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Consumer New Zealand rates best moisturisers

Wednesday 19 Oct 2016 5:23 p.m.



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A new study has found women don't need to spend big money on moisturiser to be getting the best treatment for their skin.

Consumer New Zealand has tested nine different moisturisers and found the cheapest pottle outperformed the most expensive.

A tub of La Mer gel cream would set you back $520 - however it was the only moisturiser to rank below four stars and provide "average results".

Consumer's Sue Chetwin says the cheapest product - a $13 tub of Nivea Pure & Natural Moisturising Day Cream - outperformed it.

"If you're looking for a moisturiser, you don't need to splash out on a high-priced product. You can find creams for less than $20 that will do the job," Ms Chetwin said.

A group of Kiwi women blind-tested the products, applying them twice a day for a month.

Overall none of the moisturisers were standout performers, but most did a reasonable job.

Product results:

  • Avène Hydrance Optimale Légère Light Hydrating Cream - 4 Stars
  • Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturising Lotion - 4 Stars
  • Dr Hauschka Quince Day Cream - 4 Stars
  • EstÄ“e Lauder Hydrationist Maximum Moisture Creme - 4 Stars
  • L'Oréal Triple Active Day cream - 4 Stars
  • Nivea Pure & Natural Moisturising Day Cream - 4 Stars
  • Nuxe Crème Fraîche De Beauté - 4 Stars
  • The Body Shop Vitamin E Aqua Boost Sorbet - 4 Stars
  • La Mer - The Moisturising Gel Cream - 3 stars

Ms Chetwin also says consumers should not put too much emphasis on claims that products are "hypoallergenic" or "dermatologically tested".

"Products carrying the claims can also contain potential allergens such as fragrances and preservatives. If you have sensitive skin or want to avoid certain chemicals, your best bet is checking the ingredients list," Ms Chetwin says.

Ingredients used in concentrations of one percent or more have to be listed by volume in descending order - so when checking ingredients, if it's near the bottom of the list, there may not be much of it in the cream.

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