I was saying recently to a friend that I wish I knew about gel-creams when I was a teenager. To me, skin creams were always thick, creamy and when you woke up in the morning your t-zone was oily. Granted, I knew a LOT less about skincare then and was probably using incorrect products – but I actually needed an oil-free product. And, I always thought my skin was dry but actually it was rather dehydrated. So last year when I started using gel-creams, it was like I was revolutionized. Recently I encountered another bottle of goodness – the Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference Replenishing HydraGel Complex. My skin has been LOVING this product and has managed to stay hydrated and smooth this winter.
Introducing the Visible Difference Replenishing HydraGel Complex!
This little guy is a refreshing, oil-free water gel. The Visible Difference Replenishing Hydragel Complex has a unique gel cream formula that absorbs quickly like a gel but moisturizes deeply like a cream to restore balance and promote hydration. It is formulated to plump skin with 24-hour hydration and refine the look of pores. It is extremely lightweight and sinks into your skin immediately. You’ll actually notice instantly that your skin feels hydrated. Within a few minutes, if I touch my skin it feels really soft and smooth to the touch. It’s also not dry or tight at all!
The formula is completely oil-free so it’s suitable for those of you who tend to stay away from oily products. I think what I love about this most is my skin feel does stay hydrated throughout the day. It doesn’t dry out or tighten, and my foundation looks really good when I apply the HydraGel underneath!
The problems our skin faces today
Dry air, frigid temperatures (including cold air from the aircon!), diet and hormones can all deprive your complexion of moisture and wreak havoc on your skin. Because of these issues, many people struggle with dry skin that craves moisture and hydration. Utilizing a cream with hyaluronic acid can really help with this!
What are the key ingredients in the HydraGel Complex?
- Hyaluronic Acid – Deeply and intensely hydrates to help skin retain moisture.
- Vitamin E – This nutrient-rich antioxidant softens skin and helps combat free radicals and environmental aggressors.
- Tree Mushroom Extract – Contains astringent properties that help refine pores and tighten skin’s texture.
What is Hyalauronic Acid?
Hyaluronic Acid is actually a molecule that occurs naturally in many parts of our body and helps to increase the tissues’ ability to bind water. When we are younger, our bodies are very rich in natural Hyaluronic Acid and are able to replenish it daily. This is why young people have such firm and hydrated skin! (Pfftt..they don’t realise what how lucky they are!!) However, as we grow older we lose the ability to produce enough Hyaluronic Acid. This leads to a loss of water in the skin as well as a loss of volume, ultimately leading to fine lines and wrinkles.
When I look at the bottle and feel the formula, I feel like the Visible Difference Replenishing HydraGel Complex should retail for around R500 or R600. But rather, its retail price is R295. I actually feel like this is very reasonable for a moisturizer. We all know the feeling of seeing a fabulous product advertised, only to see the price tag being around R1500. Don’t worry ladies – this is not the case with this product. I feel like it is very well priced for a moisturizer of this quality.
I personally find it hard to find moisturizers that I really love. Maybe it’s because I find a lot of them leave my skin oily after a few hours because of the formulas being very thick and heavy. I absolutely love the texture of this gelcream. It absorbs straight away and leaves your skin feeling soft, plump and hydrated. It leaves the texture looking smooth and dewy, which I really love too. When I consider the price point and how lovely this cream is, I can definitely recommend it to fellow gelcream lovers or people in need of hydration!
On my Instagram, I am running a giveaway for not only the Visible Difference Replenishing HydraGel Complex but also the Visible Difference Refining Moisture Cream Complex. Just look for the photo of the HydraGel on my feed and follow the instructions in the caption.
As always, bonus entries for commenting on this blog post! Tell me one of the key ingridients in the HydraGel complex in the comment section below!
The competition will run for two weeks, the winner will be chosen at random and needs to have a physical daytime delivery address.
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