Natural beauty and well-being

16 March 2015

Current face moisturisers

Moisturing is an important beauty step in my routine. I have a soft spot for water-based moisturisers. I don't use a face oil as daytime "moisturiser" since I often feel like my skin needs a more protective texture. The other reason is that I often notice than my skin looks less matte after a few hours after the oil application.
I loved the fantastic day cream from Acure Organics (see review) and would happily repurchase it, but this time I got tempted to try to some other moisturisers.

Gabriel Organics Marine anti-ageing cream * ($35.50 for 60ml)
This USDA certified cream has been my daily treat for a while now and is the first trial of this US natural brand for me. And with its onctuous and milky texture I am pleasantly surprised!
Every morning I simply apply the cream onto a cleansed and toned face. Upon application it feels sligtly greasy (which surprised me a bit for a relatively light cream), but after a couple of minutes the skin becomes completely smooth, hydrated and nicely prepared for make-up - and the slight greasy film disappears!
The marine anti-ageing cream contains glycerin and aloe vera juice, which offers a perfect protection and moisture for normal to dry skins. Also included in the cream is the anti-inflammatory white Willow bark extract, which is known to accelerate the natural exfoliation processes of the skin and help to even out the complexion. Last but not least, another interesting "anti-ageing" ingredient is the algae extract, which is antioxidant and promotes the skin collagen production.
This cream is one of my favorites - it has a lovely texture and a simple yet extremely effective formula. And finally, but not unimportant, it has a lovely discrete scent. Ok, there is one but....I would change the container, which I do not find very handy.

Composition: Aloe vera juice, glycerin, emulsifying wax, Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary)& maltodextrin, tocopherol, Fucus vesiculosis (Bladderwrack), Salix alba bark (White willow bark) extract, Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary) extract & Helhianthus annus, xanthan gum, Blue green Algae, Rosehip oil.

Tropic skincare Skin revive * (£20.00 for 50ml)
This nutritive day cream is designed to cushion and cuddle any skin that is lipid-deprived and need a nutritive boost. It has a really smooth texture and feels slightly richer than the one from Gabriel organics. Packed with some of the best plant oils (Rosehip, Macadamia, Avocado) alongside Shea butter, you only a tiny amount to make your skin moisturised and plumped. The packaging is fresh, hygienic and works really well by delivering enough product for the all face. Scent is lightly floral, very pleasant.
This cream is a great choice if you have a very sensitive skin that becomes easily irritated following harsh weather conditions, but could also be very suitable to ageing skins. I have used it most of the winter and was very surprised by its "not too greasy" appearance on the face. However, I wish Tropic skincare would do a lighter version of it as their range of moisturisers seems limited to this one. If you look for a very good moisturiser especially during wintertime, this one is excellent but it would definitely be too rich when weather is slightly warmer.

Conposition: organic Aloe vera juice (Aloe barbadensis leaf juice), golden Jojoba oil (simmondsia chinensis oil), Macadamia oil (Macadamia oil), Rosehip oil (Rosa canine fruit oil), Avocado oil (Persea gratissima oil), Shea butter (Butyrospermum parkii), vegetable glycerin (glycerin), coconut & cassava emulsifier (cetearyl alcohol, cetearyl glucoside), Candelilla wax (euphorbia cerifera wax), Soy lecithin (lecithin), organic grapefruit seed extract (Citrus grandis), vitamin E (tocopherol), Corn sugar gum (xanthan gum), Sea kelp (algae), Echinacea purpurea leaf), Blueberry (Vaccinium angustifolium fruit), Raspberry (rubus ideas fruit), Camomille (Calendula officinalis flower), Frankincense (Boswellia carterii oil), Sweet Orange (Citrus aurantium dullness peel oil), Rose geranium (Pelargonium graveolens oil), gentle preservative system (potassuim sorbet, sodium benzoate).

Have you tried those brands? What do you use as face moisturiser?

Note: I have contacted both of the companies about their cream INCI list which does not appear really accurate.

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