Happy Hydration Cream
e.l.f.’s Happy Hydration Cream feels great on skin and has quite a few redeeming qualities, which is why it’s a shame its packaging does what’s inside absolutely no favors!
This whipped, creamy moisturizer is texturally similar to two of e.l.f.’s other products, its fragranced and non-fragranced Holy Hydration! face creams. Like those two, Happy Hydration hydrates richly without being heavy, making it a good option for normal to dry skin.
The major selling point with this product is that it contains a large amount of Cannabis sativa seed oil, an antioxidant-rich plant oil derived from the hemp plant. Supporting the hemp seed oil in nourishing skin is barrier-repairing niacinamide, plumping hyaluronic acid, and two replenishing peptides. While we’d like to see a greater complement of antioxidants here, this still has a lot of great qualities as a fragrance-free moisturizer.
Regrettably, as with many e.l.f. facial moisturizers, this is packaged in a jar. While this doesn’t affect the niacinamide and hyaluronic acid, the exposure this packaging gives the other ingredients in the formula – particularly the hemp seed oil – to light and air means this will diminish their impact (to say nothing of the hygiene issue it presents in water-based formulas such as this; see More Info below for additional details).
Because of that, this doesn’t rank on our list of best moisturizers, which feature many of the same benefits in better packaging.
- Creamy, whipped moisturizer is good for normal to dry skin.
- Includes a good amount of antioxidant-rich, hydrating hemp seed oil.
- Contains niacinamide, hyaluronic acid, and two peptides.
- Fragrance free.
- Packaged in a jar, which reduces the effectiveness of its beneficial ingredients.
Jar Packaging & Beneficial Ingredients: 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
Make your skin extra happy and nourished with this luxuriously creamy, hemp-derived cannabis sativa seed oil face cream. This formula blends easily into the skin. Perfect for all skin types.
e.l.f. (it stands for which stands for Eyes, Lips, Face) was founded by Scott Vincent Borba and Joseph Shamah. The story goes that one day Borba was shopping in a dollar store and noticed women dressed in designer clothing and sporting designer handbags loading up their baskets with inexpensive nail polish, eye pencils, and lip balm. He took note of the products being sold in such stores and quickly decided he could offer products of even higher quality at the same competitive price. His idea paid off, as e.l.f. has enjoyed continued success and increased distribution online and in retail stores.
For a line offering many products for just a dollar (OK, there are plenty that cost $3 and $5, too), there are a surprising number of hits in the mix (especially the makeup brushes). True, not everything is going to be as luxurious or innovative as some higher-end brands, but overall you're likely to be impressed with what they developed for so little money, and you may just find some beauty bargains!
For more information about e.l.f., call (800) 231-4732 or visit www.eyeslipsface.com.
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