Chella Night Cream Ultra Hydrator- reader reviewed
Living in Colorado, my skin is constantly thirsty. The arid climate and 300 days of sunshine per year has done some serious damage to it, including hyperpigmentation, fine lines/wrinkles, dryness, and the start of sagging/bagging. Keep in mind that I’m 44, so some of this is also natural aging. These skin conditions have led me on a search for multi-purpose moisturizers recently, hoping to find one that offers anti-aging benefits as well as serious moisture. I decided to try the Chella Night Cream Ultra Hydrator with Peptides ($100).
Let me start by saying I have extremely sensitive skin that breaks out when I even think about switching products. I can get rashes of small, irritated bumps, or more likely, gigantic painful red swollen cysts that stay around for months and then leave a pit or scar. I very rarely change facial products but when I do they’re non-comedogenic, a relatively limited list of ingredients perfect for sensitive skin. Because the Chella is so rich, I started using it only on my neck at first.
After using the product for four days, my neck started to become irritated and I ended up with blocked pores and bumps. I stopped using it for a few days. The bumps eventually went away, so I started using it again, and found I liked the moisturizing feel of the product. I did notice it didn’t do much (nothing, really) for the beginnings of my dry-looking turkey neck.
While continuing to use it on my neck, I began using it on my forehead, which is less likely to break out than the rest of my face. Again, after three to four days, I started noticing small red bumps, which I treated with benzoyl peroxide. Given the breakouts on both my neck and my forehead, I opted out of using it on the most breakout prone place on my face – my cheeks and chin.
This Chella night cream, though calling itself an ultra hydrator, doesn’t have a heavy feel. It has an easy slip on the skin, not a tacky or greasy feeling. It also requires minimal rubbing in as it soaks in fully and almost immediately. A solid clean white, it is very lightly scented – a pleasant clean aroma slightly reminiscent of Dove soap.
The ingredient list is extensive – 58 of them! I try to keep it under 25 or so ingredients for moisturizers, and many of those in Chella that I didn’t recognize. The heavy-hitter moisturizers and anti-agers are ethyl macadamiate (macadamia nut), shea butter, and vitamins A, C, and E. Towards the last half of the list were ingredients such as palmitoyl tetrapeptide 7, and extracts of lavender, chamomile, grape seed extracts, green tea, aloe leaf, gotu kola, butcher’s broom, marigold, horse chestnut and licorice root.
I have been using the extra on my hands as moisturizer, and it’s definitely improved how dry/wrinkly they look. True to its name, it is definitely an “ultra hydrator” and leaves the skin feeling fully moisturized. However, this product may not be suitable for those with breakout-prone skin.
Ingredients: Water (aqua), Ethyl Macadamiate, Octyldodecanol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Oleth-10 Phosphate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethiconol, Cetyl Esters, Tribehenin PEG-20 Esters, Glyceryl Stearate, Tribehenin, Butyrospermum Parkii (shea Butter), Dimethicone, Sodium Polyacrylate, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Trideceth-6, Ethyl Linoleate, Retinyl Palmitate (vitamin A), Ascorbyl Palmitate (vitamin C), Tocopheryl Acetate (vitamin E), Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate, Propylene Glycol, Fragrance (parfum), Dimethyl Lauramine Oleate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Dimethicone PEG-8 Meadowfoamate, Juglans Regia (walnut) Seed Extract, Sodium Hydroxide, Rosa Canina (rose Hip) Fruit Oil, Xanthan Gum, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/vp Copolymer, Algae Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Pca, Hydroxyethyl Urea, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Glycine, Proline, Alanine, Glucosamine Hcl, Yeast Extract, Urea, Allantoin, Beeswax, Bisabolol, Lavandula (lavender) Flower Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (camomile) Flower Extract, Vitis Vinifera (grape) Seed Extract, Panthenol (provitamin B5), Camellia Sinensis (green Tea) Leaf Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Centella Asiatica (gotu Kola) Extract, Ruscus Aculeatus (butcher’s Broom) Root Extract, Calendula Officinalis (marigold) Flower Extract, Aesculus Hippocastanum (horse Chestnut) Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (licorice) Root Extract