Aēsop Sage & Zinc Facial Hydrating Cream

Sunday, September 14, 2014

I was recently gifted the Aēsop Sage and Zinc Facial Hydrating Cream with SPF 15, and have been using this as my daily moisturiser ever since, so I think it's about time I did a review! This is what the website claims: 

Perfected after ten years of research and development, this lightweight, hydrating formulation contains mineral-based Zinc Oxide, which forms a barrier to reflect sunlight without clogging pores to leave skin feeling softened and protected. 
It is non-comodegenic, enhanced with plant-derived vitamins including Vitamin E. This cream with mineral-based sunscreen is ideal for city living.

It contains quite a large dose of zinc oxide. 16.1% to be exact! It is also laden with other botanical extracts like sage, macadamia seed oil, evening primrose, soybean and lavender oil. Now, that's A LOT of extracts, which I am very pleased with, since chemicals can be too harsh on my sensitive skin. 

This cream is indeed very lightweight despite its lotion-y texture, and sinks into the skin immediately after applying. One thing about this that should be noted is its strong lavender scent. The scent is fine with me as I personally like scented products, but to some it may be quite overpowering. That being said, the smell disappears after about a minute or so. 

It can be a tad bit sticky if you over apply, but I feel that using this by itself doesn't give me enough moisture, so I apply a dab of my Nivea Soft Creme on top of this. It gives a sort of mattifying effect, which is great for my oily skin and doesn't make my primer or makeup slip and slide everywhere. In fact, I might even go as far as to say that it helps my makeup last longer!

I find that my skin has been less clogged after using this and actually feels pampered and well-taken care of! If I have to say anything bad about this product, it would have to be its lack of enough SPF. I think it should've contained SPF 30 or higher since it is targeted at protecting your face. I also don't really like the cap on the tube as I can't seem to screw it on properly. It gets wonky and I cannot screw it all the way shut (as you can probably tell from the first picture) and it irks me quite a bit. I'm afraid dirt might get in and the ingredients will be contaminated more easily. 

Overall, I really like this product but I'm not sure if I will repurchase it since it's so expensive! 

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  1. It sounds lovely! I’m currently on a spending ban and trying to make my way through the oodles of moisturisers I already have! I’m currently loving my Liz Earle moisturiser.


  2. Oooooh, I've heard so many good things about Liz Earle. I might not splurge on this one, though, unless you are living in an area with congested air and really into moisturisers! (; x

  3. Oh I'd love to try this as my skin's really dry! I've never tried anything from Aesop before, but I know Zinc is supposed to be good for problematic skin xx

    Gemma | missmakeupmagpie.com

  4. Yes it is! My skin has been so much less clogged since using this! x



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