Saturday, 24 January 2015

Aveeno Fresh Essentials*

*Press Samples


I've been pretty spoiled. I've mostly always used higher end skincare items and this started from the very beginning. Even when I was in high school, my mom believe that it was better to spend more on "better quality" skincare and it wasn't until recently that I've dug into drugstore options. So if you've ever been curious about the Aveeno's Fresh Essentials line* here are some thoughts.

All the Aveeno Fresh Essentials* items contain Active Naturals Southernwood Extract, Vitamin A, C and E. The line is supposed to replenish and retain your skin's moisture and leave it refreshed and radiant. All the products are oil-free, hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic; women saw results in two weeks.


Aveeno Fresh Essentials Daily Exfoliating Scrub* ($10-13, 145ml) contains natural luffa and coconut pulp which polishes away clogged pores. I tried to use this everyday but the foaming and scrubbing properties were just too strong and I wouldn't suggest daily use. Those with more oily skin might get away with it but combo and dry skin people should be aware. After use, my skin tended to look super dry and there's always some peeling even if I didn't scrub too rigorously, but my skin is on the dryer side due to the winter weather to begin with.


Aveeno Fresh Essentials Nourishing Moisturizer SPF 30* ($17029, 74ml) is supposed to be lightweight and filled with anti-oxidants and vitamins. It is supposed to hydrate and strengthen while providing sun protection. I was pretty happy to test out another day moisturizer with SPF and am glad there is no suncreen scent at all. In fact I quite liked the scent of all these products. The moisturizer isn't super light but it's on par with some other SPF lotions I've tried.

One pump gives you a LOT of product which forces you to use the required amount of SPF to actually be protected. But since the lotion doesn't sink into the skin that quickly, I spent more time blending the lotion trying to get it to sink in. Once it does, your skin is left with a satin feel but there's a slight impression that a layer of lotion is sitting on top of you skin.


Aveeno Fresh Essentials Hydrating Night Cream* ($17-20, 49ml) is supposed to replenish the skin's moisture barrier while hydrating the skin. While the day moisturizer was supposed to be light weight, you can tell from the photo below, that the night cream is thinner and lighter. It hydrates well but I'm not sure this will cut it for major dryness. After trying to use the scrub daily, I saw that my skin was dry with patches and flakiness. Using the night cream seemed to cure this but again, the lotion seems to sit on the skin without sinking in fast enough. 


In general
All the items have a nice scent and nothing felt too heavy. I wish the moisturizers sunk in faster and better and I would not recommend using the scrub daily. I'm not sure my skin is any more radiant but this line is a solid basic drugstore option. Extra points for having SPF in the day lotion, that's always a great thing to have, but I would work on the dispensing mechanism.

Do you have any drugstore skincare lines that you like?

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