Versed Zero-G Smoothing Eye Cream–Hydrate and Brighten Aging Under-Eyes

Skin around the eyes is often one of the first places to show signs of aging. That skin is quite thin and delicate compared to the rest of the skin on the face, which means fine lines are likely to appear at a fairly young age. I started to notice fine lines around my eyes in my late twenties. Sometimes I wonder if I could’ve delayed them if I’d started a good skincare routine in my late teens or early twenties, but in reality I don’t think it would’ve made very much difference.

Versed Zero-G Smoothing Eye CreamTo keep my under-eyes looking as healthy as possible, I always have at least one good eye cream in my skincare routine. I’m currently using Versed Zero-G Smoothing Eye Cream as my nighttime eye cream. I was happy to try this eye cream since I enjoyed Versed The Fix Emergency Eye Mask so much.

I don’t expect any eye cream to perform miracles, like making my fine lines disappear. However, I do expect my eye creams to provide sufficient hydration to keep my under-eyes from looking crepey. With proper hydration, fine lines aren’t nearly as obvious! 

Versed Zero-G Smoothing Eye Cream is packed with hydrating ingredients, as well as a peptide blend for anti-aging. To learn more about this innovative eye cream, keep reading for a full product review which includes an in-depth look at the ingredients list.

Versed Zero-G Smoothing Eye Cream product claims directly from VersedSkin.com

Fight back against gravity with a little pot of peach perfection dedicated to the very area that starts to show those signs of aging first: your eyes. Made with line-smoothing algae extract, firming peptides, and deeply moisturizing olive oil, this eye cream applies like butter and works overtime to improve the appearance of crow’s feet. It leaves a soft-focus finish with an illuminating effect (hello, instant brightening), thanks to mica (ethically sourced, of course). 

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Other product details

  • Price: $17.99
  • Net weight: 0.5 oz. | 15 ml
  • Made in the USA
  • Cruelty-free (Leaping Bunny certified)
  • Vegan
  • Best suited for aging skin (but I think it would work for all ages)
  • Free of parabens, silicones, sulfates, formaldehyde, petroleum, mineral oil, fragrance, and dyes
  • Formulated based on the EU’s safe ingredient standards
  • Recyclable packaging
  • Shelf life: 12 months
  • Where to buy: VersedSkin.com
    • VersedSkin.com does not yet ship internationally, but they plan to do so in the future.
  • Overall rating: 8.4/10
    • Packaging/ease of application: 7/10
    • Hydration: 10/10
    • Team player: 10/10
    • Ingredients: 7/10
    • Price: 8/10

Please note that I am not a skincare professional. I am simply an individual that enjoys learning about and using skincare products. Speak to your dermatologist or esthetician if you have any concerns.

Packaging/ease of application

Versed Zero-G Smoothing Eye Cream is packaged in a small opaque plastic jar. If you’ve read many of my skincare reviews, you probably already know what I’m going to say next! While this type of packaging feels convenient, it puts the integrity of certain ingredients at risk. That’s because every time the lid is removed, the product is exposed to air and light. Many active ingredients in skincare products will degrade more quickly after being exposed to air and/or light. Thankfully, the jar does protect the product from light while the jar is closed.

The other Versed eye creams are packaged in squeeze tubes which is more effective packaging for protecting ingredients. I’m guessing this one was packaged in a jar instead because the texture is a little too thick for a squeeze tube. I think a small pump would be the ideal packaging for this eye cream, but that would likely result in more waste.

Speaking of packaging waste, there is a bright side to this product’s packaging. According to Versed, this product’s waste is only 0.58 oz., while similar products’ waste is 1.12 oz. I appreciate that Versed values sustainability and makes an effort to reduce waste when possible.

The eye cream itself is easy to apply. It has a bouncy jelly-like texture that has a medium thickness. It’s much more lightweight than the Versed The Fix Emergency Eye Mask that I mentioned in the intro, but it’s heavier than eye creams that I usually use in my morning routine, like the e.l.f. 50 mg CBD Eye Cream. Once this eye cream is applied to the eye area, it takes on a thinner gel consistency that melts into the skin quickly.

Hydration

Versed Zero-G Smoothing Eye Cream feels very hydrating around the eyes. It is not as thick as the Versed The Fix Emergency Eye Mask, but I think that is to be expected since this product is an eye cream instead of an eye mask. I definitely feel like this eye cream is more hydrating than a lot of the lightweight eye creams or eye gels in squeeze tubes.

This eye cream may not be quite hydrating enough for those with very dry skin. It is neither the most or the least hydrating of the eye creams that I’ve tried through the years. This product is meant to be used “PM and/or AM” according to Versed, so it makes sense that it wouldn’t be too light or too heavily moisturizing. For night time, I think I liked the Versed The Fix Emergency Eye Mask a little bit better. With that being said, if you have normal to oily skin and don’t want separate AM and PM eye creams, I think Versed Zero-G Smoothing Eye Cream is a great choice.

Team player

The primary thing I look for in new skincare products is a good list of ingredients. Once I start using a new product, the next priority for me is that it should work together with my other skincare without pilling or flaking. When products pill or flake, I feel like most of what I’ve applied is coming off and therefore my skin is not getting the benefits that it should. 

This eye cream absorbs into the skin quickly without any pilling or flaking when applied over other skincare products. I also have no problem applying moisturizer over it (I like to apply moisturizer around my eyes as well for even more hydration).

The instructions for Versed Zero-G Smoothing Eye Cream state that it should be applied after cleanser and serum but before moisturizer. I think it was wise for Versed to specify that since this eye cream contains mica, which leaves a soft sheen on the skin. That sheen looks much more natural once moisturizer has also been applied. I’ve noticed that the illuminating effect from the mica is slightly visible through my tinted sunscreen, but I don’t see it when I apply foundation and/or concealer around my eyes. If the illumination factor is important to you, you may want to skip coverage products when using this eye cream.

Since this eye cream absorbs quickly and doesn’t have a heavy texture, it works really well with makeup (besides the note above) just like it does with skincare. Makeup applies smoothly over this product and again, does not pill or flake!

Ingredients

I have to admit that while I usually check ingredients before selecting new skincare products, I pretty much ignored them in this case! I was sucked in by the product name and description because I’m always excited about skincare that may help with the fine lines around my eyes. I was surprised to find that Versed Zero-G Smoothing Eye Cream contains 36 ingredients, including several I’d never heard of. Here’s the full list of ingredients:

Water, C13-15 alkane, Glycerin, PEG-100 stearate, Behenyl alcohol, Butylene glycol, Cetyl ricinoleate, Olive oil, Nannochloropsis oculata extract, Pullulan, Sodium benzoate, Caprylic/capric triglyceride, Butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter, Tribehenin, Cetyl alcohol, Sodium carbomer, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hesperidin methyl chalcone, Steareth-20, Diepeptide-2, Palmitoyl tetrapeptide-7, Lycium barbarum (goji berry) fruit extract, Arnica montana flower extract, Sodium hyaluronate, Mica, Caprylyl glycol, Hydrogenated lecithin, Chlorhexidine digluconate, Sodium citrate, Potassium sorbate, Citric acid, Tocopherol (vitamin E), Hexylene glycol, Titanium dioxide (CI 77891), Iron oxides (CI 77491)

I was a bit disappointed to find that 23 of these ingredients are what I consider to be “neutral.” There are several emollients, thickeners, and preservatives in this product. Those ingredients aren’t harmful, but they’re worth considering. There are also 12 “good” ingredients, and lastly, one that is questionable. I’ll provide descriptions of all the skin-loving ingredients in this product since they are the most important parts of the formula:

  • Glycerin
    • Natural moisturizer
  • Olive oil
    • Moisturizes and nourishes skin
    • Contains antioxidant polyphenols
  • Nannochloropsis oculata extract
    • Algae extract
    • Moisturizer and humectant
  • Pullulan
    • Antioxidant
    • Humectant
    • Has a skin-tightening effect
  • Butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter
    • Emollient moisturizer
    • Skin-soothing
    • Antioxidant-rich
  • Hesperidin methyl chalcone
    • Antioxidant
    • Anti-inflammatory
  • Diepeptide-2
    • Increases lymphatic circulation to treat puffy under-eyes
    • Skin conditioner
  • Palmitoyl tetrapeptide-7
    • Reduces inflammation, which slows degradation of collagen
  • Lycium barbarum (goji berry) fruit extract
    • Antioxidant
    • Skin-softening agent
  • Sodium hyaluronate
    • Sodium form of hyaluronic acid
    • Humectant
  • Hydrogenated lecithin
    • Emollient
    • Humectant
  • Tocopherol (vitamin E)
    • Antioxidant
    • Strengthens skin barrier

Of these 12 ingredients, I am most impressed by pullulan and the two peptides, since they actively work to reduce signs of aging around the eyes. The hydrating ingredients also play a big role, but those are more common.

When looking at the list of ingredients as a whole, one thing that really catches my attention is that there is only one “good” ingredient in the top five (ingredients with highest concentrations are listed first). Looking a little further down the list, there are four “good” ingredients in the top ten. That isn’t bad, but I’d like to see more skin-loving ingredients closer to the top since this is an anti-aging product.

The one questionable ingredient I mentioned earlier is the arnica montana flower extract. That ingredient is used as an anti-inflammatory, but it can cause skin irritation. I’ve seen this ingredient in a few products now, so it might not be a very common irritant. Still, I think those with very sensitive skin should avoid this product.

This product definitely doesn’t have one of the most impressive ingredient lists I’ve ever seen, but it’s also not a bad one. It contains several good ingredients, many of which are perfect to address the product’s claims. Hopefully the concentrations of all the “good” ingredients are high enough to be effective. 🙂

Price

All three Versed eye products, including this one, are priced at $17.99. A jar of Versed Zero-G Smoothing Eye Cream contains 0.5 oz. of product which means it is $35.98/oz. That may seem high for a drugstore eye cream, but eye creams in general are notorious for being quite expensive on a “per ounce” basis.

Looking through a wide variety of drugstore eye creams, I found that this one is priced higher than many others, but definitely not the highest. Most drugstore eye creams also don’t contain anti-aging ingredients, instead focusing on hydration alone. I like that Versed included a wide variety of good skincare ingredients instead of just hydrators.

The last thing to mention in regards to price is the fact that a little goes a long way with this eye cream. Honestly, that’s true of many eye creams, but it’s still an important factor! I’m not sure when I started using this product, but it feels like it’s been a while and it barely looks like I’ve used any of it.


The claims for Versed Zero-G Smoothing Eye Cream are that it moisturizes, smooths lines, and illuminates the eye area. I can confirm that it definitely moisturizes without feeling too heavy. It also effectively illuminates the eye area (as long as makeup isn’t applied over it). I’m not sure if everyone will like that illuminating effect, but I believe the intention is that the reflective property makes dark circles less noticeable. 

I’m not able to confirm or deny the line-smoothing claim since anti-aging ingredients take a long time to work. I think there is definitely potential, but the product would need to be used consistently, probably for several months, to see visible improvement.

While I haven’t noticed a visible difference in my under-eyes while using this eye cream, I have been enjoying it. It feels very nice on my skin and I appreciate all the great ingredients it contains. I may repurchase it at some point, but I’m unsure since there is a lot of good skincare out there and I love trying new things to review!

I think Versed Zero-G Smoothing Eye Cream would work very well for a lot of people. The only people that would probably need to avoid it are those with very very sensitive skin (due to the arnica montana flower extract) or dry skin. I may be wrong on the dry skin front since I have combination skin, but I have a feeling this may not be quite hydrating enough for dry skin.

I’ve liked almost every product I’ve tried from Versed so far and I look forward to trying more in the future! Have you tried anything from this young skincare brand yet? If so, which ones are your favorites? Please let me know in the comments!

Lauren

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Good Molecules Pineapple Exfoliating Powder–Gently Exfoliate and Brighten with Pineapple Enzymes

I am very excited to be writing a new Good Molecules product review today! Good Molecules makes some of the best affordable skincare with innovative formulas. I previously reviewed the Niacinamide Brightening Toner and Vitamin C Booster Powder from Good Molecules. I recently added a new product into my skincare routine:Good Molecules Pineapple Exfoliating Powder the Good Molecules Pineapple Exfoliating Powder. This product intrigued me from the first time I heard of it because I’ve used both scrubs and chemical exfoliants (in liquid/gel form) to exfoliate the skin on my face, but I’d never used an exfoliating powder. This powder combines both physical and chemical exfoliation.

The chemical exfoliants I’ve used before are AHAs and BHAs, but this product uses a different type of ingredient for chemical exfoliation: fruit enzymes! People with sensitive skin or skin that is not accustomed to exfoliation may not be able to tolerate AHA or BHA products. Those types of exfoliants have the potential to irritate skin after dead skin cells are cleared away. Fruit enzymes generally break down dead skin cells without affecting the fresh healthy skin underneath, therefore avoiding irritation. 🙂

This is a really interesting product, so I encourage you to continue reading for my full product review!

