Rainfall 2% Hyaluronic Acid Serum
Fourth Ray Beauty’s Rainfall 2% Hyaluronic Acid Serum delivers a boost of hydration yet has a lightweight feel, making this formula suitable for all skin types.
Housed in a clear bottle, this serum’s fluid-gel consistency is dispensed via dropper and absorbs swiftly into skin. You’ll notice it leaves a slightly tacky feel at first, but that quickly dissipates into an imperceptible finish.
The hero of the formula is the 2% concentration of sodium hyaluronate (a form of hyaluronic acid), which is well supported in research for boosting hydration and helping skin have a plumper look and feel.
Here it’s complemented by a well-rounded mix of replenishing ingredients, skin-conditioning agents, and lightweight emollients, which altogether help skin have a more supple appearance.
You may notice this product has a faint cucumber aroma, due to the cucumber water/extract it contains. These forms of cucumber are some of the very few ingredients whose fragrant components are not sensitizing to skin, and better yet, they offer offers antioxidant properties. (Note that some cucumber-scented products get their aroma from artificial fragrance ingredients that cause a volatile reaction on skin, so the distinction here is important.)
We’d consider this a good add-on to complement your routine thanks to its ability to replenish and hydrate skin. The only thing we’d caution is that you keep the bottle stored somewhere dark (i.e. in a drawer) to protect its light-sensitive ingredients, such as the antioxidants.
- 2% concentration of sodium hyaluronate delivers a major boost of hydration.
- Replenishing ingredients, conditioning agents, and emollients contribute to more supple skin.
- Lightweight, serum-gel consistency is compatible with all skin types.
- Does not contain irritating forms of fragrance.
- Clear bottle needs to be stored away from direct light to protect the antioxidants in the formula.
Rainfall 2% Hyaluronic Acid Serum instantly drenches skin with hydration, immediately delivering replenishing and plumping benefits for a more bouncy, youthful-looking complexion.
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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