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Fourth Ray Beauty

The Lightweight Hydrator

2.00 fl. oz. for $ 12.00
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The Lightweight Hydrator from Fourth Ray Beauty is one of those products that doesn’t have anything bad about it, per se… it’s just that it doesn’t really bring anything to the table when it comes to treating skin to the good ingredients it deserves.

We’ll admit it feels great: It’s fragrance free and has a lightweight lotion texture that sinks right into skin with no greasy feel, making it an aesthetically-pleasing choice for those with normal, combination, and oily skin. It’s also suitable for sensitive skin; people with dry skin will find they’ll need more moisture.

There are some ingredients present that help skin feel moisturized, including squalane (which contains fatty acids and antioxidants), along with glycerin, and a couple other hydrating ingredients. But that’s it.

All moisturizers, even those designed to be lightweight, should contain much more in the way of skin-beneficial ingredients to make skin look and feel its best. This is lacking in more antioxidants, skin-replenishing ingredients, skin-conditioning ingredients, and skin-restoring ingredients. In a word, it’s basic.

Even though this comes at a bargain price, it’s not really a good deal when it comes to giving your skin what it really needs. There are far better moisturizers in all price ranges that have much more impressive formulas.

Pros:
  • Lightweight lotion sinks into skin without a greasy feel.
  • Contains moisturizing ingredients squalane and glycerin.
  • Opaque packaging ensures formula remains stable throughout use.
Cons:
  • Lackluster formula doesn’t treat skin to the beneficial ingredients it needs.
Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: No

Provides oil-free, refreshing hydration for healthy, balanced skin. The Lightweight is a fluid formula containing naturally derived Squalene. It absorbs quickly without the greasy residue, leaving skin soft, smooth, and makeup ready. Developed without dyes, harsh chemicals or fragrances that can cause irritation and breakouts.

Water, Squalane, Polysorbate 20, Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, Isopropyl Myristate, Quartz, Sodium Carbomer, Potassium Sorbate, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol.

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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