September 24, 2013

Take 3: Facial Moisturisers

It seems that I'm never content when it comes to skincare. I've stated my love for La Roche-Posay Hydraphase moisturiser  over and over again - yet recently, I've found myself trying out a few other daily moisturising creams just for something different, really.

None of these creams come with an in-built SPF, which used not to be my pick but I've been wearing SPF50 on top of my moisturiser since May or so, and may well just continue this through the winter with SPF30. Opinions are mixed, but it seems  that the general consensus among skincare peeps is that a separate sunscreen is the way to go, and I'm happy to do so for the sake of an extra minute in the morning. 

Avène Hydrance Optimale

I have used the UV version of this before, and was actually attempting to repurchase it but ended up with this one after a bleary-eyed morning trip to the chemist on the way to work. It was a happy accident, though - I LOVE this. It's exactly what it claims to be: a light hydrating cream for sensitive skin. I feel like it really moisturises my face deep down, plus it sinks in very fast, is a joy to apply, and smells like baby powder. My skin loved it and I should really have just bought this again rather than trying the next moisturiser...

Origins GinZing Energy-Boosting Moisturiser

I bought this pretty much on a whim one day in Arnotts - I was low on moisturiser and decided to give this one a shot as it's not much more expensive than the Avène and La Roche-Posay, plus it's a 50ml jar. Now, I do love applying this. It smells absolutely delicious - really tangy and citrusy - and the gel-cream feels lovely on the skin.  Honestly, though, I feel like that's where the party ends with this product. It has no real efficacy in terms of moisturisation or brightening - I mean, it's fine, but the fact that I have used several cheaper creams which were better than this did annoy me. I have to say I was disappointed in this - I really thought I'd like it because of all the positive reviews it's gotten, as well as the success I've had myself recently with several other Origins products. I'll use it up for the yummy scent, but I won't be repurchasing!

Clarins HydraQuench Cream

I received this as part of a gift with purchase ages ago - I loved the HydraQuench serum so was fairly sure I'd adore this. I wasn't wrong - it's just a lovely product to use and I feel like it really does moisturise very well. At €45 for 50ml, though, it's extremely expensive so I will probably just be buying the Avène again, as it's nearly half the price. If you are looking to really treat yourself, though, do try this. Clarins always recommend using just a 50c coin-sized amount of product at a time, so a tube of this will last forever if you do that... I really need to be less liberal with my products!

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