I've always had a problem finding a good facial moisturiser. Overall my
skin is oily, so in summer just rose hip oil is enough, but in winter my
cheeks develop dry spots, and somehow my T-zone is both oily AND dry.
So blackheads, greasiness, and flaky bits... the worst of both worlds!
It took me a while, but I found a great cream for my cheeks - Olay Active Hydrating Cream. But it only works on my cheeks... the moment it wanders into my T-zone, it explodes with whiteheads. Even if it just grazes my undereye area, bam! Milia! So I've largely left my T-zone alone to its flaky, shiny devices. But I think I might've finally found a lotion that works... Kosmea's Replenishing Moisture Cream. Somehow, it magically both moisturises AND mattifies my T-zone. Don't ask me how. (Well, probably by being occlusive-light and emollient/humectant-heavy.)
As well as lots of their amazing rose hip oil (a skin all-rounder par excellence, see my raves here and here), this moisturiser contains:
- green tea extract - full of radical-quenching antioxidants
- carrot oil - emollient that's very similar to the natural moisturisers in skin; also has antioxidants
- horsetail extract - antioxidant
- nettle extract - anti-inflammatory
This cream is my favourite of the Kosmea products I've tried. It's lightweight and sinks in quickly. Not too oily, not too dry, like peanut buttaaahhhh... plus, it smells like roses! I love how plump it makes my face feel (possibly from the glycerin content - as I've said before, my skin loves glycerin).
I'm really becoming a fan of Kosmea products! They're an Australian owned and run company, and they use natural ingredients that actually work.
Full Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Rosa Eglentaria (Rose Hip) Seed Oil, Cetyl Esters, Stearic Acid, Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Ceteareth-20, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Aniba Rosaeodora (Rosewood) Wood Oil, Glyceryl Stearate, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Extract, Rosa Damascena (Rose) Flower Water, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Hypericum Perforatum (St. John’s Wort) Extract, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Root Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea),Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Extract, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Tocopherol, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Beta-Carotene, Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail) Extract, Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Root Extract, Maltodextrin, Silica, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Phenoxyethanol, Citric Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Benzoate, Linalool, Geraniol, Citronellol, Benzyl Benzoate, d-Limonene, Eugenol.
(Product provided by PR for consideration, which did not affect my opinion of it etc. Kosmea Replenishing Moisture Cram is available in selected pharmacies and David Jones, or from their website or other e-tailers. RRP AU$44.95 for 50 mL, AU$19.95 for 20 mL.)