Good Molecules Pineapple Exfoliating Powder product claims directly from GetGoodMolecules.com

Encourage gentle physical and chemical exfoliation with this cleansing powder containing bromelain, a mixture of enzymes naturally found in pineapples. This helps remove keratin proteins from the skin’s surface to reveal brighter, fresher skin. 

Other product details

  • Price: $16.00
  • Net weight: 2.1 oz. | 60 g
  • Made in Korea
  • Cruelty-free
  • Fragrance-free
  • Does not contain silicones, mineral oil, alcohol, or PEGs
  • Shelf-life: 18 months
  • Where to buy: GetGoodMolecules.com or Beautylish.com 
    • GetGoodMolecules.com ships internationally.
    • Beautylish.com ships to 56 countries (see the list here)
  • Overall rating: 8.8/10
    • Packaging: 9/10
    • Ease of use: 8/10
    • Exfoliation: 10/10
    • Ingredients: 7/10
    • Price: 10/10

Please note that I am not a skincare professional. I am simply an individual that enjoys learning about and using skincare products. Speak to your dermatologist or esthetician if you have any concerns.

Packaging

Good Molecules made great choices when designing the packaging for the Pineapple Exfoliating Powder. First, and most noticeably, this product is packaged in an amber glass bottle. I like glass packaging because the weight of it makes it feel more luxurious. Beyond that, the color is important to note. The amber color of the glass provides UV protection which is very helpful in preserving the integrity of the active ingredients.

Since this is a powder product, it is dispensed through a hole that’s a little over a quarter of an inch (8 mm) wide. I like this simple yet effective design; it’s easy to pour out the desired amount of product and if a little too much comes out, you can put some back without much difficulty. The one potentially problematic thing about this opening is that it allows air to reach the product every time the cap is removed. Air, just like light, can cause ingredients to degrade more quickly. However, since this is a powder instead of a liquid, I’m not sure that’s actually a concern.

Ease of use

If you’ve never used a product like this Pineapple Exfoliating Powder, you might be confused about how to use it correctly. The directions on the bottle state:

“Dispense a teaspoon of powder into palms. Mix with a few drops of water to form a creamy foam. Use more water for gentler exfoliation. Massage into skin with circular motions. Rinse thoroughly.”

I think an additional step should be added. I find that wetting my face before using this exfoliating powder makes it easier to massage into my skin. After adding water to the powder and rubbing my palms together, it can dry out quickly. Having water already on my face helps it to remain easily spreadable over the skin.

This is my order of operations when using this product:

  1. Spray a small amount of water (using a spray bottle) on my face to dampen skin.
  2. Pour Pineapple Exfoliating Powder into my palm.
  3. Turn on the faucet, wet fingers, and let some water drip onto the powder.
  4. Rub palms together until all the powder has combined with the water to produce creamy foam.
  5. Massage foam into the skin, focusing on any rough patches.
  6. Rinse!

Good Molecules recommends using a teaspoon of this product, but I find that to be excessive. I’m not sure if that’s just my personal preference or if it’s because my face is a little smaller than average. I’d recommend using maybe a half teaspoon the first time using this product to determine how much you really need. The same applies to the amount of water needed; start with a good amount of water mixed in (for the gentlest exfoliation), and reduce the water going forward until you reach your ideal level of exfoliation.

Exfoliation

As I mentioned in the previous section, Good Molecules Pineapple Exfoliating Powder is a very customizable exfoliating product. Those with sensitive skin may want the lightest possible exfoliation and this product is perfect for that! More water can be added to it until it’s properly “diluted.” For those that need a little more intense exfoliation, this powder can be mixed with a very small amount of water to soften rough patches and clear away dead skin.

While this product can feel more intense than you might expect, it’s definitely not as exfoliating as a face scrub. Some people may not like that, but I appreciate its gentleness. The flexibility of this exfoliating powder makes it a great choice for nearly every skin type.

I like using this exfoliating powder a lot of mornings because I feel that it gives my skin the perfect fresh start before applying my morning skincare products. I think I mix about five drops of water in with it so I don’t get the lightest exfoliation, but not the strongest either. I don’t want to over-exfoliate since I also use Paula’s Choice 2% BHA Gel Exfoliant most nights.

Ingredients

There are so many things I like about Good Molecules, but one in particular is that they recently became transparent about the concentrations of all ingredients in their products (I’ve not heard of any other companies doing this). Unfortunately, I purchased the Good Molecules Pineapple Exfoliating Powder before the packaging was changed so I don’t have that detailed breakdown. I just wanted to share that information for those of you that are considering purchasing this product!

Good Molecules Pineapple Exfoliating Powder contains 17 ingredients, including several that are new to me (like pineapple extract!). It was very interesting researching these ingredients to find out what makes this product work. Here is the full list of ingredients for this exfoliating powder:

Dimethylimidazolidinone Rice Starch, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Sodium Lauroyl Glutamate, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Lees Extract, Sodium Lauroyl Aspartate, Diglycerin, Silk Powder, Calamine, Ananas Sativus (Pineapple) Fruit Extract, Papain, Actinidia Chinensis (Kiwi) Fruit Extract, Arnica Montana Flower Extract, Allantoin, Maltodextrin, 3-O-Ethyl Ascorbic Acid, Water, Butylene Glycol

I had to keep an open mind when researching these ingredients since this is a unique product. This is the only product I’ve ever used that both physically and chemically exfoliates the skin. Some of the ingredients are rather controversial, but I know Good Molecules strives to make products that are safe for its customers.

A good number of the ingredients are what I’d call “neutral” because they create the right texture, foaming ability, etc., without directly helping or hurting the skin. There are several “good” ingredients too, as well as a few ingredients that I am unsure of. I’ll start by describing all the ingredients that help to exfoliate or contribute to healthy skin in other ways:

  • Dimethylimidazolidinone Rice Starch
    • Physical exfoliant
  • Oryza Sativa (Rice) Lees Extract
    • Skin conditioner
    • Contains ferulic acid, a potent antioxidant
  • Diglycerin
    • Moisturizer that minimizes water evaporation from the upper layer of skin to keep it well-hydrated
  • Silk Powder
    • Physical exfoliant
  • Ananas Sativus (Pineapple) Fruit Extract
    • Contains bromelain, a group of enzymes that gently exfoliate skin
    • Also contains fruit sugars and amino acids to soothe and moisturize skin
  • Actinidia Chinensis (Kiwi) Fruit Extract
    • Great source of antioxidants including vitamin C and polyphenols
  • Allantoin
    • Skin soothing and conditioning agent
  • 3-O-Ethyl Ascorbic Acid
    • Very stable form of vitamin C
    • Antioxidant

These ingredients come together to promote healthy, bright, soft skin. I was especially impressed by the pineapple extract, which seems to be quite the superstar skincare ingredient!

Some may be surprised that I didn’t include calamine, papain, or arnica montana flower extract in that list of “good” ingredients. These are the controversial ingredients that I previously mentioned. 

Calamine is used to treat itchy skin, but ironically it can also cause skin irritation! Papain is a fruit enzyme extracted from papayas, but unlike pineapple extract, it is a potential skin irritant. Lastly, arnica montana flower extract…some sources state that it has anti-inflammatory properties, but it can cause skin irritation. I fortunately have not experienced any irritation from this product, but I do have these ingredients marked as “bad” on my list since they are likely to cause irritation on very sensitive skin.

I’m really surprised that Good Molecules included three ingredients that are known irritants for some people. Other than those few, I’m very pleased with the ingredients in this product. They are definitely effective! I’m also happy that there is no fragrance (which would be another potential irritant) because I know other brands would be tempted to add pineapple fragrance (if you’re wondering, no it does not smell like pineapple at all).

Price

Good Molecules Pineapple Exfoliating Powder is $16.00 ($7.62/oz.), which I believe is an amazing price! There are very few products similar to this one, and the amount of product in the bottle is very generous. Since most people won’t use this exfoliating powder every day (Good Molecules advises up to four times per week), the 2.1 ounces of product will last a very long time. 

Some people compare Good Molecules Pineapple Exfoliating Powder to Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant Exfoliator (please note that Dermalogica is owned by Unilever, which is not cruelty-free), a much more expensive product at $59.00 ($22.69/oz.). I’ve never tried that product, but even if it’s not an exact dupe, the Good Molecules product is definitely a steal by comparison!


I still use micellar water for my morning cleansing on days that I’m short on time or feeling lazy, but I’ve really enjoyed using the Good Molecules Pineapple Exfoliating Powder most other mornings. It makes my skin feel very smooth, fresh, and ready to absorb my leave-on skincare products. It is a shame that it doesn’t smell like pineapple, but I’m happy to sacrifice fragrance since I know that would be irritating for a lot of people.

I think Good Molecules Pineapple Exfoliating Powder would be a great addition to almost every skincare routine. The only people that I think should avoid this product would be those that have very sensitive skin. While there are a few possible irritants, I don’t think they’ll cause problems for most people since this is not a leave-on product.

Good Molecules is a fairly young brand, but they’re also innovative. I’m always on the lookout for new Good Molecules products. I look forward to trying more from them in the future! Have you tried anything from Good Molecules yet? If so, which product is your favorite? Let me know in the comments!

Lauren

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Beauty by Earth Tinted Mineral Sunscreen Stick–Natural Portable Sun Protection

Spring has sprung and many of us are itching to get outside and enjoy the sunshine! Personally, I’m looking forward to taking more walks in my neighborhood and hiking with my husband and dogs. No matter what type of outdoor activities you enjoy, sun protection is a must! My favorite sunscreen is Australian Gold Botanical SPF 50 Tinted Face Sunscreen, but it’s not the best option for on-the-go protection. My top pick for portable sun protection is the Beauty by Earth Tinted Mineral Sunscreen Stick.

Beauty by Earth Tinted Mineral Sunscreen StickReapplication of sunscreen is very important to ensure sufficient protection from the sun’s harmful rays. It should be reapplied after swimming, sweating, or being in the sun for 80 minutes (that time may vary with other sunscreens). There are a few convenient options for reapplying sunscreen while out and about, but I think sunscreen sticks are the most reliable one for thorough coverage. 

I chose the tinted sunscreen stick from Beauty by Earth because it was one of few sunscreen sticks I’d found that’s tinted, and it’s formulated with natural ingredients! The ingredients in a lot of sunscreens are questionable, but you won’t find any of that junk in this product. Please continue reading for a full review of the Beauty by Earth Tinted Mineral Sunscreen Stick.

Beauty by Earth Tinted Mineral Sunscreen Stick product claims directly from BeautybyEarth.com

Natural sun protection and just a hint of color: it’s a match made in heaven. Lightweight, easy, and just the right amount of coverage color. Our sunstick gives you SPF 30 protection for your face and neck without any muss or fuss. This sunscreen is made for all skin types, even those with sensitive skin! Once rubbed into your skin, this sunscreen is ready for daylight! 

Disclosure: IntegriBeauty includes affiliate links within product review posts. I receive commissions for purchases made through these links at no additional cost to you. Additionally, as an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. IntegriBeauty is independently owned and all products discussed within IntegriBeauty product review posts are thoroughly tested and given honest reviews.

Other product details

  • Price: $15.99
  • Net weight: 0.49 oz. | 14 g
  • Made in the USA
  • Cruelty-free (Leaping Bunny certified)
  • Made with natural ingredients
  • Reef-friendly
  • Free of chemical sunscreens, soy, gluten, SLS, SLES, parabens, synthetic dyes, and fragrance
  • Broad spectrum SPF 30 sun protection
  • Water-resistant up to 80 minutes
  • Available in three shades (plus an untinted version)
    • Creme for light skin tones
    • Latte for medium skin tones
    • Chestnut for dark skin tones
  • Shelf life: 12 months
  • Where to buy:
  • Overall rating: 8.8/10
    • Packaging/ease of use: 10/10
    • Sun protection: 8/10
    • Ingredients: 10/10
    • Team player: 7/10
    • Price: 9/10

Please note that I am not a skincare professional. I am simply an individual that enjoys learning about and using skincare products. Speak to your dermatologist or esthetician if you have any concerns.

Packaging/ease of use

The Beauty by Earth Tinted Mineral Sunscreen Stick is packaged just like every other sunscreen stick that I’ve seen through the years. It comes in a plastic tube that twists up from the bottom; it looks very similar to deodorant, but much smaller. The size of this product makes it perfect for carrying it in your pocket, purse, backpack, or beach tote with ease.

The sunscreen itself is very creamy and smooth. Because of that nice texture, it glides easily over the skin with very little tugging. Once sunscreen is applied all over the face directly from the stick, it’s very important to blend it in to make sure every bit of skin is covered. I find it very easy to blend this sunscreen with my fingers, even though it is quite thick.

As I mentioned in the intro, reapplication of sunscreen is very important, especially when spending extended periods of time outside. This sunscreen works great for reapplication. It goes on just as easily when reapplying as it does for the first layer.

Ease of application is an important consideration, but so is ease of removal. Some sunscreens, especially water-resistant ones, can be quite difficult to wash off at the end of the day with a simple face wash. Since this sunscreen is water-resistant, that was a concern of mine. Fortunately, this one is much easier to remove than other water-resistant sunscreens I’ve used.

