"I tried Reese Witherspoon's favourite moisturiser - and I can't get over the glow"

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  • Reese Witherspoon
    Reese Witherspoon
    American actress and producer
Photo credit: Christopher Polk - Getty Images
Photo credit: Christopher Polk - Getty Images

From her Elle Woods days to Elena Richardson in Little Fires Everywhere, Reese Witherspoon has always had famously glowing skin – an asset she claims comes down to her rigorous skincare routine.

So, naturally, the world wants in on the actor’s skin secrets – and luckily for us, the Legally Blonde star doesn’t keep them under lock and key.

Aside from getting plenty of sleep and living by her mother’s favourite beauty lesson ("the more blush the better"), there are a handful of products Reese, aged 45, attributes to her youthful complexion, like the go-to face wash she uses on repeat (that would be Cetaphil’s Gentle Skin Cleanser).

Now, Reese has revealed the moisturiser she uses day in day out for her dry skin. The cream in question? Biossance’s Squalane + Omega Repair Cream.

Though she holds the position of global ambassador for the US beauty brand, Reese’s discovery of Biossance was a completely organic finding. "Last year, I was looking for alternatives for skincare as I was using so much, and I’d heard how much ingredients could affect your skin... I went into Sephora and bought Biossance, and I was blown away," she told Women's Health of her journey to using the brand.

And while the vitamin C rose oil and eye cream feature heavily in her skincare line-up, it’s the Squalane + Omega Repair Cream Reese says she can’t live without. "I use the Omega cream every day: morning, afternoon and night. I take it [with me] everywhere I go," she said. "I even put it on the dog’s nose!"

We decided that if it was good enough for Reese and her dog then our dehydrated complexion should give it a go during our notoriously skin-drying festive season.

Here’s how we got on after a couple of weeks trialling Biossance’s cult moisturiser.

What does Biossance’s Squalane + Omega Repair Cream do?

Firstly, let’s start with the ingredients list – because that’s where this moisturiser comes into its own. It is, quite literally, full to the brim with hardworking ingredients, including the brand’s own sugarcane-derived squalane, which mimics the moisturising power of squalene (a lipid, produced naturally by the body, that decreases as we age).

In true Biossance fashion, each and every ingredient is carefully considered. It’s free from parabens, PEGs and fragrance, so we can rest assured our sensitive skin won’t be harmed in the making of this feature.

"Our Squalane + Omega Repair Cream is full of ingredients that improve hydration and skin barrier function," McKenzie Bolt, Director of Global Education for Biossance, told us.

"Omega fatty acids help to strengthen your skin's protection from environmental damage and ceramides reinforce your protective skin barrier, while glycerin is an underrated humectant that helps the skin maintain crucial moisture."

Yes, this do-it-all cream is a saviour for dry skin. Combining ceramides - part of our skin’s own moisturising factor - shea butter, and plant derived acai berry sterols to help replenish skin, it's a hydrating powerhouse. Did we mention it’s loaded with hyaluronic acid - the molecule that can hold up to one thousand times its own weight in water - too?

Does it actually combat dry skin?

Before we go into this, we should say that we have very dry skin. Particularly at this time of year – when central heating, freezing temps and festive cocktails leave our skin feeling akin to parchment paper. We’ve also tried a lot of hydrating moisturisers in the past all claiming to rid us of our perennially dry cheeks, tight forehead and flaky nose. Some work; others not so much.

But we have to say, we were really impressed with this moisturiser. On first application, we needed just a pea-sized amount to cover the face and neck – we used the formula day and night alongside our now very stripped back skincare routine consisting of a double cleanse, tone, serum, moisturiser and SPF.

It was only after a week though that we noticed some of the dryness on our nose and tightness around our cheeks start to subside. Dry skin is an inevitability during winter, and no moisturiser can undo the blast of central heating and subzero temps we're exposed to. But, strengthening your skin barrier (the outermost layer of skin) is your best bet at this time of year – and this really does the job.

How? Ingredients that support the skin’s barrier function - hello omega fatty acids! - will help keep external aggressors (think UV rays, pollution, blue light and so forth) from penetrating the skin, causing things like dryness and irritation. Instead, your skin stays protected, plumped and hydrated. Yay.

How is it different from other moisturisers?

Of course, Biossance does things differently from the get-go but the texture is also unique in itself. A hybrid between a gel-cream and butter, it offers the rare trifecta of nourishment, a non-greasy feel and really lightweight, fast-absorbing formula.

To that end, it also makes the perfect base for makeup to sit on. We rarely wear a full face of makeup anymore but it left our skin with a lit-from-within glow when we added tinted moisturiser and cream blusher – no pilling, creasing or caking in sight.

Lastly, it doesn't irritate our skin – thanks in part to an emulsifying technique the brand calls 'Liquid Crystal System' which guarantees proper mixing of oils and water to minimise any disruption to the skin.

Our verdict: Biossance’s Squalane + Omega Repair Cream

Firstly, can we talk about the glow? It’s rare that one product can impart so much light-reflecting goodness, but we were pretty amazed by the results. Further to that, we noticed that said glow lasted throughout the day, and was only enhanced when we added a touch of makeup. A saviour when you’re peak festive season, we might add.

We would have to agree with Reese: this is a first-class moisturiser for dry skin. Rather than adding quick hydration which then leaves your skin feeling parched hours later, it actually helps restore skin health and kept our skin looking hydrated over Christmas for the first time.

It's not cheap but we think it might be worth the price tag. Rest assured, we will be keeping this close by for the foreseeable.

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