The Body Shop Seaweed Mattifying Moisturizer Lotion SPF 15 for oily/combination skin

October 8, 2013
The Body Shop Seaweed Mattifying Moisture Lotion SPF 15 ($18.50 for 1.69 fl. oz.)
The Body Shop Seaweed Mattifying Moisture Lotion SPF 15 ($18.50 for 1.69 fl. oz.)

As summer was approaching, my face starting to get shinier and shinier so I was on the lookout for products that could help keep my skin balanced throughout the day. I tried a few moisturizers that I was unsatisfied with before trying this one (I wrote about one of them here), and at one point I basically wandered into The Body Shop asking for help. I’ve heard people rave about ultra-lightweight moisturizers for oily skin from companies like MAC and LUSH, but those particular moisturizers have very steep prices. Moisturizers from The Body Shop tend to be around $20 which, while that isn’t cheap by any means, is more manageable.  I’ve been using this moisturizer for about 6 months and I’m running out, and I figured it’s time I tell you about my experience with it!

When I made my way into The Body Shop, I told the sales associate a little bit about my skin and what I was looking for. I have combination skin and while my nose gets oily throughout the day, my cheeks are prone to dryness. Thus, I do in fact need a little moisture from my moisturizer.

The sales associate told me about the moisturizers in their Seaweed skincare collection. They have two different daytime lotions available: the Seaweed Mattifying Day Cream, and the Seaweed Mattifying Moisture Lotion SPF 15. I had thought that maybe the lighter Day Cream would be the way to go, but the sales associate suggested that if I indeed have combination skin rather than fully oily skin, I would probably not get enough hydration from it. The Moisture Lotion SPF 15 is slightly thicker, includes a little SPF (which I like), and also has a slightly more prominent fragrance.

My streak of bad luck with day creams changed with this one. It’s perfectly lightweight for my skin, has a fresh and pleasant scent, and doesn’t leave my drier parts dehydrated. To try and demonstrate it’s weight, I thought I’d swatch some on my arm and just run a couple of fingers through it so that you can see how easily it wants to sink in.

The Body Shop Seaweed Mattifying Moisture Lotion SPF 15
The Body Shop Seaweed Mattifying Moisture Lotion SPF 15

This moisturizer ended up being a key player in my summer arsenal for balanced skin. The other two important products were the L’Oreal Magic Perfecting Base primer (my review here), and Revlon ColorStay liquid makeup for oily/combination skin. These got me through hot, sunny weather with minimal touch-ups.

The Body Shop Seaweed Mattifying Moisture Lotion SPF 15
The Body Shop Seaweed Mattifying Moisture Lotion SPF 15

Ingredients: Water, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Octisalate, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Glyceryl Stearate, Phenyl Trimethicone, Butylene Glycol Cetyl Dimethicone, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, PEG-12 Dimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, Triethanolamine, Tapioca Starch, Carbomer, Cetyl Alcohol, Fragrance, Methylparaben, Zinc Gluconate, Hydrolyzed Algin, Zinc Sulphate, Tetrasodium EDTA, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylene Glycol Alginate, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Sodium Stearate, Fucus Vesiculosus Extract, Linalool, Isobutylparaben, Propylparaben, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Benzyl Salicylate, Benzyl Alcohol, Acacia Senegal Gum, Serine, Xanthan Gum, Citronellol, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Tocopherol.

The Seaweed Mattifying Moisture Lotion SPF 15 costs $18.50, though it’s currently on sale online for $13.88. I would definitely repurchase this again in the future, but I’m going to hold off for now for two reasons: I love to try knew things, and I’m challenging myself to find a cheaper option. Though I know all too well that the drugstore skincare aisle is fraught with uncertainty and disappointment, I’ll do my best and let you know how it turns out. Wish me luck.

What’s your favorite daytime moisturizer?

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  1. I am currently using the Vit C moisturizer from The Body Shop. I have oily, breakout prone skin and this one works great for me. I am, however, trying to find a cruelty free alternative that will work. But, it is very difficult, as almost everything makes me break out. With that said, tho, I never pay full price for this moisturizer! I just wait for a buy 2/ get 2 free sale and stock up 😉

    1. That’s interesting, I’ll have to look into the Vitamin C option. I’d definitely be interested to hear if you end up finding an alternative that works for you! 🙂

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