Sometimes, I am surprised at just how impressively effective some skincare is. And then I take a look at the diminutive price tag and I’m surprised once again! A little while ago, I introduced you to the newly launched Yves Rocher Hydra Vegetal skincare range. There is a whole range of products from cleansing all the way to serum and moisturiser, and I’ve already told you that the face wash is a very good budget buy. But I wanted to focus on the 2 items in the range that I particularly like, that worked for me and which I’m on the way to finishing up. Yes, you read that right – gasp! I know :P
These two items are the Hydra Vegetal Moisture Boost Concentrate and Hydra Vegetal 24H Intense Hydrating Gel Cream. As you can see, I’m about halfway through them both and its been about 1.5 months of use so far.
I started using these because my skin was giving me grief despite all my ministrations and feeling and looking very dull and dry. Truth be told, I wasn’t terribly sold on the brand because I’d never used them before and I wasn’t sure what to expect. Its helpful therefore to have a trusted view from this review from Tracy who raved about this range helping her skin all the way in the Great White North. So hey, I had to see how it fares here in the hot humid Tropics!
Incidentally, very well. Without mincing words, just a few days of use helped my skin rebalance itself and rehydrate and I was sold. Have you come across this range yet?
Hydra Vegetal Moisture Boost Concentrate – RM99/30ml
This is the “serum” which Yves Rocher says is the star of the Hydra Vegetal range. It is light in texture and on skin without any sticky feel. I do find it a bit thicker than some other serums I’ve tried, but its not unpleasant at all. The hydrating effect is, as promised, almost feels immediate. I was facing dry dull skin at this time, and in just a few days, using this concentrate paired with the gel cream, I could visibly see my skin looking much better. It didn’t quite look more radiant, but it definitely lost the dry-as-a-husk look, and felt much smoother to the touch.
You are recommended to use a moisturiser over the concentrate to “seal in” the goodness but I reckon that if you feel that its sufficient for your skin, especially if you have oily skin then this alone maybe enough. I usually use 1 to 2 pumps of product depending on the condition of my skin and I use it morning and evening. Well, I did for the past 1.5 months but I’m switching out stuff for my evening routine again so this is now for morning use only and I like that because my skin feels lovely all day long, even though I’m in an air-conditioned office all day.
So yes, I’m suitably impressed by this one!
Here is the ingredient list if you’re interested.
Hydra Vegetal 24H Intense Hydrating Gel Cream – RM59/50ml
The gel cream is more cream than gel and is meant for those with normal to combination skin. What it means is that its light enough for those skin types. I believe there is one that is more intense for dry skin which isn’t available in our market. I initially thought this wouldn’t be sufficient for my slightly dry skin but to my surprise, it is.
The texture is light and spreads easily and absorbs into skin quite quickly. I do find that it may take a little while to absorb so some people may not like that, but I don’t mind it because when it does, my skin feels absolutely lovely. Like the Concentrate, it seems to go to work almost immediately to hydrate my skin and this combination of product were, I believe, instrumental for getting my skin back on balance at the time I started out on them.
I’ve been on them for over a month and I can safely say that my skin likes it. It makes my skin feel hydrated all day and I don’t see or experience the dryness I sometimes get. I don’t find it thick and some evenings, I apply a slightly thicker layer on because I sleep in an air-conditioned room.
Here is the ingredient list for the gel cream if you’re interested.
A picture is worth a thousand words so this should give you an idea of what I mean by the textures of the products :) The gel cream is a light cream but definitely less of a gel texture than we’re used to. And the serum is a little thicker than what you may be used to too. Used together, I think they work a treat for skin that needs that boost of hydration and it doesn’t break the bank! :D
Left: Moisture Boost Concentrate Right: 24H Intense Hydrating Gel Cream
In a nutshell
The Hydra Vegetal range is new to Yves Rocher and is targeted at hydration. I’ve tried most of the products in the range but my 2 favourites are the Moisture Boost Concentrate and the 24H Instense Hydrating Gel Cream used together. I tried these when my skin was flaky in parts and feeling and looking dry and dull and I believe it was instrumental in helping things get back on kilter. I have been using it for over 1.5 months day and night and am not only using it in the day because it makes my skin feel good and look better. I suppose you could say I’m suitably impressed that this worked so well considering I’d never tried anything from YR before this!
Pros: Affordable, Light textured products suit normal to combination skin types, Goes to work almost immediately to boost skin hydration
Cons: Has a very “green” scent that is quite strong
Who will like this: Anyone who wants a wallet friendly hydrating range of skincare that works
I will note that the scent may not be very pleasing to everyone. I find it smells very “green” like cucumber, and its quite strong. I’ve gotten used to it so it doesn’t bug me so much but I have to note it because not everyone may like it.
Has anyone tried anything from this range yet? Have you found a Yves Rocher store near you?
As I have noted, I have tried most of the other products but barring the face wash and these 2 products, I don’t think much of the cleansing milk or the toner. I happened to stop by the YR store in Fahrenheit 88 a couple of weeks ago and they had this range on 10% off. The Gel Cream was sold out though. Apparently its been flying off the shelves! So I suppose people here do like it after all :)
Yves Rocher Hydra Vegetal Moisture Boost Concentrate Price: RM99/30ml 24H Intense Hydrating Gel Cream Price: RM59/50ml Availability: Yves Rocher stores nationwide