Protect + Plump Firming & Hydrating Face Moisturizer
Tula’s Protect + Plump Firming & Hydrating Face Moisturizer is an excellent moisturizing option for multiple skin types, with the potential to improve skin’s look and feel exactly as it claims.
This fragrance-free moisturizer is packaged in an opaque bottle that protects its ingredients from light and air and has a press-down style dispenser (similar to that of an airless jar) for what’s inside. The texture is a silky gel-lotion that’s best for those with normal, combination, or dry skin (depending on if your skin is oily or very dry, you might find this a bit too emollient, or not quite emollient enough).
This lotion has a host of hydrating ingredients, including antioxidant- and fatty-acid rich squalane, glycerin, and shea butter. This also includes gluconolactone (a polyhydroxy acid) and lactic acid. Though these ingredients can act as exfoliants, Tula makes no exfoliation claims either on their website or on this product’s packaging, meaning they’re most likely here for the moisturizing benefits they also provide (many “chemical” exfoliant ingredients are great hydrators!).
This also contains some skin-replenishing niacinamide. There are also antioxidant ingredients (such as goji extract, turmeric, and vitamin E), Tula’s usual probiotics (which help maintain skin health), and skin-replenishing ingredients including sphingolipids and phytosphingosine, alongside peptides to further improve skin’s resilience.
The result is a moisturizer that will, over time, make skin look and feel plumped and healthier. Even better, Tula skips out on fragrance ingredients for this formula, which is always a bonus.
Note: The ingredient list for this product is incorrect on Tula’s website. This review is based off the ingredient list provided on the product’s packaging, as well as other retail sites.
- Gel-lotion texture is good for normal, combination, and dry skin.
- Includes numerous hydrating ingredients.
- Contains skin-replenishing niacinamide.
- Includes antioxidant and skin-restoring ingredients.
- Packaged to protect its light- and air-sensitive ingredients.
- Fragrance free.
A potent daily ageless moisturizer with heavy-hitting ingredients & an incredible weightless texture. Prebiotics & patented smart peptide technology target fine lines, wrinkles & signs of premature aging to plump the look of skin & restore skin radiance. Supercharged ingredients like probiotics, vitamins & ceramides nourish & protect skin. Formula is clean, non-comedogenic, fragrance & alcohol-free, plus absorbs in a snap. The result: the best version of your skin at any age. Ageless is the new anti-aging.™
Tula Skincare is a brand focused on an emerging group of skincare ingredients: probiotics. While it’s long been known that probiotics (such as those found in yogurt) were beneficial for health when consumed via certain foods and supplements, new research shows they’re also beneficial applied directly to skin. Internally, probiotics (which are live microorganisms that live in and on the body) can regulate digestive health; externally they play a role in managing a key component of skin’s surface known as its microbiome.
Tula was founded by Dr. Roshini Raj, a still-practicing gastroenterologist who says she noticed that many of her patients who had consumed probiotics showed signs of improvement in their skin. This concept of balancing skin became the core foundation of Tula, a word which means “balance” in Sanskrit.
To that end, all Tula products contain probiotics (in the non-living form of lysates, which retain many of the same topical benefits as live probiotics), along with some pre- and postbiotics as well. Postbiotics are exciting because these by-products from the breakdown of probiotics give each person’s microbiome key substances skin needs to be strong and healthy.
There are a couple of standout options, but unfortunately, Tula includes fragrance in the majority of their offerings, and fragrance – whether synthetic or from natural sources (essential oils and extracts) such as Tula uses, puts skin at risk for irritation. Irritation can disrupt skin in a way that counteracts the anti-inflammatory benefits of probiotic ingredients, so these formulas would be better minus the fragrance.
As far as packaging goes, with a few rare exceptions (such a couple of products in jars), Tula does a good job keeping its skin care in opaque containers that protect its best-yet-most-delicate ingredients from losing their potency in the presence of light and air. Overall, it’s a hit-or-miss brand – with some top-notch options, some that are good (except for the fragrance), and others to skip altogether.
To find out more about Tula, visit https://www.tula.com/.
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