Review: Voya Dream Creme

Jan 16 2015

Summer Spy

2 min read

Voya dream creme

Reviewed by:  Sensitive Spy
Age: Early forties
Skin type: Combination and sensitive

We reviewed Voya Dream Cream (£56 for 50ml).

First impressions:

This night cream comes from family-owned Irish spa and skincare firm Voya, famous for their seaweed bath treatments, a traditional spa therapy. It's smartly packaged in a glass jar and coordinating box.

The cream has a slightly runny and sticky consistency, reminding me of an ointment or paste. It is free from preservatives and synthetic fragrances, and has a yeasty, herbal mild scent from its blend of active ingredients and natural extracts.

What’s in it?

The cream is certified organic by the Soil Association. It's said to be suitable for all skin types, including sensitive (hurrah).

In fact, it contains 82.6 per cent organic ingredients. Its active ingredients include hand-harvested wild Irish seaweed, blended with sunflower, almond and avocado oils, glycerine and shea butter, and a concoction of essential oils (including bergamot, ylang ylang, lemongrass and lavender).

Usage:

I applied the cream at night straight after cleansing -- the manufacturers suggest adding a layer of serum beforehand.

The tacky cream was a little tricky to apply: it was difficult to spread over the face, and tended to sit on the skin in a layer for several minutes before gradually sinking in.

In a way it felt more like a moisturising mask than a night cream. But once the cream had dried and disappeared into my skin, it felt soft and matt… not at all greasy.

Effects:

The cream promises to "give you the face of your dreams, replenishing and rejuvenating your skin in the sleeping hours, giving you a marvellous morning glow".

The cream did feel as if it had a temporary tightening and firming effect, just like a face mask or treatment, but this had worn off by the morning. I also noticed in the morning that it left a soft milky film on my face, which washed off in the shower.

After a week of use I couldn't really see any noticeable improvements, although perhaps my skin did look slightly rosier as a result.

Value:

Hand-sourced organic ingredients from a small family firm with impressive green credentials are lovely, and the value of the product definitely lies in the ingredients.

Final verdict:

I'm not averse to a few chemicals or preservatives, so I'm not sure that the results quite justified the price tag for me.

If you're the sort of person who likes to shop in organic supermarkets, and is careful about avoiding synthetic ingredients, then this might be the perfect product for you.

Spy12

Summer Spy

16th January 2015

Spy Likes:

Warmth and sunshine; spas which take me away to another country; fruit infused waters; beach-worth pedicures; deep tissue massages.

Spy Dislikes:

High footfalls; treatments that over promise and under deliver; heavy lunches; loungers drapped in used towels.

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