Hydrated summer skin & my new favourite affordable facial oil

You know me, i’m an oily skinned person obsessed with hydration and lately my thing has been facial oils. So when Palmer’s offered to send me some bits from their new skincare line, i jumped at the chance to try a more affordable facial oil, amongst some other bits.

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Everyone knows Palmer’s, i remember when i was about 7 my mum let me buy a Palmer’s cocoa butter formula lip balm and i cherished that thing until the very end .. mostly because to a 7 year old it smelt like chocolate. Although Palmer’s are really well known for their body care, i had absolutely no idea they had a range of skincare and an extensive range at that, until now. 

Palmers skin perfecting oil moisturiser spa day cream cocoa butter formula review

Even though i bang on about skincare a lot and i never fail to do a full skincare routine, the one thing i find myself skipping is SPF, i know i know I’m a skincare hypocrite. When I’m on holiday and my bare face is in the sun i always apply a facial SPF, but i have to admit on a daily basis i don’t go out of my way to apply it, and i really should. So when i saw the new moisturising day cream had a built in SPF my lazy self was more than pleased, and i was pretty impressed with all of the claims and ingredients on the front of the bottle – Vitamin E really gets along with my skin and it’s free from lots of nasties like parabens, which can be found in a lot of other skincare products.

When i first pumped this out i have to admit i panicked, when this is in it’s freshly pumped out form it’s thick, but as the product claims to be fast absorbing and non comedogenic it put my mind to rest. Once i rubbed this into my skin it really did absorb quickly, somehow my face felt soft (and bouncy??) but when i touched my cheek it didn’t feel like it even had a heavy cream on. My skin felt so hydrated i couldn’t believe what was on my face was the same product that pumped out so thick initially. This also provided a great base for my makeup – hydrated skin is always the best condition to apply makeup to and this smoothed so well it meant my foundation sat really evenly on top of my skin. 

I have oily and acne prone skin, so trying something new is always worrying for me incase the product causes a breakout, but i had no problems with this. Once rubbed in the cream was lightweight, left my skin perfectly hydrated and i haven’t got to worry that the sun is reeking havoc anymore because of the built in SPF. 

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The next product is the thing i was most excited about trying, recently i’ve gotten into facial oils but i’ve only ever tried quite pricey options; although i’ve been really impressed with them i was intrigued to see if a much more affordable oil would have a similar effect on my skin. Again the packaging claims of the skin perfecting oil and ingredients really impressed me, amongst other things this contains retinol, and i’m pretty sure it’s quite hard to find a facial oil containing something as effective as retinol for as little as £9.99.

I love this, usually when I’m trying out products i leave my thoughts about them secret until i publish my blog post, but i couldn’t control my excitement with this one i had to tweet about it, yes my life’s excitement does come from beauty products.. 

Waking up the morning after using this for the first time i couldn’t believe it but i actually saw a change in my skin, it’s hard to explain but my skin felt calmer in a way. I suffer from redness and acne marks and both appeared reduced, although other higher end oils had helped with this too, the palmers oil made a more noticeable difference in the all round quality of my skin . The reason this makes me so exited is because i love finding affordable products, but oils are something that are hard to get right and honestly i didn’t think one costing under £10 could compete with higher end alternatives, but this seriously competes. 

I don’t want to go on a whole tangent on the importance of oils and moisturisers for oily skin,(because lets face it i do talk about it too much) but i will say if the idea of a facial oil scares you with oily skin, don’t be alarmed! Using an oil will regulate your skins oil production thus resulting in less oily skin. 

Palmers skin perfecting oil moisturiser spa day cream cocoa butter formula review

One of the most classic Palmer’s products is the Daily skin therapy, as i said before Palmer’s are most well known for their body care and it’s because they just get it so right; somehow the products are so affordable but so effective at the same time. My hands are my biggest problem when it comes to dry skin, but i often find hand creams leave my skin greasy, but because this is so concentrated you can get away with using the tiniest amount – fixing my dry skin without leaving my hands greasy. Also the size of this is perfect, my handbag is never without a tube of hand cream so i can carry this without adding too much extra weight to my already heavy bag. 

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Have you tried a facial oil before? – Maria x


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    • April 20, 2017 / 12:27 pm

      It's so lovely, very rare to find a drugstore product with retinol in, especially for under £10! x

  1. April 20, 2017 / 12:55 pm

    I love skincare, and this range sounds so nice. I haven't used anything by Palmer's in such a long time. I know the scent of cocoa butter is definitely something you kind of have to get used to, but I like it. And the pricing is for sure a total bargain!

