured to a variety of brands and products so I forgot about it. However, when they sent me a 40% off promo code, I made a big order on their website for my mom (cause she loved some of their stuffs) and I cheekily added this for myself since my morning moisturizer was running out and it was not too expensive with the offer.
I have oily combination skin as I have mentioned in many of my reviews, and an SPF of at least 15 is a must for my day cream so this seemed like just the thing I need, I thought.
The product and packaging:
This lightweight moisturising lotion hydrates, controls excess oil and combats shine. It also has UVA/UVB protection.
I love when things come in tube form. That means it is more sanitizing, and you can squeeze as much or as little as you would like. And the tube is 50ml, the same as most The Body Shop or lot of other day/night creams.
It retails for £11, a bit pricey comparing to drugstore brands but considerably cheaper than high-end brands. Then again, The Body Shop products always sit somewhere in the middle, not too expensive but not cheap either. However, TBS do offers all the time, lots of 25%, 30%, 40% discount promotions in store and online so I believe you will never have to pay full price for any items from TBS. And if you buy online, you can click through some cashback website like Quidco to get 10-14% cashback, which is a bonus. And sometimes, the code can also be used in conjunction with their 10% off loyalty scheme, so I ended up paying only £4 or £5 something for it, which is very good.
As it is a lotion, not a moisturizer, the texture is very lightweight and a little bit watery, which I don't really mind. It absorbs fast into the skin and no greasy, sticky feeling.
The moisturizer has a fresh and pleasant smell, it absorbs almost immediately into the skin, leaving a smooth and silky touch. It does give a magnifying effect, but not as much to the point your face looks completely matte. It also does control the oil well. Normally, I have to plot my face every 1-2 hours, but with this, my face is much less shiny and oily, so I plot maybe after 4-5 hours, which is great. Hence, the makeup sits well on this and requires less maintenance.
The product does not clog my pores or gives me any break-outs, which I am very happy about since my skin is sensitive. It provides enough moisture for my skin too, especially in hotter days. I have never used it during winter months, so I don't know if it will be moisturizing enough for that cause my skin can get very dry outside the T-zones.
I am a beauty product junkie and I have tried so many moisturizers (both high-end and cheaper brands) for combination-oily skin, and I must admit I like this. I do not require much for my day moisturizer, since I have a serum I love so this is perfect for me. However, if you require more and want a bit of lux in your day cream, this would not be for you. It does not combat acne or prevent wrinkles or any like that. It is just a good basic day cream for combination/oily skin. And for the price I paid, you can not beat this.
I whole heartedly recommend this moisturiser.
In the past oil free moisturisers have let me down. Though great for avoiding breakouts, they don't feel substantial enough to actually moisturise dry parts of my face that really need it. This product seems to strike the right balance. I've haven't had an increased amount of spots while using it, and I've been using it for a good six months now. It is thick enough to actually feel like a moisturisier rather than the somewhat watery consistency of other oil-free products I have tried in the past
There is no particular smell. It feels nice to apply and sinks in quickly. It also has a SPF 15 in which is great at protecting your skin from harmful sun rays all year round.
It is currently being sold on The Body Shop website for £11, however I seem to remember paying slightly less than that. Body Shop are always discounting these days so there is rarely a need to actually pay full price.
A huge fan if other seaweed products, I decided to try this moisturiser because it seemed to promise three things I wanted: 1) moistursation, 2) mattifying and 3) SPF15
As I have greasy / combination skin, I spent my 20s avoiding moisturiser completely, but now in my 30s I feel I need something to protect from future ageing and prevent the odd dry patch of skin. This moisturiser comes out as a "lotion" thickness - not buttery or oily in texture, but more creamy and less gel-like than the seaweed day cream. It feels very smooth and moisturising when you apply it, and very "wet" as opposed to oily. However, it doesn't make my skin look better like the seaweed day cream does, and it does make my nose feel slightly greasy and have a bit of shine to it, which is surprising since it is supposed to be mattifying.
The moisturising effect of this product is very good, and skin feels soft and moisturised long after application, but I feel like I need to use another product to mattify, so really it is just a moisturiser. The SPF is a good bonus, and it feels and smells nice, but I much prefer the day cream which is slightly less moisturising than this one but more fresh and non-greasy.
