Friday, January 24, 2014

Battle of the Day Creams

Face Cream Faves

Having recently moved to London, I have taken it upon myself to battle the pollution with some super defensive day creams. SPF is important, but so are anti-aging properties, (24=quarter life crisis..) and some sort of a pollution shield.

Even in the muggiest or rainiest of days, UVs still creep through the smog and cause ageing damage. I love make-up, but I truly believe it's best to start at the foundation and protect what you have at the base, before adding any enhancements.

Balance Me Daily Moisturiser

First up, is this Daily Moisturiser by Balance Me, with and SPF of 18. It contains no parabens, or sulphates and is designed as a plumping daily protector, to use either alone or over your regular day cream. Also meant to be light weight (it is), I love this product, but for me it is best used over another moisturiser, as it is super light and doesn't give maybe enough moisture for many of us. Perfect as a shield though, and you can get yours here for £26.

Benefit - You Rebel

This is a personal fave of mine. You Rebel combines an SPF 15, with an epic tinted moisturiser. I am such a fan of tan, so this is perfect for giving you a super natural colour, with protection. It's probably not the most protective, so would be perfect with one of the other more 'shielding' creams on this feature, but it's super moisturising. Love. Get yours here for £24.50.

Simple Light Moisturiser

Simply, I simply love Simple. Simple. Ah yes, sorry. But it's so true. This is suitable for all skin types, and even works with oily skin as its light. It has absolutely nothing nasty in, and works as a daily SPF  15 UVA/UVB protection sunblock, without the white face. It sinks in super easily, and genuinely feels so nourishing for ages. It claims to total hydration for up to 12 hours, and I can't argue with that. Get yours here for an extremely reasonable £6.99.

Simple Protecting Moisture Cream SPF 30 UVA/UVB

On the same Simple skin care track, is the slightly more intense day cream by the same brand. This is a heavier moisturiser than the previous contender, but again, (despite being quite thick), it sinks in well after a minute or two. The protection is more advanced, providing double the SPF (30). All of these products with UVA/UVB protection will help not only provide a barrier against Sun rays, but against everyday city pollution. You can get one of these here for a lovely £3.99.

Murad Essential-C Day Moisture

This again, is SPF 30, which protects against UVA/UVB rays and free radical damage. It is described not just as a daily moisturiser, but as an environmental shield. This is pretty much the full package for someone looking for skin protection from City living. It actively says it creates a shield against anything harmful, not just the Sun. (But that too, obviously). It has a lovely light texture, and a delicate scent, which is lovely to apply. I find it very easy to wear, and absorbs and smooths straight into skin without hassle, despite being so highly protective. You can pick one up from here for £39 (hurry it's 30% off!)

Body Shop Nutriganics Smoothing Day Cream

This again, is very skin safe. With at least 98% of the ingredients from natural origins, you can be sure you aren't harming your skin whilst trying to protect it. The main focus of this cream, is based around the first signs of ageing, not protection from the Sun or Environment. This may be the ideal solution to put under one of your more shielding Day creams, to kill two birds with one product. The texture is lovely, and it feels like a real treat for the skin. A dream. Grab one here for £13.

I love all of these creams in different ways, but probably may favourite for constancy with protection is the Murad. Definitely the best on a budget is either the Simple creams, depending on your desired level of protection. For looking hot - You Rebel. Tan for the win…but that's just me.

Who am I kidding? I love them all!!

Lots of Love,


  1. If anything - I want to try the Murad moisturiser. I'm on the hunt for one myself. This came just in time! :) xx

    Nadja from Throw me something beautiful

    1. Glad I could help :), the Murad is great, it's such a silky texture too!

      Lauren x