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Facetheory moisturiser review: Regena-C M4

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Before I get into the Facetheory moisturiser review, I need to tell you that you can get a huge 20% off at Facetheory.com using my special link! You can find the link further down in this blog post 

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I’ve been using Facetheory’s regena m4 moisturiser for about 8 months now, so I feel I can give it a fair and honest review. I use it after I’ve applied the amil-c whip cream, which is also from Facetheory. I bought these two moisturisers specifically to use together as advised by the brand via their helpful little ‘build your own routine’ tool.

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What the brand says

“Regenerating Moisturiser M4 absorbs quickly to leave skin feeling soft and hydrated. Stabilised vitamin C, vitamin E, retinol (0.6%) and hyaluronic acid stimulate cell turnover while protecting skin’s moisture balance and shielding against future environmental damage.”
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Cost & Packaging

Facetheory skincare is in the low to medium price range as the products start at around £11.99 and go up to around the £24.99 mark for a decent face serum. I signed up to their referral programme so have a  20% off code to offer my lovely readers! (their referral programme has now changed, see further down this page). This brings the price of this particular cream down £11.19 as it’s currently for sale at £13.99 for 50ml.

One of the top reasons I like Facetheory is because they send everything out in eco-friendly packaging. They use amber glass jars with aluminium screw-top lids for most of their products and a metal tube for sunscreens etc. Everything I’ve bought from them came in cardboard and paper. They also use A LOT of natural ingredients and they offer non-scented versions of most stuff, which is another reason why I rate them – they’re not just pretending to be environmentally friendly, they’re actually doing it.

Facetheory is also a UK-based brand (Sheffield), and everything is Leaping Bunny approved, which means it’s cruelty-free.

The above link will take you Facetheory.com. Their referral programme has now changed so I can’t offer my readers a discount code any longer.

Application

As with my other moisturisers from Facetheory, the top of the jar is screw-top and easy to get off. There’s no cardboard/foil seal that you usually find on moisturising creams, which strongly suggests that there are no artificial preservatives (another brownie point from me).

To apply, you use your finger (or a small spatula) to get the product out of the jar. As with my other Facetheory products, only a small amount is required as the skincare products from this brand contain a high concentration of actives. I usually dot a few small dabs of the cream around my face before gently rubbing in (see the landscape video below of me applying it).

The first few times I applied this, I felt a tingly sensation (that might be the retinol). The moisturiser is easily absorbed and felt natural on my skin, i.e. it didn’t feel heavy or ‘plastic-y’.

If you want to apply make-up, I’d suggest waiting about 5 minutes after using this moisturiser. While it doesn’t tend to leave any residue on the skin, it needs just a little bit more time than the amil-c whip to settle in.

Application

As with my other moisturisers from them, the top of the jar is screw-top and easy to get off. There’s no cardboard/foil seal that you usually find on moisturising creams, which strongly suggests that there are no artificial preservatives (another brownie point from me).

To apply, you use your finger (or a small spatula) to get the product out of the jar. As with my other Facetheory products, only a small amount is required as the skincare products from this brand contain a high concentration of actives. I usually dot a few small dabs of the cream around my face before gently rubbing in (see the landscape video below of me applying it).

The first few times I applied this, I felt a tingly sensation (that might be the retinol). The moisturiser is easily absorbed and felt natural on my skin, i.e. it didn’t feel heavy or ‘plastic-y’.

If you want to apply make-up, I’d suggest waiting about 5 minutes after using this moisturiser. While it doesn’t tend to leave any residue on the skin, it needs just a little bit more time than the amil-c whip to settle in.

Facetheory review moisturiser Results

I think this retinol moisturiser really works for me. I was looking for something with retinol, vitamin c and hyaluronic acid as the active ingredients as I’d identified that these were what my middle age skin needed, and this is what you get with this cream.

I’ve noticed that my fine lines look more plumped/reduced, and my skin feels really hydrated which it should do to be classed as a moisturiser (I find that some retinoids are more a treatment than a moisturiser).

Because my skin is really good for my age (I stay out of the sun and hardly ever wear make-up), I only need the low % of retinol that this cream provides. The brand does offer a ‘pro’ version of this moisturiser, which has 3% retinol, which may be an option to get good results for older skin (I’m 45 at the time of writing).

