Monday 22 February 2016

Yin Yang pH Amino Gold Defence Lotion review

Oily skin can be a nightmare to deal with. Even though there are so many products that are targeted to those of us who do have to deal with it, so frequently you can find yourself hitting brick wall after brick wall as one product that works for one person may not work as well for you. To help you on your search, today I'm reviewing a moisturiser that I have recently been trying out.

Yin Yang Skincare pH Amino Gold Defence Lotion

The Yin Yang Skincare Gold Defence Lotion is a lightweight moisturiser that helps to provide protection from wind and sun damage and can be used on both the face and the body. It can also be used as a daily moisturiser for those with oily skin.

It contains Wheat Germ Oil which is rich in fatty acids and Vitamin E, Coconut Oil, Apple Cider Vinegar, Witch Hazel and Lavender and Sweet Orange oils and is free of parabens, artificial fragrances and other chemical additives.

As I explained in my previous post, I love a multitasking beauty product, and I classify this as being one as it isn’t just a moisturiser for oily skin. As Yin Yang explain, this lotion is loved by "athletes, mountaineers, skiers, swimmers and equestrians, who have found it provides excellent protection for the skin from sun & wind damage". Whilst I am none of those, I do have oily skin. Therefore I have been using this lotion as a daily moisturiser as part of my morning routine.

I currently have a small, 10ml sample to test, but the full size comes bottled up in sizes ranging from 200ml-1000ml. The product itself is a cloudy white, watery lotion. 


Yin Yang advise to always patch test this product before use.

As a daily moisturiser, apply it to the face after cleansing but before makeup.

For added protection from harsh conditions, apply it lightly and evenly to the face and body before outdoor activity.

As stated above, this lotion is rather watery. I therefore advise to be gentle handed when dispensing it as you can very easily end up with too much for your needs.


Whilst this lotion contains lavender and sweet orange oils for fragrance, I can personally pick up the Apple Cider Vinegar really easily too. It almost gives it a sort of window cleaner scent vibe. That is the only bad thing that I have to say about it though.

Yin Yang Skincare pH Amino Gold Defence Lotion

Upon application, the skin turns instantly matte. It also absorbs incredibly quickly, so instead of trying to apply this moisturiser to the entire face at once, I personally apply it a section at a time. This means that you’re not applying too much in certain areas and needing to use far more than you need overall.

Even though the skin looks matte, it doesn’t feel dry or dehydrated. Instead, it feels soft and moisturised. In fact, I'd say it feels really balanced.

Sometimes when a product mattifies the skin it can strip oils away and cause breakouts as well as an over-production of more oil, but so far I have had no such issues with this.

It can be a little odd for people with oily skin to get used to the idea of combatting oily skin with oil, but it really does work. Obviously it depends on which oils you use. Going into too much detail here is pretty much a whole new post in the making, so for the sake of keeping the review straightforward and on point, this moisturiser contains the good ones.

Also, unlike a lot of other moisturisers that help to tame down oily skin, this one actually carries on working past the first hour or so where a lot of other products begin to fade away. When I'm makeup free, I find that this lasts out for pretty much the entire day. However, when I do wear makeup, I sometimes find the shine does come back, but it still lasts longer than other products do. The problem here also depends on what kind of makeup is worn and what they contain that can contribute to the re-appearance of shine.

Is this the best moisturiser for oily skin? It’s definitely a contender! I know that I'm really loving it and if you have oily skin too then I highly recommend that you try this. If you are at your wits end like I have felt on many occasions in the past, try it. Even if you're not, still give it a go. You may just find your perfect match. 

You can purchase the Yin Yang Gold Defence Lotion for £16.89/200ml (RRP is £17.95) from Holland and Barrett.

What are your thoughts on the Yin Yang Gold Defence Lotion? What are your favourite moisturisers for oily skin?
Let me know in the comments below!

Zoe. @Beautifinous

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