It has been quite some time since I have done a product review, mainly because when I find a good product that works for my skin I tend to stick to it.
However recently I feel like my skincare routine hasn't been working as well as it used to, so I have been on a search for some new products!
In today's post I will be talking about The Body Shop's seaweed oil control day cream. I have been using this for a few months now. I have to say I have been impressed with the results and feel it deserves a mention.
What is claims to do 'Our gel cream is ideal for combination skin. Hydrating yet lightweight, this cream helps to balance oil ad excess sebum, leaving a matte, shine-free complexion.'
So to start... My skin type is oily combination break out prone as you will probably know if you have read my previous posts.
I have previously used the cleanser and toner from the Body Shop seaweed collection, both of which I liked. So I was drawn to this same range when searching for a new moisturiser. The seaweed range is aimed at those with an oily/combination skin type. The cost of the cream was £13 for 50l/1.7 US OZ. Considering how little you need to use I think this is a reasonable price.
The cream itself is exactly as they describe... a gel consistency, very lightweight and a little goes a long way. At first I wasn't sure it would be moisturising enough for my dry patches, as it seems to soak in very quickly once applied leaving the skin with a matte finish. However I was soon proved wrong, after a couple of days the dry patches on my cheeks had cleared up nicely.
As the moisturiser is a gel consistency it doesn't feel at all greasy on the face unlike ones that are more cream based. It didn't make me break out at all and I feel it did do a good job of balancing oils while maintaining moisture levels on the skin.
Although the moisturiser gives a matte finish when applied I do feel my skin still got a little oily throughout the day in my T-zone. However it doesn't claim to keep skin matte all day and unless I use a mattifying primer this seems to happen with any moisturiser I use so I'm not overly concerned about it!
Overall I think it is a really good product if you have oil/combo skin and are looking for a lightweight hydrating moisturiser to use in the morning. If your skin is more on the dry side this may not be moisturising enough for you. For me, the gel texture felt really lovely on the skin and super easy to blend over your face and neck. The only downside to the moisturiser in my opinion is the packaging, as it's less hygienic than if it was in a tube...but other than that I cannot fault it!
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