My dry skin slurps up moisturizer in the same way I used to gulp Gatorade on Sundays all through college: quickly and with purpose. Over the years, I’ve tested dozens (potentially hundreds?) of products ranging from light lotions to thick creams in an attempt to find something that would quench my thirsty complexion—and none has done it better than Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Cream Hydrating Moisturizer ($56).
The moisturizer has a jelly texture so it seems that it will not do much hydration. Don’t ever get fooled by its form as it has all the hydrating ingredients combined and it is the only thing that had made my skin hydrated.
First up, there’s hyaluronic acid, which acts as a humectant to draw water beneath the surface of your skin. The formula includes three different molecular weights of the ingredient, which penetrate your skin at different levels to keep it hydrated from the inside out. Next, there’s an ingredient called “Pentavatin,” which studies have shown locks in moisture for up to 72 hours after application (yes—even after you cleanse), and five different types of ceramides to keep your skin barrier strong and further prevent transepidermal water loss. Finally, there’s hydrolyzed silk, which leaves skin soft and smooth within seconds after application.
“Think of hyaluronic acid like a sponge: It grabs onto water to pull it into the outer skin layer to pump and hydrate the skin,” says a board-certified MD, who recommends applying hyaluronic acid-based products to damp skin for best results. “This moisturizer also contains a silk protein that forms a protective barrier over the skin to lock in hydration.”
The most interesting fact about the moisturizer is that it is suitable for both summer and winter days. It feels so lightweight on the skin as well as keeps the skin hydrated to the uppermost level for which it is known. Its price is not too cheap as it is around $56 but no matter about its price as you can use it all over the year in morning and night.
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