Honey Drop Lightweight Moisturizer
Farmacy’s Honey Drop Lightweight Moisturizer has some appeal, but an ingredient misstep and problematic packaging means it’s less-than-worthy of your time.
Housed in a jar (we’ll get back to that in a moment), the silky gel-cream texture sinks into skin within seconds with no sticky or tacky feel. Because of its lightweight texture, it’s best for those with normal to combination skin (those with oily skin might want something lighter, and drier skin types will likely prefer a richer formula).
Among the powerhouse ingredients are three different forms of skin-plumping sodium hyaluronate, antioxidant-rich echinacea, meadowfoam oil, super-soothing turmeric, and other skin-soothers like allantoin and aloe.
Unfortunately, the aforementioned jar packaging means most of these good ingredients won’t remain potent long after it’s opened because they’re sensitive to light and air. When exposed to both, they break down, becoming less effective (see More Info for details). There’s also a hygiene concern, especially for a water-based moisturizer like this one, where bacteria can take hold (the preservative system can only last so long).
This also contains fragrance, listed here as “flavor.” It’s low on the ingredient list and mild to the nose (you’ll detect a faint honey scent), but fragrance of any kind poses a risk of irritation. It’s a shame, but because of this, Honey Drop Lightweight Moisturizer just doesn’t measure up to some of the superior options on the market.
- Light, gel-cream texture silky and leaves not a trace of unpleasant residue.
- Contains three forms of hydrating sodium hyaluronate.
- Includes antioxidant-rich plant extracts and skin-soothing ingredients.
- Packaged in a jar, meaning many of its beneficial ingredients won’t remain stable.
- Contains fragrance (flavor), which isn’t the best for skin.
Jar Packaging & Air- and Light-Sensitive Ingredients: Beneficial 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 also is 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, leading to further deterioration of the beneficial ingredients.
Remember: The ingredients that provide the most benefit to skin 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:
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
Keep dry skin at bay all day with each weightless drop of this intensely moisturizing gel-cream! It's so lightweight that it feels like nothing on—yet it plumps, nourishes and hydrates skin with a triple hyaluronic acid complex and six natural superfoods, including our antioxidant-rich Echinacea GreenEnvy™ honey.
Farmacy is the creation of entrepreneurial businessman and self-described “plant geek” Mark Veeder. Due to a chance discovery, he was able to bring together his childhood background on a farm and his experience as a marketing and public relations expert to create a skin care brand focused on farm-raised ingredients.
As the story goes, during his time as a marketing professional in New York City, Veeder still maintained a 7-acre farm 90 miles away. The chance discovery happened in 1999, when he noticed an unusual green variant of the normally-purple Echinacea Purpurea on his property. Excited by what this could mean, he sent the plant to a lab for testing. The test results showed that this version had 300 times more of the antioxidant cichoric acid than the usual strain of the plant. Veeder patented it, sold it to local nurseries, and named it GreenEnvy. Fifteen years after the initial discovery, he resolved to create a skin care company, Farmacy, with GreenEnvy as its star ingredient.
Before you get too excited: there’s little independent research backing the claims surrounding GreenEnvy’s potency (most of the research has been done on Farmacy’s behalf), though as with most plant extracts, it provides antioxidant benefits and may also prevent collagen breakdown, which is nice but hardly unique to this plant.
As for the products themselves, most have solid foundations (great, plant-based antioxidants abound) but some of them are undone by additions that make them less-than-ideal for skin. Many contain fragrant plant oils which, while natural, aren’t good for skin. Fragrance, whether natural or synthetic, puts skin at risk for irritation that can cause numerous problems. Frustratingly, many of the fragrant plants are, in fact, also brilliant antioxidants; however, plenty of natural ingredients also provide antioxidant benefits without risking skin irritation and other problems.
We like that Farmacy’s take on natural is to combine it with key lab-engineered (synthetic) ingredients. This approach is refreshingly honest and affirms the research-supported fact that just because an ingredient is synthetic doesn’t mean it’s bad for skin. The truth is there are good and bad natural ingredients as well as good and bad synthetic ingredients.
Farmacy’s other issue beyond fragrance is that several of the products are packaged in jars, which exposes their good ingredients to light and air that will eventually cause them to break down and lose effectiveness.
There is one mineral-based sunscreen that’s a standout, especially for sensitive skin, but because of the issues mentioned above, this line isn’t quite the farm-fresh merger of nature and science it’s made out to be.
To learn more about Farmacy, visit https://www.farmacybeauty.com/.
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