Bliss What a Melon Water Jelly Hydrator for Combination Skin


What a Melon Water Jelly Hydrator for Combination Skin

1.70 fl. oz. for $ 20.00
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Bliss’ What a Melon Water Jelly Hydrator for Combination Skin feels amazing – but unfortunately its packaging (among other issues) knocks it out of contention for ranking among our top moisturizers.

This pink gel feels soothing, and true to claims, quickly melts into skin for a water-like feel. Its lightweight texture makes it a good fit for normal to combination skin, providing hydration without greasiness or a heavy occlusive feel. Its non-sticky nature means it works well both over and under other skin care products, and under makeup as well.

As the name implies, watermelon extract features heavily in this formula, appearing high on the ingredient list. Watermelon is a good source of antioxidants, as are the cucumber and passionflower fruit extracts included. In addition,, there’s also skin-plumping sodium hyaluronate and soothing willow bark extract, oat oil, and bisabolol.

Problematically though, this is packaged in a jar, which compromises the stability of antioxidant-rich ingredients (they break down in the presence of both light and air). It also exposes water-based formulas like this one to bacterial contamination (see More Info below for additional details).

Another issue is that this contains fragrance, which puts skin at risk for irritation.

Were it not for these missteps, we’d happily rate this higher, but these foibles keep this hydrator from reaching the heights of similar products on our list of best moisturizers.

  • Water-like texture provides lightweight hydration for normal to combination skin.
  • Includes antioxidant watermelon, cucumber, and passion flower fruit extracts.
  • Contains skin-plumping sodium hyaluronate + skin soothing willow bark extract and bisabolol.
  • Packaged in a jar, which compromises its beneficial ingredients.
  • Contains fragrance, which put skin at risk for irritation.

More Info:

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 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: No

Weightless jelly formula feels as if it transforms into water on contact. Infuses lightweight moisture to dry areas. Leaves skin smooth, glowing and perfectly primed for flawless makeup application.

Water (Aqua) (Eau), Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Glycerin, Propanediol, Citrullus Lanatus (Watermelon) Fruit Extract, Caprylyl Methicone, Sea Water (Maris Aqua) (Eau de mer), Sea Salt (Maris Sal) (Sel marin), Salix Nigra (Willow) Bark Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Water, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Extract, Passiflora Incarnata Fruit Extract, Tocopherol, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Oil, Bisabolol, Caprylyl Glycol, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Silica, Hexylene Glycol, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Sodium Phytate, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Citric Acid, Fragrance (Parfum), Red 33 (CI 17200).

The story of Bliss starts in 1996, when personal trainer Marcia Kilgore opened a New York spa designed around no-fuss skin treatments and de-stressing regimens for busy lifestyles. Over time, clients asked for Bliss-branded skin care products, and so Bliss skin care was born.

Bliss enjoyed success for years, being sold in spas as well as online and at some brick-and-mortar retailers. Kilgore eventually sold Bliss, and after changing hands a couple more times, the brand began to lose some of its identity. Its most recent owners decided it was time for a back to our roots makeover, with lower prices across the board and a cleaner version of Bliss's iconic white with splashes of color packaging.

Bliss's biggest appeal is in providing people with a spa-like experience at home. The line features multiple masks, in addition to exfoliation treatments, moisturizers, and body care products for a variety of skin types and concerns. While there are some missteps in the line (including fragranced products and some instances of jar packaging), there are some gems to be found among Bliss's offerings you just have to know where to look.

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