2 January 2011

Steamcream review

Steamcream came onto the scene (my scene, anyway) sometime in 2009, and I'm the first to admit I initially paid attention to it because of the packaging.  It comes in a medium-sized aluminium tin, the design on which varies immensely.  I don't know if there's any method to the tin designs, but I've seen leopard print, florals, peacocks, crystals, fruit, stripes, animals...basically, a plethora of patterns to suit any taste.  My one is a Union Jack design, bought last year from Liberty.  Steamcream is priced at £10, seemingly wherever you buy it from, which is pleasing.

The USP of Steamcream is that it's a multipurpose cream infused with unrefined steam (?!) for maximum absorption.  It can also be used anywhere on the body, but I happen to be using it as face cream.  It also claims to be suitable for all skin types, and uses locally sourced fresh, natural and traceable ingredients.  So far, so good.  It's certainly a little different from other creams on the market.  I admit that when I bought it, it was pretty much purely for the packaging, and it sat unopened in a drawer for the whole summer, until I'd used up my previous moisturiser and came to need something a little richer for the colder months.

As I've documented on here, my skin is oily with the occasionaly dry patch, I have enlarged pores across my nose and cheeks and am prone to the odd cracking spot or two, so tread carefully when it comes to choosing face creams.  The first thing to note about Steamcream is the smell.  To me it smells quite strongly medicinal, with a hint of lavender thrown in.  I personally like it, and once applied you can't smell it at all, it's just in the tin, however, if scented face products make you queasy, I would steer clear of this.

Secondly, the texture is, well, weird.  To the eye, it looks like it's very thick and creamy.  It's a pure white cream (don't know why that's important) that initially looks quite rich and heavy.

However, when you go to 'pick some up', you'll find that it's in fact very runny, with more of a lotion-like consistency.  This pleased me, but I wasn't sure how well it would sink into the skin.

I am delighted to say that it sinks into the skin AMAZINGLY.  It's bizarre - it practically disappears as soon as you start massaging it in.  It absorbs so fast, you could be forgiven for thinking it won't actually do anything, as it leaves no residue whatsoever, and leaves your skin looking like you don't have any moisturiser on at all.  But, somehow, it moisturises better than anything I've ever tried, and, crucially, doesn't leave my skin feeling or looking oily, shiny, greasy, anything like that.  I'm truly amazed.  It doesn't irritate, it leaves a good base for applying foundation (although I always use a primer anyway) and it keeps any dry patches well and truly at bay.

I can't rate Steamcream highly enough.  It honestly looks and initally feels like it won't do anything, but it has kind of transformed my skin.  Not visibly, it has to be said, but in terms of overall finish and controlling oil levels, I can't fault it.  If you're after high-performance anti-ageing skincare, however, I'm not sure this is the product for you.  I think I'd prefer it in a tube though, not because I don't love the quirky tins, but because they can get messy and I think tubes are more hygenic, but apart from that, I give Steamcream a ginormous Pixie Thumbs Up.

Buy it here.

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