If there’s one thing I always remind myself, it’s that I should slack off when it comes to keeping my skin hydrated. While my skin may be oily, that doesn’t mean I can just not moisturise or hydrate my skin properly. The trouble just comes from finding the best methods that work for my skin. The serum I have been testing out since October is the Superdrug Vitamin E Moisture Boost Facial Serum, which retails for £3.99. This is obviously a Superdrug exclusive product, and is part of the Vitamin E line, targeted mainly at normal to dry skin types. Immediately this doesn’t really target well for my oily/acne prone and slightly sensitive skin type, but I thought I would give this product a try and see if the less oilier areas of my face can tolerate the serum, even if the oilier parts can’t.
The product itself, is in a simple, sturdy bottle with a pump type of applicator. The lid is reasonably sturdy and from experience doesn’t normally come off easily. I think based on aesthetic, it’s simple and unimposing, so I don’t have strong feelings about it. As for the pump itself, it is a bit difficult to use at times – the pump when pressed doesn’t give easily. My first use of this resulted in a lot of serum spraying everywhere since I ended up pressing the pump too hard to try and get the product to dispense. However, once you get the pressure right to dispense just enough product, I wouldn’t consider this a problem. It’s a minor flaw, but something I adjusted to and don’t mind.
As for the serum itself, it is a lot thicker than I was anticipating: the serum is reasonably thick and gel-like in consistency, although once you start to smooth it over the skin, it becomes much lighter-weight to touch, and absorbs within a few minutes on the skin. I personally opted to dispense the product based on applying it to specific areas of my face at a time: so for example, a size suitable for applying to one cheek and jaw, then another dab of product the other, then a suitable amount of product for the forehead, then nose, chin, you get the idea. I find this works best as I can ensure I provide reasonably consistent coverage of product all over my face, rather than following their instructions of using “2-3 pumps all over the face”.
As for how it worked with my oily skin, I can’t confidently say it has reduced the levels of excess oil on my skin, however I didn’t see an increase in blocked pores or an increase in excess oil levels either. My skin didn’t have an irritation with this product either, which is fantastic. However, because I am the cautious type, when my skin has been especially oily in certain areas, I avoid applying the serum to that area just in case it does aggravate my skin. It’s also important to note that I only use this as my day-time serum, so I exercise this caution for the reason that it’s tougher to handle my oily skin when I’m outdoors or wearing makeup, where as if it were at night I’d cleanse my skin and the morning and not worry about it as much.
Overall, this is a pretty decent product for use on oily skin. On drier skin types, I think this will work even better, since it is designed for that type of skin condition. It is also a really cheap product, so even if you’re not sure if it’s right for you, it’s not going to break the bank to try it out.
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