2.28.2012

Review: Lancome Hydra Zen and Hydra Zen Nuit


I originally bought these products last year, and before moving house moved the remaining product into these empty sample pots I had previously recieved with purchase (One of the best parts of buying Lancome is there's almost always a generous gift on offer). After having used them for about 2 months my skin started breaking out like it hadn't since I was a teenager, and so I stopped using them and went on a desperate money spending spree for products that would help clear my skin up.

I forgot about these creams until last week when I dug them back up and decided to finish them up as they do cost quite a lot of money. My skin is very sensitive, so in theory these calming creams should be perfect for me.
Their full names are "Lancome Hydra Zen Neurocalm Soothing Anti-Stress Moisturising Cream SPF 15" and "Lancome Hydra Zen Nuit Neurocalm Soothing Recharging Night Cream". It is said to be "For all skin types, even sensitive".

Just upon opening the jars the familiar rosy scent hit me like smells that bring back childhood memories. I religiously stuck to Lancome for years prior to last years unfortunate events and sometimes I miss it, especially their generous samples and gifts with purchase. I somewhat reluctantly put the night cream on my face, somewhat scared it would after all be these that broke me out. After a few minutes my face was already noticeably less red and felt calm and relaxed. That might seem a bit spacey to some of you, but for those of you who suffer from sensitive and reactive skin like myself, will know exactly what I'm talking about and it's such a nice feeling.

The next morning I woke up to perfectly moisturised, plump, healthy and glowy skin. Not radiant, lit from within glowy, but healthy in a not dull sense. Enouraged I decided to give the day cream a go that same morning and has been sticking to this regime the last week or so. The day cream has that same comfortable effect and while SPF 15 is not nearly high enough for my hyperpigmentation suffering skin, it is still a nice addition (Some creams still don't have any SPF in it which I personally think is just silly and annoying). It's also perfect for those days when I'm not sure if I'll leave the house and so not to "waste" my expensive Shiseido or Institut Esthederm sunscreen.

The cream is obviously not mattifying, so while it is for all skin types, I wouldn't recommend it for those with very oily skin. My skin is normal to a little oily, but it's not a big problem for me and I keep it at bay with primes, setting sprays and/or regular setting powder. I will say that if I apply it right before applying make up it is a bit heavy at first so it doesn't mix well with a primer. I will still use a primer with it if I have time to let it properly sink in, or I skip a primer if I need to apply make up immediately.

Unfortunately for me the night cream was almost empty already and I will have to decide on wether or not to re-purchase soon. As I am moving again in less than a month, I am currently working on using up all my creams and lotions and what-have-you that have little product left, so I will go through as much as I can before deciding on what to buy next. If I had no other night creams I do think I would have purchased the night cream again. The day cream I still have lots left of so I will see how much I miss it when it's all gone, but I think it's a very nice all around day cream and I just love that smell!

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 Lancome Hydra Zen and Hydra Zen Nuit

 
 Lancome Hydra Zen

 Lancome Hydra Zen

 Lancome Hydra Zen

 
 Lancome Hydra Zen Nuit

 Lancome Hydra Zen Nuit

 Lancome Hydra Zen Nuit

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