Sunday 3 June 2012

Speed Review: Dr Darren McKeown Active Peptide Day Cream SPF20

The Dr Darren McKeown skincare range comprises five products, all with a focus upon anti-ageing. I've recently been using the Active Peptide Day Cream SPF 20 and wanted to share my thoughts.

I've previously tried a face mask from the Dr Darren McKeown skincare range but this is the first daily use product that I've used. When I originally reviewed the mask last year (click here for the review), the range had just launched under the "Naked Truth by Dr Darren McKeown" branding and whilst I liked it, I questioned whether the format would work in the chosen distribution outlet, Superdrug. The range has since been rebranded, dropping the Naked Truth moniker and adding some brighter colours and design to the previously minimalist packaging.

So, on with the review...
On first impressions, I liked the bright colourful box which effectively communicates the scientific message of the brand, with molecular diagrams making up the design and a highlight towards the active ingredients of 3% Pentapeptide Complex to reduce lines and wrinkles and 3% Black Tea Extract for plumping and brightening effects.
Inside, a weighty glass jar feels luxurious and looks sleek. Despite preferring my products to be presented in other formats (not jars) for functionality and hygiene reasons, I have to admit that I was impressed. I certainly wouldn't guess that this is sold in Superdrug.

I liked that the cream incorporates an SPF- it's an essential for me when choosing a day cream as I insist on wearing SPF on my face every day of the year, regardless of the weather. Perhaps in part because of the SPF20, the cream itself is incredibly rich and a little goes a long way. I've been using this every day for approximately a month and a half as my day cream and the jar barely looks touched. As a result of the rich formula, I'd say that those with oily skin types probably wouldn't like this although it is easily absorbed and I didn't feel that it sat on my skin. There's a Photo-Protective Hydrating Fluid SPF20 in the range which may be a better choice for those with oily skin and what's more, it's £8 cheaper!

Active Peptide Day Cream SPF20 has a very pleasant citrus fragrance which made application in the mornings a real treat.

Whilst I can't say that I've noticed any dramatic difference to my skin since using this, I am enjoying it and feel that it offers fantastic value at £20.99 for 50ml (Active Peptide Day Cream SPF20 is the most expensive of the five products in the range). There's a lot about this product which makes it feel like a more expensive option. I stand by my previous comments regarding Superdrug being a strange choice of distribution outlet and will be intrigued to see how the brand performs instore following the re-launch. Overall, I'd recommend checking this out if you're looking for an everyday option which offers good value for money.


  1. I'm the same as you-I have to have an SPF in my day cream! Great review :) xo

  2. Thanks for your comment! Protecting against sun damage really is one of the best things you can do for your skin- I'm quite shocked at how many people don't! :)

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