For the next instalment of Battle of the Moisturisers (Part 1 & Part 2 here), I will be reviewing and comparing Rodial Dragon’s Blood Hyaluronic Moisturiser and Dermalogica Active Moist.
As always, I test each moisturiser for a month each, unless I really don’t like it, to properly see the results.
First up is Rodial Dragon’s Blood Hyaluronic Moisturiser.
Just like all the other products in this range, it contains the sap of the Croton Lechleri tree which soothes and protects sensitive skin. Hyaluronic acid plumps up your skin and provides long lasting moisture throughout the day. It also contains Chromabright and vitamin B3 to even out skin tone, something I need, as blemishes on my skin tend to leave marks that take ages to fade.
So far so good!
It sinks into my skin like a dream, and considering it also contains the added bonus of SPF 15, it leaves no white residue, just a smooth base to apply makeup. It smells like peach and roses, which is not to everyones taste and definitely leans towards a more feminine fragrance.
However, the main problem with this moisturiser is the dispenser. It’s hard for me to say this as I love all Rodial products, but the pump on the bottle is not very effective. It doesn’t contain a long tube, like you get with other pump dispensers, so no matter how much you press the moisturiser just doesn’t come out. On top of that, because it is a thin tube, getting the moisturiser out after taking the pump off is also not easy. It’s not the most expensive Rodial product, but for £59 you expect to get your money’s worth and actually use all the product. I quick scan of the reviews on the website show other customers have had the same problems as me, resulting in Rodial updating this item with new pump packaging!!
So if anyone has tried with new pump please let me know if it works because the moisturiser is beautiful.
Next up is Dermalogica Active Moist. At nearly half the price of the Rodial product, this oil-free moisturiser is specially formulated for combination skin. It claims to combat skin dehydration whilst smoothing your skin complexion with a combination of botanical extracts.
It’s an extremely lightweight moisturiser, which gives it a slightly runnier consistency than the one from Rodial. Fortunately, it has the right balance between creaminess and being liquid enough to evenly distribute over your skin. It’s sinks in super easy, with no residue and leaves my skin feel moisturised throughout the day.
I really like this moisturiser, except I am going to be overly harsh on the scent. It smells of lemon and burdock, natural astringents to help refine the skin. For me though, it’s not my favourite fragrance, and even though the Rodial one is stronger and fruitier I still prefer its scent to Active Moist.
Although I haven’t necessarily noticed a decrease in my monthly blemish attacks with these moisturisers, I noticed a reduction in oil and my skin felt and looked much smoother.
However, I still don’t feel either these moisturisers are the one.
Once again the search continues for the perfect moisturiser,