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belif

Milky Hydra Balancing Moisturizer

4.22 fl. oz. for $ 38.00
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When it comes to lightweight moisturizers, belif's Milky Hydra Balancing Moisturizer has a lot to offer in terms in aesthetics. Regrettably, it doesn't quite reach those same heights when it comes to other important aspects.

Housed in an opaque plastic bottle with a convenient pump dispenser, this moisturizer has a light, almost watery lotion texture that sinks into skin in seconds. This is most appealing for those whose skin falls into the normal to combination range, since it's not quite emollient enough to quench dry to very dry skin.

Ingredient-wise, belif's standard herbal mix is here, which isn't a bad thing—most of the ingredients have some antioxidant benefit. There are also some skin-conditioning ingredients (like silicone and panthenol) that help skin feel softer. We would like to see more skin-replenishing and skin-restoring ingredients in a moisturizer that's supposed to be soothing, though, and this lacks a robust blend of both.

Another issue is the fragrant rose extract plus additional fragrance and fragrance ingredients. While the smell of this moisturizer isn't very strong (it's lightly herbal), it has the potential to irritate skin; again, this is supposed to be a product that's soothing.

Simply put, your skin deserves more than what Milky Hydra Balancing Moisturizer offers. You can find more interesting options on our list of best moisturizers.

Pros:
  • Lightweight texture sinks in quickly and softens skin.
  • Contains antioxidants and skin conditioning ingredients.
  • Packaging protects its light- and air-sensitive ingredients.
Cons:
  • Lacks a more robust blend of skin-replenishing and skin-restoring ingredients.
  • Contains fragrance and fragrance ingredients that can irritate skin.
Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: Yes
This lightweight, milky moisturizer freshly hydrates skin with its unique blend of time-tested apothecary herbs, including nourishing sage and molokhia extracts, rich in antioxidant polyphenols and minerals, which help to prevent dryness and leaves the skin balanced and soothed. The formula leaves skin dewy and supple.
Water, Dipropylene Glycol, Glycerin, Triethylhexanoin, Hexyldecyl Ethylhexanoate, Pentaerythrityl Tetraethylehexanoate, 1, 2-Hexanediol, Glyceryl Stearate, Cyclopentasiloxane, PEG-100 Stearate, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Nepeta Cataria Extract, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Leaf Extract, Baptisia Tinctoria Root Extract, Stellaria Media (Chickweed) Extract, Alchemilla Vulgaris Leaf Extract, Viola Tricolor Extract, Rosa Damascena Flower Extract, Spiraea Ulmaria Flower Extract, Altaea Officinalis Root Extract, Corchorus Oiltorius Leaf Extract, Monarda Didyma Leaf Extract, C14-22 Alcohols, C12-20 Alkyl Glucoside, Cetearyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Panthenol, PEG-5 Glyceryl Stearate, Carbomer, Tromethamine, Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, Xanthan Gum, Trisodium EDTA, Fragrance, Citronellol, Limonene.

Owned by South Korean corporate giant LG (yes, the electronics company), belif is a natural skin care brand whose main selling point is the fusion of the sensibilities of Korean skin care – sheet masks and essences are featured prominently - with the philosophy of an old-fashioned European apothecary.

The result is an offering of skin care products that is best described as hit-or-miss. Most of them contain a mix of herbs based off “Napier’s Formula,” a blend of herbs concocted by Scottish apothecary Duncan Napier in the mid-19th century. Anecdotal stories tell of its miraculous effect on skin, though there’s no hard research showing this specific blend of ingredients is better than any other beneficial skin care ingredients.

There are some good products with a robust blend of antioxidants to be found, but most of belief’s lineup contains fragrance (or additional fragrance ingredients), and the brand usually packages its moisturizers in jars (which puts beneficial air- and light-sensitive skin care ingredients at risk because of exposure to both). Were it not for these two missteps, we’d be much more enthusiastic to recommend this brand as an option.

You can find out more about belif by visiting the brand’s website at https://www.belifusa.com/.

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