20 January 2012

Monu Soothing Touch Recovery Balm

In the November GlossyBox, one item I was really intrigued to try out was the Monu Soothing Touch Recovery Balm. I automatically classed it between the classic Aloe Vera gel and Elizabeth Arden's 8 Hour Cream Skin Protectant. These are the products I rely on the calm my skin, reduce redness and dryness and generally give my skin a little boost. A typical scenario would be after plucking or waxing your eyebrows - nice redness underneath your brows, stick either product on and it helps to relax the skin (in a sense) so make-up doesn't react to it and my skin becomes less stressed and sensitive.

On first try, I noticed it's very soothing and smooth. It's lightweight on your skin and very gentle to apply. You don't need much product in order to spread onto the affected areas in order to repair them. I wouldn't exactly call it a balm, as it's not thick. It's more like a moisturising cream... Not necessarily a bad thing, but not what I expected.

With shea butter, evening primrose, bergamont, rose and blackcurrant seed oils, this balm screams out 'moisturising', but also, an incredibly strong scent. Well, it is for me anyway. I don't do perfumed products, so the fact that this was indeed perfumed put me off using it. Alas, I did try it out else there would be no point in writing about it!

Once I applied the recovery balm, it worked a treat. Not exactly a miracle worker, or better than my usual choices, but it did the job! My skin felt less damaged and irritated. The redness didn't go down a lot, but then again it's always a mission to stop redness on my skin. Regardless of that, I managed to put make-up on after using it, which didn't react or change my skin back to the sensitive mess it was in previously. Overall, it did work, but be wary about the contents in case your skin is pretty sensitive already.

You can order Monu's recovery balm from its website for £16.25 - for someone who doesn't need to worry about perfumed products, it definitely would be worth the price. Although, I would probably prefer to spend an extra £2 and buy some trusty Elizabeth Arden.


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