None of my rating categories are directly related to inclusivity/shade range, so I’m going to lump that in here. Most of the sunscreen sticks I’ve seen are not tinted. That isn’t usually a problem with chemical sunscreens, but it commonly is for mineral sunscreens like this one. That’s because mineral sunscreens, especially those formulated with zinc oxide, tend to leave an unattractive white cast on the skin that’s especially obvious on deeper skin tones. 

I think it’s great that Beauty by Earth offers a sunscreen stick that comes in options for light, medium, and dark skin tones, as well as an untinted version. I have this sunscreen stick in the shade “Creme” for light skin tones. In the this arm swatch photo, I swiped a few times to show as much of the color as possible on my fair skin. I’ve found that this sunscreen doesn’t contain very much pigment, so each shade will be flexible. For example, my shade is meant for light skin tones but the color blends perfectly into my fair complexion.

Sun protection

The most important part of every sunscreen, of course, is the level of sun protection provided. First, sunscreen should be labeled as “broad spectrum,” which means that the product will protect you from both UVA and UVB rays. Sunscreens that do not offer broad spectrum protection will not protect you from UVA rays. UVA rays were not always fully understood like they are today, but we need to be protected from them since UVA rays, like UVB, damage the skin’s DNA and can lead to skin cancer. UVA rays also penetrate the skin deeply to cause premature signs of aging. Fortunately, this sunscreen does provide broad spectrum protection!

The second thing to note is SPF factor. Sunscreens with an SPF factor of 15 provide 93% protection from UV rays (7% of UV rays are able to reach your skin), while SPF 30 provides 97% protection and SPF 50 provides 98% protection. No sunscreen can provide 100% protection, though SPF 100 is very close with 99% protection. The Beauty by Earth Tinted Mineral Sunscreen Stick has an SPF factor of 30, so it provides 97% protection, which is not bad. Since I am fair-skinned and burn easily, I wish it was SPF 50 or higher (to be fair, most if not all mineral sunscreens are SPF 50 or lower). 

Lastly, if you plan on sweating a lot or spending time in water, it’s important to look for a sunscreen that is water-resistant. Otherwise, it will quickly wash away leaving your skin unprotected. This Beauty by Earth sunscreen is water-resistant, so you can feel confident that you’ll be protected while swimming or sweating outdoors.

Ingredients

Beauty by Earth almost exclusively uses natural ingredients in its formulas, and this sunscreen stick is no exception! The active ingredient is non-nano uncoated zinc oxide, which is considered to be the safest sunscreen available. It is a mineral/physical sunscreen, which means that it reflects UV rays instead of absorbing them. All inactive ingredients are completely natural and several are very good for the skin! In total, there are 15 ingredients in this product (please note that I’m including each iron oxide as a separate ingredient), which really is not very many at all for a sunscreen!

Inactive ingredients: Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride*, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Cera Alba (Beeswax)*, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax*, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter*, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil*, Tocopherol (Sunflower Derived), Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter*, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (Aloe Vera) Powder*, Mica (CI:77019), Iron Oxides (CI:77492) (CI:77491) (CI:77499) 

*Certified Organic Ingredients

Please note that the untinted version of this sunscreen stick contains coconut oil in place of the caprylic/capric triglyceride. It also does not contain mica or iron oxides.

This product’s inactive ingredient list consists of both “good” skin-loving ingredients, and also several “neutral” ingredients. Those “neutral” ingredients are necessary for making the sunscreen stick hold its form and glide smoothly over the skin. The mica and iron oxides, which I also consider to be “neutral,” provide the tint to the three tinted options.

Let’s get into the good stuff, the ingredients that skin loves (please note that my primary resources for ingredient information are INCI Decoder and Paula’s Choice Ingredient Dictionary)!

  • Sunflower seed oil
    • Improves damaged or irritated skin barrier
    • Loaded with fatty acids
  • Shea butter
    • Emollient moisturizer
    • Skin-soothing
    • Rich in antioxidants
  • Tocopherol (vitamin E)
    • Antioxidant
    • Strengthens skin barrier
  • Cocoa seed butter
    • Rich emollient that’s highly moisturizing and nourishing
    • Contains fatty acids, vitamin E, and polyphenols
  • Aloe vera juice powder
    • Dried version of aloe leaf juice
    • Skin-soothing
    • Moisturizing

While this isn’t the most extensive list of skin-loving ingredients, it’s quite good for a sunscreen! I’m very happy with the ingredients Beauty by Earth chose for this formula. They’re simple, yet effective!

Team player

This sunscreen is not the type that will soak into the skin and “dry down” to a matte finish. It is quite thick and emollient, and stays a bit tacky on the skin. This formula does not lend itself to being the greatest “team player” compared to some other sunscreens.

Sunscreen should be the final step in every morning skincare routine. In some cases, like mine, that means it’s being applied over a few other products. My current morning skincare routine (after cleansing) consists of toner, serum, a treatment cream, eye cream, and moisturizer. That’s quite a bit of product already sitting on my skin before I apply my sunscreen. When I blend this sunscreen into my skin, it does pill up. However, I’ve noticed that the pilling is minimal when I use my lightweight Versed Dew Point Moisturizing Gel-Cream instead of heavier moisturizers.

I think this sunscreen stick is best worn without makeup, partly because it is designed with the idea of easy reapplication in mind (and you wouldn’t want to apply this sunscreen stick over makeup). For the sake of this review, I tested this sunscreen with a tinted moisturizer and powder foundation. I was able to make both work, but the tinted moisturizer looked best. The powder foundation looked a bit cakey, probably due to the thickness of this sunscreen’s texture. I wouldn’t recommend liquid or cream foundations with this sunscreen either because I think they would also look cakey on the skin.

Price

Beauty by Earth Tinted Mineral Sunscreen Stick is $15.99 for a small amount of product, only 0.49 oz. ($32.63/oz.). I admit, that is very expensive compared to the price per ounce of a lot of other sunscreens, particularly at the drugstore. 

There’s a lot to consider when thinking about the fairness of this product’s price. First off, most people aren’t going to use a sunscreen stick for daily sun protection unless they work outdoors or spend more time outdoors than the average person. People like me, that wear sunscreen daily but don’t necessarily spend time outside every day, are more likely to use a traditional sunscreen more often than a sunscreen stick. I think of sunscreen sticks as my “on the go” sun protection, but not for everyday use. That means this little stick will last me quite a while.

I’m picky with sunscreens and it was tough for me to find a sunscreen stick that checked all my boxes; this one gets pretty close! It provides sufficient sun protection, it’s tinted to hide the white cast from the zinc oxide, doesn’t contain any irritating ingredients, and it glides over the skin effortlessly. I also think it should get bonus points for having a short list of ingredients (some of which are really good for the skin) and three shade options for different skin tones.

When looking at other sunscreen sticks, this one seems to be priced somewhere in the middle. There are some options that are less expensive, but some that are considerably more expensive. I’ve tried at least a couple that are less expensive than this one and they weren’t nearly as high quality. For that reason, I think $15.99 is definitely a fair price!


Beauty by Earth Tinted Mineral Sunscreen Stick is not my perfect sunscreen, but I do think it’s as perfect as a sunscreen stick can get! It’s important to keep in mind that sunscreen sticks have to be formulated differently in order to stay in stick form. That means that they are going to feel different than most other sunscreen formulas, and that’s OK!

I would highly recommend the Beauty by Earth Tinted Mineral Sunscreen Sticks to anyone looking for a product to provide portable sun protection. Everyone needs sun protection, and reapplication of sun protection, when spending time outdoors. I think this sunscreen stick is perfect for every type of activity whether you plan to hit the beach, hiking trails, or a baseball game. 

Do you ever use sunscreen sticks? Do you use them daily, or only for reapplication when you’re out and about? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below!

Lauren

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Derma E Advanced Peptides & Collagen Moisturizer–Hydrate and Smooth Skin with Scientifically Proven Ingredients

One of my favorite skincare products that I tried in 2020 was Acure Radically Rejuvenating Whipped Night Cream. That moisturizer is extremely hydrating and packed full of wonderful skincare ingredients including several peptides which can go a long way in preserving skin’s youthfulness. The one thing I didn’t really care for about it is the extra thick texture which makes it somewhat difficult to blend into the skin and layer with other skincare products. That led me to search for an alternative moisturizer that would provide similar benefits without having such a rich texture. I landed on the Derma E Advanced Peptides & Collagen Moisturizer which I’ve now been using as my night cream for about two or three months.

Derma E Advanced Peptides & Collagen MoisturizerThe most impressive thing about this product (in my opinion) is the multi-peptides. I’m surprised I haven’t seen peptides included in more skincare formulations I’ve reviewed because they are very useful in maintaining skin’s smoothness. There are many types of peptides, but generally they are used to improve skin’s elasticity and reduce wrinkles by producing collagen.

Please continue reading for a full review of this product, including more information about ingredients!

Derma E Advanced Peptides & Collagen Moisturizer product claims directly from DermaE.com

Restores a more youthful appearance to skin by diminishing the look of lines and wrinkles. A highly advanced formulation packed with the peptides and collagen needed for healthy-looking skin makes this the best moisturizer for wrinkles. We use the powerful multi-peptides Matrixyl®synthe’6® and Argireline®, as well as Pycnogenol®, an amazing antioxidant that is thought to support healthy collagen, which is the protein essential for vibrant skin that has a wonderful smoothness and elasticity. With Vitamin C and Green Tea for extra anti-aging antioxidants, the Advanced Peptides and Collagen Moisturizer intensely hydrates while creating a renewed, radiant complexion. 

Disclosure: IntegriBeauty includes affiliate links within product review posts. I receive commissions for purchases made through these links at no additional cost to you. Additionally, as an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. IntegriBeauty is independently owned and all products discussed within IntegriBeauty product review posts are thoroughly tested and given honest reviews.

Other product details

  • Price: $21.00 from Amazon.com or $35.00 from DermaE.com
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    • DermaE.com unfortunately only ships within the United States.
  • Net weight: 2 oz. | 56 g
  • Made in the USA
  • Cruelty-free (Leaping Bunny certified)
  • Vegan
  • Free of gluten, soy, parabens, phthalates, formaldehyde, petrolatum, sulfates, mineral oil, artificial color, and artificial fragrance
  • Recyclable packaging
  • Overall rating: 8.8/10
    • Packaging/ease of application: 7/10
    • Hydration: 10/10
    • Team Player: 10/10
    • Ingredients: 7/10
    • Price: 10/10

Please note that I am not a skincare professional. I am simply an individual that enjoys learning about and using skincare products. Speak to your dermatologist or esthetician if you have any concerns.

Packaging/ease of application

This moisturizer is packaged in a nice glass jar with a plastic lid. It’s pretty and feels like a luxury product because of the weight of the glass. Unfortunately, a jar is not the ideal type of packaging for this moisturizer since it contains active ingredients that will degrade more quickly when exposed to light and air. To protect actives’ potency, it’s best for packaging to be opaque and air-restrictive.

The moisturizer itself is very easy to apply. The texture is a bit heavier than the moisturizers I usually use in my morning routine, but more lightweight than a lot of night creams (this is marketed as a moisturizer that can be used in the morning and/or night). It has a very smooth texture that blends into the skin effortlessly. 

One thing about this moisturizer that may make it unpleasant for some to use, is the scent. It has a very strong floral scent, which some people will enjoy while others won’t. As someone that doesn’t usually like floral scents, I wish Derma E had opted not to add any fragrance to this product. However, I don’t notice the floral smell once I’ve had this moisturizer on for a while. 

Hydration

I purchased this moisturizer to use as my night cream. Since I use lightweight moisturizers in the daytime, I like to use a little bit heavier, very hydrating moisturizers at night. I wasn’t sure exactly what to expect when I ordered the Derma E Advanced Peptides & Collagen Moisturizer, but as I mentioned in the previous section, it actually isn’t very heavy. That isn’t a bad thing, though!

While the texture of this moisturizer is what I’d call “middle of the road,” I still find it to be very hydrating. It quenches my skin’s thirst without making it feel greasy. I’ve actually found that I really enjoy using this moisturizer both morning and night, though I primarily use it at night since I’m still enjoying the Versed Dew Point Moisturizing Gel-Cream as my morning moisturizer.

Team Player

Since I’ve used this moisturizer in my morning and night time skincare routines, I can confidently say that it is an excellent team player! On the rare mornings that I use it, I’ve found that it layers well with my skincare products and both sunscreen and makeup apply beautifully over it.

My night time skincare routine has been quite varied recently, but this moisturizer layers well with every type of product I’ve paired with it. I’m even able to mix my Good Molecules Vitamin C Booster Powder with it and it still applies smoothly without ever pilling up.

