Glossier’s Hand Cream leaves skin feeling soft and thoroughly moisturized, while the formula absorbs quickly enough that you can go about your day. The only deterrent is the potential for irritation due to the wafting amount of fragrance ingredients.
Housed in a palm-sized squeeze tube, the formula dispenses as a silky cream rich in replenishing ingredients and fatty acids that skin can use to replenish its surface + keep moisture locked in. It leaves a smooth, protective-feeling barrier without feeling greasy to the touch. This hand cream also contains skin-soothing antioxidants, and in a wise move the opaque packaging prevents light exposure from breaking them down prematurely.
While all of that’s great news for dry hands, the fragrance ingredients throw the formula for a loop thanks to the negative repercussions they trigger for skin (see More Info). The perfume-esque scent is potent enough to linger, which is a red flag for the potential to irritate skin that is already compromised (whether that’s from frequent hand washing/sanitizing, eczema, or environmental elements, etc.).
Check out our round up of best hand creams for options that treat skin to all of the good and none of the bad (many of which also give you a bigger bang for your buck).
- Leaves a silky-soft, protective (but not greasy) feel on skin.
- Absorbs quickly, so you don’t have to wait a long time before touching anything.
- Loaded with replenishing ingredients that help dry skin maintain moisture.
- Potent, lingering fragrance makes this an iffy choice (especially for compromised skin on hands).
- The fragrance is listed before many of this hand cream’s most intriguing ingredients.
More Info: Daily use of products that contain a high amount of fragrance, whether the fragrant ingredients are synthetic or natural, causes a chronic sensitizing reaction on skin.
This reaction in turn leads to all kinds of problems, including disrupting skin’s barrier, worsening dryness, increasing or triggering redness, depleting vital substances in skin’s surface, and generally preventing skin from looking healthy, smooth, and hydrated. Fragrance free is always the best way to go for all skin types.
A surprising fact: Even though you can’t always see or feel the negative effects of fragrant ingredients on skin, the damage will still be taking place, even if it’s not evident on the surface. Research has demonstrated that you don’t need to see or feel the effects of irritation for your skin to be suffering. Much like the effects from cumulative sun damage, the negative impact and the visible damage from fragrance may not become apparent for a long time.
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Toxicological Sciences, January 2018, pages 139-148
Biochimica and Biophysica Acta, May 2012, pages 1410–1419
Aging, March 2012, pages 166–175
Chemical Immunology and Allergy, March 2012, pages 77–80
Experimental Dermatology, October 2009, pages 821–832
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Fast-absorbing, nutrient-rich moisturizers (like Meadowfoam Seed Oil and Coconut Fruit Extract) nourish without a greasy feel. Uses a “Second Skin” Matrix to hold moisture in and keep skin-stressors out.
Glossier is the brainchild of Emily Weiss, whose successful beauty blog IntoTheGloss.com inspired the spinoff skin care/makeup line launched in 2014. Weiss describes the concept behind Glossier as a lifestyle beauty brand with a highly edited selection of streamlined skin care and makeup products.
We consider Glossier's makeup the strong suit of the brand. Their tagline of uncomplicated makeup staples that live with you, not on you, rings true with their simple yet impressive lineup of color products. Each is intentionally designed as a low maintenance option to enhance your appearance but not overpower it, allowing your natural beauty to shine through. By and large, the makeup products perform well, and while the shade options aren't vast, we're impressed by the flattering, attractive colors they've curated.
Glossier's skin care fares a little lower on the rating scale. While the majority of formulas are decent, they tend to be lackluster in terms of a well-researched cocktail of beneficial ingredients. Not bad, but not great either. Aesthetically-speaking, the skincare products stick to their reoccurring promise of dewy, glowy looking skin.
We're happy to report the majority of Glossier's skin care and makeup products are fragrance free, which is a rarity in the cosmetics industry and better overall for the health of your skin.
To sum it up: Skin care-wise there's room for improvement, but if you like the minimalist approach and cool girl vibe, Glossier makeup delivers. We're intrigued to see what they come up with next!
For more information on Glossier, visit glossier.com.
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