So let’s talk about skincare again. Specifically, the Parsley Seed Hydrator by Aesop. I’ve mentioned it before over here, but I thought it deserved a post of its own.
Normally I like powerful, hi-tech creams and serums, full of science. Do I believe everything a brand touts? Definitely not. My marketing degree has taught me to read past the hype, but I’ve certainly seen (and felt) the results of particular brands that are worth their spiel.
Aesop doesn’t make sweeping declarations or unnecessary ‘fountain-of-youth’ promises. However, if you’re not a fan of topical application of essential oils, or are sensitive to essential oils, then the brand as a whole is one you might want to steer away from. Pretty much everything across all their ranges contain such. If you don’t have any issues (as me) then slather away!
This particular moisturiser is heavenly – beautifully fragrant in a super light lotion, but with very thorough hydrating properties. You do need to massage it into the skin to ensure full absorption, but that’s a good sign to me because it should mean there are fewer artificial ‘pushers’ in the formula (ingredients that quite literally try to push a product into your skin quicker).
The top mentioned ingredients on the front label are white tea, panthenol (vitamin B5), and willowherb, which are all acting as the anti-oxidant component of this product.
In terms of how active these ingredients actually are, I’m going to say (purely based on where each respective ingredient is listed on the inci label) that while all are present, they’re all so in fairly small amounts.
This isn’t to say that the product is defunct in any way, but it’s worth noting that when you apply this moisturiser, you’re mostly applying rose canina fruit oil (a type of rosehip), a few humectants (glycerin being the easiest to recognise), and a number of fatty alcohols that act as stabilisers and emulsifiers (which help all the oils distribute evenly through out the formula instead of separating from any water components).
So that’s the nitty gritty, slightly boring part (unless like me you’re really into your skincare, in which case THAT WAS FASCINATING!)
Now, I’m firmly combination in skin type – my forehead shines so much after lunch you could use me to bounce light beams, and my cheeks are usually normal/dehydrated. I use the majority of one pump from the dispenser on the lower half of my face – cheeks, neck etc – and any residue used sparingly across my forehead.
A double layer sees me through an artificially heated building comfortably without needing re-application. The same amount used at night also lasts me through sleep, thereby negating the need for a dedicated night cream. Regardless of whether the active ingredients are really that active, I apply this moisturiser if I want to protect my skin from dry wind and dry air. It’s like putting on that puffer jacket just before you step out into a blizzard.
Interestingly enough I can’t use this during the warmer months – the formula is surprisingly rich once you don’t have to battle low humidity, and feels far too rich in the heat, despite its overall lightness in texture.
Mature skin, and skin past that very first bloom of youth (I’m looking at you late 20s and over) will probably love this, along with anyone with dehydrated skin. Dry but ‘oily’ might find it a bit heavy, but you never know.
You can purchase the Parsley Seed Hydrator online from Aesop direct, or over at Luxe in Liverpool Street, where you can also test it in the store.