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Fourth Ray Beauty

The Daily Facial Moisturizer

1.60 fl. oz. for $ 16.00
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The Daily Facial Moisturizer by Fourth Ray Beauty offers a plush, creamy feel that anyone with dry skin is bound to love. So, why doesn’t it rate higher? Unfortunately, the formula contains several sensitizing extracts that put skin at risk, not to mention the packaging presents its own issues.

The downfalls are disappointing considering this moisturizer otherwise starts out on a high note by including deeply hydrating humectants such as squalane, sodium hyaluronate, and glycerin that “lock in mega moisture” alongside their emollient allies. Antioxidant-rich ingredients are in no short supply, supporting skin in a number of ways, including offsetting photodamage and other pro-aging forces.

The problem is that the jar packaging cuts the lifespan of the antioxidants short by allowing air and light exposure to break them down prematurely every time you unscrew the cap (see More Info below to learn other reasons jar packaging does a disservice to your skin care products).

The other issue is that Fourth Ray Beauty threw in a slew of fragrant extracts that put skin at risk for irritation, especially when used on a daily basis (see More Info for the full scoop). And we’re not just talking about a faint scent—it’s potent enough to linger during wear.

With a myriad of well-formulated facial moisturizers you can choose from instead, there’s really no reason to settle for this one.

Pros:
  • Plush cream texture leaves dry skin feeling soft and smooth.
  • Front-loaded with deeply hydrating humectants and moisture-locking emollients.
  • Contains several beneficial antioxidants.
Cons:
  • Formulated with several fragrant extracts known to wreak havoc on skin.
  • Jar packaging compromises beneficial components of the formula.

More Info:

Jar Packaging: Beneficial anti-aging ingredients, which include all plant extracts, almost all vitamins, antioxidants, and other state-of-the-art ingredients, are unstable, which means they begin to break down in the presence of air. Once a jar is opened and lets air in, these important ingredients begin to deteriorate, becoming less and less effective. Routine exposure to daylight is also problematic for these ingredients.

Jar packaging is also unsanitary because you dip your fingers into the jar with each use, contaminating the product. This stresses the preservative system, especially in water-based formulas, leading to further deterioration of the beneficial ingredients.

Remember: The ingredients that provide the most benefit in addressing visible signs of aging must be in airtight or air-restrictive packaging to remain effective throughout usage. Buying products in this type of packaging means that the ingredients have the best chance of remaining effective—to the benefit of your skin.

References for this information:
Molecules, July 2018, ePublication
Pharmacology Review, July 2013, pages 97–106
Dermatologic Therapy, May-June 2012, pages 252–259
Current Drug Delivery, November 2011, pages 640–660
Journal of Agricultural Food Chemistry, May 2011, pages 4676–4683
Journal of Biophotonics, January 2010, pages 82–88
Guidelines of Stability Testing of Cosmetic Products, Colipa-CTFA, March 2004, pages 1–10

Why Fragrance Is a Problem for Skin: Daily use of products that contain a high amount of fragrance, whether the fragrant ingredients are synthetic or natural, causes a chronic sensitizing reaction on skin.

This reaction in turn leads to all kinds of problems, including disrupting skin’s barrier, worsening dryness, increasing or triggering redness, depleting vital substances in skin’s surface, and generally preventing skin from looking healthy, smooth, and hydrated. Fragrance free is always the best way to go for all skin types.

A surprising fact: Even though you can’t always see or feel the negative effects of fragrant ingredients on skin, the damage will still be taking place, even if it’s not evident on the surface. Research has demonstrated that you don’t need to see or feel the effects of irritation for your skin to be suffering. Much like the effects from cumulative sun damage, the negative impact and the visible damage from fragrance may not become apparent for a long time.

References for this information:
Toxicology In Vitro, February 2018, pages 237-245
Toxicological Sciences, January 2018, pages 139-148
Biochimica and Biophysica Acta, May 2012, pages 1410–1419
Aging, March 2012, pages 166–175
Chemical Immunology and Allergy, March 2012, pages 77–80
Experimental Dermatology, October 2009, pages 821–832
Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, 2008, pages 191–202
International Journal of Toxicology, Volume 27, 2008, Supplement, pages 1–43
Food and Chemical Toxicology, February 2008, pages 446–475
American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, 2003, pages 789–798

Jar Packaging: Yes
Tested on animals: No

Meet your skin’s new best friend for all things moisture. This cream helps lock in mega moisture with plant-derived squalane to enhance your complexion’s moisture balance.

Water, Caprylic/capric Triglyceride, Squalane, Glycerin, C15-19 Alkane, Cetyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Cetearyl Olivate, C13-14 Alkane, Litchi Chinensis Fruit Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tocopherol, Panthenol, Hydrolyzed Jojoba Esters, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Sterols, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Avena Sativa (Oat) Bran Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Allantoin, Linoleic Acid, Phospholipids, Sodium PCA, Plankton Extract, Laminaria Saccharina Extract, Psuedoateromonas Exopolysaccharides, Cucumis Melo (Melon) Fruit Extract, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Fruit Extract, Citrullus Lanatus (Watermelon) Fruit Extract, Punica Granatum Fruit Extract, Malus Sylvestris Flower Extract, Lens Esculenta (Lentil) Fruit Extract, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Fruit Extract, Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine) Flower/Leaf Extract, Canaga Odorata Flower Extract, Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Extract, Citrus Clementina Fruit Extract, Citrus Tangerina (Tangerine) Peel Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Extract, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Extract, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Extract, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Peel Extract, Mentha Viridis (Spearmint) Extract, Quartz, Sodium Salicylate, Sodium Lactate, Glyceryl Caprylate, Sorbitan Olivate, Maltodextrin, Glycol Distearate, Carbomer, Butylene Glycol, Citric Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Potassium Sorbate.

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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