Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Claudia Louch Hydrating Mango Face Cream

Claudia Louch Hydrating Mango Face Cream* - £61.50

When an internationally-renowned natural skin specialist launches their own skincare range, you know it's gonna be worth taking a look at. Claudia Louch runs her Natural Skin Clinic on Harley Street in London where she has successfully treated thousands of patients with their skin problems. Her approach to skincare is to use natural botanical ingredients to harness the body's own healing potential. At her clinic every product used is made bespoke to order for each patient. Tailoring the products to the needs of every individual is such a wonderful idea as it ensures the products used are delivering the maximum results. Of course not everyone can get down to Harley Street to seek out her services. Claudia Louch recently brought out eight different skincare products so that everyone can discover the benefits of medicinal plant-based products for themselves. All of the Claudia Louch Natural Skin Clinic products are natural and plant and/or mineral-based, hypoallergenic, allergy-tested, non-comedogenic & free from harsh chemicals. They are suitable for all skin types & can help with many skin conditions.

For the past month I've been testing out one of her moisturisers - the Hydrating Mango Face Cream. There are three different moisturisers in the range. This one is best suited to those with normal to dry skin types. There's also one for oily to combination skin & one for more mature skin. I actually have combination skin so I wasn't sure if the Hydrating Mango Face Cream would be too rich for me but this moisturiser really took me by surprise. When I've tried creams for drier skin in the past they would instantly make me look greasy. Despite being a thick & luxurious cream, it gives my skin the most beautiful matte & velvety finish. I normally use three pumps for my face & neck and it gives me the perfect amount of moisture. The cream has an incredible buttery soft texture. Once applied it feels slightly tacky to begin with but it soon sinks in. It has a light & pleasant natural scent. One of the key ingredients is mango butter which helps to hydrate & protect the skin and effectively treats dryness, itchiness, skin damage, lines & wrinkles. The face cream is 94% natural and features a blend of five hydrating oils (olive, almond, avocado, sunflower & grape seed) plus shea butter, vitamin E and aloe vera gel. With all those oils I did wonder if it would break me out. It certainly lives up to it's claims of being non-comedogenic for me as it's only worked to soothe & calm my skin, no nasty blemishes in sight. It also contains hyaluronic acid which helps to plump up the skin and maintain water levels in the top layers of skin, reducing signs of dehydration.

I never thought that using a rich cream like this would be able to balance out my skin & give it such a lovely matte finish. It makes my skin look really healthy on it's own by softening, plumping it up & minimising my pores. One downfall is that it doesn't contain any SPF. I imagine adding sun protection would go against the natural ethos of Claudia's clinic but it still is important. When I add my own SPF 50 on top, my face loses that velvet look but everything sits nicely under my makeup so I guess it's not really a big deal. While I do like using this moisturiser during the day, it really shines as a night cream. I've been using this on top of the Balance Me Radiance Face Oil almost every night & the two products make such a heavenly combo. The oil helps to hydrate, decongest & add radiance then the cream helps to lock in moisture, calming the skin & leaving it feeling deeply nourished by morning. I can't get enough of them together! Finally I simply must mention that gorgeous packaging. I don't think I've ever owned such a luxurious looking bottle before. It's a shame that you can't see how much moisturiser is left in the bottle but the pump makes sure you don't waste a single drop. It certainly is an expensive face cream but I'm sure it'll last a long time & you're also getting some of Claudia's years of experience in skin health packaged within this sleek black bottle. The Claudia Louch Natural Skin Clinic skincare range is now available to buy online exclusively at with free UK delivery.

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