Aesop Sage & Zinc Facial Hydrating Cream

When I tried the Aesop Sage & Zinc Facial Hydrating Cream for the first time I was pretty enthusiastic about it. And I continued to love it during Spring and early days of Summer. I thought that it could be the perfect solution for combination skins. But after some time I changed my mind. Maybe my skin has changed in some way.

Aesop Sage & Zinc Facial Hydrating Cream is described as

A daily SPF15 moisturiser for all skin types, including sensitive.
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.

Aesop Sage & Zinc Facial Hydrating Cream

First, let me say that a SPF15 in a daily moisturizer is too weak as sun protection. You can’t rely on moisturizers with a medium-low sunscreen as a full protection from UV rays. If you want an effective UV protection you have to use a specific sunscreen product with high/very high protection. The faible protection in the Aesop Sage & Zinc Facial Hydrating Cream is thanks to a good amount of Zinc Oxide in it. During the hottest days it was a bit too much because I could feel a bit of greasiness. However, I thought it could be due to super hot weather.

Aesop Sage & Zinc Facial Hydrating Cream is really similar to a salve. Aesop has this attractive vintage packaging inspired by old pharmacies and I just can’t resist to it. This product has a vintage feeling in its texture, too. A sort of thick ointment similar to a herbal remedy. Talking about herbs, it has a strong herbaceous smell that lasts for a long time. It can be very annoying if you hate cosmetics with fragrance or if you’re not use to these herbal products. I think it’s due to all the natural ingredients in it but it’s really overwhelming.

Here it is complete ingredients’ list:

Water (Aqua), Zinc Oxide, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, PEG-100 Stearate, Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Squalane, Hydrogenated Palm Glycerides, Phenoxyethanol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Lauryl Pyrrolidone, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, Silica, Citric Acid, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, 1,2-Hexanediol, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Oil, Tocopherol, Disodium EDTA, Xanthan Gum, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Fusanus Spicatus Wood Oil, Caprylyl Glycol, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Seed Extract, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Root Extract, Beta-Carotene, Linalool, Farnesol, d-Limonene.

During Fall and these cold Winter days I started hating this product. It continues to leave a greasy feeling to my skin. It’s just like my skin couldn’t absorb it well. It also leaves my skin sticky. However, my skin remains dry after application. It’s quite strange since I can feel how it is nourishing but it’s not hydrating at the same time. You know, nutrition and hydration are completely different issues.

Furthermore, Aesop Sage & Zinc Facial Hydrating Cream is ridiculously expensive. I bought it at Beautyexpert with a discount code but it’s available at $40.00 (1.3fl oz ) and $60.00 (2.0fl oz).


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