In a world where hundreds of beauty products are released each month, few creams manage to hang onto the shelves for more than a few years. Pommade Divine has been around for more than 300. And it’s still going strong. Now, that’s an amazing feat!
“It’s typical, isn’t it? We’ve been working hard every single day to keep women’s skin soft and healthy and no one pays any attention to us. Then, along come stem cells, peptides, and all those fancy new ingredients and they instantly get all the attention. We don’t even know how (or if!) they work yet! So unfair!”
That’s what poor ceramides must think. For way too long, Elizabeth Arden was the only one who paid any attention to them. Now, they’re slowly finding their way into more and more creams and lotions. Make sure you get one of them. Here’s why:
It’s so rare to find a moisturizer that does what it says on the tin. These days, they’re all competing for attention by making the most outlandish claims.
Like, our cream can detoxify skin (nope, my kidneys do that, thank you very much). Or it can activate this or that gene (hope not, cos that may cause cancer, and who wants that?!). Or contains maximum concentrations of key actives which upregulate epidermal growth factors for fibroblast development (what the heck does that even mean?!).
Benefit Total Moisture Facial Cream keeps it simple. It claims to provide a “concentrated immediate & long-term hydration for a radiantly refreshed complexion.” And it delivers exactly that.
It’s no secret I’m a skincare junkie. What may surprise you is how little attention I pay to the skin of my body. It’s so easy to forget about it. It’s always hidden under layers of clothing.
But then, one fine day, summer comes along. Its warmth prompts me to shed those layers, and happily don sundresses and miniskirts instead. But there’s a problem. My skin’s never ready for them.
So, when I’ve heard that Walmart store brand Studio 35 is selling a dupe for Olay Regenerist Micro Sculpting Cream, my curiosity was instantly piqued. Could Sudio 35 Micro Shaping Cream be even better?
At first glance, the creams look identical. The name is pretty much the same: Micro Sculpting Cream vs Micro Shaping Cream (not much fantasy there!). Ditto for the ingredients. But when I inspected them more closely, I notice a key difference that makes one better than the other.
Here’s what I’m talking about:
Brand: Visibly Clear Spot Stress Control Ultra-Light Spot Treatment Moisturiser
From Neutrogena’s website:
NEUTROGENA VISIBLY CLEAR® Spot Stress Control Ultra-light Spot Treatment Moisturiser is ultra-light and contains MICROCLEAR® technology, to penetrate deep down and help clear spots whilst hydrating skin.
What I liked:
– helps get rid of blemishes faster
– thin texture, sinks quickly into the skin
– doesn’t leave a greasy residue behind
– moisturising enough for oily skin, leaves it soft and smooth
– gentle, doesn’t irritate skin
– cheap price
What I didn’t like:
– if you have dry skin, this won’t be moisturising enough for you
– some people may dislike the cucumber scent
– small size
A month ago, my flatmate asked me to go shopping with him. His nose had been invaded by blackheads, and he wanted something that got rid of them all quickly without breaking the bank. So, I dragged him to Superdrug, where I spent 20 minutes browsing through exfoliants, moisturizers, and spot treatments with salicylic acid, while he complained that I was taking too long… Mmm, talk about gratitude!