Moisturise me

I am hopping mad. I have just had to buy an overpriced, branded moisturiser. (Yes, I was forced at gunpoint, why do you ask?) I was looking for a Boots Botanicals moisturiser I've used before because it's light, has SPF 15 and costs less than a fiver. But no less than two Boots stores didn't have it on the shelves so I spent a good 15 minutes trawling the (impressively stocked) Lewisham branch, trying to find a similar cheap, non-greasy facial moisturiser with some kind of sunscreen. Lately there's been a rash of moisturisers 'specialising' in oily skin new to the market, but not one of these bastards has SPF. Apparently I'm supposed to buy something that doesn't clog my skin but then have to use an additional sunscreen that will oil my face up nice and good. That's useful.

It transpired that of the two full aisles of moisturisers in Lewisham Boots, only the fancy expensive ones have a variant that is non-greasy and comes with SPF. I went with the cheapest, which is still over £12. I really object to paying for (pointless) marketing and (pointless) packaging and (pointless) anti-oxidant claims and other (pointless) ingredients when all I bloody well want is a simple, light, sun-protecting moisturiser. If I can't find the Botanicals one again, can anyone else suggest another option? Because this feels like a conspiracy to get me to join the Cosmo-reading, L-Oreal-using classes.

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6 responses to “Moisturise me

  1. Persephone April 19, 2009 at 11:25 pm

    I just use Oil of Olay, which has 15 SPF (the very basic stuff, not the silly stuff with pumps and other packaging. However, I only use it in the wintertime, as I need a high SPF for the summer. With pale skin and blue eyes, I’m a poster-child for melanoma. Then I use Coppertone 45 or 50 instead of a moisturizer. (Why would you use both a sun screen and a moisturizer?) I still moisturize at night with a night cream.

  2. Rachel April 20, 2009 at 9:36 am

    Good point: re dual moisturisers. I now realise that, in the mess I refer to as my head, I’ve never considered facial sunscreens as ‘proper’ moisturisers (probably because they feel too greasy on me to use absolutely every day). I’m clearly a dolt.

  3. Kate April 20, 2009 at 10:05 am

    I can’t comment, as I buy Clinique.
    But you can buy Boots stuff online can’t you? So couldn’t you order the Botanicals one that way?
    Alternatively try EBay. Some of these might be what you’re looking for …
    http://tinyurl.com/c5glu9

  4. Rachel April 20, 2009 at 10:28 am

    Brain was making the leap from “it’s not in store” to “it must be discontinued” rather than thinking about going home and looking online. Plus I’m nearly out – haven’t had the nous to get myself sorted in time to be able to wait for deliveries. Am rubbish.

  5. Marie April 20, 2009 at 12:24 pm

    I have a similar problem as none of the Boots near me stock their own-brand Monthly Cycle vitamins, the only thing that stops me turning into a PMT-crazed acne-ridden werewolf once a month, but I have found the range on the Boots site. So that is definitely worth a try.

  6. Will April 23, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    Wouldn’t know about that being a Molton Brown junkie…

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