Ingredients

I briefly touched on the Derma E Advanced Peptides & Collagen Moisturizer ingredients in the intro, but there are so many more to discuss! While ingredients don’t tell the whole story for any given skincare product, they are the most important thing to consider when deciding which products to purchase. Let’s start with the full list of all 30 ingredients:

Water, Glycerin, Macadamia Ternifolia (Macadamia) Seed Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Stearic Acid, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Cetyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Glyceryl Stearate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Dimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, Aesculus Hippocastanum (Horse Chestnut) Seed Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Bark/Leaf Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Xanthan Gum, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Lavandula Hybrida Oil, Panthenol, Allantoin, Potassium Sorbate, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-38, Pinus Pinaster (Pycnogenol®) Bark Extract, Hydroxypropyl Cyclodextrin, Sodium Hydroxide, Acacia Seyal Gum Extract (Plant Derived Collagen), Retinyl Palmitate, Ascorbyl Palmitate

Like most skincare products I’ve reviewed, there are good, bad, and neutral ingredients in this formula. Fortunately, sixteen of the ingredients are good ones that provide actual benefits to the skin. There are only two that are potentially harmful, and the rest are neutral ingredients that support the formula. First let’s go over the good stuff!

  • Glycerin
    • Natural moisturizer
  • Macadamia Ternifolia (Macadamia) Seed Oil
    • Rich in antioxidants
    • Emollient
  • Acetyl Hexapeptide-8
    • Famous peptide a.k.a. Argireline or “botox in a jar”
    • Smooths wrinkles
    • Moisturizes skin
  • Aesculus Hippocastanum (Horse Chestnut) Seed Extract
    • Anti-inflammatory
    • Wound-healing
  • Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract
    • Antioxidant
    • Anti-inflammatory
  • Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower
    • Antioxidant
    • Potent skin-soothing property
    • May aggravate skin that is sensitive to plants in the daisy family
  • Tocopheryl Acetate (most common version of vitamin E)
    • Antioxidant
    • Skin-strengthening
  • Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil
    • Wax ester that stays on the skin surface to moisturize and make skin soft
  • Panthenol (Provitamin B5)
    • Moisturizer
    • Humectant
  • Allantoin
    • Skin soothing and conditioning agent
  • Palmitoyl Tripeptide-38
    • Another well-known peptide a.k.a. Matrixyl synthe’6
    • Boosts production of major components of the extracellular matrix (including collagen)
    • Decreases wrinkles, particularly in the forehead and crow’s feet
  • Pinus Pinaster (Pycnogenol®) Bark Extract
    • Contains potent antioxidants
    • Increases skin hydration and elasticity
    • May increase synthesis of extracellular matrix molecules, hyaluronic acid and collagen
  • Hydroxypropyl Cyclodextrin
    • Moisturizer
    • Has a lifting effect on skin
  • Acacia Seyal Gum Extract (Plant Derived Collagen)
    • Moisturizer
    • Humectant
  • Retinyl Palmitate
    • Retinoid (retinol paired with palmitic acid)
    • Must be converted to retinoic acid by the skin to be effective
    • Antioxidant
  • Ascorbyl Palmitate
    • Stable form of vitamin C
    • Antioxidant

That’s quite the list, right? I’m impressed by how many great ingredients Derma E was able to pack into this product. I do wish that more of these ingredients were closer to the top (higher concentrations), but it’s possible that some of them are more effective at lower concentrations. 

I was especially excited to see the multi-peptides in this product. I’ve never used a product with Acetyl Hexapeptide-8 (Argireline) or Palmitoyl Tripeptide-38 (Matrixyl synthe’6). These seem to be even more effective for anti-aging than other peptides I’ve researched in other products!

While it does moisturize the skin, I’m a bit confused about the Acacia Seyal Gum Extract (collagen) being included in this product. I think Derma E may have included it so they could include the word “collagen” in the product’s name. This isn’t an uncommon practice since people associate collagen with youthful skin. The thing is, applying collagen topically doesn’t translate to more collagen within the skin. The peptides and Pinus Pinaster (Pycnogenol®) Bark Extract, however, do increase production of collagen in the skin.

Now for the “bad” ingredients in this moisturizer. The first one is controversial because many people swear by it: witch hazel. Witch hazel has antioxidant and soothing properties, but one of the antioxidants in it (tannin) can also make it sensitizing. Additionally, witch hazel contains a fragrance called “eugenol” which may be sensitizing. The only other ingredient that may be problematic for some people is Lavandula Hybrida Oil which is an essential oil that can be sensitizing.

The remaining “neutral” ingredients are all quite innocuous: things like emollients and thickeners. There is one ingredient that I view as neutral that some people might want to avoid. This product contains dimethicone, which is a common silicone used to make skin feel smooth. I don’t personally feel that dimethicone affects the performance of the other ingredients or harms the skin.

Price

If you read through the “other product details” section, you probably noticed that there’s quite a large price difference when purchasing from Amazon instead of from DermaE.com. On Amazon, Derma E Advanced Peptides & Collagen Moisturizer is only $21.00 ($10.50/ounce). If purchasing this moisturizer directly from Derma E, it is $35.00 ($17.50/ounce)!

I’m going to be reviewing Amazon’s price for this product since I don’t think many people would choose to pay so much more to purchase from Derma E (unless Derma E has a good sale going, which they sometimes do!). This is a really good quality moisturizer with unusual and effective anti-aging ingredients, so I think $21.00 is a very fair price for it.


I’m really glad that I stumbled on Derma E Advanced Peptides & Collagen Moisturizer! Despite the flowery scent, I really enjoy using it. This moisturizer is a great finishing touch on my skincare routine every night. It makes my skin feel great and I’m happy knowing that I’m applying so many anti-aging ingredients that will help preserve my youthfulness.

Even though this moisturizer was formulated with anti-aging in mind, I think it would be beneficial for all age groups. As far as skin types go, it would probably work best for normal to oily skin types. I have combination skin and it’s perfect for me, but I feel as though it may not be quite hydrating enough for someone with dry skin. Those with sensitive skin may also need to skip this one due to the strong fragrance.

Derma E makes several different moisturizers, but this is the first one I’ve ever tried. Have you tried any Derma E moisturizers? Or are there other products from Derma E that you’ve enjoyed? Please let me know in the comments below!

Lauren

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Acure Ultra Hydrating Green Juice Cleanser–Supergreens Blend Nourishes and Hydrates Thirsty Skin

Acure Ultra Hydrating Green Juice CleanserWe’ve all heard of superfoods: nutrient-rich foods with numerous health benefits. Usually superfoods are thought of as just that–food. But why stop there? Many foods that are touted as “superfoods” are also quite beneficial to the skin, even when applied topically. Acure Ultra Hydrating Green Juice Cleanser is a great product to incorporate into even the most basic skincare routine to nourish and hydrate thirsty skin with superfoods.

Some of the most popular superfoods are dark leafy greens, berries, and mushrooms. All of those and more can be found in Acure Ultra Hydrating Green Juice Cleanser. Keep reading to learn more about this product’s ingredients and performance!

Acure Ultra Hydrating Green Juice Cleanser product claims directly from Acure.com

Supergreens smoothie for your face? Yes please. This purifying greens creamy smoothie-to-foam cleanser utilizes adaptogenic ashwagandha, holy basil, reishi, turmeric and a supergreens blend of kale, spinach, neem, and spirulina to deep clean and refresh.

Disclosure: IntegriBeauty includes affiliate links within product review posts. I receive commissions for purchases made through these links at no additional cost to you. Additionally, as an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. IntegriBeauty is independently owned and all products discussed within IntegriBeauty product review posts are thoroughly tested and given honest reviews.

Other product details

  • Price: $12.99
  • Net weight: 4 oz. | 118 ml
  • Made in the USA
  • Cruelty-free
  • Vegan
  • Shelf life: 6 months
  • Recyclable packaging
  • Free of parabens, sulfates, mineral oil, petrolatum, and formaldehyde
  • Where to buy: Amazon.com 
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  • Overall rating: 8.8/10
    • Packaging: 9/10
    • Cleansing: 8/10
    • Texture/ease of application: 10/10
    • Ingredients: 7/10
    • Price: 10/10

Please note that I am not a skincare professional. I am simply an individual that enjoys learning about and using skincare products. Speak to your dermatologist or esthetician if you have any concerns.

Packaging

Acure Ultra Hydrating Green Juice Cleanser is packaged in a plastic squeeze bottle. The cap flips open and there’s something about it that I really like. It’s hard to explain, but this cap flips open and easily stays open until you want it closed. Then, it snaps closed very securely. It’s very easy to dispense just the right amount of product.

I’m happy with this packaging, but I’d like it even better if it was a pump instead of a squeeze bottle. That’s only because a pump is the most fuss-free type of packaging (for a face wash), especially in the shower when hands are wet (and sometimes soapy).

This product’s packaging is made partially with recycled materials, which is great! Additionally, the bottle is recyclable. Acure actually has a free recycling program with Terracycle! I appreciate that Acure is taking steps like this to be more environmentally friendly.

Cleansing

Acure doesn’t make any big claims about the cleansing ability of its Ultra Hydrating Green Juice Cleanser. The product description simply states that it will deep clean and refresh. I agree with that! My skin does feel very clean and fresh after I’ve washed my face with this cleanser. It’s perfect for removing oil, sweat, and sunscreen.

This face wash isn’t the most effective product for removing makeup. It does get most of it off, but it leaves behind some stubborn eye makeup. This product is ideal for a morning cleanse or as the second step of a double cleanse with a cleansing balm or oil.

Texture/ease of application

This cleanser has a very creamy texture and comes out of the bottle looking pearly white. It always leaves my skin feeling hydrated and soft. Also, it foams up to make it easier to smooth all over the face and cleanse more thoroughly, but it doesn’t create the sort of lather that you find with some other products, like body washes. 

This product is completely smooth and non-abrasive, but it can be irritating around the eye area. I only find this to be a problem when I actually use this cleanser to remove eye makeup. If I use my Derma E Universal Cleansing Balm or baby shampoo to remove eye makeup before washing my face, I don’t experience any eye irritation.

Ingredients

I couldn’t wait to dig into the ingredient list for Acure Ultra Hydrating Green Juice Cleanser! I could tell by the product’s name that it would be quite interesting. I was not disappointed! Here is the full list of all 40 (that’s right, FORTY) ingredients:

WATER, SODIUM COCOYL ISETHIONATE, GLYCERYL STEARATE SE, HYDROXYPROPYL STARCH PHOSPHATE, BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII (SHEA) BUTTER, DECYL GLUCOSIDE, GLYCERIN, GLYCERYL OLEATE, WITHANIA SOMNIFERA (ASHWAGANDHA) ROOT EXTRACT, OCIMUM SANCTUM LEAF EXTRACT, GANODERMA LUCIDUM EXTRACT, CURCUMA LONGA (TURMERIC) ROOT EXTRACT, CORDYCEPS SINENSIS EXTRACT, BRASSICA OLERACEA ACEPHALA (KALE) EXTRACT, SPINACIA OLERACEA (SPINACH) LEAF EXTRACT, MELIA AZADIRACHTA (NEEM) FLOWER EXTRACT, MELIA AZADIRACHTA (NEEM) LEAF EXTRACT, ARTHROSPIRA PLATENSIS (SPIRULINA) EXTRACT, RUBUS FRUTICOSUS (BLACKBERRY) FRUIT EXTRACT*, CHAMOMILLA RECUTITA (MATRICARIA) FLOWER EXTRACT*, EUTERPE OLERACEA (ACAI) FRUIT EXTRACT*, ROSA CANINA (ROSE HIP) FRUIT EXTRACT*, CALENDULA OFFICINALIS (CALENDULA) FLOWER EXTRACT*, ASPALATHUS LINEARIS (ROOIBOS) LEAF EXTRACT*, PUNICA GRANATUM (POMEGRANATE) EXTRACT*, CITRUS AURANTIUM DULCIS (ORANGE) FLOWER OIL, CITRUS AURANTIUM DULCIS (ORANGE) PEEL OIL, CITRUS NOBILIS (MANDARIN ORANGE) PEEL OIL, JASMINUM OFFICINALE (JASMINE) OIL, HELIANTHUS ANNUUS (SUNFLOWER) SEED OIL, ANIBA ROSODORA (ROSEWOOD) WOOD OIL, PELARGONIUM GRAVEOLENS (ROSE GERANIUM) FLOWER OIL, JOJOBA ESTERS, HYDROLYZED JOJOBA ESTERS, SCLEROTIUM GUM, GLYCERYL CAPRYLATE, DISODIUM COCO-GLUCOSIDE CITRATE, SODIUM LAUROYL LACTYLATE, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, PHENETHYL ALCOHOL

*certified organic ingredient

Like most ingredient lists, this one includes what I consider to be good, bad, and neutral ingredients. There are a couple of unique things I notice when looking at the list in this broad sense. Twenty-one ingredients, just over half the list, are “good” which is more than most formulas. Usually the “good” ingredients make up about a third of the list. There are also five “bad” ingredients which is more than I’m used to seeing in most skincare products.