As I am rapidly hurtling towards my mid 20's, I'm starting to consider things about my beauty regime that I've never considered before.
SPF's are something that I should have invested in a long time ago, and when there was a promotion for 40% plus free delivery on the BodyShop website I plumped for this product. I read the reviews on the Bodyshop website and it suggested that the product was good under makeup, so this plus the added SPF made the product desireable for me.
The product itself comes in a much smaller tube than I expected - for the full price I would not be happy, its a reasonably small tube. To access the product you squeeze the packaging to get the required amount of product. One of the positives of having a tube like this is the fact that you aren't putting your dirty fingers into a pot, leaving germs inside the product!
To use the product you put the required amount in your hands and smooth over a clean face. The product is meant to mattify your skin with an added SPF 15. It also claims to provide moisture for the skin.
I've been using this product for over a month and the verdict so far isn't great. Although the product feels ok when I smooth it onto my face, thats as far as the praise goes.
Firstly, the product stays very wet on the skin for a long time. If you are in a rush in the mornings, this is not the product to use. When the product does dry down, it leaves a very shiny finish.
Makeup does apply well over this product but I wouldn't believe anyone who says this product is a good primer, if anything I think it helps the makeup to slide off my face. My powder and foundation doea not seem to work well with this product.
Since using the product I actually feel my skin has become drier, especially around the nose. I have combination skin but have never experienced dryness on my face like what I've been having with this product.
I do feel happy that I am protecting my face with SPF 15. I just don't think this product can ever achieve what it puports to achieve. In terms of reccomending this to a friend, I just don't think I can! The product is quite expensive for what it is, and I'm only carrying on using it because I'd be aggrieved to chuck this into the bin. Not a holy grail product to say the least.
I always ensure I have good moisturiser with an SPF therefore when I was buying cosmetics from the Body Shop Seaweed range, Matifying Moisture Lotion SPF 15 felt like a must.
It comes in a white tube with a flip-top lid at the bottom (which I find very convenient - no turning upside down when I start to run out of the product) which is covered in a turqouise sticker with all the necessary information. What I don't like about the packaging is that I cannot see how much product there is left.
This lotion has a lovely, mild scent (none of the products from the range smell like actual seaweed) which disappears really quickly. What really surprised me about this lotion is its texture - I expected it to be lighter and not as rich, especially compared to the cream. It is very easy to use: just apply some of the lotion onto your fingers and gently massage into your face skin.
According to the producer, this lotion will provide oil-balance, moisturisation and UVA/UVB protection. I have a combination skin (which is dry on my cheeks and forehead whilst my nose is normally shiny) and I must admit that it provided really good moisturisation. My skin also felt really soft and smooth. Unfortunately, it did not reduce the shine at all which was what I was hoping for. As the name claims that it is a matifying product (which clearly it isn't), it turned out to be a real disappointment for me.
Even though it doesn't matify, it gets absorbed by the skin fairly quickly. I wear make up every day and I am quite glad that I don't need to wait too long before applying foundation (or matifying powder in this case!). I also felt that it didn't make any difference if it comes to my pores or blemishes (though my skin thankfully doesn't really have problems with these).
The lotion is quite expensive - £10.00 for a 50ml tube however it does go quite a long way. It can be bought from the Body Shop in-store or online.
Thank you for reading my review.
I bought this moisturiser along with the cleansing cream and toner. It is a 50ml tube with a flip up lid and costs £10.00.
Overall I have to say I'm disappointed. I have combination skin with an oily tea zone and was looking for a moisturiser with spf. I know spf can make skin look greasy and I was hoping since this moisturiser claims to be mattifying it would leave my skin grease-free.... not so, it leaves an oily film over my skin and I have found it very hard to apply my makeup over it as it just will not stay. This also only lasted me about 2 months so I do not think it is particularly good value for money.
Good things about this moisturiser are the smell - it smells clean and fresh without being too overpowering although I doubt very much this is the smell of seaweed! It is also easy and hygenic to dispense as you are not putting your fingers in the bottle.
The cleansing cream and toner have worked really well for me (review coming soon) and have so far lasted me 3 months with still a bit left in both bottles so I don't think this moisturiser is a reflection of the seaweed range in general.
In my opinion this is one to miss, there are much better value moisturisers out there that do a better job.
