Simple Skin Care Nourishing Cream

We love simple, especially when it comes to skin care and ingredients. Which is why the new Simple® skin care line piqued my interest when it landed on my desk.

Recently launched by the global consumer products company Unilever, Simple is a range of facial skin care products that aims to keep things, well, simple. According to the company, Simple products are free of harmful parabens, artificial dyes, perfumes, and harsh chemicals. They are also hypoallergenic and pH balanced.

Originally designed to care for sensitive skin, the Simple brand was born in the United Kingdom in 1960 and it was the first to create a cleansing product with no perfumes or colors. Today, Simple is the UK’s Number One skin care line. Simple recently made its debut in the US.

The promise of proven, chemical-free skin care at an affordable price was highly appealing, so I took the Simple skin care Nourishing 24-Hour Day/Night Cream ($10.99 for 1.7 fl. oz.) for a test drive. Crafted with moisturizing shea butter, this cream feels rich to the touch and it goes on smoothly, without a greasy after-effect.

I noticed a smoothing, moisturizing effect to my skin after just a few days of use of this cream in the morning and evening. Simple’s Day/Night Cream also delivered a smoothing effect via the soothing Oat Kernel Oil and Oat Kernel Extract. Other effective ingredients in this product’s mix include nourishing vitamin E and Pro-Vitamin B5, which has been shown to replenish and soften skin.

Bottom line: I found this to be a solid, effective, and affordable cream that offered noticeable results, including a moisturizing effect (even in the ultra-dry Colorado climate in which I live). My only gripe is that, because of this product’s oat ingredients, it is not gluten free, which may be a deterrent for some consumers.

To learn more about the Simple skin care range—and its ingredients—check out this handy ingredient glossary look-up page on the Simple website.

Simple Nourishing 24-Hour Day/Night Cream Ingredients:

Erinn Morgan


After a 10-year career as an award-winning New York City-based editor launching and redesigning urban, style-driven magazines, Erinn Morgan left downtown Manhattan after September 11th, 2001, in search of a less encumbered, freelance lifestyle. A two-year-long trek around the country eventually landed her in Durango, Colo., which she now calls home.

Her writing has appeared in numerous publications, including The New York Times, Outside, National Geographic Adventure, Bike, Skiing, Delicious Living, American Cowboy, and on

Erinn is also the author of the eco-focused book, Picture Yourself Going Green, Step-by-Step Instruction for Living a Budget-Conscious, Earth-Friendly Lifestyle in Eight Weeks or Less.

She was previously the editor-in-chief of 20/20 magazine, a special projects editor at Playboy (overseeing the launch of a new, custom magazine), and the founding editor/editor-in-chief of SoHo Style, a much-lauded, avant-garde magazine that covered the culture and style of downtown New York and its reach around the world.

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