Review Aesop – Sage and Zinc Facial Hydrating Cream SPF15


I have a thing for natural moisturizers. It’s sort of an irrational addiction that I cannot let go. Despite quite a few bad experiences, time after time I go back to organic cosmetics shops, purchase something natural and inevitably get disappointed.

My main concern about natural creams is that although they are supposed to be light and fresh, most of them feel as though you’ve put an oily pancake on your face. Actually, as they all contain some combination of vegetable oils, I wonder how on Earth they could be light to begin with. I have a combination skin type (which can be very dry and overly sensitive during winter). I don’t like moisturizers that give matte results, because I think it looks unnatural. At the same time, there is a thin line between well nourished healthy skin and the skin that shines because of its oiliness. So you guessed it right, the first effect I’m aiming for and the second one – trying to avoid. That’s why I’m always on the look-out for magic creams that give skin enough of moisture and healthy glow without getting sticky and dripping fat.

After epic fails with Weleda and Dr.Hauschka, I was still hoping to find an organic moisturizer that would suit my skin. One time I went to Aesop store in Berlin, and became curious about Sage & Zinc Facial Hydrating Cream SPF 15. To be honest, what caught my attention wasn’t its texture, bloggers reviews or promises of a perfect skin. Nope. It was its beautiful packaging.

This yellowish cream is supposed to moisturize the skin while at the same time protect it from UV rays. It turned out to be not that bad. It does moisturize, almost doesn’t leave an oily film on the surface of the skin (well, this actually varies from day to day without any obvious reasons), gives you an effect of a “dewy complexion”, and, thanks to zinc dioxide, provides you with the shield against the sun-rays (it hasn’t been that sunny yet, so I can’t speak from my own experience).

The worst thing about this product (and believe me, it’s quite bad) is its price. 33€ for 30ml, or 49€ – for 60ml. I wouldn’t have complained if the cream was perfect: giving my skin enough of moisture without making it fat and oily. To tell you the complete truth, if it was the same cream in Weleda packaging, I would never consider buying it again. So why would I pay extra dozens of euros for a nice dark glass jar and stylish typography? Besides, I’ve just got myself a new test subject – a moisturizer from Annemarie Borlind – the brand that I respect immensely. At the first glance, it’s natural and gives me the results I want, but that will be the topic for my next review.

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