As I was going to be staying in the five star Swiss spa resort Atlantis By Giardino I thought I would take the opportunity to test out Superdrug’s new Optimum PhytoHydrate products which have been developed alongside Swiss skincare specialists to harness the hydrating properties of birch water.
I was invited to review the SPF Day Cream £14.99 and the Micellar Water £4.99 – both exceptionally well priced.
Birch water has been used medicinally for many years for its detoxifying and hydrating action. The water is harvested from mature birch trees in spring, when the trees absorb water from the soil. The birch tree filters the water and a small amount of it is tapped and used as a supplement in drinks, or as a therapeutic agent.
The message at the spa was loud and clear: hydrate! There were jugs of water everywhere flavoured with fresh fruit and cucumber, plus delicious herbal and detox teas.
I have mature skin which has a tendency to dehydrate quickly, so I use a daily face cream with SPF plus a facial oil at night. I used the PhytoHydrate first thing in the morning and topped it up after my spa and relaxation sessions. My skin felt plumped and perfectly hydrated. The SPF of 15 was fine for an autumn break, but come summer I would need a higher SPF of at least 40.
The micellar water, I swept across my face after my usual hot cloth cleanser and after removing my make up at night. It has a fresh toning effect and a delicate scent which I liked.
I really liked these products and wouldn’t hesitate to use them again.