Dear Hydration Boosting Cream
Banila Co’s Dear Hydration Boosting Cream claims to calm skin via its “non-irritating” formula, but the ingredient list tells a different story.
The biggest issue is the combination of fragrance and peppermint extract, which poses a significant risk of irritating skin. The wafting scent is a red flag because even if you don’t see or feel the irritating effects right away, the negative impacts will show up for skin eventually. (See More Info for the research-backed explanation).
Another strike against this moisturizer is its jar packaging. Some of the beneficial plant extracts it contains break down in the presence of air, so once the jar is opened and lets air in, these important ingredients begin to deteriorate, becoming less and less effective. Jar packaging also presents a risk of bacterial contamination, as we discuss in the More Info section.
Were it not for these issues, Dear Hydration Boosting Cream would have earned our praise for its incredibly silky texture that imparts a soft, smooth feel on skin. The mix of replenishing ingredients, hydrators, and emollients do a good job of locking in moisture and amply hydrate dry skin. We’re also happy to see ingredients such as acetyl glucosamine and niacinamide known for their ability to brighten dull skin.
But alas, there’s really no reason to settle for this given the plethora of brilliantly formulated moisturizers available that omit the irritants and subpar packaging.
- Does a good job of locking in moisture and hydrating dry skin.
- Luxe, silky-cream texture imparts a soft, smooth feel.
- Contains beneficial ingredients known for their ability to brighten dull skin tone.
- Combination of fragrance and peppermint extract present significant risk of irritation.
- Jar packaging impedes the stability of antioxidants in the formula.
Irritating Ingredients: We cannot stress this enough: Sensitizing, harsh, abrasive, and/or fragrant ingredients are bad for all skin types. Daily application of skincare products that contain these irritating ingredients is a major way we unwittingly do our skin a disservice.
Irritating ingredients are a problem because they can lead to visible problems, such as redness, rough skin, dull skin, dryness, increased oil production, and clogged pores, and they contribute to making signs of aging worse.
Switching to non-irritating, gentle skincare products can make all the difference in the world. Non-irritating products are those packed with beneficial ingredients that also replenish and soothe skin, without any volatile ingredients, such as those present in fragrance ingredients, whether natural or synthetic.
A surprising fact: Research has demonstrated that you do not need to see or feel the effects of irritants on your skin for it to be suffering, and visible damage may not become apparent for a long time. Don’t get lulled into thinking that if you don’t see or feel signs of irritation, everything is OK.
Generally, it’s best to eliminate, or minimize as much as possible, your exposure to ingredients that are known to irritate skin. There are many completely non-irritating products that contain effective ingredients, so there’s no reason to put your skin at risk with products that include ingredients research has shown can be a problem.
References for this information:
Annals of the Brazilian Journal of Dermatology, July-August 2017, pages 521-525
Journal of Dermatological Sciences, January 2015, pages 28–36
International Journal of Cosmetic Science, August 2014, pages 379–385
Clinical Dermatology, May-June 2012, pages 257–262
Aging, March 2012, pages 166–175
Chemical Immunology and Allergy, March 2012, pages 77–80
Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, June 2008, pages 124–135
Food and Chemical Toxicology, February 2008, pages 446–475
American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, 2003, pages 789–798
Jar Packaging & Anti-Aging Moisturizers: Beneficial anti-aging ingredients, which include all plant extracts, almost all vitamins, antioxidants, and other state-of-the-art ingredients, are unstable, which means they begin to break down in the presence of air. Once a jar is opened and lets air in, these important ingredients begin to deteriorate, becoming less and less effective. Routine exposure to daylight is also problematic for these ingredients.
Jar packaging is also unsanitary because you dip your fingers into the jar with each use, contaminating the product. This stresses the preservative system, especially in water-based formulas, leading to further deterioration of the beneficial ingredients.
Remember: The ingredients that provide the most benefit in addressing visible signs of aging must be in airtight or air-restrictive packaging to remain effective throughout usage. Buying products in this type of packaging means that the ingredients have the best chance of remaining effective—to the benefit of your skin.
References for this information:
Molecules, July 2018, ePublication
Pharmacology Review, July 2013, pages 97–106
Dermatologic Therapy, May-June 2012, pages 252–259
Current Drug Delivery, November 2011, pages 640–660
Journal of Agricultural Food Chemistry, May 2011, pages 4676–4683
Journal of Biophotonics, January 2010, pages 82–88
Guidelines of Stability Testing of Cosmetic Products, Colipa-CTFA, March 2004, pages 1–10
A non-irritating formula infused with Nelumbo Nucifera Flower Water to instantly calm skin and optimize skin’s defenses to help prevent future damage.
Founded in 2006, Banila Co designates itself as a leader in K-beauty who’s constantly innovating “advanced formulas that are simple to use.” The line contains both makeup and skin care, but they are most well known for their cleansing balms. In their own words, “with Banila Co, your bare skin looks better, your makeup goes on smoother and lasts longer, and your nightly struggle at the sink is a million times easier.”
At the time of this writing, we’ve only reviewed a handful of Banila Co products of which this assortment has its fair share of pros and cons. Fragrance makes an appearance in most formulas, knocking down the ratings due to its potentially sensitizing effects on skin. Occasionally other irritants show up as well, and in some cases, packaging is an issue.
What Banila Co excels at is creating aesthetically pleasing textures that feel luxe to the touch. From cleansers to creams, they know what they’re doing when it comes to the sensorial experience for customers.
With some formulary and packaging tweaks, Banila Co would be able to offer the full package. We’ll be rooting for them to make improvements as the line continues to evolve!
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