If you are unfamiliar with the „From my samples stash“ series, click here for a more in-depth explanation.
But short story even shorter, I recently organized my samples drawer and use them for a first impression post.
This time: Moisturizers for dry and aging skin!
Now my skin is aging (obviously), but it is far from being dry. It is combination/acne-prone and sometimes dehydrated. So what on earth was I doing with these?
You see, I don’t believe in packaging claims, and just because something says dry on the bottle doesn’t make it suitable for dry skin only, as you will see below.
1. Nuxe Nuxuriance (Full size 50ml, 35€)
„Suited for normal to dry skin. Plumps and firms, boosts radiance“. The ingredient list is a lovely blend of oils and moisturizing elements, but does contain silicones.
It is scented, but the scent is barely noticeable, and it feels rich when applied. The first few minutes I could feel a little tackiness on my skin, but after 15 minutes that was completely gone.
I did notice it started to flake when I rubbed my skin, which in most cases is due to incompatibility with the serum used underneath.
Full size? No. A tad too rich for me, but great for drier skin.
Lavera MyAge firming night cream (Full size 30ml, 53€)
Lavera is a certified organic German skincare brand, loved by Lisa Eldridge (as claimed on their website). It promises intense hydration, which is reflected in the ingredient list containing mositurizing elements as well as shea butter, coenzyme Q10 and jojoba oil. A little disappointing is the alcohol listed as third ingredient.
With a barely noticeable scent the cream feels very rich when applied, but sinks in immediately and leaves the skin feeling plump and smooth. It sits well under makeup.
Full size? No. Again, I would recommend it for a really dry skin.
3. Marbert I ♥ Vitamins Rich Vitamincare (Full size 50ml, 17€)
Another German brand, very affordable this time, and again full of lovely oils and moisturizing ingredients, as well as vitamin E and C. It does contain silicones, fragrance and even a little alcohol though, but way down the ingredient list.
Again with barely any noticeable scent, this time very lightweight when applied, leaving the skin hydrated for hours. It sinks in immediately and sits well under makeup.
Full size? Yes please. Lovely during the colder months.
4. Vichy LiftActiv Supreme (Full size 50ml, 26€)
„Progressive anti-wrinkle and firmness correcting care“ – sounds great, no?
That cream smells a little like body lotion, but again, the scent isn’t overwhelming. It feels like a slightly richer body lotion, too, but sinks in quickly and sits well under makeup.
The ingredients sadly are just okay in my opinion, the oils and Shea Butter are set off by a lot of silicones and alcohol in the upper third of the list.
Full size? No. It didn’t wow me.
All in all, one potential rebuy out of four. Not too bad, I think.
Have you tried any of the mentioned creams before?
And do you buy strictly what is recommended for your skin type?
If you want to read more in-depth skincare reviews, please check the „Skincare reviews“ category for a full list of products I already reviewed: