Battle of the Day Creams

The skincare market is not short on day creams up for offer. All claim to do various things, but the main priority for must of us at the end of the day, I think, is that our skin needs to feel smooth and hydrated after using something. I've rounded up a bunch of day creams I have to give you a run down on them, their features and their benefits, so next time you're out shopping for some skincare the decision may be just that little bit easier.

The main feature of this cream is that it aims to reduce the visibility of fine lines and boost the radiance of your skin. It really is marketed towards those of us who have super busy, constant on-the-go lives. Constant stress throughout the day and a lack of sleep doesn't help our skin look or feel it's best, and while the best way to fix this is to ensure you're getting enough sleep and trying to destress your life, this day cream aims to give you a little bit of a helping hand in the meantime. It does have a night time counterpart, so keep your eyes peeled on the blog for a post featuring that soon. This day cream feels super lux to put on and always leaves my skin feeling super smooth, and it also smells nice and clean and fresh.

Philosophy Renewed Hope in a Jar Refreshing & Refining Moisturiser
I just have to start by saying I think the packaging of this brand's products is on point and so aesthetically pleasing. This product is for those who have normal to dry skin and not only is it designed to moisture your skin, it also aims to help reduce the visibility of pores and fine lines over time. It doesn't have a very strong scent, but it smells a little bit more chemical-like than any of the others, but nothing that is overpowering or even really noticeable once you put it on your skin. Whenever I put this on my skin always feels nice and smooth and clean afterwards.

Philosophy Take a Deep Breath Oil-Free Oxygenating Gel Cream
This product contains clean air technology, which basically allows more oxygen to be delivered to your skin in order to allow it to breathe more freely and therefore recover quicker from daily exposure to the elements which ages our skin. Naturally the amount of oxygen in our skin decreases over time, but factors such as pollution and constant stress can speed up this decrease, so this cream aims to combat that. It contains barley leaf extract which is an ingredient which is loaded with oxygen and there is also plenty of antioxidants and anti-pollutants to help neutralise the negative effect of daily life on our skin. You really only need a small amount of this product, and my skin really feels smooth after applying, and it also does feel a bit refreshing as well. This cream also smells quite fresh, and I don't know if it's because of the light green colour of the product, but I think of cucumbers when I smell it; trust me it smells nice.

I mentioned this product back in my August Favourites post. As someone who gets oily skin throughout the day, I love using this product on days I plan to be wearing makeup. Anything extra that I can put on to prep before my makeup that claims to help keep my matte I'll happily slather on my face. I do find my face feels and looks less oily and shiny by the end of the day if I use this product in the morning. While it may be mattifying, it doesn't leave your skin feeling dry and un-moisturised, it actually leaves your skin feeling quite smooth.

So which do you choose? I think it really comes down to what you're needs are; at least I find that's the case for me. Like I mentioned, I love to use the Sukin one on days that I plan to wear makeup, but for days where I'm staying fresh faced, or for when I've just used something like a detoxifying or de-clogging face mask, I like to use one of the other products to really pack in the moisture. None of these products really have any flaws, I'd recommend any of them depending on what you're after; they all have left my skin feeling smooth, hydrated and happy.

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