I’m going to dive right into the “good” ingredients. I know there are a lot, but I try to keep ingredient descriptions brief, so stay with me!:

  • BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII (SHEA) BUTTER
    • Emollient moisturizer
    • Skin-soothing
    • Antioxidant-rich
  • GLYCERIN
    • Natural moisturizer
  • WITHANIA SOMNIFERA (ASHWAGANDHA) ROOT EXTRACT
    • Calms skin
    • Powerful antioxidant
  • OCIMUM SANCTUM (HOLY BASIL) LEAF EXTRACT
    • Hydrates and softens skin
  • GANODERMA LUCIDUM (REISHI MUSHROOM) EXTRACT
    • Antioxidant
    • May reduce discoloration
    • Calms skin
    • Contains vitamins, minerals, and amino acids
  • CURCUMA LONGA (TURMERIC) ROOT EXTRACT
    • Anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial
    • Potent antioxidant
    • Brightens skin
  • CORDYCEPS SINENSIS EXTRACT
    • Antioxidant
    • Humectant
  • BRASSICA OLERACEA ACEPHALA (KALE) EXTRACT
    • Moisturizer and humectant
  • SPINACIA OLERACEA (SPINACH) LEAF EXTRACT
    • Antioxidant
    • Reduces inflammation
    • Fortifies skin barrier
  • MELIA AZADIRACHTA (NEEM) FLOWER EXTRACT
    • Antioxidant
  • MELIA AZADIRACHTA (NEEM) LEAF EXTRACT
    • Antioxidant
  • ARTHROSPIRA PLATENSIS (SPIRULINA) EXTRACT
    • Antioxidant
    • Contains vitamin E
  • RUBUS FRUTICOSUS (BLACKBERRY) FRUIT EXTRACT
    • Potent antioxidant
  • CHAMOMILLA RECUTITA (MATRICARIA) FLOWER EXTRACT
    • Antioxidant
    • Potent skin-soothing property
    • May aggravate skin that is sensitive to plants in the daisy family
  • EUTERPE OLERACEA (ACAI) FRUIT EXTRACT
    • Potent source of antioxidants
  • ROSA CANINA (ROSE HIP) FRUIT EXTRACT
    • Antioxidant
  • CALENDULA OFFICINALIS (CALENDULA) FLOWER EXTRACT
    • Anti-inflammatory
    • Antioxidant
  • ASPALATHUS LINEARIS (ROOIBOS) LEAF EXTRACT
    • Antioxidant
    • Anti-inflammatory
  • PUNICA GRANATUM (POMEGRANATE) EXTRACT
    • Antioxidant
    • Soothes skin
  • HELIANTHUS ANNUUS (SUNFLOWER) SEED OIL
    • Improves damaged or irritated skin barrier
    • Loaded with fatty acids
  • HYDROLYZED JOJOBA ESTERS
    • Contains essential fatty acids
    • Retains moisture in skin

Whew, that was a lot! I am very impressed by how many great ingredients Acure was able to pack into this product. My main takeaway is the number of antioxidants. I always like seeing lots of antioxidants because they protect the skin from free radical damage that’s caused by things like sun exposure and pollution. Products rich in antioxidants are also great for anti-aging because they can soften the appearance of wrinkles.

Next up: the “bad” ingredients. This product unfortunately contains five fragrance ingredients: orange flower oil, orange peel oil, mandarin orange peel oil, jasmine oil, and rose geranium flower oil. Fragrance ingredients are some of the most common culprits of skin sensitization, so it’s best to avoid them when possible. These five ingredients are also a little higher on the list than I’d like to see. They’re about two thirds of the way down the list. These would be much lower risk if they were at the very bottom of the list, which is where the ingredients with the lowest concentrations can be found.

The remaining 14 ingredients in this product are things like cleansing agents, emulsifiers, and thickeners. These are safe, but also don’t provide any skincare benefits. 

Price

Acure never ceases to amaze me with its elegant formulas and affordable drugstore prices. Acure Ultra Hydrating Green Juice Cleanser is only $12.99 for 4 ounces ($3.25/oz.) of product. That’s a little more expensive than cleansers from some other drugstore skincare brands, but most drugstore skincare products don’t contain unusual ingredients like ashwagandha, kale, and rooibos. This face wash is exceptional, especially at such a low price!

It’s important to also note that only a small amount of this product is needed. A little goes a long way, which means this face wash will last longer than some others, making it an even better value.


Acure Ultra Hydrating Green Juice Cleanser is an excellent skincare product that I’ve enjoyed having in my collection as we finish out winter in the Midwest. It helps keep my skin hydrated, comes in quality packaging, cleanses effectively, has a pleasant texture that’s easy to work with, is formulated with a lot of impressive ingredients, and it’s affordable! The only thing I’d really like to see changed in this product is the fragrance ingredients. They may be included purely to mask the scent of some of the natural ingredients, but it’s not a leave-on product so I don’t think the product’s scent should matter very much.

This cleanser is marketed to “thirsty skin types” but I think it would work well for all skin types, including oily skin. Dry skin is obviously “thirsty,” but all types of skin require hydration to remain as balanced as possible. The only people that may want to avoid this product are those that are sensitive to fragrance ingredients.

It seems like Acure is underrated, considering the quality and affordability of its products. Have you tried any Acure products? If so, which ones are your favorites? Please let me know in the comments below. 🙂

Lauren

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Versed Dew Point Moisturizing Gel-Cream–No-Fuss Moisturizer to Hydrate and Calm Skin

One of my favorite types of skincare products to hydrate and calm my combination skin every morning, is a gel or gel-cream moisturizer. Those types of formulas tend to have a very lightweight and refreshing feel on the skin. The last gel moisturizer I used was Paula’s Choice Skin Balancing Invisible Finish Moisture Gel, and while I enjoyed that product and would recommend it, I’ve found another morning moisturizer that I like even better! Versed Dew Point Moisturizing Gel-Cream is my new moisturizer that I apply every single morning. 

Versed Dew PointAccording to Versed, the Dew Point Moisturizing Gel-Cream is appropriate for all skin types. I used to have quite oily skin and now it is combination, so I can’t speak for dry skin types, but this moisturizer and similar formulas are fantastic for combination and oily skin types because they aren’t greasy. At the same time, they are generally still plenty hydrating for normal to oily skin types. 

Please keep reading for a full review of Versed Dew Point Moisturizing Gel-Cream, which has become one of my favorite lightweight moisturizers!

Versed Dew Point product claims directly from VersedSkin.com

If you want to keep your skin hydrated but don’t like the feel of traditional cream textures, meet your new moisturizer match. The lightweight gel-cream formula with a jelly-like texture absorbs instantly and disappears into your skin, leaving it feeling refreshed, never greasy. Basically, it’s ideal for those warmer months when heavier moisturizers tend to weigh you down—or simply if you deal with oily, breakout-prone skin 365 days a year. Sodium hyaluronate (like hyaluronic acid it helps draw in and retain moisture in skin) and aloe leaf juice hydrate while natural antioxidants found in green tea soothe skin, fight damaging free radicals, and quiet inflammation. 

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Other product details

  • Price: $14.99
  • Net weight: 2 oz. | 60 ml
  • Made in Thailand
  • Cruelty-free (Leaping Bunny certified)
  • Vegan
  • Appropriate for all skin types
  • Free of fragrance, dyes, parabens, silicones, sulfates, formaldehyde, petroleum, and mineral oil
  • Formulated based on the EU’s safe ingredient standards
  • Recyclable packaging
  • Shelf life: 12 months
  • Where to buy: VersedSkin.com
    • VersedSkin.com does not yet ship internationally, but they plan to do so in the future.
  • Overall rating: 9.8/10
    • Packaging/ease of application: 10/10
    • Hydration: 10/10
    • Team player: 10/10
    • Ingredients: 9/10
    • Price: 10/10

Please note that I am not a skincare professional. I am simply an individual that enjoys learning about and using skincare products. Speak to your dermatologist or esthetician if you have any concerns.

Packaging/ease of application

Versed Dew Point Moisturizing Gel-Cream is packaged in a plastic squeeze tube with a twist-off cap. Like all Versed products, it has a simple yet sophisticated look. I like it when lightweight moisturizers like this one are packaged in squeeze tubes because the ingredients are protected better than they would be in a jar and it’s easy to squeeze out exactly how much product is needed. Thicker formulas don’t always work as well in squeeze tubes, but for this type of product, I think this packaging is perfect. I also appreciate that the packaging is recyclable.

This moisturizer is definitely what I’d call “no-fuss” because it’s so easy to apply. The formula’s texture is accurately described in the product description above. It is a very lightweight gel-cream that smooths easily over the skin and absorbs quickly. No greasy residue is left behind after this moisturizer is applied, whether I use just a small amount or a little extra on days that I feel like I need extra hydration.

Hydration

I am skeptical of the claim that Versed Dew Point Moisturizing Gel-Cream is appropriate for all skin types (according to the packaging). I think the product description copied from VersedSkin.com is more on the mark. While this product is plenty hydrating for combination and oily skin, and probably for normal skin types as well, I’m not sure that it would be quite hydrating enough for those with dry skin. However, during warmer or more humid months, this Versed gel-cream may be sufficient even for dry skin. Most people, even those with dry skin, don’t need heavy moisturizers in a humid environment. 

Since this product has “gel-cream” in the name, and Versed is transparent about what the product is, I didn’t hesitate to give it 10/10 for hydration. As someone with combination skin, I am very pleased with the amount of hydration this moisturizer provides. My skin drinks it right up and feels very soft and supple after I apply this product every morning. Those with dry skin will likely know to choose a heavier moisturizer than this one, especially during dry months. 

Team player

It’s very important for morning skincare products to be good “team players” and layer well since makeup is often applied on top. Versed Dew Point Moisturizing Gel-Cream can be used AM and/or PM, but I only use it in the mornings so that is the perspective I’m writing from in regards to layering. I prefer to use a heavier moisturizer at night.

As I mentioned previously, this moisturizer is lightweight and absorbs into the skin very quickly…within seconds actually! That is one important characteristic I look for in moisturizers that I plan to use in the mornings because products that absorb quickly usually layer very well. This Versed moisturizer layers easily over products like toner and serum to lock in all those skin-loving skincare ingredients without leaving the skin feeling greasy. Sunscreen applies well on top, without any need to wait in between steps. This moisturizer is a fantastic team player that never interferes with other products’ performance, except perhaps to make some products work even better! 🙂

Ingredients

One of the things Versed prides itself on most, is high standards for ingredients used in each of its formulations. Versed products are formulated based on the EU’s safe ingredient standards, which means there are 1,300+ potentially unsafe ingredients that Versed will never use. On that note, here is the full ingredient list for Versed Dew Point Moisturizing Gel-Cream:

Water, Glycerin, Propylene glycol, Squalane, Aloe barbadensis leaf juice, Camellia sinensis (green tea) leaf extract, Simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil, 1,2-hexanediol, Phenoxyethanol, Carbomer, Polyacrylamide, Triticum vulgare (wheat) germ oil, C13-14 isoparaffin, Sodium hydroxide, Sambucus nigra (elderberry) flower extract, Laureth-7, Trisodium ethylenediamine disuccinate, Sodium hyaluronate, Potassium sorbate, Sodium benzoate, Citric acid

This ingredient list may look long, but it actually contains 21 ingredients which is on the low side for most moisturizers. Eight of these ingredients stand out as excellent skin-loving ingredients (please note that my primary resources for ingredient information are INCI Decoder and Paula’s Choice Ingredient Dictionary)!:

  • Glycerin
    • Natural moisturizer
  • Propylene glycol
    • Humectant (draws moisture into the skin)
    • Helps active ingredients to penetrate the skin
  • Squalane
    • Moisturizer found naturally in certain fish, plants, and human skin
  • Aloe barbadensis leaf juice
    • Moisturizer
    • Anti-inflammatory
  • Camellia sinensis (green tea) leaf extract
    • Antioxidant
    • Anti-inflammatory
  • Simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil
    • Wax ester that stays on the skin surface to moisturize and make skin soft
  • Sambucus nigra (elderberry) flower extract
    • Potent antioxidant
    • Hydrates and soothes skin
  • Sodium hyaluronate
    • Sodium form of hyaluronic acid
    • Humectant (draws moisture into the skin)

Almost all of these eight ingredients function to keep the skin hydrated. That’s great to see, because even oilier skin types need plenty of moisture. I’m impressed that Versed was able to incorporate so many hydrators without this product feeling greasy. I always like to mention the position of these types of ingredients within the ingredient list since that indicates the concentration. The first six of these skin-loving ingredients are in the top seven, which means they have reasonably high concentrations and are definitely going to provide benefits to the skin. Sambucus nigra (elderberry) flower extract and sodium hyaluronate are further down the list, but still good to see included.

The other 13 ingredients in this product are a mixed bag of “neutral” ingredients like solvents, thickeners, preservatives, and pH adjusters. They are all completely safe and used to support the overall efficacy of the product.

This is where I would normally describe any “bad” potentially unsafe ingredients, but fortunately there isn’t a single one in this moisturizer! This formula is a simple one, yet effective. I’m very happy with the ingredients used in this product.

