We reviewed Thalgo Hydra-Marine 24h Cream (£43 for 50ml).
The product comes in a light blue, vaguely 'space age' pot. The design makes the product feel rather more expensive than the current price point.
The cream itself is white and quite thick without being greasy. It smells very gently of tea and soft white flowers. It is a very subtle smell so isn't at all over powering.
Thalgo specialise in using marine ingredients, with elements such as algae, vitamins and amino acids to help hydrate, protect and cleanse the skin. The Hydra-Marine cream includes sève bleue (a mineral rich spring water), hyalurophyline (a plant extract) and hydra-diffusine (a bio extract), all of which are found in the marine environment. With 51 ingredients, simple and organic the product is not, but it is very effective.
Usage instructions were very simple; apply morning and night to the face and neck. I applied the cream with my fingertips after a pretty deep cleansing routine (my skin is prone to breakouts) and the cream felt very hydrating without feeling greasy or heavy.
I was a little worried that using such a rich moisturiser would irritate my skin, but actually it kept my skin hydrated but under control.
The light smell and the non-greasy texture made the cream a treat to use.
The product promises to revitalise, remineralise and boost skin radiance. I felt that the cream was very balancing, the minerals hydrated without the oiliness of some other facial creams.
My skin felt good after using the product and it kept my skin moisturised all day. I didn't see any longer term effects, but it was a great way of ensuring my skin stayed conditioned in the winter.
The Hydra-Marine cream was one of the most competitively priced products on test at just under £40. It is more than you would pay for a day cream on the high street, but I feel you're paying for the science and the more unusual ingredients, rather than the space-age packaging.
I would certainly buy the cream again; it worked well on my skin and the price point doesn't put it out of reach!
16th January 2015
Warmth and sunshine; spas which take me away to another country; fruit infused waters; beach-worth pedicures; deep tissue massages.
High footfalls; treatments that over promise and under deliver; heavy lunches; loungers drapped in used towels.
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