St. Ives Hydrating Face Moisturizer Avocado
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St. Ives

Hydrating Face Moisturizer Avocado

1.80 fl. oz. for $ 5.99
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St. Ives’ Hydrating Face Moisturizer Avocado has a luxurious texture that plumps and soothes normal to dry skin – but unfortunately both its packaging and ingredients will do your skin no favors.

This light green gel-cream feels instantly refreshing and hydrating. It absorbs quickly to a non-sticky texture, leaving skin looking plumped.

As the name implies, this contains hydrating, antioxidant-rich, and non-fragrant avocado oil, as well as a good amount of antioxidant and brightening niacinamide, plus a few moisturizing fatty alcohols and soybean oil. It’s not the most robust moisturizer by any means, but these ingredients will help skin stay hydrated as claimed.

Problematically, though, there’s also fragrance, plus the fragrance ingredients limonene and linalool, which pose a risk of irritating skin. They’re not present in large amounts, and the light avocado scent this moisturizer has fades quickly, but there are plenty of other moisturizers that skip the fragrance, which is better for skin.

Even if this weren’t the case, this is packaged in a jar, which compromises this product’s air- and light-sensitive antioxidant ingredients as well as poses a hygiene issue (see More Info below for details). Because of this, we don’t recommend this moisturizer and instead encourage you to explore better options from our list of best moisturizers.

Pros:
  • More Info: 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
  • Contains hydrating non-fragrant plant oils and antioxidant ingredients.
Cons:
  • Contains fragrance and fragrance ingredients which aren’t the best for skin.
  • Packaged in a jar, which compromises its light- and air-sensitive ingredients.

More Info:

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

Jar Packaging: Yes
Tested on animals: Yes

Get your daily dose of hydration! Made with 100% natural avocado oil, soybean oil, and plant-based glycerin, our creamy face moisturizer deeply hydrates for soft, smooth skin on the daily. It also contains niacinamide and Vitamin E, which help repair damage and neutralize the effects of artificial blue light from devices like your cell phone. The result? Healthy, glowing skin every day! Our rich moisturizer quickly absorbs for a non-greasy feel that won’t clog pores.

Water (Eau), Glycerin, PEG-100 Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Isopropyl Palmitate, Stearic Acid, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Niacinamide, Dicaprylyl Ether, Tapioca Starch, Phenoxyethanol, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloydimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Isohexadecane, Triethanolamine, Cetyl Alcohol, Carbomer, Disodium EDTA, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Polysobrate 60, Fragrance (Parfum), Benzyl Salicylate, Limonene, Linalool, Blue 1 (CI 42090), Yellow 5 (CI 19140).

St. Ives At-A-Glance

Two things set this line apart in the minds of consumers familiar with the brand: the Swiss angle and their apricot face scrubs. This notoriety didn't translate to thoughtfully formulated products, though. Instead, most of the scrubs are too abrasive, and the apricot is simply there as an extract, never mind that in a scrub it doesn't have any significant benefit for skin. The same can be said of the selection of supposedly Swiss-based herbs. Most of them have soothing properties, but it doesn't matter to skin if the ingredients came from Switzerland or South Dakota. If anything, the whole Swiss angle is getting a bit tired. You can bet that there are no scientists working high in the Swiss alps to formulate these products. St. Ives is a line with very little worth considering, so feel free to breeze right by as you shop for skin-care products at your local drugstore.

For more information about St. Ives, owned by Unilever, visit www.stives.com.

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