Monday, 16 September 2013


When I first tried the Lancome Hydra Zen NeuroCalm Soothing Anti-Stress Moisturising Cream, mouthful, my skin was not too fond. Straight away my face was stinging and red, I was sure I was gonna have a mega breakout, so I pushed it to the back of my stash. I pulled it out again the other day and my skin was loving the little pot of thick, creamy goodness.

I'm not sure if there are different types of this (?) but while I was reading through other reviews and on the Lancome website, I saw a lot of images where the cream looked almost gel like - just a little thicker than Origins Gin Zing. I'm really still not sure what type this is, it's super confusing!

For me, this cream is really, really thick and immediately eliminates any dry patches or flakey areas I have however it's not exactly super hydrating. I'm sure you're getting a bit confused by this - one minute I love it, next it's not so good, so let me tell you how I go about this!

I do my entire day skincare routine and apply a serum underneath my usual Origins GinZing. If my skin is still feeling slightly dry - like I could do with a good exfoliation, I apply a thin layer of this and it instantly smooths out my skin. I leave it about 15 minutes before applying make up as it's slightly tacky, but any foundation applies so beautiful and smoothly afterwards. In terms of the whole soothing and anti-stress/redness thing, I can't say it makes much difference at all. If this is applied straight to my skin it does leave it feeling really sore and tender which is definitely not what I need!

I wouldn't get this again. Don't get me wrong, I love how it smooths my skin out, but it just isn't worth it. I got this in a gift with purchase so it didn't cost me a thing, but I can definitely cope with just adding a thick moisturiser or a better primer.

Have you tried this? What do you think?! I want to know about the texture of yours haha!

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