Trend Alert: Super Light Gel & Jelly Face Moisturisers

I'm always amazed when readers, friends and family members admit to me that they don't use a face cream. It's second nature to me and has become a firm part of my routine, adding a touch of goodness before I start layering on the makeup. However, with many formulas still being heavy, greasy, sticky and flaky, I can understand their reluctance to apply - especially first thing in the morning when we work so hard at starting the day feeling fresh. A new trend is emerging within the skincare market, with the focus very much being on jelly and gel-like textures; thick and gloopy creams may be a thing of the past, as brands are adopting a new way of hydrating the skin and adding essential nutrients. The benefit of this texture is two fold: not only are the ingredients more concentrated, but the delivery system allows them to be absorbed super quickly so there's no residue. After literally seconds there's an invisible finish - making the application of makeup much easier! Here are three jelly products I've been using and why I'm championing the new format...

1. Hydraluron Moisture Jelly (£24.99) 
An extension of the best selling Hydraluron range, this Moisture jelly uses a combination of five scientifically proven ingredients to help provide instant and sustained moisture to skin. Containing a high concentration of hyaluronic acid (the essential element we need to cushion our skin and provide a full 'plumping' effect that's associated with a youthful appearance,) this works well to instantly cool the skin and leave it supple. I love the pump-action top, ensuring there's minimal wastage and that you get value for money, as well as the 'water like' texture when it melts into skin. It can be used in conjunction with the Hydraluron serum for best results, or just alone for a hit of moisture under makeup.

2. Resultime Regenerating Collagen Gel (£47.00) 
This rose tinted gel claims to stimulate the production of collagen in skin cells, regenerating the upper most layer of skin to provide plumped, hydrated skin and a reduction in the appearance of fine lines. Some claim! I've been using this as a night cream as I love the lightness of the texture and the way it soaks into skin; every morning I wake up with smooth and plumped skin, even when I'm still feeling exhausted. There's no faffing, no sticking to the pillow and no need to wait twenty minutes before getting into bed... I'm definitely on board with the jelly! It can also be used to treat sunburn, works well as a primer and can be applied to dry patches all over your body for a moisture hit. Although it's costly, you need a tiny amount; it'll last you a really long time and is well worth the cost of ten pots of Nivea.

3. Dr Organic Snail Gel (£19.99) 
You read that right. This is actually made using snail slime, which has been identified as a unique substance that aids regeneration. It's used by the snail to quickly regenerate its shell if it ever gets damaged and was noticed to have a similar effect upon the hands of snail farmers. (Nope, I didn't know there were snail farmers either.) The Dr. Organic Snail Gel is a moisturising, soothing, anti-aging gel that melts into skin to leave it feeling pretty amazing. It's not slippy or slimy and has the most incredible citrus scent; although I was dubious this does feel really rather lovely. Although I've not been using this long enough to comment on long-term effects, it's developed cult like status and has been proven to provide some serious results in clinical trials.

I've no doubt that we'll start to see more and more gel and jelly textures appearing on beauty shelves over the coming months. It makes sense to provide essential ingredients in a light and easily absorbed formula. I'm loving these three products and will no doubt continue to use them over the coming months. Will you be picking up some jelly too?


  1. I have always wanted to try that Snail gel xxx

  2. I'm really hoping that Hydraluron products make their way onto the Boots site that ships to America. There are some Indeed Laboratories products available, but the majority of the ones I want to try (including this jelly) don't seem to be up there right now.
    Hopefully I can get my hands on it in the US eventually!



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