Christmas goodies #2! My dear husband spoiled me as usual and got me a haul of goodies for Christmas. I was in need of a good moisturizer for nighttime for my dehydrated skin, and this was under the Christmas tree. My skin is dehydrated but also combination, so I didn’t want anything too heavy and this is exactly what I wanted.
First, the Benefiance line had gone through a facelift and upgrade. I had used a neck contour treatment and cleansing milk from Benefiance before the upgrade and remembered, not too fondly, that the fragrance smelled rather pungent and old lady-like. I was a little afraid of that, but to my surprise, the fragrance was much more like the kind Japanese brands usually use in their toiletries (Japan made lines), just think some of those Japanese shampoos with a delightful, pleasant, light fragrance. This is it. I love the scent of this moisturizer, which does not scream OLD.
The texture: a typical ’emulsion’ you would find in most Japanese brands, milky and rich. It’s a little more emollient than some of the emulsions I have used, but that’s ok. It is expected. This is for combination skin – dry skin should be using the cream version of this. I find that one pump is enough for my face and neck. If you have drier skin, pump once more and layer over the first.
I have been using this for almost 2 months, and for the first time, I actually see improvement in the hydration in my skin! I have used rich stuff before, but aside from the immediate sensation I felt using greasy/oily creams, it did nothing to plump the dehydration lines on my forehead. I don’t have wrinkles, just the dehydration lines, and no other visible lines or sagging skin so I was only concerned about the fine lines on my forehead. This does help – I would say that they are much less visible now than before. Although I was a little scared of getting breakouts from richer products meant for more mature skin, I did not have one zit from this at all. I have used it around that time of the month and it did not result in any clogged pores. The hydration is truly superb without feeling overly greasy.
Ingredient-wise, if you just read the list, you may not be too pleased…lots of cheap humectants (e.g. mineral oil) in an otherwise fairly expensive product (ok, not SKII expensive, but still). I expected better. But somehow, it works, so what can I say. Also, it’s important to note that this product is made in the U.S.A., not Japan.
Overall, I am very pleased with this night moisturizer. It also comes in a pump bottle, as you can see, which is hygienic and convenient. The scent really adds to the experience – and this is coming from someone who normally does not prefer scented skincare!