Sunday, June 9, 2013
In The Skincare Mix: Yves Rocher 24H Intense Hydrating Gel Cream
With all the makeup reviews and swatches happening on this blog, skincare has really taken a back seat. I thought I'd take a break from swatching blushes and lipsticks to blog about my current moisturizer for day and night time. I hauled the Yves Rocher 24H Intense Hydrating Gel Cream a few months back as a replacement after my Kiehl's Ultra Facial Moisturizer ran out. I usually do quite a bit of research before adding something to my skincare routine but I honestly was lured in by the pretty teal packaging and gel cream texture the most.
The ingredients are conveniently labeled on the cardboard packaging. Dimethicone is the fourth ingredient which is somewhat alarming but so far, my skin has not broken out or reacted badly. The 50ml tub retails for $24 on the US website but is currently on promotion for 50% off. Yves Rocher always has promotions and sales so you're bound to find products for a fraction of the MSRP.
The moisturizer comes in a heavy glass jar with a sturdy plastic lid which is not the most optimal packaging for skincare as the product is prone to germs and bacteria. Yves Rocher claims the moisturizer is suitable for normal to combination skin and claims to leave skin "visibly replenished, fresh and radiant". The moisturizer is scented and smells fresh and almost like cucumbers.
The texture is aptly named a gel cream because it is not as light as a true gel but not heavy enough to be a cream either. The product spreads out easily and sinks into the skin readily. My skin is well moisturized and not flaky and I have not broken out or noticed any major negative changes after using this for about a month. That being said, this formula is probably going to be too heavy in July and August when summer is in full effect and my face is an oil slick.
This was definitely an impulse purchase and one that I will not be making again. While it is not a bad moisturizer by any means, it is not nearly as good as my favorite La Roche Posay Toleriane. The jar packaging, scent and silicone subtract major points and prevent it from being a skincare product I can fully recommend.