Estee Lauder

Hydrationist Maximum Moisture Creme, Normal/Combination Skin

1.70 fl. oz. for $ 44.00
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This is a lighter-weight, silkier version of Estee Lauder’s Hydrationist Maximum Moisture Creme, Dry Skin. It is formulated for normal to slightly dry or combination skin, but otherwise the same review applies: Estee Lauder’s endless parade of moisturizers continues with the introduction of Hydrationist. The claims aren’t all that astounding or much different from what they’ve stated for dozens upon dozens of their other moisturizers. (Remember just a few months ago the Time Zone products were supposed to be the best.) You’d think we’d get tired of the same old song, but it seems that with moisturizers, the tune continues, with few people noticing that the lyrics remain the same.

Lauder states that moisture “is one of skin’s key defenses against signs of aging that appear too soon,” but when skin begins to show signs of aging (e.g., wrinkles, fine lines, or discolorations) what it needs is not more moisture. Quite the opposite is true: Years of sun damage or the use of irritating skin-care products destroy the key components (e.g., antioxidants, skin-barrier substances, anti-irritants, and the like) that skin needs to maintain its moisture balance (about 30% of healthy skin) and firmness. In short, sun-damaged, irritated skin that’s showing signs of aging isn’t able to tap into its moisture reserves in an effort to look better. Of course, that’s where a well-formulated moisturizer comes into play, but when wrinkles are the concern, sun protection is critical, too.

Everything about Hydrationist is designed to make skin look younger, just as many moisturizers claim to do. And without question, using any moisturizer over dry, wrinkled skin is going to make it look better. Lauder states that 100% of women who used this product “experienced a dramatic moisture boost instantly,” but without knowing the details behind this claim, it isn’t reliable. For example, if all of the women who participated in this trial had their skin stripped with alcohol or another solvent before applying Hydrationist (a common practice for such claim substantiation tests), then of course Hydrationist would create a moisture boost for 100% of testers, just as almost any other moisturizer would. The figure sounds impressive, but the reality is that this statistic could be applied to hundreds upon hundreds of moisturizers, depending on how the study was done. But, of course, the actual study isn’t available to consumers or reporters—in the cosmetics industry, study protocols are secret, only the “results” are public.

It’s disappointing that Lauder once again opted for jar packaging. This moisturizer is loaded with antioxidants (some of which have irritant potential) and numerous plant extracts, but they won’t remain stable once this product is opened. The thickeners and emollients this contains are great for dry skin and the formula contains some cell-communicating and skin-identical ingredients, too (just like most Lauder moisturizers), but a large portion of the formula is wasted due to the jar packaging, not to mention the hygiene issue of repeatedly dipping fingers into a jar. In the end, this is one more Lauder moisturizer that has great formulary potential, but poor and misleading execution.

Jar Packaging: Yes
Tested on animals: Yes

Now, feel the instant rush of moisture and resist the look of aging. Because moisture is one of your skin's key defenses against signs of aging that appear too soon, everything about this creme works to keep your skin looking younger. You'll feel a dramatic moisture boost, instantly and all day. Over time, your skin's moisture barrier is strengthened by 50% with our exclusive Sustainable Moisture Complexwith continued use you'll see younger and healthier-looking skin, year after year.

Water, Dimethicone, Isononyl Isononanoate, HDI/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Di-C12-15 Alkyl Fumarate, Steareth-2, Neopentyl Glycol Diheptanoate, Polysilicone-11, Ethylhexyl Isononanoate, Saccharomyces/Calcium Ferment Extract, Saccharomyces/Zinc Ferment Extract, Pomegranate Juice Extract, Tangerine Peel Extract, Saccharomyces/Magnesium Ferment Extract, Padina Pavonica Thallus Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Haberlea Rhodopensis Leaf Extract, Saccharomyces Lysate Extract, Polygonum Cuspidatum Root Extract, Cucumber Fruit Extract, Grape Seed Extract, Beet Root Extract, Licorice Leaf Extract, Hops Extract, Algae Extract, Astrocaryum Murumuru Seed Butter, Rosemary Extract, Hydroxypropyltrimonium Honey, Spike Moss Extract, Barley Extract, Yeast Extract, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Saccharide Isomerate, Phytantriol, Pentylene Glycol, Cetyl Alcohol, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Tromethamine, Ethylhexylglycerin, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Isohexadecane, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Propylene Glycol Caprate, Trehalose, Sunflower Seedcake, Coconut Oil, Polysorbate-80, Sodium PCA, Phenyl Trimethicone, Sodium Hyaluronate, Linoleic Acid, Adenosine Phosphate, Linoleic Acid, 7-Dehydrocholestrol, Acetyl Carnitine Hcl, Cyclodextrin, Atelocollagen, Silica, Chitosan, Sphingolipids, Caprylyl Glycol, Dextrin, Nordihydroguiaiaretic Acid, Carbomer, Acrylamide/Sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurate Copolymer, Corn Oil, Fragrance, Stearyl Alcohol, Ethylbisiminomethylguaiacol Manganese Chloride, Silica Dimethyl Silyate, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol.

Estee Lauder At-A-Glance

The history of Estee Lauder goes back to 1946, when the woman who created the brand (and for whom it is named) began selling creams and lotions made by her chemist uncle. From its humble beginnings, Estee Lauder has grown to become a multibillion-dollar company whose products are sold all over the world and advertised in just about every fashion and women's lifestyle magazine available.

The biggest compliment we can pay to the venerable Estee Lauder line is that their moisturizers and serums can largely be described as state-of-the-art. Though fragrance is often intrusive, but when it comes to formulary excellence culminating in products that give skin what it needs to function optimally, they are tough to beat.

When it comes to makeup, by and large the brand also exceeds expectations. Though there are some under-performing products (you can read more about them in our individual reviews), Lauder has a number of excellent options, most notably its lip colors.

For more information about Estee Lauder, call (877) 311-3883 or visit www.esteelauder.com.

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