Monday, 28 April 2014

HealGel Body – Tried and Tested Review

HealGel has an interesting story. The brand was started by a team of leading medical experts (4 plastic surgeons and a biochemist) and the actress Natasha McElhone, who became involved following the sudden and tragic death of her husband, the celebrated plastic surgeon Martin Kelly.

Their collective mission: to pool years of research into anti-ageing and skin healing to create a new breed of skincare.

I became an early convert to their launch product, HealGel Intensive. I bought the serum a few years back after developing a rather nasty episode of skin inflammation and irritation on my face - thanks hormones! It’s so soothing and calming, a wonderful salve. I try to always keep a tube of it in the house.

HealGel Body, the newest member of the family (news story), is very much in the same vein. From the list of ingredients through to the price point – at £39.50 for 100ml cheap this product is not – HealGel Body is a formula for skin in need of serious TLC.



How it works


The HealGel line contains silicone, firmly established to be the optimal healing ingredient for scar treatment (and yet surprisingly not without detractors). This forms a matrix beneath which active ingredients, packed in a liposomal system, target the deeper layers of the skin where they are needed most. 

In HealGel Body we have arnica montana flower extract, well known for its calming and soothing properties, especially the reduction of bruising and swelling, redness and sensitivity. Another plant-based active here is madecassoside, derived from centella asiatica, which is associated with the maturation of scar tissue through the stimulation of type 1 collagen.

Any good? Is it lovely to use?


I don’t have any serious skin issues right now but even without any specific problems I did find this a joy to apply each morning and night. I’ve been using it for 2 weeks now. 



It’s immediately cooling on the skin and has a charming delicate fragrance. My skin is on the dry side and I found on my legs it absorbed very quickly. It moisturised but by evening I did find that my legs needed a top up, so I was getting through the tube quite quickly (not great at this price point).

HealGel say this formula works exceptionally well as an aftersun replenisher, and that is exactly how I see this fitting in to my beauty regime going forwards. This is not your everyday body cream - which for me has to be rich, luxuriously creamy and highly fragranced.

For me HealGel Body is a product for specific applications, for those occasions when our skin needs some outside help with healing and repairing itself.  For that I am happy to pay a premium, though I must confess this is nearing the tipping point.

At this time I think HealGel Intensive offers better value for money, because you use a lot less of it. Perhaps HealGel Body will prove me wrong come summer, when I’m nursing a sunburnt shoulder - heaven forbid that should ever happen, so never say never!

HealGel Body can be bought here.

PR sample

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23 comments

  1. I have read a few reviews on Heal gel now, all seem to be quite complimentary... You might have just persuaded to me to get some!

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    1. It's a good range. I like the fact that it's been developed by top medical professionals with huge experience in this particular field of skin healing. Tx

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  2. You got some many interesting products! I never heard about this product, but I am curious. When exactly do you think we should use this cream, if it's not daily? I have dry skin on my legs, do you think that would count as a special occasion?

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    1. I wouldn't use it as an everyday because 1) it's pricey 2) the ingredients are formulated for skin healing. If your dry skin is itchy and irritating then I think this could help. It's one of the most soothing body gels I've ever used. Instantly cooling on the skin. Tx

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    2. It's definitely a bit pricey, but good to know that it's something for those special occasions...

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  3. This sounds like quite a useful product to have in your bathroom cabinet, especially with summer fast approaching (fingers crossed!!!) Although a little on the pricey side it might well be worth the expense as I seem to be developing occasional itchy patches of skin (thanks hormones) and this could possibly sooth. Thanks for a useful and informative review. x
    Deborah
    moonstoneandmay.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. It is pricey but there are some fab ingredients here. In the cabinet saved for emergencies/those times when skin is not playing ball I think is how I will use this going forwards. Tx

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  4. I've loved Heal Gel since it came out but haven't had a chance to try the body version yet. Looks lovely though!

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    1. It's worth a sample. So cooling. That's one of the aspects I really like about this product. Tx

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  5. Sounds like an intriguing product, although incredibly pricey it appears that a little would go a long way.

    ~Mama Undone x

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    1. It's something you don't need to use everyday, so that could help to spread the cost of it out. I can see myself taking a tube on holiday and using as an aftersun. It's so amazingly soothing on the skin. Tx

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  6. I don't think I would pay that much for something like this, however good it might be!

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    1. It's great for skin healing and soothing. Personally, I value my skin to justify forking out for something like this. Tx

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  7. oo might have to give this a try! x

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    1. If you do, let me know how you get on with it. I would love to hear. Tx

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  8. Sounds great! I hadn't heard of this product before, so I'm glad you featured it! T. http://tickledpinkwoman.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks Tina. I like the company's philosophy and approach to skincare. For me that's important when choosing brands and products that you're going to apply to your skin. Tx

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  9. I've been seeing this brand about lately and it's something I'd love to try, I'm not sure if I could part with that amount of money though!

    Corinne x
    www.skinnedcartree.com

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    1. I think it has special applications bit I agree it is on the pricey side. Tx

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  10. This looks good. I use Heal Gel Intensive quite a bit, so will look this up :-)

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    1. I love HealGel Intensive too. It was the first product of this brand that I tried.

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  11. I've never heard about this product but I wonder if it would be any good for sun burns?

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    1. Hi Rachel, yes I do. It contains arnica which is soothing and healing. Also it feels very cooling on the skin, so would provide some instant relief too. I hope this helps. Tx

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