As Autumn transitioned in Winter, and with it the cold dry air, I started to adapt my skin care routine to adjust to the changing environment. Anyone living in the UK will probably agree with me that we rarely have extremely warm weather, and although our winters are not extreme (we find it shocking when it’s -10 degree Celsius), we do notice when the weather shifts from mild autumnal weather to colder winter conditions.
So with this in mind, I decided to try out a different moisturiser since my normal moisturiser (The Body Shop’s Seaweed Mattifying Day Cream which I’ll review another time) does a great job of mattifying my skin and moisturising, but sebum control isn’t as important during these colder times of year. I have other products that can do this, so I wanted a moisturiser with a slightly different purpose.
When shopping through my local drugstores, I didn’t want to invest very much money since I knew I wasn’t going to need this year-round/for many months. So I picked up the Boots Vitamin E Lotion because it was affordable at £2.85.
As well as being very affordable, this lotion’s packaging boasts that it’s “light and easily absorbed”. As someone with oily skin, this is very appealing since thick creams can easily clog pores and cause breakouts – which no one wants. It doesn’t help when many people with oily skin also have slightly larger pores so they clog more easily – this isn’t always the case, but it’s an extra reason to avoid thick heavy creams.
What also appealed to me about this lotion is that it is supposedly “long lasting moisturisation” which if like myself you wear makeup throughout the day, this is a great result since putting moisturiser over makeup isn’t especially effective…
I like the fact that it has SPF 15. Although I used this during the winter months, it is still very important to protect your skin from sun damage. SPF 15 isn’t a lot of protection (or rather it doesn’t protect the skin for very long), but I think it is better than no protection at all.
The final factor this product claims are the antioxidants in the moisturiser which are meant to help protect the skin. Many products on the market make these claims so I was slightly doubtful about how significant a factor this would be. However, I was determined to stay open minded since there are skin care and makeup products which are unrecognised even though they are effective.
On my skin, it does absorb reasonably quickly on the skin, and after the initial feeling of having the layer of the lotion on the skin settle, it leaves the skin feeling comparably softer than before applying it. After smoothing the ‘swatch’ I photographed on my hand, my hand felt very smooth after it absorbed into my skin. This has a similar result on the face as well.
To apply it, I followed the instructions on the back of the tube: “to [a] cleansed face and neck in gentle upwards movement, using your[/my] fingertips”. I found this was effective, although I do put emphasis on the word “gentle” if you have sensitive skin since excessive tugging or rubbing can really irritate the skin.
As far as how my skin has reacted over time has been mostly positive. If you’ve read my previous posts you’ll know I have oily and sensitive skin, and while my skin is only very mildly sensitive, I don’t take for granted that I can’t use harsh chemicals on my skin without nasty consequences.
With this in mind, I didn’t notice any unusual breakouts or redness since the rest of my skin care routine stayed the same. Like I mentioned earlier, I was doubtful that the lotion would do very much to protect my skin. However, while I don’t have an extraordinary success story for this product, I don’t have any reason to complain either. Which I thought was worth mentioning.
The lotion was a little bit heavier than I expected, however I was able to make up for this by using this product as a ‘small amount goes a long way’. Can’t complain about that really. My photos should show how a small pea sized amount on the back of my hand smoothed out in an even layer. Maybe it’s just my tiny hands though?
Overall, I liked this product. It’s affordable and does what it says on the tube. While I can’t call this a miracle product, I can’t make many complaints about it either. So it’s not an unrecognised treasure, but not something to be overlooked either. This product would definitely work better for drier skin, but in the winter oily skin can also benefit as well if you have a routine that handle any excess oiliness you have during the colder months.
Have you tried this product as well? If so did you like it? Or if you haven’t, are you tempted to try it for yourself?