April 19, 2009
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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.