My Thoughts After The Clinical Trial of Emma Lewishams New Day Cremè
BY GEORGIA ROSE
Remember seeing all those blue lab containers pop up on Instagram stories over summer? This is what was hiding in those little jars.
25 FEB - 2021
Back in December, I was lucky enough to be included in a consumer trial for Lewisham’s new moisturiser.
Whether you like it or not, the hype surrounding Emma Lewisham continues to grow. Fueled by effective products targeting the right concerns, the clean and natural skincare movement and a band of faithful influencers - not even my boyfriend can say he doesn't know what Emma Lewisham is.
And you know what they say - ‘your only competition is yourself.’ Assuming that’s the case, could the newest addition to the Lewisham squad beat theNight Cremé that’s been said to compete with La Mer? We got the early scoop on Emma Lewisham’s latest release - the Illuminating Brighten Your Day Cremè, $107.
Emma Lewisham Illuminating Brighten Your Day Crème
Unsurprisingly, The Brighten Your Day Cremè, NZD$107, is entirely backed by science. Lewisham is quick to point out that this is no ordinary moisturiser. She says“The Day Crème is scientifically shown, through in-vitro testing, to rebuild the skin’s natural collagen production synthesis at a cellular level.” I am all about future-proofing my skin and as collagen gives our skin its bounce, strength and elasticity, I’m sure we could all use a truckload of this right now.
So let’s take a look at what's inside, shall we? The Day Cremè’s glow is credited to the carefully selected blend of ingredients. The synergy of potent natural vitamin C extracts are from acerola and kakadu plum, an ingredient regularly featured throughout the Emma Lewisham range to provide brightening and anti-ageing. A blend of AHAs; from caviar lime and lime pearl; and BHAs;from willow bark; gently exfoliate the skin, while hydration powerhouse saccharide isomerate helps replenish and maintain the skin’s moisture barrier for up to 72-hours.
The Day Cremè underwent a consumer study with 50 participants, myself included, of all ages, ethnicities and skin types. Over the six week study period, 90% of participants said the Day Crème enhanced their skin’s glow, and 86% of participants said the Day Crème improved their skin’s hydration.
Brighten Your Day Cremè is also part of the Emma Lewisham Beauty Circle, which is one of my favourite things about the brand. The cremè is available in a circular-designed refillable jar and you can pop in a refill pod when it’s empty. If you’re completely done and dusted with the product, you can send back the empty jar for sterilisation and repurposing or recycling. Plus, if you send through a total of four face beauty empties from any brand, she’ll incentivise you with a $15 Emma Lewisham voucher.
After using the moisturiser for six weeks during the consumer trial, I made sure to only change out my morning moisturizer, and keep everything else the same - I knew my limited year eight science fair knowledge would come in handy at some point. I was extremely dedicated to the cause, and going camping for five days over the new year wasn’t going to stop me from hauling my excessive skincare regime to the beach.
It wasn’t love at first swipe for me. I am used to thicker moisturiser that feels hydrating upon impact and I’ll admit I had to use all self-control not to apply more product because that little tub had to last the distance. It’s a lightweight moisturiser and aside from my first panic, it goes on well, sits under my makeup perfectly and doesn’t pill with any of my three of my favourite sunscreens; Mecca To Save Face, Emma Lewisham’s SPF 30 and La Roche Posay.
At the beginning of my trial, I didn’t love the slight shimmer in the formula. I’m not regular with makeup so foundation wasn’t going to cover the glitter. With makeup, there was no issue. In saying that, as my skin got used to the day cremè and started to reveal the glow claimed by Lewisham, the shimmer was more subtle, and was really there to enhance my skin’s newfound illumination. Surprised was an understatement.
Although my skin was definitely hydrated, when it comes to my rosacea, I didn’t see any changes. The moisturiser didn’t cause any flare ups (winning), but I didn’t see any visible changes to my redness either. Not that I expected it as it was never promised by them. For sensitive skin types, don’t be scared to give this one a go.
A little goes a long way - as I said, my pot (a sample size of the actual size of the product) lasted six and ½ weeks, even with a few of my liberal applications. So at NZD$107, it's great value for money, especially when you consider longevity combined with the power of the product. When tossing up Emma Lewisham vs the likes of Summer Fridays Cloud Des Oil Gel Cream, $71, I would rather back my pennies with science.
"As my skin got used to the Day Cremè and started to reveal the glow claimed by Lewisham, the shimmer was more subtle, and was really there to enhance my skin’s newfound illumination. Surprised was an understatement."
I think my pot of the Emma Lewisham Supernatural Night Cremè is still my favorite, as before the trial I was using it this morning and night.
In saying that, would I purchase the Day Cremè ? Yes. I am now converted to using a lighter moisturiser as part of my morning routine, and Emma has now convinced me that you don’t necessarily need a thick texture to reach ultimate skin hydration.
One of my favourite parts about the product, aside from the glow, is actually the packaging. During the trial period I was scooping the Day Cremè out of a less than glam test container, however when the real thing arrived I was so excited. The product comes in a detachable refill pod, which means when you’ve finished, all you need to do is pop the pod out, return it for refilling or recycling, and a new filled pod will be on its way to you - talk about futuristic skincare.
Aside from the awesome environmental benefits of the packaging, the pump only dispenses the exact amount you need, so there’s no room for an overzealous application and running out too quickly. Win-win!
Overall, an exciting new product for Emma Lewisham lovers, and is definitely worth a go.