Fourth Ray Beauty

Watermelon Face Milk

1.00 fl. oz. for $ 14.00
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Fourth Ray Beauty’s Watermelon Face Milk has the makings of a good lightweight hydrator for normal, dry, and combination skin – but then piles on ingredients that wind up causing this moisturizer to be a detriment to skin’s health.

Like the brand’s other face milks, this comes packaged in a clear bottle with a dropper dispenser. Its milky texture is lighter than most of its sister products, meaning it’s more versatile and works for normal, dry, and combination skin. It’s lightly hydrating formula makes skin feel instantly plumped and refreshed.

There’s plenty to like ingredient-wise here as well – it’s one of the more robust Fourth Ray face milks in that regard. Inside are hydrating and antioxidant-rich argan, cucumber, and watermelon oils, plus squalane. Additional antioxidants include aloe, bamboo, apple, lychee, mango, and turmeric. All of these serve to protect skin and make it look and feel better.

The issue is that Fourth Ray Beauty didn’t stop there. This moisturizer includes fragrant jasmine and ylang ylang flower extracts, alongside tangerine, grapefruit, orange, and lime peel extracts, and spearmint as well! All of these put skin at risk for irritation, especially when used on a frequent basis (see More Info below for the issues can cause skin over time).

Because of this, we can’t recommend this, and suggest instead that you select a superior alternative from our list of best moisturizers.

One final note: because this is in clear packaging, it needs to be stored out of direct light to protect the antioxidant ingredients this contains.

  • Light milky texture works for normal, dry, and combination skin.
  • Includes hydrating oils and squalane.
  • Contains numerous antioxidant plant extracts.
  • Clear packaging means this needs to be stored out of direct light.
  • Includes fragrant extracts that put skin at risk for irritation.
  • Contains citrus and mint extracts that pose an addition risk of irritation.

Irritating Ingredients: We cannot stress this enough: Sensitizing, harsh, abrasive, and/or fragrant ingredients are bad for all skin types. Daily application of skincare products that contain these irritating ingredients is a major way we unwittingly do our skin a disservice. 

Irritating ingredients are a problem because they can lead to visible problems, such as redness, rough skin, dull skin, dryness, increased oil production, and clogged pores, and they contribute to making signs of aging worse.  

Switching to non-irritating, gentle skincare products can make all the difference in the world. Non-irritating products are those packed with beneficial ingredients that also replenish and soothe skin, without any volatile ingredients, such as those present in fragrance ingredients, whether natural or synthetic. 

A surprising fact: Research has demonstrated that you do not need to see or feel the effects of irritants on your skin for it to be suffering, and visible damage may not become apparent for a long time. Don’t get lulled into thinking that if you don’t see or feel signs of irritation, everything is OK. 

Generally, it’s best to eliminate, or minimize as much as possible, your exposure to ingredients that are known to irritate skin. There are many completely non-irritating products that contain effective ingredients, so there’s no reason to put your skin at risk with products that include ingredients research has shown can be a problem.  

References for this information:
Annals of the Brazilian Journal of Dermatology
, July-August 2017, pages 521-525
Journal of Dermatological Sciences
, January 2015, pages 28–36
International Journal of Cosmetic Science
, August 2014, pages 379–385
Clinical Dermatology
, May-June 2012, pages 257–262
, March 2012, pages 166–175
Chemical Immunology and Allergy
, March 2012, pages 77–80 
Skin Pharmacology and Physiology
, June 2008, pages 124–135
Food and Chemical Toxicology
, February 2008, pages 446–475
American Journal of Clinical Dermatology
, 2003, pages 789–798 

Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: No

A refreshing drop of moisture to balance skin. Formulated with Watermelon Seed Oil, Cucumber Water, and Aloe, this lightweight formula will replenish hydration for a healthier, softer complexion.

Water, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Glycerin, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Seed Oil, Citrulius Lanatus Seed Oil, Squalane, Cucumis Melo (Melon) Fruit Extract, Cucumus Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Water, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Bambusa Vulgaris Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Lotus Corniculatus Flower Extract, Litchi Chinensis Fruit Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine) Flower/Leaf Extract, Cananga Odorata Flower Extract, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Fruit Extract, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Fruit Extract, Citrus Clementina Fruit Extract, Citrus Tangerina (Tangerine) Peel Extract, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Extract, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Peel Extract, Mentha Viridis (Spearmint) Extract, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Oil, Quartz, Phospholipids, Propanediol, Xanthan Gum, Polyglyceryl-10 Dioleate, Polyglyceryl-10 Oleate, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Sodium Hydroxide, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Potassium Sorbate, Sorbic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Red 4 (CI 14700).

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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