Oily · Product Review

Is The Day One Moisturiser By BEAUTY BAY Worth Buying?

Hey readers,

Back with another review, this time the Day One Moisturiser By BEAUTY BAY. On the Beauty Bay website, this is the description of the moisturiser it gives:

The Day One Moisturiser from the Skincare By BEAUTY BAY range is a lightweight gel-cream moisturiser that helps to protect and hydrate the skin. Enriched with Indian ginseng to shield against screen-emitted light and olive squalane which helps to hydrate the skin. The moisturising and skin conditioning actives make this moisturiser a great makeup primer to lock your look in place all day long. It is suitable for normal and oily skin types.

As usual, I will be giving a breakdown of the ingredients used in this product.

Aqua (Water)

Water always being the ingredient is always a good sin because it means water has the most composition in percentage of the moisturiser.


It is a glycol that can enhance the absorption of ingredients. It acts as a humectant and retains water to moisturize and plump the skin. It is added to products to help other ingredients penetrate deeper into the skin.

Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer

is a helper ingredient that’s good at emulsifying and stabilizing oils into water-based formulas. It also acts as a thickening and gelling agent that creates nice, non-sticky and supple textures. The independent Cosmetic Ingredient Review has deemed this ingredient safe to use in cosmetics.


The saturated portion of emollient ingredient squalene, which is a natural component of human skin sebum (oil). It is a wonderfully moisturizing ingredient as well as being a source of replenishing fatty acids and antioxidants. it’s a superb moisturizer that makes your skin nice and smooth, without being heavy or greasy. 


It’s pretty much the current IT-preservative. It’s safe and gentle, but even more importantly, it’s not a feared-by-everyone-mostly-without-scientific-reason paraben. It’s not something new: it was introduced around 1950 and today it can be used up to 1% worldwide. It can be found in nature – in green tea – but the version used in cosmetics is synthetic.


Fancy name for fruit sugar. It has nice water-binding properties and helps to keep skin hydrated.


It is a humectant. Glycerin is a skin-replenishing and skin-restoring ingredient, meaning it is a substance found naturally in skin, it helps to establish normal balance and hydration. It’s one of the many substances in skin that helps maintain a healthy look and feel, defending against dryness and working to maintain skin’s moisture level. Essentially, glycerin is a master at hydration, and works best when combined with other replenishing and emollient ingredients.

Sorbitan Isostearate

This ingredient is used to mix non-miscible substances (like oil and water), it is basically an emulsifier. It can also be used as a cleansing agent to remove excess oil and dirt from the skin’s surface.

Polysorbate 60

This ingredient is an emulsifier and acts to alter product thickness. It can also be used as a cleansing agent to remove excess oil from the skin’s surface.

Withania Somnifera Root Extract

It is an anti-inflammation ingredient used in a lot of moisturisers.


It is an emollient that works as a preservative alongside phenoxyethanol. They both work great together as ethylhexylglycerin can boost the effectiveness of phenoxyethanol.

Disodium EDTA

Super common little helper ingredient that helps products to remain nice and stable for a longer time. It is used as a chelating agent in cosmetic products, meaning it prevents ingredients in a formula from binding with trace elements (mainly minerals) that can be present in water. Studies have found that sodium EDTA, as used in cosmetic formulations is safe.


This is also known as Vitamin E. Vitamin E is the major fat-soluble antioxidant in our skin. As a strong antioxidant it’s great at protecting the skin cells from the nasty little things called free-radicals(UVB rays) that want to destroy the lovely collagen that makes our skin nice and firm and because it’s fat soluble our skin just loves to absorb it.

Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil

It is an antibacterial essential oil. Among essential oils, Eucalyptus Globulus counts as rather non-sensitising. However, if your skin is super-sensitive or you are allergic to fragrances, it is still better to avoid it. 

Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil

It is a non-volatile, non-fragrant plant oil used as an emollient in cosmetics. Its linoleic acid content has the ability to help replenish, strengthen, and soothe skin. Sunflower seed oil also has a natural calming effect on skin, so can be helpful for reducing signs of skin stress or irritation. This is one oil you can never go wrong with.

Biosaccharide Gum-4

This is a non-comedogenic skin conditioning ingredient.

Potassium Sorbate

This is a preservative ingredient to increase shelf life but not a strong one and doesn’t really work against bacteria, but more against mold and yeast.

Citric Acid

This is a mild exfoliator that is used to improve skin’s elasticity and firmness as well as the appearance of photo-aged skin. It is also used as a pH adjuster to ensure that the product is at an optimum pH level (usually between 4.5 and 7).


This is the last ingredient on the list and it is a super common and cheap fragrance ingredient. It’s in many plants, e.g. rosemary, eucalyptus, lavender, lemongrass, peppermint. Like most volatile fragrance components, limonene also has strong antioxidant benefits and has also been shown to calm skin; however, when exposed to air these highly volatile antioxidant compounds oxidize and become capable of sensitizing skin.

The first time I tried this moisturiser, It did ave a minty smell to it, which I don’t mind and it gives off a fresh scent and now I can say that the Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil and Limonene are the reasons for the scent.

I apply this moisturiser after applying my serum day and night and can I just say I love this moisturiser. I do have oily skin so I believe this is the moisturiser for me as it is only for normal and oily skin. It leaves my skin feeling matte but moisturised as the same time and I started using this moisturiser over the summer and honestly this has really helped my skin provide and retain the moisture my skin needs. Best part of it is that it is just £6.50 on BEAUTY BAY and so far it has lasted for 3 months so it is worth buying.

Again, The Day One Moisturiser by BEAUTY BAY is a lightweight moisturiser for normal and oily skin types so I do not recommend this moisturiser for those with dry skin and sensitive skin as some of the ingredient (Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil and Limonene) might irritate the skin.


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