Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Double cream

I'd like to introduce you to two new moisturisers in my life.

{flavour of the month}

Youth Formula Cellular Time Complex Day Cream SPF 15 (such a catchy name) is £9.50 from Marks and Spencer. I tried this as an alternative to my much lauded L'Oreal Youth Code Day Cream, which suits me just fine, but lacks an SPF. This cream has a lovely fresh smell and a light texture which moisturises without feeling greasy. In fact I much prefer the texture to the Youth Code cream, which can sometime feel a bit too dry.

I always look for hyaluronic acid in my moisturiser, and this cream has it, along with sirtuins (which prolong the lifespan of cells) and creatine (which supplies energy to the cells, allowing them to act more liker younger skin cells). There's a good dose of antioxidants in there, by way of golden root extract which protects against external aggressors, such as extreme weather or pollution.

I have normal to combination skin, but like a heavier cream than would normally be suggested for this skin type, and have been really pleased with this moisturiser. And for something you can pick up when you're buying your dinner / tights / underwear, for just £9.50... it's definitely worth a try. They also do a serum in this range which has received some good reviews, and is only £12.

Every now and then, my skin goes through a little extra-dry and sensitive blip, when my normal moisturiser needs to be replaced with something more... .erm, moisturising. In the past, I've always used Clinique's Moisture Surge Intense but I decided to go in search for something cheaper. Aqualia Thermal by Vichy has proven to be the answer - it soothes and calms the skin, and packs in moisture using hyaluronic acid and lipidure, which combine to make the moisture delivery more long lasting. It's a moisturiser which concentrates on delivering hydrating more than anti-ageing, but for those times when my skin is needing something richer, this cream is perfect.

{tops off}


  1. Ran out of my £100+ tub of moisturiser and remembering this tip picked up the M+S moisturiser on my way through the store. What a gem! It has a mattifying effect (which when it is humid is a bonus) and does look to reduce my wrinkles. My only caution goes out to contact lens wearers as it can bring a tear to the eye when putting in my lenses.

  2. Glad you like it - I've just run out of my usual Estee Lauder serum so am going to give the M&S serum a try and will report back. I wear contacts and don't find the cream irritating, so maybe stick with it, just avoiding the eye area?