Barrier+ Triple Lipid-Peptide Lotion
Skinfix’s Barrier+ Triple Lipid-Peptide Lotion is a very good, fragrance-free moisturizer that falls just short of achieving greatness.
Packaged in an opaque blue bottle with a pump dispenser that protects its ingredients from light and air, this lotion’s lightweight texture sinks into skin immediately, resulting in a smoother look and feel. It dries down to a slightly matte finish, making it best for those with normal to combination skin (those with dry skin will prefer something more emollient, and those with oily skin something a bit more mattifying).
This contains reliable hydrators, among them glycerin, jojoba and macadamia oils, and shea butter. There’s also skin-plumping sodium hyaluronate and squalane, which is rich in antioxidants and fatty acids that help restore skin. As described, these ingredients will help improve skin’s moisture barrier and help it retain hydration.
What about the peptides mentioned in the formula? There aren’t any specifically listed in the ingredients, however hydrolyzed rice protein (which is listed) is marketed as well under the name “Nutripeptides.” The manufacture of Nutripeptides states it has anti-aging and skin-restoring benefits; however, there isn’t independent research backing up this claim yet, as there is around various lab-created peptides included in skin care products.
That aside, this is still a good option for those seeking barrier-repairing moisture in a lightweight, fragrance-free lotion.
- Lightweight lotion formula well-suited to normal to combination skin.
- Contains hydrators including glycerin, jojoba + macadamia oils, and shea butter.
- Includes plumping sodium hyaluronate and antioxidant- and fatty-acid rich squalane.
- Fragrance free.
- Nutripeptides from rice don’t have the impressive anti-aging research that lab-made peptides do.
Triple Lipid-Peptide Lotion is a lightweight, nutrient-dense face lotion that starts with an active level of skin-similar good fats: squalene, jojoba and macadamia oils. These nutritious oils mimic the structure of the skin's vital natural lipids, to more effectively replenish those lipids. Multiple, high concentration botanical actives deliver optimum nutrition for improved skin barrier function. Super hydrating red seaweed blend is boosted with sodium hyaluronate, which is a salt derivative of hyaluronic acid and it is a smaller molecular weight to easily absorb into skin. It is clinically proven to immediately hydrate skin and recharge moisture over time, as your skin needs it.
Canadian-based Skinfix is part of a growing number of skincare brands targeting a particular niche. Instead of trying to solve every skincare issue out there, it has a very specific target audience; in this case, its people who have chronically dry, sensitive skin thats prone to issues like eczema and contact dermatitis.
The brands site begins, as many do, with an origin story that relates the tale of Thomas Dixon, who crafted his own healing ointment for dry and cracked skin in England back in the 1850s. The formula was passed down for generations, and the Dixon family continued to make it after they moved to Nova Scotia decades later, where they eventually sold it in pharmacies. Skinfix as a brand didnt come into being until 2006, when Dixons great-great-great granddaughter decided to make the concept into a skincare company, with the focus remaining on treating chronic skin issues and very dry skin.
For the most part, Skinfix gets it right. The majority of its products are fragrance-free and contain beneficial plant oils, skin-identical ingredients, and anti-irritants in rich, thick balms that will serve to soothe and treat cracked, dry skin. The line also includes gentle cleansers that are mild enough even for use on babies and children, whose skin is still developing.
In fact, the only misstep is the inclusion in a handful of products of fragrant tree resins (such as balsam tolu and benzoin) that could irritate very sensitive skin. They arent in large amounts in any of those formulas, and those with normal skin should have no issues with them, but for the sensitive skin they are designed for, they are not ideal.
Aside from this, Skinfix is a promising brand, with many products we recommend. The brand is available in the United States at Target, C.O. Bigelow Apothecaries, and diapers.com.
Strengths: Mostly gentle, effective formulas to treat dry, sensitive, or eczema-prone skin; packaging keeps ingredients stable; most products are fragrance-free.
Weaknesses: Some products contain tree resins that could potentially irritate sensitive skin.
For more information, visit www.skinfixinc.com or call 1-866-92-PASTE.
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