By Jennifer C.
As a holistic healthcare practitioner in Los Angeles, I’m always on the lookout for new organic skincare lines. I was excited to hear I had been picked to try to Ayelet Opulence Nutrient Dense Moisture Cream ($42 in the shop), especially after reading the ingredient list and learning this moisturizer was organic. I am 38 years old with sensitive skin; it’s clear and rosy when in balance, but can be prone to rosacea and breakouts. My usual skin care routine consists of a gentle cleanser and moisturizer, as well as occasional masks and glycolic pads. With my skin, oftentimes less is more. I’m always searching for the perfect moisturizer — one that will keep my sensitive skin balanced and hydrated and, of course, anti-aging properties are always welcome.
What appealed to me most while reading the ingredients for Ayelet’s Opulence was the combination of hyaluronic acid, chlorella, and methylsulfonylmethane (MSM). My sensitive skin has reacted well to hyaluronic acid in the past, especially during the hot, dry summer season, and chlorella extract is known to protect against sun damage. I also liked the inclusion of skin-soothing rose petal distillate and aloe as the first two ingredients.
Scrolling even further through the ingredient list, the ones with anti-inflammatory properties seemed almost too good to be true: borage seed oil, evening primrose oil, pomegranate oil, vitamin B-5, vitamin E, green tea extract, and chamomile oil, as well as aspen bark extract (which I had to look up). Aspen bark, it turns out, has been touted for its anti-microbial properties, as well as claims that it gives the skin a smooth feel and appearance. It seems aspen bark and radish root, also included in this formula, are likely used as preservatives. There is nothing nasty that I could find.
When I first opened the container, the smell was a subtle note of rose. The texture of the cream was thicker than I was expecting, and looking back through the ingredients, I guess this is from the shea butter. I’m always a little apprehensive to try new products, based on the reactivity of my skin, but I scooped a dollop of this cream and applied it after washing my face at night. The cream felt thick on my face, as if it didn’t absorb entirely, but that's my only complaint.
The next morning, my skin looked even and balanced with no breakouts. I didn’t use the cream in the morning, because it seemed too heavy for daytime and I was worried it might clog my pores. But I found the cream to be excellent for nighttime use. I also experimented using this cream as a mask and found it worked wonders after spending a little too much time in the sun.
While I didn’t notice any great improvement in the condition of my skin throughout the month of testing Ayelet Opulence, I do think my skin has been softer come morning after nighttime application. It has remained happy, hydrated, and healthy with no breakouts — for me that says a lot! I probably won’t purchase this cream for future use, but I believe it would be a great choice for younger or drier skin types and for those who like the feel of a rich cream.