Garnier Miracle Sleeping Cream

Having used The Body Shop’s Drops of Youth Bouncy Sleeping Mask for about a month or so now on some of the nights when I’m not going in heavy with acids or retinols (and having really enjoyed it -fantastic, plumped soft, glowing skin as a result), I was interested to see what appears to be an identical product from Garnier on the shelf in Boots.

For £13.99 I was promised 50ml of “Anti-Ageing, De-Tiring, Skin-Transforming care.” It doesn’t explicitly state so on the packaging but I’m guessing that it’s aimed at more mature, delicate, stressed and dry skin that’s looking for a good injection of hydration overnight.

50ML of wonder cream

50ML of wonder cream in a slightly damaged box…

I love a night cream. I really do. I love the sense of going to bed slathered in goo and awaking with glowing, dewy, transformed, nurtured skin. As I get older this seems even more necessary -Seven or Eight** hours in which a cream can work its magic on my skin unencumbered by other lotions and cosmetics? When else can I give it that attention?

(**Six if I’m lucky)

Garnier Sleeping Cream

Garnier Sleeping Cream

 It’s a traditional cream in the way that the Body Shop mask isn’t -it sinks in instantly (it’s quite silicone heavy), is non greasy, light and feels instantly hydrating -there’s plenty of glycerin and hyaluronic acid in the formulation. There is a light scent to it which I’m finding hard to identify -it’s sort of rose-y which might be the Geraniol in the ingredients, and there’s lavender oil in there also. Anyhoo, it’s a pleasant scent that dissipates after a few minutes. I don’t (But I might start to) layer it under an oil for some extra oomph as the overwhelming sensation I get after application is that I don’t feel like I’ve put much on my skin at all.

The usual cream formulation

The usual cream formulation

I don’t know about you, but every morning before cleansing I check my skin to see what fresh hell has been imposed upon it by the ravages of time skincare I used the night before. And every time I have used this cream, I have been -just a bit- disappointed when I look in the mirror. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with it per se. My skin feels comfortable, hydrated, not irritated, not blotchy and fairly soft. But also not radiant, not ‘illuminated.’ You’d think it would be a win. I wanted it to be a win. It’s a perfectly acceptable night time moisturiser for normal to combination skin. But it is not a ‘miracle’. Not by a long shot.

Ingredients list

Ingredients list

It could of course, just be that my skin is used to more rigorous formulations -Boot Camp level skincare, you could say. And if acids and retinols are Boot Camp, then this is a mid-price weekend Spa retreat that you collect tokens for from the Telegraph.

On balance, the Body Shop mask works better on my dull, dehydrated skin than the Garnier. It’s also, ounce for ounce, a bit cheaper.

Still: if you’re interested in giving it a go, or if the Body Shop mask didn’t work for you but you like the idea of an overnight cream that promises to work while you sleep, and/or something like Origins Drink Up was too rich for your liking, you could certainly give this a whirl. It’s available at all the usual chemist/supermarket outlets.

Disclaimer: Bought with cold, hard cash

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Current skincare routine -day

I thought I would run through this week’s products. I’ve settled into a bit of a routine with these recently, adding in treatment oils as and when I feel that I need them, but these are forming the current cornerstones of my daily routine.

current skincare

Garnier Micellar water

First up: Garnier Micellar cleansing water (currently on offer at Boots). This stuff is cheap as chips. It really is, and it’s always on some kind of offer in Boots or Superdrug. I used to use Bioderma, and yes, it is better. But it is also three times the price and I only use it for the initial make-up removing stage, so I’m not going to beat myself up about it. It’s odourless, clear and really does feel just like magic water that takes off your make up. A pad liberally doused in this and held on my eyelids for 30 seconds loosens all the mascara. All of it. I’ve never managed to use an oil for the eye make up removing part of my routine, and this is the best I’ve found that removes without scrubbing. It’s basically Witchcraft. This is primarily an evening make up remover for me, but I give myself a wipe with it in the morning to catch any of those bits that end up under your eyes, no matter how well you cleanse the night before.

Once that’s all off, I go in with Una Brennan’s SuperFacialist Vitamin C+ Skin Renew Cleansing Oil (and breathe).

Una Brennan cleansing Oil

It’s a superlight, emulsifying oil that has plenty of slip and I can work right into my skin. It comes off with a hot flannel like a dream, unlike some cleansers which I feel I need to go in again and again until it’s all off. Smells a bit too heavily of orange peel for my liking but is a daily go-to when I haven’t been wearing tons of make up or sunscreen (or in the summer).

It really does need to come with a pump dispenser though. I’ve got round this by using a pump that came with a travel bottle from Superdrug which fitted perfectly, but without it, this would go all over the shop. Sort it out Una.

Pixi Glow Tonic

Next up: Pixi Glow Tonic. A massive big up to Mrs Hirons for getting most of Britain’s beauty addicts into the acid cleanse. Once the cleanser is off, I go in with Glow Tonic. I have tried others but nothing really does it for me like this does -to the extent that I ALWAYS have a back up bottle somewhere because I’m paranoid that I will run out and the shops will be shut and my skin will fall off.

Murad Hydrating toner

Sometimes I use a hydrating tone, but not always (more in the summer, paradoxically because I like the freshening aspect). Currently I’m liking Murad’s Hydrating toner which smells peachy (and is currently reduced in M&S), but equally The Body Shop’s Vitamin E Face Mist is a third of the price and does the job equally well.

Vichy Aqualia

My go-to serum at the moment (third bottle level, which is I think a record) is Vichy Aqualia. This stuff is amazing for my patchy, sad, lizard like, dehydrated skin. It’s packed full of hyaluronic acid (and works in a way that Hydraluron never did, despite me aching to love it). In fact, all the Vichy products I’ve used since I hit 40 have been amazing. I remember being sorely disappointed with their products when I was in my 20s, but I guess my skin hadn’t got into its stride then. This I use as a day serum, and I switch up to something with a bit more clout in the evening.

Ole Henrickson Nurture Me

Nurture me creme

Finally – Ole Henrickson’s Nurture Me creme. To say I love this moisturising freaking miracle cream would be a touch of an understatement. It’s formulated for sensitive and rosacea prone skin and I think it’s the chamomile element that I react to so well as I’ve noticed this in other creams I’ve enjoyed using. It’s a gel-cream formulation that smells creamy-vanilla-y-bubblegummy. It took some getting used to as it’s not in my normal fragrance comfort zone but now I absolutely love it. After the Aqualia, a layer of this and my skin -however brittle and sore feeling it may be- feels supple and nourished. I can feel the moisture in my skin all day but it’s never greasy. This is another one of those please don’t ever stop making it or I may cry products.

Then that’s me done. Eye cream? Are you kidding me?.

Full disclaimer: All products bought with cold, hard cash.