Price

Versed Dew Point Moisturizing Gel-Cream is $14.99 ($7.50/oz.), which is consistent with the pricing of other Versed products. I think $14.99 is very reasonable for this moisturizer, especially since I had a hard time coming up with a single negative thing to say about it! The texture is amazing, it applies like a dream, plays well with other products, keeps my skin perfectly hydrated, and contains really good ingredients without any bad stuff!

Looking at similar products, this moisturizer is not the least expensive but it is on the lower end. Considering all the good qualities of Versed Dew Point and how the price compares with most of its competition, I think $14.99 is a steal!


I’d had my eye on Versed Dew Point Moisturizing Gel-Cream since I first heard about it several months ago. I’m so glad I received it as a Christmas gift so I could finally try it! I’ve really enjoyed using this moisturizer as part of my morning skincare routine. It’s so refreshing and easy to use; it’s really one of those products that’s just about foolproof. 

I would highly recommend this gel-cream moisturizer to anyone looking for a lightweight product that still provides plenty of hydration. With the possible exception of those with dry skin, I think almost everyone would enjoy this product! It’s nice not to have any other caveats here since there aren’t any common irritants like fragrance used in this formula.

Do you prefer to use a lightweight moisturizer like this one in the mornings, or do you use something heavier? Let me know in the comments!

Lauren

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Derma E Vitamin C Micellar Cleansing Water–Waterless Cleansing with a Boost of Antioxidants

Last week, I wrote a post about vitamin C in skincare and discovered there are even more benefits vitamin C provides to the skin than I realized. I’m always happy to find effective skincare products that contain vitamin C, whether it’s pure vitamin C (ascorbic acid) or a vitamin C derivative. I use Good Molecules Vitamin C Booster Powder (which consists only of ascorbic acid) in my skincare routine twice a week, but I like to work vitamin C in through daily use products as well.

Derma E Vitamin C Micellar Cleansing WaterI usually start my morning skincare routine with micellar water instead of a traditional face wash, and the one I’ve been using recently is the Derma E Vitamin C Micellar Cleansing Water. This micellar water contains sodium ascorbyl phosphate which is a vitamin C derivative that is more stable than ascorbic acid. I like that this product allows me to start my skincare routine every day with a boost of vitamin C. After I cleanse with this micellar water, I follow it up with the Good Molecules Niacinamide Brightening Toner which contains another vitamin C derivative. These products make my skin feel lightly hydrated, fresh, and healthy.

Keep reading for a full review of Derma E Vitamin C Micellar Cleansing Water!

Derma E Vitamin C Micellar Cleansing Water product claims directly from DermaE.com

This refreshing Vitamin C cleansing water dissolves long-lasting makeup and impurities, while improving the appearance of skin’s texture and promoting healthy collagen. Micellar technology gently lifts off dirt without rinsing, while maintaining skin’s proper balance. Anti-aging Probiotics and antioxidant-rich Rooibos help skin to appear brighter and replenished.

We use a stable form of Vitamin C that won’t evaporate or alter before absorbing into your skin, to work better for you, naturally.

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Other product details

  • Price: $12.95
  • Net weight: 6 oz.
  • Made in the USA
  • Cruelty-free (Leaping Bunny certified)
  • Vegan
  • Free of GMOs, gluten, soy, parabens, sulfates, petrolatum, mineral oil, phthalates, and sodium lauryl sulfates
  • Recyclable packaging
  • Where to buy: DermaE.com or Amazon.com
    • DermaE.com unfortunately only ships within the United States.
    • Amazon.com ships internationally to over 100 countries, but not all items will ship to every country. Update your default shipping address to see items that will ship to your location.
  • Overall rating: 8.8/10
    • Packaging/ease of application: 9/10
    • Cleansing: 8/10
    • Ingredients: 9/10
    • Fragrance: 8/10
    • Price: 10/10

Please note that I am not a skincare professional. I am simply an individual that enjoys learning about and using skincare products. Speak to your dermatologist or esthetician if you have any concerns.

Packaging/ease of application

This product is packaged the same as most other micellar waters I’ve seen; it comes in a clear plastic bottle with a tilt-style cap. This type of packaging works reasonably well for dispensing the product, but it doesn’t provide as much control as I’d like since the texture of micellar waters is just as thin as actual water. I tend to pour out a conservative amount of this product because if you’re not careful it’s easy to get too much. I think it would be nice if this micellar water was packaged in a bottle with a pump that you press down to dispense the product, rather than flipping the bottle upside down to pour.

This micellar water can be applied with cotton balls, cotton rounds, or washcloths. I always use machine-washable cotton rounds since this is a product I use every day, and I try to reduce waste where I can. These black cotton rounds on Amazon would be a good choice because they won’t show stains like lighter colors or white would. Once the micellar water is dispensed on some kind of applicator, it’s very easy to sweep over the skin.

Some other micellar waters I’ve used in the past are a bit irritating around the eyes, and I don’t generally have very sensitive eyes so it’s surprising when that happens. Fortunately, this one is quite gentle (at least for me, as someone that doesn’t have sensitive skin). I’ve never experienced any sort of irritation from this product, even around my eyes.

I appreciate how easy this micellar water is to use. It’s much quicker and less messy than a regular face wash, because there’s no leaning over the sink splashing water everywhere! 🙂

Cleansing

I primarily use this micellar to cleanse my face in the morning, to remove any residue from my night time skincare and also excess oils. It works very well for that purpose and I think that is its ideal use. This is a very lightweight cleansing product and in my opinion, it doesn’t work as well to remove makeup.

I occasionally use this product at night as well on days that I don’t wear any makeup. I use tinted sunscreens daily and it works quite well to remove those. However, those are easier to remove than actual makeup. In the past, I’ve found that I have to tug on my skin too much to remove makeup with micellar water. For that reason, I never use this micellar water to remove makeup. 

My skin always feels fresh and clean after I’ve cleansed with this micellar water. I’m very pleased with its performance as my morning cleansing product!

Ingredients

Finally, my favorite category, and the one that is most important (in my humble opinion)!

I was very happy to see that Derma E’s Vitamin C Micellar Cleansing Water only contains 14 ingredients:

Purified Water, Propanediol, Sorbitan Oleate Decylglucoside Crosspolymer, Polysorbate 20, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Phytic Acid, Alpha-Glucan Oligosaccharide, Polymnia Sonchifolia (Yacón) Root Juice, Maltodextrin, Lactobacillus, Aspalathus Linearis (Rooibos) Leaf Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Natural Fragrance Oils

Please note that this list differs slightly from the ingredient list shown online. I opted to use the list shown on the packaging because I’ve found that the packaging generally has the most accurate list.

The most important ingredient in this product is Sorbitan Oleate Decylglucoside Crosspolymer, because it is the cleansing ingredient that contains micelles. Micelles attract and trap impurities which then can be easily wiped away; they act like magnets to effectively cleanse the skin. There are five other ingredients in this formula that stand out as exciting skin-loving ingredients (please note that my primary resources for ingredient information are INCI Decoder and Paula’s Choice Ingredient Dictionary):

  • Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate
    • Sodium form of vitamin C
    • Very stable
  • Alpha-Glucan Oligosaccharide
    • Probiotic
    • Protects and stimulates beneficial microbial skin flora
    • Also stimulates the antimicrobial peptide released by skin cells
  • Polymnia Sonchifolia (Yacón) Root Juice
    • Provides short and long term moisture to the skin
  • Lactobacillus
    • Probiotic
    • Balances natural flora on the skin’s surface
    • Repairs skin barrier
    • Humectant
  • Aspalathus Linearis (Rooibos) Leaf Extract
    • Antioxidant
    • Anti-inflammatory

I love it when I find new beneficial skincare ingredients that I’ve never seen before. That was the case with all of these except for sodium ascorbyl phosphate. This is the first skincare product I’ve ever used that contains probiotics. I think they’re a brilliant addition to protect the skin in a unique way. 

I was also very pleased to see sodium ascorbyl phosphate pretty high up the list (fifth ingredient), because that means the concentration of that ingredient is reasonably high, and more likely to benefit the skin. Once sodium ascorbyl phosphate absorbs and converts to ascorbic acid, it provides several benefits to the skin like evening out skin tone, fading brown spots, brightening the skin, protecting skin from free radical damage, reducing fine lines and wrinkles, boosting collagen production, and keeping skin hydrated.

Seven of the ingredients in this product are what I call “neutral” ingredients because they are important for keeping the product stable and making it work properly, but they don’t help or hurt the skin in any way. These are ingredients like solvents, emulsifiers, and preservatives.

The only potentially harmful ingredient, or I suppose I should say “ingredients” is natural fragrance oils, at the very end of the list. Unfortunately, there is no way of knowing which or how many fragrance oils are used. I think that at least some of them are citrus oils because this product has a very fruity scent and vitamin C products are often made to smell citrusy. These natural fragrance oils shouldn’t be a problem for most people, especially since the concentration is low, but those with sensitive skin could experience some irritation. 

Overall, I think Derma E did a good job of formulating this micellar water with a good mix of necessary ingredients and bonus ingredients that are great for maintaining healthy youthful skin.

Fragrance

I briefly touched on this product’s fragrance in the previous section, but that was from an ingredient standpoint only. What does it smell like? It’s a unique scent that I can’t quite put my finger on, but the closest thing I can compare it to is Fruit Loops or Fruity Pebbles cereal. It has a very sweet fruity smell, that leans more toward citrus than other fruits. The smell doesn’t linger, so if this type of scent doesn’t appeal to you, then it probably isn’t enough to make you not want to use it.

While I wish fragrance wasn’t so common in skincare products, I do enjoy the scent of this product. It’s very pleasant without being too strong.

Price

Derma E Vitamin C Micellar Cleansing Water is $12.95. That seems a little high for a drugstore skincare brand, but only slightly. My previous micellar water, Pacifica Coconut Water Micellar Cleansing Tonic is $12.00 for a larger bottle, but that product doesn’t contain any of the unique ingredients found in this one from Derma E. I don’t mind paying a little bit more for products that are made with special ingredients like these, so I think $12.95 is a very fair price for this Derma E micellar water. 

I think I mentioned this in the product review for the Pacifica micellar water too, but I still have not found very many cruelty-free micellar waters. There are plenty of micellar waters on the market, but most of them are not cruelty-free. If more cruelty-free companies start to add micellar waters to their collections, that increased competition might result in slightly lower prices, but for now I have no problem paying $12.95 for a bottle of this magical water. 😉


While Derma E Vitamin C Micellar Cleansing Water doesn’t feel like anything particularly special on the skin, it is very effective for a quick morning cleanse. It also has an impressive ingredient list, smells great, and it’s affordable!

I would definitely recommend this micellar water to anyone looking for a quick morning cleansing product. The ingredients would be beneficial to all skin types, but those with sensitive skin may need to avoid this product due to the natural fragrance oils. If you’ve never had problems with fragrance oils in the past, this product shouldn’t give you any trouble.

Do you use micellar water in your morning or evening skincare routines? Which cruelty-free micellar water is your favorite? Please let me know in the comments below.

Lauren

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What to Know about Vitamin C in Skincare ft. Good Molecules Vitamin C Booster Powder

Vitamin C is one of the most popular ingredients in skincare today, and for good reason. There are multiple benefits vitamin C can provide to the skin. It evens out skin tone, brightens skin, protects skin from free radical damage, and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It’s quite the superstar ingredient, so it makes sense that many of us seek out products that contain vitamin C.

What to look for on vitamin C product labels

According to a Paula’s Choice article about vitamin C, this ingredient is most effective at a concentration of at least 10%. Most products containing vitamin C won’t provide you with a percentage, but high strength vitamin C treatment and serum products are more likely to be forthcoming with that information. 

As for the ingredient name, don’t expect to see “vitamin c” on any ingredient lists. Pure vitamin C’s ingredient name is ascorbic acid (a.k.a. L-ascorbic acid). Ascorbic acid is the most researched and most trusted form of vitamin C. Many also believe that it is the most effective form of vitamin C. There are several derivatives of ascorbic acid that have a good amount of research backing them including sodium ascorbyl phosphate, ascorbyl palmitate, 3-O ethyl ascorbic acid, tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate, magnesium ascorbyl phosphate, and ascorbyl glucoside. These derivatives must be converted into ascorbic acid by the skin cells in order to be effective.

Why not stick to ascorbic acid instead of using derivatives?

You might be wondering why any vitamin C products would contain ascorbic acid derivatives instead of pure ascorbic acid, since ascorbic acid is the most trusted form of vitamin C. The answer is simple. While ascorbic acid is very effective, it unfortunately is not stable when exposed to light and air. It can also be very irritating to the skin, especially sensitive skin. Vitamin C derivatives are generally more stable and less irritating than pure ascorbic acid.

Vitamin C product packaging

Vitamin C products, especially ones containing ascorbic acid or less stable derivatives, must be packaged in such a way that no light or air can reach the product. The efficacy of vitamin C degrades quickly once it comes in contact with light or air. For that reason, it’s important for products to be packaged in opaque airtight containers to protect vitamin C ingredients. Products that Good Molecules Vitamin C Booster Powdercome in jars or transparent packaging, won’t remain effective for very long. If you notice the color of a vitamin C product changing, it’s probably gone bad.

