Garnier Miracle Sleeping Cream, €19.99. Press samples featured.
This past month has been very skin care heavy. We’ve had an easy guide to putting together a routine, a demystifying product glossary and an SPF myth buster/top tip post. Now, we’re back to basics with a straightforward review. In the hot seat, Garnier Miracle Sleeping Cream.
It’s inspired by the super popular Asian trend for sleeping packs; hard working treatments that spruce up your complexion while you’re dozing, without the feel of a gloopy cream.
The texture is spot on, it’s almost a hybrid between a gel and a lotion. It’s very quickly absorbed, and the product that sits on the surface feels comfortable and nourishing, not greasy. There’s a place in my heart for weighty creams, but this is a refreshing change. It’s nice to fall into bed and not worry that your pillow is going to look like it’s been at sea by morning.
The best bit about the lighter feel is that there doesn’t seem to be a compromise on moisture. It’s often the case that thinner textures are geared towards oiler skin, and those of us with dry skin need to seek out products with thicker consistencies. Here, you get buckets of rich emollients in a much more airy formulation.
Lavender oils, LHA, jojoba oil and hyaluronic acid are four of the seven active ingredients. You’ll recognise the names if you’ve ever read a blog before. We like oils, we like chemical exfoliants (LHA), and we love a bit of hyaluronic acid for boosting hydration. Oh, and on Wednesdays we wear pink.
Scent in skin care can be a deal breaker, but I will say that this smells lovely. Sort of like nice yoghurt, I think? My nose might be led by its fruit-of-the-forest shade. Specific reference aside, it’s nice and not overpowering. A good bonus, especially when you remember that this is budget skin care, so added niceries could have been forgotten.
I’m hard pushed to put this into a box and pitch it to a particular group. It’s got something for everyone, oils for dry skin, acid one for dehydrated skin, acid two for gentle exfoliation that does everybody good, and anti-oxidants if you’re looking for a mature-skin specific booster. The brand have classed it as a targeted treatment for fatigued skin, but I think it’s a general crowd pleaser.
Now, twenty quid is on the more expensive side of budget, but I think it’s reasonable for this particular cream. That being said, it’s going for €11.33 now (17th August, 2015, future readers) on Boots.ie.