Review: The Body Shop Seaweed Mattifying Day Cream 50ml

Like promised I am finally reviewing my current moisturiser which I referred to in my review of the Boots Vitamin E lotion. I’ve probably mentioned this more than enough times, but I have oily and sensitive skin, so I reached for this moisturiser many months ago when I needed to replace my old moisturiser. This particular moisturiser is part of The Body Shop’s range for combination/oily skin and all of the products have seaweed as the main ingredient. It’s an affordable product at £10.00, but if you have a loyalty card you can get a 10% discount.

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The day cream comes in a small tub, with a light blue packaging, which I personally like. The light blue colour seems refreshing which implies a lot about how this range should work on the skin. Inside the tub there is a partition lid which you can lift out of the tub which helps keep the product inside the tub more securely. This is great if you decide to take this away while you travel – there is very little risk of it opening. It also occurred to me that the lid also acts as an extra barrier to keep bacteria from getting into the product. Again, another plus since the last thing you want to put on a freshly cleansed face is bacteria you just cleaned off. On the lid, the packaging claims to “moisturise dry areas, [and] controls excess sebum and shine”. I’ll discuss later whether this has worked for me.


The product itself is very gel-like in consistency, but not so much that it’s difficult to apply on the skin or leaves a thick layer on the skin. Which is great since you don’t want to suffocate the skin or have the dried up product flake off your skin and give you a shock. The gel-like consistency is great since smoothing it over the skin is so easy and for me is great because I don’t have the rub too hard on the skin and cause irritation as a result of that.

For my oily skin, this day cream has really helped handle my excess sebum for a little longer. I can usually last three or four more hours after cleansing before my face starts to look shiny again. This is a huge improvement since normally it takes roughly an hour and half to two hours and my skin feels like a shiny mess again. When I use The Body Shop Tea Tree Pore Minimiser with this moisturiser, I find my skin looks even more matt and my skin’s texture feels smoother than before, although it doesn’t prevent the shininess for any longer.

This day cream is definitely a great option for combination or oily skin. It helps handle the oiliness of the skin without drying out the skin and making the oiliness worse. Sometimes if you dry out the skin too much, the skin will try to compensate by creating even more sebum, which is counter productive.

It hasn’t irritated my mildly sensitive skin either, which was one of the things I was concerned about since there are many great skincare products out there to help oily skin, but a lot of them cause my skin to breakout or suffer with really sore rashes.

Overall this is a really nice moisturiser. It’s works very well for the skin type its aimed for. I definitely don’t regret buying this product, and has been a very welcome part of my skincare routine for the many months I’ve been using it. I don’t have any serious complaints to make about it since my skin hasn’t had any breakouts or irritation from it.

Would I buy this again? Definitely. It has helped my skin significantly and is a welcome part of my skincare routine.

Have you tried this moisturiser? Or considering picking it up? Let me know your thoughts and opinions. I’d love to hear what you’ve got to say.

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1 Response to Review: The Body Shop Seaweed Mattifying Day Cream 50ml

  1. I love this moisturiser, it’s really effective on my oily skin x

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