How did Facetheory Regena-C Moisturiser M4 with retinol do?

  • Effectiveness 95% 95%
  • Smell 80% 80%
  • Kindness to environment 99% 99%
  • Price 90% 90%

The price is really good very given the active ingredients, the results I got, and the sustainability of the product. I gave 80% score for the smell as I bought the unfragranced version (you can choose mandarin). Overall, I can really recommend this moisturiser!

ACTIVE INGREDIENTS

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RETINOL (RETINYL PALMITATE)

Retinol has proven efficacy in expediting skin cell renewal, softening fine lines and tightening pores. This product contains retinyl palmitate, a stabilised ester of retinol. Esters of retinol are associated with less sun sensitivity than retinol (as explained here).
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VITAMIN E

A fat-soluble vitamin that hydrates your skin, leaving it feeling full and fresh. Facetheory vitamin E is derived from natural sources and contains alpha, beta, gamma and delta tocopherols to fight toxins and reduce UV damage.
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VITAMIN C (SODIUM ASCORBYL PHOSPHATE)

Vitamin C is an essential antioxidant that helps defend skin from free radicals and reduces environmental damage. This product contains sodium ascorbyl phosphate, a stable salt of l-ascorbic acid associated with less sensitivity than its counterparts.
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FERULIC ACID

This element of Japanese and Korean skincare is sourced from rice bran. A powerful antioxidant that helps stabilise actives and prevents damage caused by free radicals.
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ALOE VERA

Nature’s astringent clarifies excess sebum while soothing and hydrating skin.
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SHEA BUTTER

A botanical lipid full of antioxidants, shea butter soothes and emolliates dry areas.
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HYALURONIC ACID

Protects skin’s water balance and maintains its moisture level, which aids absorption of active ingredients and keeps skin soft, supple and hydrated.
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ARGAN OIL

100% Moroccan organic argan oil is high in and vitamin E, beta carotene, squalene, and oleic and other beneficial acids recommended for scars, blemishes and stretch marks.

Facetheory Regena-C Moisturiser M4 ingredients list

Aqua, glycerin (humectant), butyrospermum parkii (shea butter) fruit (emollient), prunus amygdalus dulcis (sweet almond) kernel oil, glyceryl stearate SE (vegetable-derived emulsifier), prunus armeniaca (apricot kernel) oil (emollient), olea europaea (olive) fruit oil (emollient), cetyl alcohol (coconut-derived thickener), stearic acid (vegetable-derived thickener), oryza sativa (rice) bran oil (emollient), sodium levulinate (preservative from sugar cane), sodium anisate (preservative from star anise), sodium hyaluronate (salt of hyaluronic acid), aloe barbadensis (aloe vera) leaf juice, retinyl palmitate (ester of retinol), glyceryl caprylate (vegetable-derived emollient), amorphophallus konjac root extract, argania spinosa (argan) kernel oil (emollient), tocopherol (natural vitamin E), xanthan gum (vegan rheology modifier), , zinc oxide (UVA/UVB filter), sodium ascorbyl phosphate (stabilised vitamin C), ferulic acid (antioxidant from rice). Scented version contains citrus nobilis (mandarin) peel oil (d-limonene 0.2045%, linalool 0.00225%).

The moisturiser is free from: Animal ingredients, benzalkonium chloride, benzophenones/benzophenone derivatives, bisphenol a (BPA), butoxyethanol, BHT, carbomer, coal tar dyes, -cones, ethanolamines (MEA/DEA/TEA), formaldehyde, hydroquinone, liquid petrolatum, methyl cellosolve, methylisothiazolinone, methylchloroisothiazolinone, mercury, mercury compounds, mineral oil, oxybenzone, parabens, paraffin oil, pentylene glycol, phenoxyethanol, phthalates, polyethylene glycol (PEGs), resorcinol, siloxanes, sodium nitrite, sulfates, thimerosal, triclosan, triclocarban.

Facetheory Review Moisturiser M4 with Retinol

YouTube video coming soon!
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I’m working on a YouTube video review for this product. When it’s ready, you’ll find it here. In the meantime, scroll down the page to read the ingredients list.

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