Moisturizer Replenish + Protect
Follain’s Moisturizer Replenish + Protect may not be a perfect formula, but it is one of the better skin care products in their lineup.
Housed in an opaque, pump bottle to protect its beneficial ingredients from light and air exposure, this moisturizer’s lotion texture leaves skin hydrated without a heavy, greasy feel—a nicely balanced consistency for normal to combination skin.
Moisturizer Replenish + Protect’s formula is well stocked with skin-nourishing emollients, antioxidants and replenishing ingredients. Of note, we’re thrilled to see bakuchiol (a standout for brightening skin and fading discolorations, among other anti-aging benefits) and sodium hyaluronate (a form of hyaluronic acid that’s famous for boosting skin’s moisture content and plumpness).
The one misstep Follain took with this moisturizer was including fragrant ingredients (including rose water and lemon extract) that pose a potential risk of irritating skin. The scent is faint enough that we aren’t overly concerned, but fragrance free is still the better way to go for the health of your skin.
Follain narrowly missed the mark on this one—here’s to hoping they’ll consider making a fragrance-free version in the future!
- Goes beyond simply moisturizing skin with replenishing ingredients and anti-aging antioxidants.
- Contains bakuchiol and sodium hyaluronate for healthier, younger-looking skin.
- Opaque, air-tight packaging helps keep the superstar ingredients stable.
- Absorbs nicely—sans a heavy, greasy feel.
- Fragranced formula poses a risk of irritating skin.
Deeply hydrating, fast-absorbing moisturizer that fully pampers your skin, even if you only have a few minutes to spare. Its luxuriously smooth formula combines time-tested and innovative new ingredients; together, they take on early signs of aging while delivering a smooth, luminous complexion. The delicate scent of rosewater is the icing on the cake of this daily treat for your skin and your senses.
Follain began as a retail and e-commerce venture focused on curating what they deemed to be the best “clean” beauty products from various brands. As their popularity grew, they decided to create their own line of products with the philosophy that “non-toxic is non-negotiable” when it comes to skin.
What qualifies as “clean” vs. “dirty” or “toxic” varies depending on you ask (clean beauty is an unregulated term so any company can create their own definition of what that means). Follain’s approach is to formulate their products to be free from ingredients that fall on their restricted list, which in their own words, “plays it safe” when it comes to cosmetic ingredients that could potentially be a red flag.
While some of their ingredient callouts are warranted and backed by research attesting to the problems they can cause for your skin, others on their restricted list get misbranded as bad based on outdated research, fallible studies, or simply anecdotal advice that doesn’t match up to current scientific literature.
That said, there’s no harm in playing it safe if the formulas are still effective and non-irritating. How does Follain fare in that regard? It’s hit-or-miss. Their products feature beneficial ingredients, but some are potently fragranced with essential oils proven to sensitize skin. (Essential oils are a classic example of how natural “clean” ingredients aren’t necessarily better for your skin.)
In the end, Follain’s collection does have some decent products—it’s just a matter of finding the right ones (hint, hint, our reviews do the detective work for you). Learn more about Follain at follain.com/collections/brand-follain.
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