Reviewed by Sophie
The Michael Todd Hydration Boost Facial Serum ($37) provides a bottle full of awesome at a very palatable price point. The bottle describes the serum as a “concentrated hydrating serum infused with neem and other essential oils to restore the skin’s optimal moisture balance.” And hydrating it is. On my combination skin, the serum absorbs rapidly and leaves my skin with enough hydration that I could forego a moisturizer if I chose. I like to use this serum in the morning on its own or as a primer under makeup. It leaves my skin plump, refreshed, and moisturized all day long. I even put this to the test on my legs, where I have ultra dry, scaly skin. At the end of the day, my legs are still soft and thoroughly hydrated.
Most of all, there is little to dislike in terms of its ingredients. The serum is brimming with great hydrators like aloe, essential oils, sodium hyaluronate, and DMAE. I especially love the fact that it leaves my skin soft and plump, but does so without silicones. I could also do without the phenoxyethanol. Plus, it’s 70% organic and certified vegan to boot!
In sum, if you have normal to oily skin, this serum constitutes a great, lightweight moisturizer that should satisfy all your hydration needs. For those with dry skin, I’m inclined to say that this might actually be sufficient for all your hydration needs as well, but even if not, this serum packs a punch and would be phenomenal if used in combination with other products for that extra moisture “boost.”
The serum does have a fresh, natural scent to it, which eventually dissipates. But those who are ultra sensitive to smells may want to give it a test sniff if possible. The pump is a little overeager in its dispensation, so you’ll have to use it with a gentle touch. This is especially true given that with this serum a little goes a long way.
Overall, Michael Todd’s Hydration Boost Facial Serum gets high marks in my book and I look forward to trying other Michael Todd products in the future.
Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis (Organic Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Kosher Vegetable Glycerin, DMAE (Dimethylaminoethanol), Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Emulsifying Wax Nf, Theobroma Grandiflorum (Cupuaçu) Butter, MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane), Spirulina Maxima (Blue Green Algae) Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate (Hyaluronic Acid), Euterpe Oleracea (Acai Fruit) Pulp Powder, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Phenoxyethanol, Salix Nigra (Black Willowbark) Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Oleoresin, Azadirachta Indica (Neem) Oil, Essential Oils, Xanthan Gum (Polysaccharide Gum), Sodium Benzoate, Glucolactone, Citric Acid