With a change in my skin the past month and a bit, I now feel more prepared to review products again. While I’ve been itching to review products, I’ve been waiting for consistency in my skin to ensure accuracy in my observations, as my skin really threw a curve ball at me. To kick things off though, I want to talk about the Superdrug Naturally Radiant 2 in 1 Moisturiser and Serum that I’ve been using for quite a while now. This is a Superdrug exclusive product, and retails for £5.99, so not super expensive. It’s unique selling point that stood out to me was the claim that it’s a 2 in 1 product, working as a serum and moisturiser combined. Naturally a skeptic, I wasn’t sold on just words alone, so I picked this up to try and put to the test.
So what does this product claim to do? From the front of the box, it claims “awaken skin’s natural glow” as well as “hydrates and energises”, which during the winter months that have just passed, seemed like the right time to add this to my routine. I used this only during my day time routine.
The headlined ingredients for this product include kiwi fruit extract as a “rich source of Vitamin C”, mulberry extract for “strong brightening properties”, fruit acids to “naturally exfoliate” and sugar beet extract as a “natural moisturiser”. These ingredients make great claims with benefits for the skin I think apply to all skin types. This product doesn’t claim to be tailored for specific skin type which I’ll comment more on later.
If you’re curious to see the entire ingredients list, I have this included above. My only concern with my low-ability to analyse the ingredients list is how low on the list these key ingredients are, but I do wonder if this is justified as too strong a concentration of ingredients can be more harmful than good. I’m thinking in the case of acidic ingredients which might cause irritation for the skin. Otherwise, the only other thing I feel the need to comment on is that this allegedly isn’t tested on animals as well as being vegan friendly, for anyone this may concern. I personally really support their lack of animal testing, although I’m not affected directly by whether something is vegan-friendly.
Moving on to the serum-moisturiser itself, I was pleasantly surprised by the texture. It is a very smooth gel consistency, which for my oily skin types like myself, is a very welcome factor. It feels very light on the skin which I think is a great feature. While drier skin types may find this underwhelming if they need heavier creams to feel moisturised, for day time I think this consistency will suit most skin types as it doesn’t sit heavily on the skin, so applying makeup on top isn’t problematic. It doesn’t take long to absorb into the skin, and I haven’t noticed it affect the way face products apply. For the winter, I applied an extra moisturising product on top just for extra measure, but only a light one as the extra hydration wasn’t really needed – it was more my own paranoia than anything. Having used this since Spring transitioned in though, this works great as my final moisturising step after my emulsion (I will review it in the near future). I found this really smoothed out my skin too and takes the edge off of any tightness my skin might be feeling.
My skin type lately has changed from just plain oily-sensitive to oily, dehydrated (slightly dry/tight) and even more sensitive, so I was pleasantly surprised to find this didn’t irritate my skin even after my skin type changed. From my own experience, I feel like this product can work with any skin type, although for drier skin types, an extra moisturiser may be needed depending on your individual needs. However, because of how lightweight it is, I think this is a product that can be worked into almost anyone’s routine which is why I’m so delighted by it.
Do I really consider this a 2 in 1 product? That’s where I find myself scratching my head, proverbially speaking. While it’s definitely not as liquid-y and awkward to apply as some serums can be, it’s definitely much more lightweight than a lot of moisturisers, so in terms of application, it’s a really well executed blend. As far as function and power, I think that’s where skin type and skin needs come into question. If you’re an oily skin type like me that doesn’t want to drown your skin in tonnes of hydration at once, this product can do the job of both products at once, with adaptation to your skincare routine mostly dependent on climate. For drier skin types, that’s where I’m more doubtful, but I don’t think is a product to just write-off either. Just that you would use it differently.
Overall, I think this is a really nice product which I’m happily continuing to use in my routine. I would definitely consider repurchasing this, and if someone asked me for a moisturiser suggestion, this is definitely one I’d put on my list.
Thank you for taking the time to read my blog post. It’s honestly been very refreshing to review a product again, it feels like it’s been forever. I hope you’re having a wonderful day and I look forward to posting again soon. If you have any questions or opinions regarding this product or just suggestions for posts or products to try, I would love to read about them.