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Only a few days a go I popped into the body shop and they had an offer on for 15 pounds off a 30 pound shop. I took advantage of this amazing offer and stocked up on a lot of things that I have been wanting to try out such as the Nutriganics smoothing day cream.
The nutriganics range is an organic range by The Body Shop and although most of the items are quite expensive, the soothing day cream was only priced at 5 pounds. Still not very cheap, but in comparison to the other products, extremely cheap!
I was in need of a day cream since the Nivea that I was previously using wasn't doing anything good for my skin. My skin was dull, lifeless and just in need of something to even out my complextion and brighten up my skin yet still feel light enough to wear during the hot summer days.
After a week of using this day cream every single day, I haven't noticed that my skin is brighter all of a sudden, but it is definately not as dull as it was either. The cream has a slightly runny texture which can leave my skin feeling and looking a little oily, which isn't good but after a while of sinking it and blotting, it looks perfectly fine. I haven't noticed any breakouts or bad reaction to this product which is a good sign but I also haven't yet noticed enough positive out come to make me want to go back and purchase this product again. For being completely organic, it definitely hasn't got the wow factor, and that makes me re- think as to why it is significantly cheaper than the other products in its rage.
For 5 pounds I really can't cpmplain much. I am glad I tried it but I definately think it is made for people with normal and tough skin, for those skin types that don't need any particular attention in problematic areas other than a simple moisturizer during the day.
It comes in a nice plastic bottle with a little pump to avoid getting any germs into the cream which is a neat idea, I just wish the product had done a lot more for my skin. I do expect high standards from the body shop and although this wasn't a terrible item, it just didn't do enough either.
It has a very subtle smell which is great for the day time and can be applied several times a day if need be. Again, if you have normal skin and aren't looking to solve any problematic areas, this cream is great!
I was first introduced to this product when a sample sachet was slipped into my carrier bag from The Body Shop. Normally, I just tend to throw these little sample sachets into the bin, but something prompted me to keep it. I'm glad I did as this has now become one of my bathroom cabinet staple products, despite its recommended retail price of £12. ( I have recently discovered the art of "shopping around" and have found it for £6.50, significantly cheaper!)
The packaging of this light moisturiser states that it is an "organic cosmetic" and does contain 98% of ingredients which derive from their natural origin. However, it does contain many chemicals and exfoliants, so in my opinion, it is not an organic cosmetic.
This product is aimed at "twenty something women" as it is said to tackle the first signs of ageing. It also "revitalises and reduces the appearance of wrinkles". The Body Shop have identified their target audience very well as in the image obsessed society we are currently part of, it is all about looking younger and the prevention of wrinkles rather than waiting until they have appeared. I did not personally try and continue to buy the product for this reason, but because I wanted a light moisturiser(Obviously the promise of the anti ageing element isn't completely awful either!)
This also has a lovely smell, and I am normally wary of perfumed skin care products, as for me, it is if they are trying the chemical smell which would be there otherwise. I have normally only trusted the Simple skin care range (another review I think!) before this, but now they both sit side by side.
After using this product for about 6 weeks, my skin is completely blemish free and much brighter and softer. The product is not too greasy when applied (as many day moisturisers can be) and makes a perfect base for powder or foundation.
The downside is that there is no SPF in this product (extra SPF protection should be applied afterwards regardless) and that even though it is a perfect summer moisturiser, it would not suffice well in the winter months.
It works well with normal or combination type skin and I would recommend that everyone should pop into The Body Shop and ask for a sample to see what you think for yourselves.