From: The Body Shop
For: moisturising and balancing combination skin
The packaging is a small simple squeezy plastic tube with a flip lid. It doesn't look as nice as most Body Shop products, but it's ok. It's easy to squeeze just the right amount that you need from the tube.
Despite the Body Shop describing this as a 'gel-like moisture lotion', it really doesn't feel gel-like at all, it's just a fairly thin textured lotion. It feels creamy and smoothes easily into the skin.
It absorbs quickly and I have to use quite a lot of it to feel that my whole face has been moisturised. This means that as you only get 50ml in thee tube, it gets used up really quickly which is disappointing for something that's so expensive.
It leaves my skin feeling quite fresh and smooth, but it doesn't do a fantastic job of moisturising it. It feels ok but not as good or as soft as when I use other moisturisers.
I also don't think it really does anything to mattify my skin at all. My skin still becomes just as oily as usual when I'm using it, and it doesn't stop the dreaded shine.
All in all this is a pretty poor moisturiser.
Thumbs down from me.
I bought this product for the summer due to the fact that I hate to wear sun cream on my face under makeup because it makes me break out. I was looking for a moisturiser that contained SPF and this one seemed like the perfect one because I already had products from the Bodyshop's seawead range and it would complete my skincare collection.
Seaweed Mattifying Moisture Lotion comes in a 50ml tube with a flip-top lid. The tube is white with a blue sticker on giving us all the information we need to know. I like the fact that the tube stands on it lid because it means when there's not much of the product left, you can still squeeze it out.
*Using The Product*
All you have to do is squeeze the desired amount onto your fingers and massage gently into the skin. I find that the moisturiser spreads very well, meaning you don't need much to cover the whole face. I love using this moisture lotion because it smells lovely. I'm sure that's not the real scent of seaweed- I think a fragrance must have been added as well so make it smell natural but sweet, but it still smells divine.
This product claims it give moisture where needed, but still mattifies oily parts. For me it didn't really do that. It gave my skin a good moisturise which is not what I was hoping for, seeing as I have oily skin. The fact it made me look a bit shiny could have been because my skin is not combination like this product was designed for. (my skin would be more suited to the tea tree range). However, my skin wasn't as oily as it is with a normal moisturiser so I guess it works. Maybe the product is a little more oily because it has SPF in. After using this my skin is left very smooth and soft. It's not matte in any way, but is not TOO oily. This works as a great base for makeup.
The moisturiser doesn't really do what it claims, but for me I think it does work well. At £10.00 it is a little pricey seeing as you only get 50ml. I would probably buy the tea tree version for my oily skin, but it doesn't have SPF in it, so I'll probably try that one in the winter, and it's specially made for oily skin so it will be more suitable. I think that the Seaweed Mattifying Moisture Lotion is a good moisturiser if you want to protect your skin from the sun without using a heavy sun cream. I would buy this again because it doesn't leave my face as shiny as other creams do. I would recommend this to people who want to protect their skin.
I have to say this product disappointed me after the success of the non-SPF Face Cream from the same range (see my review for the glorifying praise!).
I bought this cream to replace the Body Shop Seaweed Mattifying Day Cream when I'd finished the tub because I was concerned about the lack of SPF. I was using a other products from the same range at the time, specifically the face wash and exfoliating scrub. I have sensitive skin with a slightly oily T-zone.
I really like the tube packaging because I don't like putting my fingers into product because I prefer to keep my beauty products sterile, but I'm afraid that's where my appreciatiation for this product ends.
The cream is thick and slightly greasy (because of the SPF). When it goes on it does not sink in quickly, and even an hour later I was left with skin that I couldn't apply makeup to because there was a oily sheen. Mattify it does not.
Long term this product does smooth the skin, and I would be tempted to tell myself that oiliness is the price you have to pay for SPF, except that I know it isn't. It is much more effective to apply sun lotion to your face and then use the non-SPF mattifying day cream from this range.
I only used this for 2 weeks and in that time I did experience a few more spots than usual and blemishes - this may be hormonal but that is not normal for me so I attribute it to the product.
It might be ok for dry skin which needs the oily nourishment but in my opinion it is not suitable for combination oily skin.
© L Wade 2009 - submitted only on dooyoo.
An oil free lotion that helps moisturise without clogging the pores and controls excess oil throughout the day while protecting against harmful UV rays /