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Fourth Ray Beauty

Papaya Face Milk

1.00 fl. oz. for $ 14.00
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Fourth Ray Beauty’s Papaya Face Milk is an okay option for adding moisture to skin, but fumbles when it comes both to its packaging and several iffy ingredients.

This milky hydrator comes in a clear bottle with a dropper dispenser (more on that in a moment). Ideal for normal to dry skin, it’s lightweight yet hydrating, and absorbs quickly, leaving a dewy glow behind.

Hydration helpers include jojoba oil, papaya seed oil, and the salt form of hyaluronic acid, sodium hyaluronate. This also contains soothing green tea, and a couple of probiotic ferments for additional hydration.

What’s not helpful is the tangerine and orange peel extracts present. These lend a citrus scent (oddly enough, unlike some of the brand’s other face milks, this does not contain any additional fragrance ingredients). Fragrance ingredients such as citrus–whether they’re synthetic or natural–still put skin at risk for irritation.

Also of note: the clear packaging here means you’ll have to store this out of direct light to keep the hydrating oils this contains from losing their effectiveness.

While there are aspects to like about this moisturizer, the citrus extracts means it’s better instead to select an option from our list of best moisturizers.

Pros:
  • Light-yet-hydrating formula absorbs quickly.
  • Leaves skin with a subtle dewy glow.
  • Contains hydrating jojoba and papaya oils + sodium hyaluronate.
  • Includes soothing green tea and probiotic ingredients.
Cons:
  • Clear packaging means this needs to be stored out of direct light.
  • Includes fragrant citrus extracts that put skin at risk of irritation.
Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: No

A revitalizing boost of moisture for healthier skin. Formulated with Papaya Enzymes, Papaya Oil, and White Tea, this formula will replenish and condition the complexion.

Water, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Cocoyl Adipic Acid/ Trimethylolpropane Copolymer, Lactobacillus/Papaya Fruit Ferment Extract, Carica Papaya (Papaya) Seed Oil, Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Extract, Nymphaea Alba Flower Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Citrus Tangerina (Tangerine) Peel Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Extract, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Glycerin, Propanediol, Phospholipids, Quartz, Xanthan Gum, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Propylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Sodium Hydroxide, Potassium Sorbate, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Red 40 (CI 16035), Yellow 5 (CI 19140).

With as much focus on the metaphysical as on the scientific, Fourth Ray Beauty is the brainchild of Seed Beauty, the creator of social-media savvy lines like Kylie Cosmetics and ColourPop. The brand says its focus is on wellness-inspired skin care, and that the name Fourth Ray is derived from the fourth ray of the rainbow, which represents “beauty, harmony, purity, wholeness, and integration.”

Its lineup consists of mainly the basics when it comes to a skin care routine: cleanser, toner, moisturizer, and acne treatment. The formulas are largely unremarkable, with a lack of impressive ingredients, and most of its products contain fragrance. The standout is their cleansing oil which bypasses most of the pitfalls of its competition.

When it comes to its approach to acne and oily skin though, this brand with a New Age philosophy has a decidedly old-school approach by including witch hazel, alcohol, and other irritants that can make acne and oily skin worse.

Fourth Ray infuses each of its products with crystals to, as stated on its website, “cleanse not just your skin but your energy.” This is just marketing, though; there’s no scientific research proving that crystals can do anything for skin.

You can learn more about Fourth Ray Beauty on its website, fourthraybeauty.com.

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