    Ashlynn, The Crimson Cardigan

    • April 20, 2017 / 1:14 pm

      Surprisingly the oil barely has any scent, i think the body care range smells much stronger than the skincare but i do like the cocoa formula scent! A complete bargain especially for an oil with retinol in! x

  2. April 20, 2017 / 2:21 pm

    This range sounds fantastic! I really want to try this out for myself, especially as I have really oily skin too! X

    Victoria | VictoriaaHelenn

    • April 21, 2017 / 11:48 am

      It is so good! Yeah its so important to keep oily skin hydrated! x

  3. April 20, 2017 / 4:16 pm

    This sounds like a great product. I have very oily skin and it can be so irritating! x


    • April 21, 2017 / 11:49 am

      Yeah they're so lovely, oily skin can be so annoying but once you keep it hydrated it does get better! x

  4. April 21, 2017 / 4:10 am

    I have oily skin too, but i've been looking to try face oils and all the ones i was seeing were pricey. Thank to your post I'll be trying this out too.

    -P.s. Love all your posts


    • April 21, 2017 / 11:51 am

      They're all so expensive especially ones with ingredients like this, i couldn't believe the price of the Palmer's one! Hope you enjoy it! x

  5. April 22, 2017 / 6:27 pm

    Ooh I didn't know about these new Palmers products, the oil sounds really lovely.

    Alice | alicemaysnell

    • April 24, 2017 / 8:48 pm

      It is so so good, i was surprised because usually it's really hard to get oils right but they got it spot on! x

  6. April 23, 2017 / 9:32 am

    I would never have considered an oil for my skin, but I will now!

    • April 24, 2017 / 8:49 pm

      You should definitely try one, this one is a great place to start because it's so affordable! x

  7. April 24, 2017 / 5:33 pm

    I've always been a fan of Palmers, this looks like something I definitely neeed to try. I got a facial oil from to max before and loved it, oils seem to compliment my skin too.
    – Cydney x

    • April 24, 2017 / 8:50 pm

      Its such a classic brand, i was surprised at how good the skincare is! I remember the first time i tried an oil i couldn't believe the difference it made to my skin! x

  8. April 24, 2017 / 7:23 pm

    Right, I'm getting myself the facial oil asap as I have combination/spot prone skin and anything that might potentially calm it down is a winner in my eyes!

    Lucy | Forever September

    • April 24, 2017 / 8:52 pm

      Yesss I'm sure you'll love it, i couldn't believe how much i preferred it to my high end one! It's amazing the difference they make to oily skin as well x

    • May 2, 2017 / 1:44 pm

      Definitely give them a try, i was so impressed with the skincare having only tried the body care previously! x

  9. May 3, 2017 / 12:29 pm

    These products sound amazing! I didn't realise Palmers had launched these new products, I'm definitely going to give the facial oil a try 🙂


    • May 3, 2017 / 4:38 pm

      Yeah i didn't even know they did skincare before this, definitely worth checking out! x

  10. May 3, 2017 / 8:42 pm

    I never knew they had skincare, that's amazing! I love Palmers and have been looking for a good affordable day moisturiser for so long so I'm excited to try this, especially as it has SPF!

    Hayley | http://www.crueltyfreehayley.com x

    • May 9, 2017 / 12:32 pm

      Yeah neither did i, it's so good especially with the built in SPF! x x

  11. May 9, 2017 / 11:35 pm

    I looove the Palmers lip balms. I have the dark chocolate cherry one and it smells so good (and tastes good hehe). I haven't tried their facial oil simply because like you, I'm also nervous about trying new skin products as I am acne prone too. But after reading your post I think I'll head back and give it a good go!

    -Sophie xx
    Cherries & Perfume ♡

    • May 11, 2017 / 4:55 pm

      Yess they are some of the best lip balms around and the best smelling! It's always hard going for new skincare but this definitely worked for me! x

  12. May 15, 2017 / 6:17 pm

    This is definitely going to be the next oil I try! I've yet to find one that I really like, but this seems like a really nice option and the price is nice and affordable too.

    Beccah xx

    • May 17, 2017 / 11:38 am

      It's such a great product especially when you consider the price! I'd definitely give it a try, i love it and everyone who i've spoken to who has also tried it has loved it as well! x

  13. June 12, 2017 / 12:55 pm

    Most of my products are palmers cocoa butter range.Since I also have oily and acne prone skin I am hesistating a bit to buy the daily moisturiser and the facial oil because they seem very thick and am afraid it will break me out. Does the oil absorb well into the skin? I recently did buy the hydrating serum and its amazing, I would also like to hear your thoughts on it.

    Happy xxx

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