There is one case in which the packaging of an ascorbic acid product doesn’t really matter as much: pure ascorbic acid powder. In powder form, ascorbic acid is much more stable and less likely to degrade. Ascorbic acid doesn’t become unstable until it mixes with water. On that note, I’d like to introduce you to the Good Molecules Vitamin C Booster Powder!

Good Molecules Vitamin C Booster Powder claims directly from GetGoodMolecules.com

Promote a bright, firm and smooth complexion with Vitamin C Booster Powder from Good Molecules. Made from only 100% pure l-ascorbic acid, this powder mixes into serums, creams, and moisturizers to supercharge your favorite products with the antioxidant power of vitamin C.

Other product details

  • Price: $8.00
  • Net weight: 0.71 oz. | 20 g
  • Made in Korea
  • Cruelty-free
  • Vegan
  • Fragrance-free
  • Shelf life: 6 months
  • Where to buy: GetGoodMolecules.com or Beautylish.com
    • GetGoodMolecules.com ships internationally.
    • Beautylish.com ships to 56 countries (see the list here)
  • Overall rating: 8.4/10
    • Packaging: 8/10
    • Ease of use: 7/10
    • Team player: 7/10
    • Ingredients: 10/10
    • Price: 10/10

Please note that I am not a skincare professional. I am simply an individual that enjoys learning about and using skincare products. Speak to your dermatologist or esthetician if you have any concerns.

Packaging

Good Molecules Vitamin C Booster Powder is packaged in an amber glass jar with a twist-off lid. While the packaging isn’t nearly as important for this product since it is in powder form, I’m still glad that Good Molecules made the choice to use dark colored glass to prevent too much light from reaching the product regularly.

The only bad part about this type of packaging is that once the lid is removed, the product is completely exposed to light and air. This shouldn’t be an issue in most cases, with the exception of very humid environments. If using this product after a hot steamy shower, it would be best to wait until the room has cooled and the extra humidity has cleared before opening the jar.

This product comes boxed with a tiny spoon to scoop out the appropriate amount. I appreciate the spoon because it would be very difficult to know how much of this product to use otherwise. Unfortunately, there isn’t any way to keep the spoon with the jar. It would be nice if it fit inside the lid somehow, but since that isn’t the case I just keep the jar and spoon together in a drawer organizer tray.

Ease of use

Product instructions from Good Molecules: Using the enclosed spoon, mix one spoonful into your serum or moisturizer until fully dissolved. Apply once daily in the morning or at night up to three times per week. You may experience a tingling sensation, which will diminish with regular use. Discontinue use if irritation occurs.

As you can probably imagine, this booster powder isn’t as easy to use as something like a vitamin C serum. It requires a little bit of juggling since this powder must be combined with a serum or moisturizer to be applied to the skin. When I first started using this product, I tried mixing it with a serum because I thought that would be easiest. It might’ve just been the type of serum I was using (I think it was a niacinamide serum), but the powder did not dissolve easily, which meant that it also did not apply well on my skin. 

I’ve had much better luck with this product since I started mixing it with moisturizers instead. I should also note that it works better with creamy moisturizers compared to ones with a gel consistency. That might not be the case with every gel moisturizer, but that’s the experience I’ve had with my products.

I’m glad that Good Molecules stated clearly in the instructions that a tingling sensation is normal with this product, because I definitely experience that every time I use it. I was surprised in the beginning too, because I’ve used a wide variety of skincare products the last few years and didn’t think my skin would be very sensitive to pure vitamin C. Thankfully, that tingling sensation has definitely reduced in the two or three months that I’ve been using this powder regularly twice a week.

While this product isn’t the easiest to use vitamin C product on the market, I also have to consider that it isn’t meant to be used daily. Since it is only intended for use 2-3 times per week, the mild inconvenience may be well worth it for a lot of people. I wasn’t sure about it at first, but I don’t mind the “inconvenience factor” too much now that I’ve figured out the best way to use this powder.

Team player

It might come down to which specific products are being paired with this vitamin C powder, but in my experience, this product is a much better team player at night than in the morning. For those that don’t wear makeup, this might not be a problem. However, on the mornings that I’ve tried to use this product, I ended up with my face looking flaky/powdery, and makeup didn’t apply well over it. That is likely because the powder was not fully dissolving in the lightweight products that I was using. Since I do try to keep my morning skincare more lightweight overall, I decided that I’d just start using this product exclusively at night.

Now that I’ve gotten through the learning curve with this product, I consistently use it mixed with my PM moisturizer which is the last step of my night time skincare routine. Since the powder seems to dissolve well in thicker moisturizers, it also then applies easily on the skin. I’m not left with that powdery flaky feeling that I had when trying to use this product in my morning skincare routine.

Ingredients

I’m used to reviewing products that are formulated with 15-30 ingredients. Since Good Molecules Vitamin C Booster Powder only contains one ingredient, this should be the easiest ingredient review I’ve ever done!

Good Molecules Vitamin C Booster Powder is 100% ascorbic acid (L-ascorbic acid), the purest form of vitamin C. I named quite a few benefits of vitamin C in the intro, but there are even more beyond those that I already listed: 

  • Boosts the skin’s collagen production, which helps to keep skin smooth and firm
  • Increases level of UV protection when used under sunscreen
    • Adding vitamin E and ferulic acid with vitamin C further increases UV protection
  • Helps to keep skin hydrated
  • Fades brown spots or hyperpigmentation

Ascorbic acid really is an amazing skincare ingredient. The trick is just getting the packaging/formulation right to keep it stable. In this case, since ascorbic acid is the only ingredient and it’s in powder form, the product’s stability is a non-issue. 🙂

Price

While this Good Molecules Vitamin C Booster Powder is undoubtedly effective, it is also very simple. No formulation was required since it consists of only a single ingredient. For that reason, I think it is to be expected that it would be inexpensive. When purchasing a lot of skincare, especially more expensive products, I expect that a big part of the price tag is due to R&D and the company’s reputation. Since I assume there was no R&D involved in this product (ascorbic acid is a well-known ingredient that already had a lot of research backing it long before this product came along), and all of the other Good Molecules products are very affordable, I think it’s only right that Good Molecules priced this product at $8.00. 

This product really is a great value. The amount of product that comes in the little jar is 0.71 ounces, and that might not sound like much, but let me tell you: a little goes a very long way (make sure you use the spoon!). The shelf life is only 6 months but I think it will last even longer than that for me if I continue using it only twice a week. With some products, I heed the shelf life, but with this one I think it should be fine longer than that as long as it’s kept dry.


I had a bit of a bumpy start with Good Molecules Vitamin C Booster Powder, but now that I’ve nailed down the best time to use it and the best way to use it, I’m really enjoying it! This is a rare product that actually makes a visible difference in my skin overnight. I wake up to my skin looking bright, fresh, and healthy after applying this powder with my night time moisturizer.

I think this product would be perfect for those that want the skin benefits of vitamin C, but aren’t having very good luck with traditional vitamin C products. Those with very sensitive skin may need to avoid this product altogether since it has the potential to be irritating. If you’re a little sensitive and want to try it, just make sure you start out slowly (once a week and use less than a spoonful) to see how your skin reacts.

For those that want a daily dose of vitamin C on their skin, the Niacinamide Brightening Toner is another excellent product from Good Molecules. That toner contains 3-O-Ethyl Ascorbic Acid (a very stable form of vitamin C), as well as several other skin-loving ingredients.

What is your favorite vitamin C product? Have you ever tried using a vitamin C powder similar to this one? I’m curious to hear about your experiences! 🙂

Lauren

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Versed The Fix Emergency Eye Mask–Cool, Calm, and Hydrate Under-Eyes

I’ve been using e.l.f. 50 mg CBD Eye Cream to wake up my under-eyes every morning for the past few months. It’s an excellent lightweight product that sinks in quickly, making it ideal to use under makeup. While it’s great for use in my morning skincare routine, it’s not quite hydrating enough to use at night. Just like with my moisturizers, I prefer a heavier eye cream at night to allow that delicate skin to absorb as much moisture as possible while I sleep. 

Most of the eye creams I’ve used are very lightweight like the one from e.l.f. When I heard about Versed The Fix Emergency Eye MaskVersed The Fix Emergency Eye Mask, I thought it might be just the thing I’d been looking for to use at night since other reviews stated it’s a thick gel texture and Versed claims that it will cool, calm, and hydrate under-eyes. My hope for this product was that it would be very moisturizing and occlusive enough to hold in that moisture overnight. I don’t have dry skin, but I try to keep my under-eyes well hydrated because they can sometimes look crepey when I wear makeup. That skin is so thin, it always looks better when it’s plumped and hydrated.

You might notice in the photos that my tube of The Fix Emergency Eye Mask is smaller than the standard 1 oz. size. Mine is only 0.5 oz. and was purchased in a limited edition set that is no longer available.

Product claims directly from VersedSkin.com

Sometimes that solid eight hours of sleep a night just doesn’t happen. This is the solution for all those times when it doesn’t. With provitamin B5 (a hardworking member of the B-complex vitamin family) and vitamin E, this gel mask nourishes and hydrates the delicate skin around the eyes. All the while cucumber juice cools and depuffs, and caffeine calms swelling and redness. It really is the fix for whatever eye woes may befall you. Keep it in the fridge to amplify its cooling, calming sensation—you may even let it stay while you sleep for a chilled overnight treatment. No matter how you wear it, your eyes will never not appreciate it.

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Other product details

  • Price: $17.99
  • Net weight: 1 oz./30 ml
  • Made in Thailand
  • Cruelty-free (Leaping Bunny certified)
  • Vegan
  • Appropriate for all skin types
  • Free of gluten, soy, fragrance, parabens, silicones, and sulfates
  • Formulated based on the EU’s safe ingredient standards
  • Recyclable packaging
  • Shelf life: 6 months
  • Where to buy: VersedSkin.com 
    • VersedSkin.com does not yet ship internationally, but they plan to do so in the future.
  • Overall rating: 9.6/10
    • Packaging/ease of application: 10/10
    • Hydration: 10/10
    • Team player: 10/10
    • Ingredients: 8/10
    • Price: 10/10

Please note that I am not a skincare professional. I am simply an individual that enjoys learning about and using skincare products. Speak to your dermatologist or esthetician if you have any concerns.

Packaging/ease of application

This eye mask is packaged in an opaque squeeze tube, which does a pretty good job of protecting the product from light and air. The opening is a bit larger than most eye creams I’ve had that are packaged in squeeze tubes, but given that Versed recommends using a pea-sized amount, I think that makes sense.

This product is easy to smooth under the eyes and can be used in a variety of ways. As I had hoped, this eye mask does have a thicker texture than most eye creams, even though it is a gel. While it is called an eye mask, I use it like a regular eye cream at night. I apply it either before or after my moisturizer at the end of my P.M. skincare routine. I use a little less than the recommended amount since I use it daily instead of only using it as a mask as needed. 

If you plan to use this eye mask as an actual eye mask instead of an eye cream, you may prefer to use it in the mornings. Versed claims that this product depuffs, and I think that is probably true since I have read reviews that it does indeed help to reduce puffiness! My theory in using it at night is that it will prevent puffiness at least partially so I’ll wake up without “extra baggage.”

Hydration

This eye mask really is exactly what I hoped it would be when I ordered it. I already mentioned that it is indeed a thicker product than most eye creams, but it is also hydrating and occlusive. It feels slightly cooling and hydrating immediately upon application, and it does not all soak in immediately. Since it is so thick and the emollient ingredients hold in the moisture, this eye mask keeps the skin around the eyes hydrated all night (or day, if you leave it on all day). 

As I said previously, I don’t use this product as an actual eye mask, but since that is its intended purpose, it must not take long for the skin to soak up a lot of moisture from it. The instructions for using it as a mask state that it’s only necessary to leave the product on for ten minutes, then the excess can be wiped off. That tells me that this product is very efficient (a lot of masks are to be left on 15-30 minutes)!

Team player

It’s very important for skincare products in a morning skincare routine to work well with each other since they will often be worn under makeup, but I also expect my night time skincare products to layer easily. It’s frustrating when products are difficult to blend in or when they pill up. Fortunately, The Fix Emergency Eye Mask plays very nicely with all other products that I’ve used with it. It’s normally the last or next to last step in my night time skincare routine (applied before or after moisturizer), and always applies smoothly over everything else.

For the purpose of this review, I tried using this eye mask as my eye cream this morning to see how it would wear under makeup. I only used a small amount so it wouldn’t cause anything to slide around. The product absorbed nicely and both my color-corrector and foundation applied easily over it. My makeup has stayed put and looks just like it would over my regular morning eye cream. “A+” team player!

