Water Boost Hydrating Gel Cream
Simple's Water Boost Hydrating Gel Cream is an example of a product that stops short of a earning an enthusiastic recommendation from our team because of how much better the formula could be with just a few more additions. It's not a bad formula in terms of problematic ingredients, but one that leaves your skin wanting more of the good stuff.
This moisturizer comes in a squeeze tube and, true to its name, has a gel cream texture. It feels hydrating and even cooling on skin (irritating mint and menthol are the usual culprits for that sensation but thankfully neither are included in this formula), offering a refreshed sensation. It absorbs quickly, leaving skin looking temporarily plumped and smoothed.
Looking at the ingredients, there are some good skin-conditioning ones here, and the formula is also fragrance- and irritant-free. The problem is that it's just not very robust. It's lacking a complement of antioxidants, skin-replenishing, and skin-restoring ingredients that would really serve to better protect skin against dehydration as claimed.
Ultimately, this product took its brand name literally because it's a little too, well… simple!
- Gel cream feels hydrating and cooling (without irritating menthol)
- Makes skin appear temporarily plumped and smoothed.
- Fragrance free.
- Tube packaging ensures formula will remain stable.
- Bare-bones formula lacks more potent ingredients to truly hydrate skin.
Launched in the United Kingdom in the 1960s, the general philosophy of the Simple skincare brand is, well simple, though not necessarily unique. Back the and presently, the brands claim to fame is that all its products are designed with sensitive skin in mind (as all skincare products should be), omitting fragrance and other ingredients that can potentially cause reactions.
For the most part, were happy to say Simple gets it right. A series of reformulations in 2015 resulted in a nearly across-the-board improvement in its products. Although they remain decidedly no-frills, they are indeed suitable for sensitive skin.
That doesnt mean there arent a few missteps in the bunch (you can learn more about this in our individual reviews), but for the most part Simple is a good, reliable, inexpensive line, particularly for facial cleansers and makeup removers.
Note that if your sensitive skin is accompanied by redness, Simple simply doesnt go far enough. Minimalist formulas are one thing if youre operating on the principle that for sensitive skin, fewer ingredients are better; however, to alleviate redness you need proven soothing ingredients present in concentrations that are highly likely to make a visible difference. Thats one area where Simple falters. Maybe the next revamp will correct this deficiencywhats been done to date has us encouraged, but we wouldnt go so far as to agree that the team behind Simple are Sensitive Skin Experts just yet!
For more information about Simple products, owned by Unilever, visit www.simpleskincare.com. Note that Simple does not provide a Customer Service phone number on their U.S. website.
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