I’m always amazed when readers, friends and family members admit to me that they don’t use a face cream. It’s second nature to me and has become a firm part of my routine, adding a touch of goodness before I start layering on the makeup. However, with many formulas still being heavy, greasy, sticky and flaky, I can understand their reluctance to apply – especially first thing in the morning when we work so hard at starting the day feeling fresh. A new trend is emerging within the skincare market, with the focus very much being on jelly and gel-like textures; thick and gloopy creams may be a thing of the past, as brands are adopting a new way of hydrating the skin and adding essential nutrients. The benefit of this texture is two fold: not only are the ingredients more concentrated, but the delivery system allows them to be absorbed super quickly so there’s no residue. After literally seconds there’s an invisible finish – making the application of makeup much easier! Here are three jelly products I’ve been using and why I’m championing the new format…
1. Hydraluron Moisture Jelly (£24.99)
extension of the best selling Hydraluron range, this Moisture jelly
uses a combination of five scientifically proven ingredients to help
provide instant and sustained moisture to skin. Containing a high
concentration of hyaluronic acid (the essential element we need to
cushion our skin and provide a full ‘plumping’ effect that’s associated
with a youthful appearance,) this works well to instantly cool the skin
and leave it supple. I love the pump-action top, ensuring there’s
minimal wastage and that you get value for money, as well as the ‘water
like’ texture when it melts into skin. It can be used in conjunction
with the Hydraluron serum for best results, or just alone for a hit of
moisture under makeup.
2. Resultime Regenerating Collagen Gel (£47.00)
rose tinted gel claims to stimulate the production of collagen in skin
cells, regenerating the upper most layer of skin to provide plumped,
hydrated skin and a reduction in the appearance of fine lines. Some
claim! I’ve been using this as a night cream as I love the lightness of
the texture and the way it soaks into skin; every morning I wake up with
smooth and plumped skin, even when I’m still feeling exhausted. There’s
no faffing, no sticking to the pillow and no need to wait twenty
minutes before getting into bed… I’m definitely on board with the
jelly! It can also be used to treat sunburn, works well as a primer and
can be applied to dry patches all over your body for a moisture hit.
Although it’s costly, you need a tiny amount; it’ll last you a really
long time and is well worth the cost of ten pots of Nivea.
3. Dr Organic Snail Gel (£19.99)
read that right. This is actually made using snail slime, which has
been identified as a unique substance that aids regeneration. It’s used
by the snail to quickly regenerate its shell if it ever gets damaged and
was noticed to have a similar effect upon the hands of snail farmers.
(Nope, I didn’t know there were snail farmers either.) The Dr. Organic
Snail Gel is a moisturising, soothing, anti-aging gel that melts into
skin to leave it feeling pretty amazing. It’s not slippy or slimy and
has the most incredible citrus scent; although I was dubious this does
feel really rather lovely. Although I’ve not been using this long enough
to comment on long-term effects, it’s developed cult like status and
has been proven to provide some serious results in clinical trials.
no doubt that we’ll start to see more and more gel and jelly textures
appearing on beauty shelves over the coming months. It makes sense to
provide essential ingredients in a light and easily absorbed formula.
I’m loving these three products and will no doubt continue to use them
over the coming months. Will you be picking up some jelly too?