Reviewed by Ann

Chella Day Cream Replenishing Hydrator SPF 25 is a twofer - an anti-aging moisturizer and a sunscreen in one. In most cases, I have found that these combined products are like a jack of all trades, being master of none. The product comes in a pump bottle and is more of a lotion than a cream. It is smooth, lightly and pleasantly fragranced, and spreads easily. It contains 44 different ingredients. The sunscreen is the active ingredient, and it is interesting.

Chella uses a chemical (well, it’s more of a process) from Japan called “Silasoma.” This is actually a collection of ingredients that bind to the chemical sunscreen (avobenzone), creating a barrier between your skin and the chemical. The theory is that the sunscreen sits on top of your skin, battling all the nasty UV rays, but never sinks in and binds to the skin, where it can degrade and then do the opposite. Silasoma includes a silk protein, which accounts for the effortless glide when you smooth it on.

The formula includes some interesting plants and herbs, such as horse chestnut. This is a vasoconstrictor and is thought to be helpful in healing broken capillaries. Butcher’s Broom root extract is said to reduce swelling and redness. Marigold extract has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. Evening primrose is known for its moisturizing and rejuvenating properties, and gotu kola is supposed to reduce fine lines and wrinkles and build collagen. For moisturizing, Chella has included allantoin, sunflower seed oil and phospholipids. There is a smattering of vitamin C for brightness.

The things I don’t like, which were flagged as moderate hazards, were many of the usual suspects: Phenoxyethanol features prominently. It’s seen twice on the ingredients list. Also included are propylene glycol, glyceral stearate and disodium EDTA.

The product also includes retinyl palmitate. Personally, I am on the fence about this ingredient. I read so much about how it is counterproductive to have in sunscreen, then that rhetoric was toned down. I would just rather avoid it, but if everything else is wonderful, I can look the other way.

The day cream I received was formulated for normal to dry skin. My skin is mostly normal, sometimes a little oily in the T-zone, so I wondered if it would be a bit heavy. It’s not. It glides over your face (and hands) and sinks in, leaving a dewy glow. My skin felt so soft - like silk. It makes an excellent base for any makeup or powder. No need for any primer, unless you prefer a more matte finish. I also dabbed it around my eyes, over my eye cream.

I started using this while it was still winter here in Central Illinois, but we’ve had some freaky warm temperatures, in the 70s and even 80s, so I have been able to test it out in summer conditions as well. For colder weather, I found it to be amply moisturizing. It mixed fine with the serums and other treatments I would use. It didn’t pill or build up on my skin. I find that my face is more apt to be shiny and oily if it is not moisturized enough, but with the Chella Day Cream I did not have this problem. When it got hotter, it was a little heavy. It would not sink in as well and ooh, if I got sweaty and it ran in to my eyes, it stung. In the summer-like weather, I found it to be too much.

I didn’t see any anti-aging benefits at all. I do have some lines and wrinkles I would have liked to see softened, but they were not.

All in all, I think this product does a fine job of moisturizing and more safely protecting your skin from sun damage (thanks to the encapsulating Silasoma). While it has some undesirable ingredients, I think the beneficial ones outweigh them.

I would recommend it to a younger person who does not need to treat aging concerns. The cost is $85 for 1.7 oz. and since a little goes a ways, it will last a few months. If all you need is moisturizing sunscreen, this is not a bad deal. If you have to layer it along with other anti-aging products, it would be costly and, at least for me, too heavy, especially during the summer.

Ingredients: Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate 6.60% Sunscreen Butyl Methoxydibezoylmethane 1.65% Sunscreen Water (aqua), Polysilicone-14, Butylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Etidronic Acid, Glycerin, Caprylic/capric Triglyceride, C12-c15 Alkyl Benzoate, Sodium Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate, Hydrogenated Polydecense, Trideceth-10, Propylene Glycol, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Polysorbate 60, Helianthus Annuus (sunflower) Seed Oil, Dimethicone, Panthenol (provitamin B5), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Phospholipids, Retinyl Palmitate (vitamin A), Ascorbyl Palmitate (vitamin C), Tocopheryl Acetate (vitamin E), Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Glycine, C18-22 Hydroxyalkyl Hydroxypropyl Guar, Proline, Fragrance (parfum), Stearic Acid, Allantoin, Oenothera Biennis (evening Primrose) Extract, Centella Asiatica (gotu Kola) Extract, Ruscus Aculeatus (butchers Broom) Root Extract, Calendula Officinalis (marigold) Flower Extract, Aesculus Hippocastanum (horse Chesnut) Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (licorice) Root Extract, Camellia Sinensis (green Tea) Leaf Extract, Vitis Vinifera (grape) Seed Extract, Alanine, Disodium Edta