Aveeno Fresh Essentials Nourishing Moisturizer SPF 30, Daily Exfoliating Scrub, Hydrating Night Cream #FreshEssentials

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Aveeno's new #FreshEssentials* line promises to pamper and protect skin from environmental stress using their Active Naturals technologies. Read on to see what I think of the line!

Nourishing Moisturizer SPF 30, $16.97-$19.99 CAD, 74 ml

It's basically my goal to find a good daily moisturizer in non-jar packaging with a decent amount of SPF. This moisturizer covers all those areas! It has a thinner consistency, which works well for me for spring/summer, though those with drier skin will probably want to pair a hydrating serum with it. Sometimes SPF breaks me out or causes irritation, but luckily the Nourishing Moisturizer doesn't. It works well under my daily makeup, though I like to wait for it to sink in (about a minute or two) to prevent any pilling with my primer/foundation. The moisturizer has a light, fruity scent, characteristic of the other two products in this range.

The key ingredient across the Fresh Essentials range is southernwood extract (artemisia abrotanum extract), which I'm happy to report is the first ingredient in the Nourishing Moisturizer! Aveeno says it's high in antioxidants, and there's also vitamins A, C, and E in each product. I haven't noticed huge, amazing improvement in my skin, but I'm sure this moisturizer is helping, at least with preventing skin damage due to the inclusion of SPF.

Daily Exfoliating Scrub, $9.97-$12.99, 145 ml

Unfortunately, the Daily Exfoliating Scrub contains plastic microbeads (polyethylene). I've mentioned before how I don't want to use them anymore, due to their negatives impacts on the environment and fish, and I didn't realize until reading Jordana's post that this scrub contained them. D: It wasn't my favourite scrub, anyway -- the beads are very fine, and it didn't provide the amount of exfoliation I prefer, though I suppose that truly does make it a daily scrub. It's not a bad product, but the presence of microbeads kills it for me.

Hydrating Night Cream, $16.97-$19.99, 49 ml

Ah... the dreaded jar packaging. Southernwood is a lot lower on the ingredients list, anyway, so I'm not sure how much would benefit the skin if it were in airless and opaque packaging (though there are other beneficial ingredients at the top of the list, like mango seed butter). The Hydrating Night Cream is my second favourite in the Fresh Essentials range, as it is quite hydrating on my skin. It has silicones in the formula, though, so if I use too much it will pill up. which has a benefit in that I use less and still see results.

I'd like to see this cream in better packaging, but for now, it's a pretty good moisturizer for nighttime use. It takes about 10-15 minutes to soak in for me and I wake up with softer skin. It's a good pick if you aren't sensitive to silicones and can pair this cream with a good serum.

Overall, I enjoyed the #FreshEssentials line, barring the scrub. I'd be totally on board if Aveeno could ditch the plastic microbeads and only use natural exfoliating ingredients! I really, really like the Nourishing Moisturizer though, and I think it's a great pick for summer!

Aveeno products can be found at most drugstores, mass market stores like Walmart, etc.

*Products provided for review. No monetary compensation given. All opinions are my own.

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