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Another Skin Ceuticals product I received as part of my competition win earlier this year was a small 30ml bottle of their Hydrating B5 Gel, while I don't really suffer with dry skin I do wear full make-up most days which leaches moisture from my skin so I was curious as to how this product would perform.
The gel is dispensed via a squeezy pipette, I don't usually like cosmetics which have this type of applicator but it's actually essential for this particular product as you only need two or three drops per application - and believe me, when you get to the end of this review and discover the price of this tiny wee bottle you'll praise god for the accurate pipette! It doesn't matter how much you initially squeeze into the pipette's tube as it's very easy to control the amount of drops that you dispense from it, although try not to be too heavy handed the first time you come to use it as you really do not want to waste a drop of this stuff!
The gel is quite thin, much thinner actually than I thought it would be. This isn't necessarily a bad thing though as it makes the gel very easy to spread across your skin, a thicker product would drag too much and you'd have to use much more to cover the same area. As it stands the consistency of the gel is absolutely perfect in my opinion.
Once you have dispensed your gel you simply sweep it across your skin in an upwards motion and allow it to absorb. The absorption rate is quite fast, it does leave a slight shine on my skin for a while afterwards but this isn't really a problem as I tend to apply it in the evening (Skin Ceuticals recommend using it once or twice a day), although I have used it in the morning and can assure you it's fine for applying make-up on top after just a few minutes.
Now, this isn't just a moisturiser. Skin Ceuticals claim that by using this product it will help your skin retain it's moisture better and also helps the hydrating properties of other products you use on top of it to work their magic. This isn't the sort of thing you can prove, but in this case I'm inclined to believe them as during the (crazy) hot spell in October this year I resorted to using a facial spritz due to the fact that a coinciding chest infection meant I felt like my whole head was going to explode in the heat. I was using a cheap Boots spritz which contained a small amount of moisturising capability; I've never been overly impressed with that side of the spritz, but after using it I was amazed at how much moisture my skin soaked up just from using this very basic spritz.
I could see the difference in the look and feel of my skin within just a few days of using this gel. Visually my skin looks pinker, plumper and more radiant and as far as the touchability factor goes my facial skin feels smoother - I wouldn't say it particularly has a softer feel but I can tell just by running my fingertips across my skin that it is generally healthier than before I started using the gel. I've noticed my skin tone looks brighter and the few enlarged pores I had developed closed up, admittedly in my case these were very minor problems but I definitely think this gel could help deal with more severe skincare issues. It's a gentle product but extremely effective; it sweeps so smoothly across my skin that the gel has a luxurious aspect to it, but the slick and slightly greasy gel also has quite a clinical feel.
I'm impressed. This is a quality product that actually does do good things for my skin. Now for the bummer news, this Skin Ceuticals gel costs an incredible £55 for the 30ml bottle. Wow. I know you only need to use a couple of drops at a time, but using it twice daily a bottle still wouldn't last long at all - I've only been using it for two months and already the bottle seems quite low, I won't be replacing it at that price though so will have to start searching for a more cost effective alternative.
When it comes to expensive pampering then this product epitomises that concept, a 30ml bottle will set you back the best part of £60 and I must say I only parted with that amount of money after some glowing references from a couple of dancer friends who swear by it as it combats the effects of the heavy amount of make up and other consequences of the job which help to dry out skin, I just wish I could offset the cost as a business expense.
You are certainly not paying for any fancy packaging with this product, it is a very austere clinical looking bottle, clear glass with the pipette dispenser clearly visible through the clear liquid inside with the black rubber teat at the top. They have also not wasted any money on adding any fragrance to the contents either as it has a slightly antiseptic smell to it. It is simple to apply, although slightly worrying was the fact that you are advised to avoid the eye area, just drop two to three drops into your hand and rub into your skin. I have used it on my face, neck and across my shoulders as well as the skin around my knees and the soles of my feet. The good news is that three drops do cover your whole face and neck so the product does last a decent amount of time even if you are using it twice a day.
I tend to use it in short spurts when I'm working as this is when my skin is most in need of the hydrating qualities that this product really does possess. It absorbs into the skin quite easily but does have a slightly slick, oily feel to it after application however this does fade. It should be used in conjunction with your regular moisturiser as this product facilitates the absorption of your regular moisturiser and improving teh overall effectiveness of your mositurising regime.
I find that this product is most effective at times when my skin is very dry, at other times I find that my regular moisturiser works perfectly well so for me it is used when work is very intense or we are on holiday in a hot dry climate.
This is certainly not a product for everyone, the price alone will see to that and really I would only recommend it for those people with very dry skin, any other types will probably not appreciate the benefits of using it, after all £60 can but a bucket of moisturiser.
I love the skin ceutical products and treat myself once a month to one of them, they are expensive to buy but as I don't drink or smoke these are my luxury items that I feel I deserve every now and then to pamper myself and to help to try and combat the signs of aging as I am now heading for the big 50 birthday next month.
As christmas has just gone, my daughters like to treat me to one of my favourite products and they chip their money together to get me something every year. This year they got me Skin Ceuticals Hydrating B5 Gel which retails from £50 to £57 for a 30ml bottle which is very expensive for the size you get. I am glad they pooled their money for this present.
The hydrating gel can be seen from the bottle and it is a clear gel that you only need a little of for it to begin to work, you use it on the area's of the face that need re-hydrating. One or two drops can be rubbed gently into the face to re-hydrate under the eyes and cheeks. You only need a little bit for it to work which is good as it is expensive.