Ingredients

My favorite category to review with skincare products is always ingredients, but I found that this product’s ingredient list is a little more complicated than what I usually see in the products that I review. I’ll start by listing all 35 ingredients below:

Water, glycerin, butylene glycol, peg-40 hydrogenated castor oil, caprylic/capric triglyceride, 1,2-hexanediol, ammonium acryloyldimethyltaurate/vp copolymer, cucumis sativus (cucumber) juice, coenzyme a, palmitoyl tripeptide-1, palmitoyl tetrapeptide-7, bupleurum falcatum root extract, caffeine, citric acid, ascorbic acid, rosa canina fruit oil, tocopherol, panthenol, trilaureth-4 phosphate, carbomer, phenoxyethanol, sodium hydroxide, tocopheryl acetate, propylene glycol, trisodium ethylenediamine disuccinate, saccharide isomerate, peg-8, sodium citrate, polysorbate 20, biotin, sodium benzoate, phosphoric acid, potassium sorbate, sodium lactate, sodium sulfite

That’s quite a list, huh? There’s a good number of skin-loving ingredients in that list, but the majority are what I’d call “neutral,” including a couple that may have special benefits to the skin (none that are proven). I’ll provide brief descriptions of the proven skin-loving ingredients first, because that’s what we really want to know about, right? 🙂

  • Glycerin
    • Natural moisturizer
  • Cucumber juice
    • Soothing
    • Emollient
    • Contains amino acids and an enzyme that has anti-inflammatory properties
  • Coenzyme A
    • Skin conditioner
    • Emollient
  • Palmitoyl tripeptide-1
    • Reduces deep eye wrinkles and increases collagen
    • “Famous” peptide known as Matrixyl 3000 when coupled with Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7 (see below)
  • Palmitoyl tetrapeptide-7
    • Reduces inflammation which slows degradation of collagen
  • Ascorbic acid (a.k.a. L-ascorbic acid)
    • Purest and most researched form of vitamin C
    • Potent antioxidant
  • Rosa canina fruit (rosehip) oil
    • High omega fatty acid content (linoleic, linolenic, and oleic acids)
    • Has antioxidant and skin-regenerative properties
  • Tocopherol (vitamin E)
    • Antioxidant
    • Strengthens skin barrier
  • Panthenol (provitamin B5)
    • Moisturizing
    • Humectant
  • Tocopheryl acetate (another form of vitamin E)
    • Antioxidant
    • Strengthens skin barrier
    • Not as well absorbed as pure vitamin E
  • Propylene glycol
    • Humectant
    • Helps active ingredients to penetrate the skin
  • Saccharide isomerate
    • Plant-derived moisturizer
    • Binds to the skin longer than other moisturizing ingredients to keep the skin hydrated longer
  • Sodium lactate
    • Moisturizing
    • pH regulator

I’m very happy to see all of these ingredients included in this Versed eye mask! I do wish that more of them could be at the top of the list. There are only four ingredients in the top ten that I have labeled as “good” (see the top four ingredients listed in the bullet points above). The other “good” ingredients are spread throughout the list and it’s likely that some of them don’t actually provide much benefit since their concentrations are low. Still, it’s great to see so many moisturizing ingredients and those peptides which are very helpful in preserving youthful skin.

All of the ingredients that I didn’t include in the bullet points above, I have labeled as “neutral.” Most of them support the formula in some way (i.e. texture enhancers and preservatives) while others simply aren’t proven as effective skincare ingredients. There are three ingredients that don’t have proven benefits to the skin: bupleurum falcatum root extract, caffeine, and biotin. Bupleurum falcatum root extract may have soothing and antioxidant properties, but there is not yet enough research to support those claims. Caffeine, which is a popular ingredient in eye creams, may have soothing and antioxidant properties, but again that hasn’t been proven. Caffeine also has a constricting effect which may improve the look of redness, but it could also be sensitizing. Lastly, biotin is often taken as a supplement for stronger nails and hair but it has no proven benefits to the skin. I don’t think any of these three ingredients are likely to cause problems for most people but I think they are unnecessary.

Overall, I am pleased with this product’s ingredient list. There’s a good number of skin-loving ingredients and most of the “neutral” ingredients make sense.

Price

Since Versed is a drugstore skincare brand, $17.99 might seem a little bit high for this product. There are a couple of things that must be taken into consideration, however. First, this product is meant to be an eye mask rather than an eye cream. Masks usually are a bit more expensive than daily-use skincare products. 

Next, the size of the tube is very generous! This is the only eye mask I’ve ever owned besides eye mask patches, but when compared to the size of most eye creams, it’s about double the size (1 oz. vs. 0.5 oz.)! It’s important to remember that Versed recommends using a pea-sized amount, but even if using that much every time, this tube provides enough product for a LOT of uses. If you plan to use this product as an eye cream (using a little less than the recommended amount) like I do, it will probably last you around six months which is much longer than most eye creams. When taking all that into consideration, I think the price is more than fair.


Versed The Fix Emergency Eye Mask is a brilliant product. I love how versatile it is! To recap, it can be used as intended (as an eye mask), but it can also be used as an eye cream in the morning or at night! Versed even suggests using it in the shower or while on a plane for extra hydration and de-puffing. I’m not sure if I’d ever use it either of those ways, but they’re interesting ideas!

Since this eye mask doesn’t contain any fragrance or other common irritants (with the possible exception of caffeine), I think it would be a wonderful addition to just about anyone’s skincare collection!

Do you ever use an eye mask similar to this one? Or maybe you prefer using a heavier eye cream (or mask) at night like I do? Let me know your favorite products for these purposes in the comments below. 🙂

Lauren

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Pacifica Coconut Essence Hydro Mist–Hydrating Facial Spray for a Quick Refresh Anytime

I’ve reviewed several types of skincare products here on IntegriBeauty. I view most of them as staples in my routine, like face washes, moisturizers, and sunscreens. One skincare product that I enjoy using, but see as more of a special treat for my skin, is facial mist. It’s not a necessary part of my skincare routine, and I don’t even use one every single day, but this is a product that is satisfying to use and has a lot of potential for a variety of uses.

I believe I’m now on my third bottle of Pacifica Coconut Essence Hydro Mist which is a hydrating facial mist. This is a product that’s been around for quite a long time and is loved by many. It can be used for a quick refresh anytime, but it could also be used as toner, to help with blending foundation, to revive makeup you’ve been wearing all day, etc. It is truly a versatile product that I’ve enjoyed having in my skincare collection for the past couple of years.

Product claims directly from PacificaBeauty.com

Aromatherapy and skin love unite in this light, hydrating mist infused with coconut water. Designed to help tone and balance the look of skin, leaving it feeling refreshed and dewy. Use anytime for a pick me up.

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Other product details

  • Price: $10.00
  • Net weight: 4 oz.
  • Made in the USA
  • Cruelty-free
  • Vegan
  • Shelf life: 24 months
  • Appropriate for all skin types
  • Formulated without parabens, phthalates, SLS, or mineral oil
  • Where to buy: PacificaBeauty.com and Amazon.com
    • Pacifica ships to the USA and Canada only
    • Amazon.com ships internationally to over 100 countries, but not all items will ship to every country. Update your default shipping address to see items that will ship to your location.
  • Overall rating: 9.2/10
    • Packaging/ease of application: 8/10
    • Hydration: 10/10
    • Ingredients: 8/10
    • Fragrance: 10/10
    • Price: 10/10

Please note that I am not a skincare professional. I am simply an individual that enjoys learning about and using skincare products. Speak to your dermatologist or esthetician if you have any concerns.

Packaging/ease of application

Pacifica Coconut Essence Hydro Mist is packaged in a pretty standard plastic spray bottle (though it is really cute!). It’s clear, which is nice because you can see how much product is left in the bottle. The one downside of the clear packaging is that some active skincare ingredients are affected by light and light easily penetrates this bottle. However, I’m not sure if any of the ingredients in this product are susceptible to damage from light. 

My one other complaint about this product’s packaging is in regards to the sprayer/”mister.” I wouldn’t call it aggressive like some are, but it doesn’t disperse the product as well as I’d like. I like a very gentle mist that disperses easily over my whole face, and I think this one could be improved.

I usually apply 3-6 spritzes of this mist, depending on how I’m using it. If I’m applying it over makeup, I usually will only use three spritzes to avoid breaking down my makeup. If I’m using it on clean skin, I use about six spritzes that I can then work into my skin. This product is very lightweight and feels like water. It soaks into the skin quickly and dries quickly if applying on top of makeup.

Pacifica also suggests spraying this mist on a foundation brush or makeup sponge to add moisture to any foundation. I don’t believe I’ve ever used this product in that way, but it’s a good idea!

Hydration

Even though this facial mist is water-light, it definitely provides a big shot of extra hydration. My skin always feels soft, refreshed, and well-hydrated after I’ve spritzed it on. If I get distracted after washing my face and want to keep my skin from drying out before I apply my other skincare products, I’ll often spritz this on to keep it damp longer. That’s important because molecules penetrate the skin better when it’s slightly damp (skincare products will be more effective when applied to damp skin vs. skin that’s completely dry).

If you have combination or oily skin and you’re concerned that this type of product might make you look greasy, do not fear! This product is oil-free and never leaves the skin looking greasy or tacky.

Ingredients

And now, for my favorite skincare review category: ingredients! I’ve already described this product as something that is pleasant to use and hydrating, but the ingredients will tell us if it’s really doing anything else for the skin.

Aqua, glycerin, sodium hyaluronate, aloe barbadensis leaf extract, panthenol (vitamin B), allantoin, potassium sorbate, camellia sinensis (green tea) leaf extract, hamamelis virginiana (witch hazel), cocos nucifera (coconut) water, sodium ascorbyl phosphate, caffeine, selaginella lepidophylla extract, phenoxyethanol, ethylhexylglycerin, parfum (natural)

There are a couple of controversial ingredients included in this list, as well as several “neutral” ingredients that support the formula, but there are also eight wonderful skin-loving ingredients! That’s really good considering there are only sixteen total ingredients. I’ll describe each of the eight ingredients that I can confidently say are good for the skin:

  • Glycerin
    • Natural moisturizer
  • Sodium hyaluronate
    • Sodium form of hyaluronic acid (humectant)
  • Aloe barbadensis leaf extract
    • Moisturizer
    • Anti-inflammatory
  • Panthenol
    • Moisturizer
    • Humectant
  • Allantoin
    • Soothes skin
  • Green tea leaf extract
    • Antioxidant
    • Anti-inflammatory
  • Coconut water
    • Moisturizes and nourishes skin
  • Sodium ascorbyl phosphate
    • Sodium form of vitamin C
    • Very stable

It’s great to see so many moisturizing ingredients in this facial mist, as well as the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant ingredients. These ingredients are sure to keep skin happy all day long!

I mentioned that there are a couple of controversial ingredients included in this product. The first is witch hazel. Witch hazel (which contains antioxidants and is soothing to the skin) may be sensitizing to the skin due to one of the antioxidant components called “tannin” as well as a chemical compound called “eugenol.” I have never experienced any problems with witch hazel, but some people are not able to use it. 

The other controversial ingredient, caffeine, is not proven to be effective (though it may have soothing, antioxidant, and redness-reducing constricting properties) and may be sensitizing. Caffeine can be found in a lot of skincare products these days, but I am skeptical about its effectiveness. Fortunately, I have never reacted badly to any topical products containing caffeine. Just like with witch hazel, some people may not be able to use products containing caffeine.

The only other ingredient of note, in my opinion, is the natural fragrance (parfum). I think every Pacifica product I’ve reviewed has contained undisclosed natural fragrance. I know they have proprietary fragrance blends, but it would be nice if they would disclose the specific ingredients since a lot of people are very sensitive to fragrance, even natural fragrances. 

Overall, I’m really happy with the ingredients in this product. There are a lot of really good ones, including seven in the top ten! That’s great, because the ingredients closer to the top have the highest concentrations.

Fragrance

If you’ve read a lot of my Pacifica product reviews, you probably already know how I feel about the fragrance of this product. That’s because this one, like many of the Pacifica products I’ve reviewed, smells like coconuts! I love coconut scented products because they smell sweet and tropical. I can pretend for a few seconds that I’m in a tropical paradise when I spray this on my face. 🙂 This facial mist smells very similar or maybe even identical to Pacifica Coconut Water Micellar Cleansing Tonic if you’re familiar with that product.

Price

Some facial sprays are ridiculously overpriced, and some of them are just glorified water. This one is a quality product that does a lot for the skin. I think it’s very fairly priced at $10.00 for four ounces. That’s only $2.50/ounce! This is a type of product that some people may run through quickly depending on how often they use it, but a bottle of it lasts me a long time since I don’t use it every single day. Even if you use up a bottle every couple of months, you don’t have to feel bad about repurchasing it at such a low price.


Before I tried this product, I thought facial sprays were kind of silly and a waste of money. Now that I’ve been using Pacifica Coconut Essence Hydro Mist for at least a couple of years, I know facial spray is a very refreshing and enjoyable product that’s worthy of a spot in everyone’s skincare collection. I may not always have this particular one, but I think I’ll always have some type of facial spray on hand.

This type of product has become very popular since it is so versatile and energizing. I think most people would enjoy Pacifica Coconut Essence Hydro Mist, especially anyone that enjoys the coconut scent!

Have you ever used a facial spray? Please share your favorite in the comments below!

Lauren

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