Friday 23 February 2018

Luvenesco Hydrating Cream review

Hey guys! I've spoken a few times about my love of retinol products. They're so good at healing breakouts, evening out the skin and of course, reducing the signs of ageing. Well, today I have another one to share with you all!

Luvenesco Hydrating Cream
Luvenesco Hydrating Cream

The Luvenesco Hydrating Cream is a moisturiser that is designed to not only hydrate, as the name states, but it also helps to reduce the signs of ageing such as fine lines and wrinkles, as well as uneven skin tone and spots. It contains Vitamin E, Aloe Vera, Vitamin A (retinol), Sweet Almond Oil, Shea Butter and Orange Essential Oil, but it is free of parabens, phthalates, sulfates, petrochemicals, gluten, lactin and GMO ingredients.

All Luvenesco products are cruelty free and made in the UK.

It comes packaged in a black, screw cap pot that holds 50ml of product. The product itself is quite light in consistency and is bright white in colour.

Application and Results:

This cream is designed to provide hydration for up to 12 hours, so it is suitable for use both morning and night. Apply to clean, dry skin, after serum and toner if you use them.

As it is a retinol product, I would recommend using it at night rather than in the day time as I find retinol based products to work better as your skin is naturally replenishing itself as you sleep. If you do wear it during the day though, do remember to wear a sunscreen as retinol use can increase the possibility of sun damage.

Luvenesco Hydrating Cream
Luvenesco Hydrating Cream

For a retinol cream, and for a cream that states to be incredibly hydrating, it is surprisingly thin. However, just like I said in my previous review when discussing the Crabtree & Evelyn Evelyn Rose Hand Therapy cream, thinner cream does not necessarily mean less hydrating.

Upon opening, you notice that the cream has a very subtle scent, but as you apply it you begin to smell it more. It smells a lot of the orange essential oil thats included in the blend, so it's very beautiful (I may be biased here as oranges are one of my favourite smells).

A little of this cream goes a long way, but I find that to properly tackle dryness you may need to use a little extra, so it’s going to be one of those products that lasts longer depending on what you’re using it for. 

Luvenesco Hydrating Cream
Luvenesco Hydrating Cream

Personally, I have very oily skin, and I find that this cream hydrates well without making my skin go into oil overdrive. There is no extra oil, but instead it does help to reduce the appearance of pores which in turn does help somewhat with the overall appearance of my skin.

On the flip side, I also get dry patches occasionally, particularly in the winter, and this cream has also done a great job at soothing those areas and speeding up the healing time without any irritation or the type of greasiness that you can get with intense moisturisers.

It absorbs incredibly quickly which is another plus as it means that you don’t need to wait around or keep your hair away from your face because it just sinks straight on in. It also doesn’t feel heavy, it’s very lightweight, which is nice on oily skin. I’m not really at the age for deep wrinkles yet, but I do find that it helps to reduce the appearance of my smile lines which are usually pretty noticeable. 

For me, my main use of retinol is to keep blemishes and post-blemish marks at bay, and for that I feel that the Luvenesco Hydrating Cream does a good job. In fact, it’s pretty good at helping them in other ways too thanks to the Vitamin E (an ingredient that I’ve been saying for a while is a fantastic product for clearing spots) and Aloe Vera.  

Luvenesco Hydrating Cream
Luvenesco Hydrating Cream

I’ve seen a few comments that talk about the pot not being full, but coming from the position of seeing different products like this all of the time, I wouldn’t say that it is any different from other cream products that come packaged in similar packaging. No pot is ever completely full, but I didn’t find this to be overly empty either, as you can see from the photos in this post. A lot of it did get stuck to the lid though, but this is not a problem for me.

The thing that gets me with this product though is the packaging. Part of me feels that due to the consistency of the cream, it would have fared better in a pump bottle. On the other hand, a tub like this does mean that you won’t have any wastage of the cream. A tub does also mean that the cream will have a shorter shelf life though due to dipping fingers in and constantly having to open the lid to allow things to get into it. To prevent this as much as possible, I would recommend using something like a cotton bud to get the cream from the pot to avoid dipping fingers in. 

In summary though, I really like this cream. It is an affordable retinol product (retinol products can come with a hefty price tag at times), but it works well for it's price. I think that this is the type of retinol cream that is great for those who don’t want something incredibly strong. Some retinol creams can be very drying, but this one is hydrating and soothing. It also doesn’t cause any irritation like some of the stronger retinol products can, so I would say it’s good for those new to retinol or who just want something weaker, but still effective. Because of it being light, I would also say that this may be fine for those with sensitive skin.

You can purchase the Luvenesco Hydrating Cream from Amazon.

What are your thoughts on the Luvenesco Hydrating Cream? What are your favourite retinol products?
Let me know in the comments below!

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*This product was sent to me to sample as a review considerationHowever, this hasn't in any way affected my review with all thoughts and feelings about the product and company being 100% my own.

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