Hydrating Gel Cream
Although this moisturizer for normal to dry skin has a silky, gel-cream texture that feels light but still moisturizes well, the inclusion of several fragrant irritants makes it impossible to recommend. Ingredients such as lavender, jasmine, and coriander all work to create fragrance, but fragrance isn't skin care, not any more than M&Ms are health food.
The irritation from these fragrant ingredients leads to collagen breakdown and can impair skin's healing process, leading to further problems. What a shame, because this moisturizer contains some very good ingredients for dry skin.
Also disappointing is the fact that Hydrating Gel Cream is packaged in a jar, and that won't keep the few good ingredients this does contain stable. Please see More Info below to learn why this type of packaging is a problem.
- Lightweight cream texture provides rich moisture for dry skin.
- Contains a good range of skin-repairing ingredients.
- Low amount of antioxidants or other beneficial ingredients for skin.
- Jar packaging won't keep sensitive ingredients stable during use.
- Several of the plant extracts and oils are potent sources of irritation, and irritation is not the way to get younger-looking, healthier skin.
More Info All plant extracts, vitamins, antioxidants, and other state-of-the-art ingredients break down in the presence of air, so once a jar is opened and lets the air in, these important ingredients begin to deteriorate. Jars also are unsanitary because you're dipping your fingers into them with each use, adding bacteria, which further deteriorate the beneficial ingredients.
This refreshing and lightweight water-based emulsion provides a burst of moisture, leaving skin refreshed, healthy and rejuvenated - and perfectly prepared for a seamless makeup application.
Bobbi Brown At-A-Glance
Strengths: A good cleanser and eye makeup removers; some impressive foundations, with options for all skin types and preferences; very good blushes and eyeshadows (powder and cream); several top-notch mascaras; mostly excellent brushes.
Weaknesses: Multiple moisturizers in jar packaging, otherwise great products hindered with irritating fragrant oils or fragrance components.
It all began with lipsticks. In 1991, New York based makeup artist Bobbi Brown debuted a collection of ten lipsticks at Bergdorf Goodman, expecting to sell about one hundred units in a month. She sold more than that the first day. From there, it's been mostly success after success, as Brown launched her classic foundation stick, wrote her first book, Bobbi Brown Beauty The Ultimate Beauty Resource, and enjoyed continued attention as an in-demand makeup artist and beauty educator.
Today, Bobbi Brown's makeup that continues to excel with superior foundations, true matte blushes and eyeshadows, and with all of the other basics that are essential to anyone's makeup wardrobe. It isn't the least bit surprising that this makeup collection continues to do so well, because for many it's one-stop shopping that combines classic makeup application techniques with enough fun-yet-functional products to keep customer's interest piqued season to season.
Turning to the skincare collection, there are a few excellent formulas, but unfortunately, many are packaged in a jar, which means their beneficial ingredients are rendered useless due to air exposure (and bacterial contamination from spatulas or fingers). In addition, some suffer from the inclusion of potent fragrant essential oils. Those that should be avoided are noted in their respective reviews. That aside, color is without a doubt Bobbi Brown's strong point, but you will find a few sleeper hits among the selection of skincare products.
For more information about Bobbi Brown, call (877) 310-9222 or visit www.bobbibrowncosmetics.com.
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