Hydration Boost Lightweight Hydrating Gel Cream
Hydration Boost Lightweight Hydrating Gel Cream from Revolution Skincare is a good moisturizer for all skin types, but its jar packaging is a problem and the hyaluronic acid called out in the claims is barely present.
We discuss the problems jar packaging presents in the More Info section, but in summary it’s not ideal to keep the antioxidant vitamin E (tocopherol), the triglyceride, or the nut butter stable once its opened.
As for the hyaluronic acid mentioned in its claims, Revolution Skincare uses the salt form, sodium hyaluronate. Both forms of this ingredient are great, but as the second-to-last ingredient listed, it’s barely present. That’s surprising given the product’s claims and because sodium hyaluronate isn’t as expensive as using pure hyaluronic acid; for what this costs, we’d say Revolution could’ve added a bit more.
In better packaging, this would be a refreshing way to keep dehydrated skin away with its lovely non-greasy cream-gel texture. It’s not a complex formula, but it does what it says (even though the sodium hyaluronate takes a backseat to the emollients and preservatives).
- Refreshing cream-gel texture hydrates without feeling greasy.
- Helps dehydrated skin look and feel better.
- Contains effective emollients.
- Fragrance free.
- Jar packaging won’t keep the delicate ingredients stable during use.
- Contains a very low amount of hyaluronic acid.
Jar Packaging & Anti-Aging Moisturizers: 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 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 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:
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
The perfect all-rounder, Revolution Skincare Hydration Boost is a lightweight gel-cream that delivers cooling hydration for all skin types. Formulated with Hyaluronic Acid, it helps skin retain moisture throughout the day for lasting hydration and to reduce the appearance of the visible effects of skin dehydration, including fine lines.
United Kingdom-based Revolution Skincare is the skin care branch of Revolution Beauty (who also has a color cosmetic subbrand, Makeup Revolution). Launched in 2018, the brand’s founder, Adam Minto, says the line’s ethos is the same as its parent brand; providing inexpensive, fast-to-market options designed for a wide range of people.
This skin care collection isn’t exactly a “revolutionary” concept, per se – the brand has a lot in common with other up-and-comers such as The Ordinary and Good Molecules. All of these products have a focus on stripped-down formulas featuring key ingredients (such as hyaluronic acid, for example) that can be mixed, layered, and alternated in to a complete skin care routine based on personal preference and occasional needs.
Revolution’s skin care products are something of a mixed bag. There are some true winners in the bunch (among them a couple of interesting retinol alternatives), but there are also quite a few missteps. Some of the products contain the skin-drying type of alcohol and irritating citrus extracts. Then there’s the concern that most of the products are housed in frosted bottles that need to be stored away from daylight, since the packaging puts their delicate ingredients at risk of light exposure that can cause those ingredients to lose their effectiveness. Side note: We reached out to the brand several times to inquire about whether their glass bottles have a UV light coating, but we have not received a response so far.
Overall, we appreciate the approach of potent skin care at bargain prices – we just wish the execution were a bit better! You can find our more about Revolution Skincare at https://www.revolutionbeauty.com/en/Skincare/c-58.aspx.
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