I live in Montreal, and lately the weather has been very very harsh. It’s cold you guys. A couple of weeks ago we have reached -36 Celsius degrees (which is -32.8ºF) and these past two weeks, as we got into February weren’t any better. Obviously, this type of extreme weather will have an impact on your hair, nails, lips and skin. Even though the skin on my face is oily, the skin of my body is quite dry. I need to literally nurse my skin during the colder months and usually use a thick body butter or, if it gets unmanageable, a cream with urea (read more here) I received Garnier’s new Body Intensive 7 Days Long-Lasting Hydrating Gel-Cream with Grape Oil to try and review. It came right on time, as the weather was colder than ever.
About Garnier’s new Body Intensive 7
According to Garner, Body Intensive 7 Days is the first gel-cream that is instantly absorbed into the skin and hydrates for 7 days. The non-greasy texture allows you to get dressed immediately.
- Unique Gel-Cream texture
- Long-lasting hydration felt up to 7 days*
- With L-Bifidus, a true moisture shield
Does it work?
As you can see there’s a little * with the biggest claim, which is the long-lasting hydration felt up to 7 days. When you read the smaller print, it says this: “* After one month of use. Twice daily application for 4 weeks. Consumer test on 53 subjects.“
Now I have used this product once a day for 2 weeks so I cannot say if that is true or not. But I do not apply my hydrating body cream twice a day anyway so really it would be pointless for me to wait that long to tell you what I think about this product if I’m not going to test it in the exact same conditions as the consumer test.
But let me tell what I thought. First of all I really like its gel-cream texture. It is fresh, absorbs really quickly into the skin and you can indeed get dressed right away. It does not leave a greasy residue, only supple, hydrated skin. I also really liked the fresh citrus-y scent of the product which works well for a man and a woman.
Now for the real test: does it provide long lasting hydration felt up to 7 days? I got the version for Dry skin with Grape Oil and, as I said earlier I have not used this product twice a day for 4 weeks therefore I will not comment on that. What I can say is that over the past two weeks I have used it, after work, when I got home and changed, I could see that my skin was dry and needed more hydration, more nourishment. I’ll admit that I am certainly not in the best conditions – Montreal is a very cold city – but with the use of a body butter or urea cream, my skin does not look dry and ashy at the end of the day and unfortunately in this case it did. (** please read the update at the end of the post)
So Garnier’s Body Intensive 7 Days Long-Lasting Hydrating Gel-Cream might be moisturizing but my skin still needed more. Therefore it is difficult for me to imagine that after 4 weeks my skin would be able to go without a cream for 7 days in a row.
I am still using it, and plan on keeping it because I really like the way it feels on my skin. I think this will be a wonderful moisturizing cream for the summer because it is so light, and fresh, and non-greasy that I know it will be great for the summer months. But for the winter months, my skin needs something heavier and unfortunately it did not do it for me.
The Garnier Body Intensive 7 days comes in 7 version
- Hydrating Lotion with Aloe Vera
- Repairing Lotion with Shea Butter
- Ultra-Softening Lotion with Mango Oil
- Conditioning Lotion with Cocoa Butter
- Soothing Lotion with Honey
- Soothing Gel-Cream with Peach Oil
- and the one I tried Hydrating Gel-Cream with Grape Oil
I will go and pick up a few of the others, mainly the ones with Mango and Shea Butter, they are on sale now for only 5.99$ and I am curious to see if they will work better for me. Plus I did smell them in the store and they both smell fantastic. Let me know if you have tried any and get a 2$ off coupon online at Garnier.ca
UPDATE Feb 13th 2013
I did go and buy the Mango and Shea Butter hydrating lotions. So far I have only used the Repairing Lotion with Shea Butter which is intended for extra dry skin and it is apparently the one I needed because it makes my skin extra soft and hydrated. I will therefore cancel what I said at the top of this post and say that if the Gel-Cream with Grape Oil is not working for you, you should get the Shea Butter Lotion for Extra Dry Skin. Of course the texture is different: it is a creamy lotion that takes a tiny bit longer to absorb and is not as fresh as the Hydrating Gel-Cream but it does make a great difference when it comes to the hydration level if you have very dry skin like myself.