Peter Thomas Roth

Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Cream

1.60 fl. oz. for $ 52.00
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Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Cream has a lot going for it, but like so many other anti-aging moisturizers, its jar packaging makes it a less-than-desirable choice for all skin types.

The fragrance-free formula's unique, pillow-soft gel-cream texture has to be felt to be believed! It's quite distinctive, and seems to float over skin, leaving it feeling hydrated and exceptionally smooth. The mineral pigment mica is included which lends a soft radiance to this lightweight moisturizer, it's just a cosmetic effect but nice nonetheless.

Back to the packaging: Several ingredients in this moisturizer, especially the antioxidants, are prone to breaking down with routine exposure to light and air. That exposure is exactly what happens when jars are open and dipped into every day. See More Info for the complete picture.

What of the brand's claim that Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Cream provides continuous hydration that lasts up to 72 hours? We're skeptical of that, and Peter Thomas Roth doesn't provide any clinical studies to support this boast. More to the point, the brand recommends applying this moisturizer twice daily "for best results" so does that mean it doesn't hydrate for 72 hours (3 days)? We're confused too!

The poor choice of jar packaging definitely affected this product's rating, but so did the lack of skin-restoring ingredients like niacinamide, a wide range of peptides, retinol, or adenosine and so on. This group of ingredients is important for any anti-aging moisturizer, so formulas like this come up short. Granted, Roth isn't making anti-wrinkle claims, but our take is that if you're going to apply a moisturizer, it should contain as many beneficial ingredients for skin as possible.

Without question this moisturizer's superb texture and mix of repairing ingredients and antioxidants are impressive, but the jar packaging and lack of skin-restoring ingredients keep it from earning an enthusiastic recommendation because the great ingredients should be around from the first to the last use. See our list of Best Moisturizers for preferred options.

  • Unique, pillow-soft gel-cream texture floats over skin.
  • Leave skin feeling perfectly hydrated and exceptionally smooth.
  • Contains a very good mix of skin-repairing ingredients.
  • Mica adds a soft glow for enhanced radiance.
  • Fragrance free.
  • Jar packaging won't help keep the ingredients stable once opened.
  • Given the directions stay to apply this product twice a day, we're skeptical that the "intense hydration" really lasts for 72 hours (3 days) or why else would you need to reapply it twice a day every day.
  • Lacks skin-restoring ingredients to make this a well-rounded anti-aging moisturizer.
More Info:

Jar Packaging & Anti-Aging Moisturizers: 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 also is 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, 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:

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

Jar Packaging: Yes
Tested on animals: Yes
Drench your skin with a liquid cloud of pure, endless moisture drawn right from the atmosphere. This concentrated 30% Hyaluronic Acid cream transforms atmospheric vapor into fresh, pure water from the clouds, providing your skin with a continuous burst of intense hydration that lasts up to 72 hours. Three molecular sizes of Hyaluronic Acid, a potent hydrator that constantly attracts and retains up to 1,000 times its weight in water from moisture in the atmosphere, helps replenish skin to make it appear more supple, full and smooth. Ceramides help lock in moisture while ProHyal+ helps improve hydration for healthier-looking skin. Oil-free, alcohol-free, fragrance-free.
Water/Aqua/Eau, Glycerin, Dipropylene Glycol, Dimethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cyclohexasiloxane, Yeast Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Ceramide EOP, Ceramide EOS, Ceramide AP, Ceramide NP, Ceramide NS, Sambucus Nigra Fruit Extract, Hydrolyzed Silk, Sodium PCA, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Caprooyl Phytosphingosine, Caprooyl Sphingosine, Saccharide Isomerate, Saccharomyces/Magnesium Ferment, Saccharomyces/Iron Ferment, Saccharomyces/Copper Ferment, Saccharomyces/Silicon Ferment, Saccharomyces/Zinc Ferment, Olea Europaea (Olive) Leaf Extract, Methyl Gluceth-20, Ethylhexylglycerin, Lauryl PEG-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Cholesterol, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Citrate, Citric Acid, Behenic Acid, Propylene Glycol, Ceteareth-25, Butylene Glycol, Dimethicone/PEG-10/15 Crosspolymer, Cetyl Alcohol, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Phenoxyethanol, Mica.

Peter Thomas Roth At-A-Glance

Peter Thomas Roth is a large but straightforward line with mostly uncomplicated formulations that, for the most part, are quite good and state-of-the-art. Unlike many product lines, most of the acne, AHA, BHA, sunscreen, and moisturizing products contain what they should to be effective and helpful for skin.

Even more impressive are the well-formulated cleansers, sunscreens, AHA products, and skin brighteners. The moisturizers have improved somewhat, and most are now packaged so that the light- and air-sensitive ingredients remain stable. In fact, Roth's packaging deserves special mention because it is exceptionally utilitarian.

After all that glowing praise, what you should be aware of are the instances of products containing potential irritants (noted in their respective reviews) as well as the products in jar packaging that contain ingredients which are sensitive to air and light.

For more information about Peter Thomas Roth, call (800) PTR-SKIN or visit www.peterthomasroth.com.

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