Do you really need a cream dedicated to daytime use? The answer is yes. Not only do well formulated day creams provide lasting hydration, but they also protect the skin from environmental stressors (think UV, air pollution, dry air and more) while turning back the clock throughout the day. However, I’ll admit, it is hard to find really good morning moisturizers. They seem to fall into the following categories: overpriced and unexceptional, nice but filled with unexceptional emollients, or a bit too basic. We do have some unique and effective options in the Truth In Aging store, such as Your Best Face’s reworking of Defend, but there’s always the lure of what’s new and exciting.
After a long forage, I have a good roundup of potential new testers. Join me on my day cream discovery to learn more about those I selected for testing, as well as some noteworthy rejects. If anyone has a personal favorite, or ones that you are simply curious about, I’d love to hear from you, too.
Kate Somerville Wrinkle Warrior 2-in-1 ($95)
Kate Somerville was bought by Unilver not so long ago and is trying to keep its indie persona while morphing into a big brand. Curious to see how it is doing, I took a look at the moisturizer-cum-serum, Wrinkle Warrior 2-in-1. The formula is really all about hyaluronic acid, oddly billed as coming in three sizes (molecular size one assumes). It also has some copper lysate and an interesting peptide from soy called polyglutamic acid, which puts is above the average moisturizer, but the product is brought down by silicones, fillers and chemical fragrance.
Pratyka Supreme Defense Fluid ($95)
As this was on Credo Beauty, a store that focuses on natural beauty, I had high hopes for its capabilities. But they were somewhat dashed by some of the not-so-natural ingredients of this “comforting emulsion.” There’s propanediol, which can be a skin irritant, as can sodium benzoate, sodium hydroxide and fragrance. The rest of the formula is okay, but inexpensive oils don’t really qualify for the price tag.
French Girl Organics Crème Fraiche ($24-$46)
This is one of those moisturizers that doesn’t do harm, but is just too basic for my taste. The base is aloe juice and there’s shea butter, witch hazel and rosehip oil. It almost feels like something you could whip up in the kitchen and sell on Etsy.
Goop Revitalizing Day Moisturizer ($100)
Gwyneth Paltrow joined forces with Juice Beauty and the evidence is there in the signature juices. Neither the celebrity factor nor a peptide can justify the price point for something that is mostly essential oils with cheap fillers such as starch, wax and gum.
Selected for testing
Hylunia Facial Day Lotion ($75)
Although not for purists, due mostly to the chemical sunscreen (one of the lesser evil ones), this day lotion has some very good things going for it. There is a hefty dose of hyaluronic acid and ferments of copper, zinc and other minerals. Also notable are beta glucans from oats, a marine ferment and turmeric, as well as antioxidant green tea.
One Love Skin Savior Waterless Beauty Balm ($49)
We already know that we love One Love and this is an intriguing product to say the least. It’s a cleanser and moisturizer all in one and is certainly choice for those that want to declutter the bathroom cabinet. You’d have to like coconut oil since that is the base, but there is also mango butter, chia seed and oats.
Oseo Atmosphere Protection Cream ($48)
Described a lightweight moisturizer, this sounds nourishing with shea butter, macadamia and avocado oil. I like the plant-derived amino acids, algae, ginkgo biloba and geranium extracts. Together, they help provide barrier protection against surface damage caused by environmental stressors such as extreme dry climates, wind and air pollution
Gaelle Organic Crème Supérieure ($78)
This is a new brand to me, and I’d be interested to hear from anyone who has tried it. I almost dismissed this moisturizer as looking nice but not special with its shea butter and pomegranate seed oil. However, I had overlooked a couple of things that make it a cut above, including the super antioxidant gluconolactone and bovine colostrum powder (no less).
Laurel Facial Balm Transform Daily ($96)
This is pricey, but the selection of plant extracts is good. Amongst the extracts, I like red clover (good for menopausal skin and not that easy to find) and astragulus, which boosts the immune system. It certainly looks as if the skin would drink it up.
Youth To the People Kale + Spinach Age Prevention Cream ($48)
There are vitamins from A through E and hyaluronic acid. Kale and spinach extracts are joined by green tea, chamomile and alfalfa. There’s phenoxyethanol, a harsh preservative, but it is otherwise pretty clean. Instinct says it will work well for 30-somethings and 40-somethings.
Drunk Elephant Lala Retro Whipped Cream ($60)
We have reviewed Drunk Elephant in the past, and I was disappointed that it didn’t get more love from the TIA community. Looking at this moisturizer, I feel torn as it does have some good things going for it and could provide a good excuse to revisit the brand. I like that it has some exotic African plant extracts like baobab and fruit from the mongongo tree. Less appealing are the usual suspects in the preservative department, but the good certainly outweighs the bad.