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Beauty Bargain – Aqueous Cream BP

December 6, 2012

Not the prettiest beauty product to put on your shelf, but definitely worth centre stage.  Aqueous cream is a light, non-greasy moisturiser (made from a mixture of emulsifying ointment and water) that my Sister recently recommended to me. It came up in conversation when we were discussing face lotions and anti-aging creams, and how expensive they can be. My sister told me how she sometimes uses Aqueous cream when her skin is dry and not looking its freshest; not only because it’s really good for you, but it’s also a cheap solution to the problem.  So I decided to investigate.

A very reliable source (ahem, Google) explained that Aqueous cream is mainly used as a subsitite for soap and is normally recommended by Doctors to those that suffer eczema, as it instantly relieves you of rashes and itches. But on further investigation, I found testimonials from beauty experts from up and down the UK that said they use Aqueous Cream for much more than soap. Apparently Aqueous cream can be used for the following:

Aqueous cream BP beauty moisturiser

  • To remove make-up
  • As a cleanser
  • Shaving cream
  • Post shaving moisturiser
  • All over body moisturiser
  • As After-Sun lotion


I gave the cream a go myself and loved it. It’s like spreading butter cream onto your skin, it feels amazing. I can definitely feel a difference in the softness of my skin. I’ve used it as an all over body moisturiser, and as a post shaving moisturiser. There’s nothing worse than shaving your legs, and feeling the burn when you try to moisturise them. I hate moisturisers that sting my legs. Aqueous cream does not do this, it feels nothing but silky soft when you spread it onto your skin, and it locks in the natural oil on the skins fresh and clean surface.

HOWEVER, apparently, it’s not great to use Aqueous as a daily moisturiser. A recent study into the use of Aqueous cream showed that regular use of the cream can reduce the thickness of the skin cells, increasing water loss in the skin. Something to do with all these different sulphates and what’s-it’s in Aqueous (I don’t know, I was never good at science). So it was recommended not to use Aqueous cream as a daily moisturiser – unless you suffer eczema – and to only use intermittently.

Taking all the above into account, personally, I have found Aqueous Cream to be useful for the following:

Post Shave Moisturiser: As I said I hate feeling the stinging sensation from a moisturiser after shaving my legs, but when you apply Aqueous to your lovely smooth pins, you feel no such sting. And let’s face,  I’m in a long-term relationship, I don’t shave my legs every day, so I definitely don’t need to worry about overdoing it on the daily use.

All Over Body Moisturiser: So it’s not great to use daily, but once a week (usually a Sunday night after a shower) I like to do a head to toe Aqueous smother fest, to lock in all those natural oils and have my skin feeling super-soft for the start of the week. I spread it on my feet, legs, tummy, arms, shoulders and face. I feel super refreshed afterwards.

Emergency Make-Up Remover: Only if I have ran out of make-up wipes, I will use Aqueous on my face to take off my make-up by rubbing it all over and then rinsing off with luke warm water.

Even if you just have Aqueous Cream as your standby cream for when you’ve ran out of the expensive stuff, or for any rashes or itches, it’s an absolute beauty bargain that I highly reccomend. I purchased a huge 500g tub of Kinglsey House Aqueous Cream for just 99p from Home Bargain! That’s an amazing price considering that tub will no doubt last a good 10 – 12 months.  If you can’t get to a Home Bargain, or a Wilko’s, Superdrug do their own 500g tub for £1.99, Boots also do their own but charge a staggering £4.95 for it (tut tut tut). Aqueous Cream can also be purchased from local pharmacies.

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  • Susan El Carter


    so agree with your comments about this fab product.

    I have been using this for a year now, mainly for my masectomy area and armpit and arm to keep my skin supple and hopefully stop it from being as fragile as it was after the Chemo and Herceptin. No lymphnodes there now so important it is kept as moisturised as possible.

    If anything can dry your skin out its chemo – but this cream really helps. It is one of the few creams that do not make me itch or break out in a rash. It was recommended to me by my Cancer Nurse.

  • Tink Jayne

    Wow, I didnt know this. How fantastic to know it can be of such high medical help after chemo. My aunty went through Cancer, so I have seen how uncomfortable and sore you can get after the Chemo, although I can only imagine just how uncomfy. It’s good to know that Aqueous Cream can soothe the skin in those situations. I hope your doing well :) x x

  • Bella

    I’ve just started using this product purely by chance as my partner was recommended it for his legs and it was him that said why don’t women use it as part of there beauty regime ……. 99p a tub wow I said then did some research of my own. I use it as a daily cleanser and apply a very light moisturizer.

  • Tink Jayne

    I’ve found it particularly great as a make-up remover, and for an all over moisturiser after a bath or after shaving my legs. And at 99p its just such a great bargain :) xx

  • Jenny

    Thank you sooo much!! This helped me a lot!! Ididnt know how to use it at all cuz it only gives a small info at the back!! Ughhh but thanks a lot :)

  • Tink Jayne

    Thanks Jen. Glad I could help :) xxx

  • I always get prescribed aqueous cream from the doctors as I suffer from eczema and have only recently discovered it removes makeup, but I found this really helpful for every other use and I’m gonna start using it as a makeup remover, very helpful post! x

  • Tink Jayne

    It’s a really great product and always handy to have stored away in the bathroom cupboard! Glad you liked the post and found it helpful xxx

  • I agree with all the posts, but can anyone suggest another face/body cream to use on the days when you don’t use Aqueous cream?

  • Tink Jayne

    Nivea firming lotion is a great lotion to use. I’ve used it on body and face! xx