Restylane – yep, the brand that makes injectable fillers – have recently launched a basic skin care line. The Day Cream SPF 15 (R600, Dermastore) is a nice pick for anyone with a balanced to ever so slightly dry skin type* wanting a basic moisturiser that serves up a little sun protection.
First up, I love that this lotion is packaged in an airless pump as its easy to use and protects the integrity of the ingredients. Speaking of which, the heavy-lifters in the mix are a special form of the skin-plumping moisture-magnet that is hyaluronic acid. The hydration factor’s bumped up further thanks to ceramides and niacinimide (vitamin B3). The latter’s also a great ingredient for those struggling with pigmentation as it helps inhibit the travel of melanin from the deeper layers of the skin to the top. It’s also used in a nice, generous concentration – not just a smidge as per most of the niacinimide-containing products you’ll find in the drug store.
Oh! And it also makes use of anti-oxidant co-enzyme Q10 to help fend off free-radicals. Team this with a good serum to target any specific concerns (i.e. retinol for wrinkles) and you’re off to a good start as far as basic skin-care’s concerned.
Can’t afford R600 for a daily moisturiser? There are other hydrators with an SPF and pigmentation-blitzing ingredients on the market for less and Neutrogena’s Visibly Even daily moisturiser with SPF 30 is one of them, but it doesn’t contain Restylane’s hyaluronic acid and ceramide mix.
*For the record, I’m an oily-combo skinned girl so this was a little too heavy for me. I could still get away with wearing it, but just needed to matte down my T-panel more often than I used to. But like I said, more balanced skin types will be a great match.