It is the time of year where the temperatures change, the air grows cooler outside, the central heating kicks in indoors and my skin begins transitioning from its summer regime to the winter one. Which means of course that I begin to try out moisturizers.
I’d like to say I have a set summer and winter routine but the truth is, I’ve moved around so much in my life that each place I had to adjust everything to the new locale as well as the changing seasons. Now that it looks like I have finally stopped moving about I have found many products I like, but yet to find one I want to commit to for a season.
But since I like trying out new things, I don’t consider this a problem.
Considering I’ve had pretty good luck with the Purlisse brand, I decided to try another one. This was the Blue Lotus Balancing Moisturizer. Like the Matcha Green Tea Moisturizer it retails for $45 and contains 1.7 ounces of product in the plastic tube. I’m not a big fan of the plastic tube, mostly because I don’t like how much plastic is in my life, but I will admit, the tube lets you squeeze out a really small amount onto your hand so you don’t waste product. In addition it was lighter to ship than a glass jar.
Beauty products and guilt – forever intermingled.
Anyway, my plan when purchasing it was to compare it to the Matcha Green Tea moisturizer. If you missed that review a quick summary would be that it was a good product, but it was used up too quickly. I went through the tube in under three weeks’ time. I figured I could use this as a base and since the weather wasn’t changing, then I would have a more or less side by side.
Then the weather changed.
While I was using the product.
So I decided to keep using it until it was empty.
I know, a somewhat mean trick to play on a moisturizer, testing it during the seasonal change, but it ended up being quite interesting. I should probably also mention that I have normal skin and am neither oily nor dry usually. Most of my skin care needs seem to be driven by activities and the changes to them rather than my skin type. If you have a different skin type, your results may vary.
First the product claims from the website:
Blue Lotus extract is a powerhouse antioxidant with anti-inflammatory benefits known to combat against free radical damage. White Tea offers anti-bacterial and skin soothing abilities. Vitamin E prevents premature aging and improves skin texture. French Marine Plants help retain moisture and promote skin radiance.
Not too over the top in terms of promises.
Now, to the bat cave, um…I mean my bathroom, for testing. Not for crime fighting.
That’s in the garage.
As I said before, I used the product up completely. At first, it looked as though it too would be used up in under three weeks as I was using it the same way as the Matcha Green Tea moisturizer. Then, I completed my end of season gardening chores, the weather changed and I found myself spending more time indoors. As a consequence, my use of moisturizer changed.
It was interesting to watch the change in my skin.
I finished my garden chores and the next day applied my morning moisturizer as usual with no changes. That evening, when I went to apply my bed time moisturizer, I noticed the usual amount left me feeling a little greasy. The next morning after washing and toning, I again applied, this time using a little less and I was fine, not greasy at all. Bedtime again I was a little greasy, but not by much. The next morning I again reduced the amount of cream and was fine.
In the end it took about a week for my skin to adjust to the change in spending a lot of time outside in the sun to spending the majority of the day indoors. For a few days, I thought that this was just going to have to be termed a summer moisturizer, but once the adjustment was done, I found I could use a reduced amount. The reduction in amount of moisture my skin needed let me use less product and made the tube of moisturizer last for six weeks, which is comparable, and possibly a little longer than, many other moisturizers I have tested. This makes me want to retest the Matcha Green Tea moisturizer to see if it too does better when not faced with my summer skin.
As to the claims by the product, while I will have to accept that it does something for free radicals as I am not sure how I’d test that effectiveness at home, I do like the product. It has a fresh scent that isn’t overpowering, it sinks into the skin well, keeps me hydrated and with the exception of the transition week, is not at all greasy. My skin feels healthy and smooth and makeup is easily applied over the product with no ill effects.
I think that I would either term this a transitional cream, as it got me through that transition without a single breakout or any clogged pores, or an autumnal cream. The reason for this designation is not that I don’t think it would work in the summer or winter, I think it most definitely would. The problem is, in the summer the product would be used up faster than I like on my skin due to my outdoor activities. I believe that once the heater gets cranked up for the winter months and my skin starts on its winter dry spell, I would also use the product up too rapidly to justify the price. Given my skin’s needs I think I would have a hard time justifying spending $45 every three weeks.
However, I will be remembering this cream once winter starts to fade and spring looks as though it is about to appear. The transition from summer to autumn was where this product shined and I suspect it would do the same when winter fades to spring. Which I am okay with as a designation. We each have our strong points and our weak ones, why shouldn’t moisturizer be the same?
At the moment I don’t really have any transitional creams, so I am actually thrilled to find one. The one I tried last spring caused all sorts of problems. So when the first green tips of daffodils and crocus blossoms start appearing on the still cold ground, I think I will make sure to have this product around.