TBN: Skin Heroes Edition- Best Moisturiser Ever Review
Dear TBN friends, despite officially blogging only a year, I have learned a few valuable lessons:
1. Creating and managing a website requires relentless daily work.
Take what you initially thought it would require and multiply it by fifty. Then, double it.
2. On the internet, you receive what you transmit to the world.
I started this website because, through my own personal struggles with acneic skin, I had researched and tried so much skin care that I had accumulated knowledge that would help others. Yes, there are the occasional sociopaths on-line. But they are nothing compared to the few hundreds of you that I am in regular contact with, who trust me to help with their skincare struggles. Together we try to find a routine that fits your personal lifestyle and needs. When you email me your results, I feel both honoured and happy and it makes me feel useful.
3. The beauty industry is rife with unprofessional people.
My background is in Management and Shipping, where everyone is accountable for every small step they take. So far, the regular brand offers to test products have been so unprofessional that I declined all. Their idea of marketing and social media outreach was not what I consider serious. This is not my source of income, my job takes care of that. I have no pressure to compromise on what I test and review. I was sure there were companies that are honest and serious but where the heck were they?
One day in June, I received an email from a company I was not familiar with, called Sevenea. It is a skincare brand based in Poland, founded by a pharmaceutical scientist. They develop products based on research. Their basic premise is an innovative delivery system of active ingredients into the skin, that reaches deeper and more effectively. Their email was so cordial and informative and their follow-up so prompt that I looked into their work. I liked what I saw. Serious work with solid, not outrageous, claims. They sent me the entire line and I decided to use it exclusively for some time. I was not paid to do this and I am not paid to write anything regarding their products.
What I initially had in mind was writing a brand overview with a brief reference to each tested product. However, it soon became apparent that I could not do that because, frankly, I had more to say.
I started testing the line with a 14-day roadtrip where I was exposed to flights, environmental stressors and relentless sun. From the very first day I really liked the plumpness and texture I saw. In the following weeks, I loved how my skin looked even more. My skin tone was noticeably more even, with zero redness and my sun spots were fading. A week into my holidays, the increasing stress of recent months caught up with me I'm afraid. I had acute gastritis with crippling pain. It was a running joke with my son and step-kids that the new skincare line kept me looking flawless: 'Oh God, this pain is killing me. But, damn it, my skin looks so good' (anything to keep your spirits up in times of challenge- stiff upper lip and all that). In this article, I will deal with my favourite product from the line, the Protective Anti-Pollution Face Cream. In a subsequent article, I will break down the rest of the line with mini reviews.
This product posed several firsts for me. I had no idea what was in it and what to expect, so the great results were a surprise; usually it's the other way around. I read first, buy later. This gives my skin lasting moisture, does not make me oily and works impeccably under make-up. When you apply, it appears as slightly white because it contains an SPF 50 (YES, REALLY!) but that soon disappears. A few days into testing it, I noticed my skin was supremely plump, bright and soft, completely unscathed by the sun (apart from a hat and this cream, I used no other sun protection). SPF products usually block my pores. Not this one, not a pimple in sight. I was so happy with it, I decided to look into the the ingredients one by one. How can it protect me so well from the sun when the bottle says only UVA protection? How can it plump my skin so well? How did it fade my sun spots?
The company's website states about this product:
''Does not contain parabens, silicones and petroleum derivatives.
Ingredients and product not tested on animals.
The Cream is sealed in an airless packaging that protects the formula from contamination or oxidation process. The airless environment preserves the product’s efficacy and freshness longer than traditional packaging and it also allows for every last bit of product to be easily extracted''
After researching the ingredients, I confirmed this is indeed a superior formula. It seems they have included the best of everything (for example, they chose the form of vitamin C that is most easily absorbed by the skin) and at a synergistic approach to achieve actual results. All ingredients are classified as very safe for cosmetics use.
Τhe cream's tube mentions SPF 50 UVA protection. That would imply that this is not broad-spectrum and does not protect from UVB rays. I was puzzled by this since I didn't burn in the least while using the cream. In the ingredients I did find broad-spectrum protectors, so it's worth mentioning.
Would I recommend this cream? Absolutely, yes. Considering all it offers my skin, providing all I want (and then some more) at a price of 36 euros, I rate this as a solid 10/10. It's available to buy here.
You can find the full breakdown of ingredients below. In my opinion it's worth checking out to understand how many skin needs this cream addresses:
Aqua Ethylhexyl Triazone: UVB protection
Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine: broad spectrum UV
Isoamyl Laurate: skin conditioner
Tapioca Starch: texture and ingredient delivery facilitator
Crambe Abyssinica Seed Oil: anti-inflammatory, cell-communicating, skin conditioning, sebum regulator
Diethyloamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate: UVA protection
Cetearyl Olivate: emulsifier, texture enhancer
Cetyl Esters: lubricant, texure enhancer
Propanediol Dicaprylate: emollient, slip agent
Sorbitan Olivate: emulsifier
Cetearyl Alcohol: emulsifier, emollient
Hydrogenated Olive Oil: antioxidant
Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate: easiest-absorbed form of Vitamin C, fights free radicals, enhances collagen production, boosts sun protection, brightens skin, fades discolourations and sun spots
Olea Europaea Fruit Oil: powerful antioxidant, emollient, moisturising, reparative
Tocopherol: Vitamin E, powerful antixodant and moisturiser
Glycine Soja Oil: emollient and moisturising, rich in skin-reparative amino acods
Lecithin: emollient, skin-restoring
Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil: emollient, rich source of vitamin E
Hydrogenated Phosphatidylcholine: skin conditioner
Polyhydroxystearic Acid: SPF component stabiliser
Lysolecithin: helps consistency of formula, restores oils of skin
Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate: skin conditioner, emulsifier
Olea Europaea Oil Unsaponifiables: skin conditioning, emollient
Tocopheryl Acetate: vitamin E, antioxidant, protects form UV damage
Daucus Carota Sativa Root Extract: regrenerating, restorative, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, SPF booster
Saccharide Isomerate: moisturiser, emollient
Biosaccharide Gum-4: protects skin from pollution and UV rays
Beta-Carotene: protects from UVA rays, antioxidant
Sodium Benzoate: preservative
Potassium Sorbate: preservative
Xanthan Gum: thickening agent, skin conditioner
Caprylhydroxamic Acid: preservative
Caprylyl Glycol: moisturiser, skin conditioner, preservative booster
Sodium Phytate: stabilises formula, preservative, moisturises, lightens skin and regulates oiliness and pore size
Disodium EDTA: stabilises formula, preservative
Phenethyl Alcohol: preservative
Citric Acid: PH stabiliser
photo via https://www.sevenea.com/
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