You can apply it with your fingers as putting it onto a cotton wool ball isn't very ecomomical as the cotton wool ball drinks it up and you lose some as it gets absorbed. Using it with your fingers is better as it can be quickly and gently smoothed over the area's of the face that need it most. You can use it on the neck too but I only use this on my face to get rid of the laughter lines and the dark circles under my eyes if I have had a broken nights sleep.
Sometimes the skin under my eyes becomes puffy if I haven't slept properly due to the hot sweats and flushes that a woman gets of my age. This gel helps to get rid of the swelling and smooths the skin nicely within a few minutes of applying.
Is contains vitamin B5 and the B vitamins are well known for helping to repair the skin, after using this gel you can feel the skin has tightened a little. Not in the way that it stings as you apply it but the skin seems to drink it in quickly and then if you rub your finger on the skin where it has been applied you can feel how soft and smooth the skin feels and it also feels a little tighter.
This has been commented on a few times by my friends as they have said I am looking good or healthy. You can use this twice a day but I just use it once in the morning where it's needed on my face, as it's so expensive to buy you can't really lash it on.
This is suitable for alll types of skin and it has been good for mine as I have sensative skin and find that I can only use certain beauty products on my face without them causing me to go red or blotchy, ths one is alright so I am happy to recommend it to you.
The product that I'm reviewing is the Skin Ceutical's Hydrating B5 Gel which is a type of product that I've never come across before as you don't readily find hydrating gels on the shelves of Boots! It's basically a moisture enhancing gel which contains a "special" ingredient to bind moisture to the skin, hence combating dry skin and moisturing normal skin too. The gel comes in a small bottle with a black plastic lid that is attached to a glass pipette type dispenser that reminds me of Chemistry lessons at high school... I just hoped that the gel inside wasn't similar to any of those corrosive chemicals we used to do experiments with! The packaging is rather bland in my opinion and doesn't really warrant the hefty price tag, there's a white label on the front of the small bottle with basic information typed on in black and blue ink... rather unimpressive at the end of the day!
The gel itself is clear in colour and is a little thicker than water, although not really as thick as I expected - I think the gel brought about connotations of shower gel and it's certainly not that thick. It's got quite an astringent smell to it that is very lightly fragraced I'd imagine to make it smell a little more pleasant, it does have a hint of E45 about it as well! The directions suggest that you apply the gel one or twice a day so I've been using it in the morning and at night too. It suggests that you apply two to three drops to your face, neck and chest area but avoid the eye area. It can also be used on other dehydrated areas of the body and I must admit I've tried it out on the heels of my feet... in fact I've probably spent about £20 of the bottle on my feet which is terribly expensive to combat my dry heels! Two to three drops is enough to cover my entire face and neck.
It's really easy to apply and I did quite like the whole pipette dispensing technique as it ensured that you didn't use too much of the gel in one go, and I did feel a bit like a scientist on the brink of a great discovery while using it! It did feel a little oily when it was on my fingers but as soon as it began to spread out over my face this oily effect disappeared to leave my face feeling only a little bit greasy. This effect disappeared again after a minute or two as the oil began to soak into my skin and after a few minutes more it wasn't really noticeable on my skin at all. It was almost as if my skin sucked it in and I still found it necessary to use my everyday moisturiser on top of it before applying my make up. It does feel really light and during the day my skin didn't experience any more grease or oiliness than it usually does which I was worried about at first.
So onto the scientific magic of this gel... it contains hyaluronic acid which is the body's natural hydrator and that's what allows the skin to absorb the moisture so readily. They actually recommend that you use a daily moisturiser on top of the gel as the gel will only prepare your skin for absorbing the moisture rather than overly moisturising your skin itself. It also contains vitamin B5 (hence the name... doh!) which will help repair any tissue damage and a moisture enhancer too. It's an oil free formulation which means it shouldn't create any grease on your skin at all and is ideal for all skin types... although I personally would be wary about using it if my skin was really greasy or oily as you wouldn't really want to moisturise it further if you could help it. So basically it's a gel that will help make your skin soft, supple and ready to absorb moisture.
After researching this gel a little bit online people's opinions do seem to be fairly mixed on the whole, a bit like mine really. The overall premise of this product is that it not only moisturises your skin but also makes it more likely to retain moisture from further products that you apply on top. Personally if, like me, you have a moisturiser that keeps your skin smooth and soft then I don't really see the point of buying this product as well. My skin is what you'd call normal, with a very slightly tendancy to become dry during the very cold months of the year but even so an intensive moisturiser seems to do the job just fine for me. My skin definetly felt soft and supple while I've been using this gel but I personally wouldn't bother to buy it, and I won't be replacing it when it does run out, in fact I think it's done more good on my feet than my actual face and neck!
Now the price of this "not really miraculous" hyrating B5 gel is a whopping £56 for a 30ml bottle on HQ Hair, it does seem to be available a little cheaper on some other sites but not remarkably cheaper. The price is absolutely ridiculous in my mind, I can't see any results of using this product which actually justifies having such a high price. Yes it does work and it does do the job it's meant to, but then again so does my regular facial cream which cost me less than £10! I firstly thought that I must have been sent a tester bottle when I read the price of the product usually but it turns out that for £56 you'll only recieve 30ml... so it's up to you really, you could spend a small fortune on a bottle of this gel or you could buy yourself a nice pair of winter boots or go out for a nice meal with your partner... or do a multitude of other, more worthwhile, things!
Thanks for reading!