Vegan Milk Moisturizer
Milk Makeup’s Vegan Milk Moisturizer has a solid formula that will provide much-needed hydration for normal to dry skin… only it comes in packaging that does that formula a disservice as soon as it’s opened.
This creamy, fragrance-free moisturizer is deeply moisturizing, yet absorbs quickly without a greasy residue left behind. Skin is left feeling plumped and smoothed, and this works well both over and under other skin care products.
The ingredients list makes this one of Milk’s more impressive skin care offerings, among the stars here are fatty acid- and antioxidant-rich squalane, shea butter, and non-fragrant, antioxidant plant oils including grape, oat, baobab, watermelon seed, argan, and sunflower. There’s also Mexican hyssop (Agastache mexicana extract), aloe, and skin-plumping sodium hyaluronate. (If you’re wondering about the “Desert Milk” advertised, it’s the mix of baobab, watermelon – Kalahari melon specifically - and Mexican hyssop ingredients, which are all native to arid environments).
While these ingredients are great, what isn’t is the fact that this cream comes in a jar. Antioxidant ingredients, particularly plant oils, are susceptible to losing their effectiveness when they come in contact with light and air. There’s also a potential hygiene issue when it comes to introducing bacteria into the water-based product when dipping your fingers in (see More Info for details).
While there a lot to like about this cream, its packaging lands it firmly in the “average” category. Your skin will thank you for choosing a product from our list of best moisturizers instead.
- Creamy texture is deeply hydrating for normal to dry skin.
- Works well both over and under other skin care products.
- Contains numerous moisturizing and antioxidant ingredients.
- Fragrance free.
- Packaged in a jar, which compromises its beneficial ingredients.
Jar Packaging & Beneficial Ingredients: 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
Claims: Clean, fragrance-free formula with vegan milks and other good-for-you ingredients. Featuring Desert Milk™ to provide deep yet lightweight hydration and help your face stay moisturized. Made from Kalahari melon, baobab, jojoba, and aloe vera which thrive in arid environments.
Glycerin, Water (Aqua, Eau), Sodium Cocoyl Glycinate, Butylene Glycol, Squalane, Stearic Acid, Diheptyl Succinate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Shea Butter Ethyl Esters, Capryloyl Glycerin/Sebacic Acid Copolymer, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Adansonia Digitata Seed Oil, Citrullus Lanatus (Watermelon) Seed Oil, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Ficus Carica (Fig) Fruit Extract, Agastache Mexicana Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Adansonia Digitata Fruit Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Sodium Hyaluronate, Polyglyceryl-10 Laurate, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Lauroyl Methyl Isethionate, Sodium Methyl Oleoyl Taurate, Propanediol, Gluconolactone, Coco-Glucoside, Lauryl Glucoside, Octyldodecanol, Propylene Glycol, Octyldodecyl Xyloside, Glyceryl Caprylate, Glyceryl Undecylenate, Phospholipids, Xanthan Gum, PEG-30 Dipolyhydroxystearate, Polyglyceryl-10 Dioleate, Polyglyceryl-10 Oleate, Polyglyceryl-2 Isostearate, Calcium Gluconate, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Disodium Sebacoyl Bis-Lauramidolysine, Disodium Phosphate, Polysorbate 60, Sodium Phosphate, Sodium Citrate, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate.
Clean, fragrance-free formula with vegan milks and other good-for-you ingredients. Featuring Desert Milk™ to provide deep yet lightweight hydration and help your face stay moisturized. Made from Kalahari melon, baobab, jojoba, and aloe vera which thrive in arid environments.
Milk Makeup At-A-Glance
Milk Makeup is one branch of the Milk media company, based in New York and Los Angeles, where creativity and innovation are at the forefront. That vision echoes throughout their skincare and makeup lines, designed to create cool, effortless looks with easy application.
Since many Milk Makeup products can be used several waysa blush is a highlighter is an eyeshadowand since even some skincare products come in solid, swipe-on formulas, their target audience is a savvy girl-on-the-go: one whos not afraid to experiment with a low maintenance, high concept look. Milk makeup was created to travel well and often, since few products come in liquid form, and all can be applied without brushes, puffs, or applicators. Not everyone's ideal makeup can be done in five minutes in the back of a cab--but if you're that girl, you're a "Milk girl."
For the most part were impressed by Milk Makeups performance, design, and vibe, but their ingredient selection isnt exactly worry-free: While Milk Makeup advertises their products as made with the best possible ingredients, many of them, unfortunately, contain irritants such as citrus oils. A multi-tasking, time-saving product isnt worth your time or money if it also exposes your skin to troublesome ingredientsalthough some Milk products fare better in this regard, so do take a peek at our reviews!
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