ReLuma Advanced Facial Moisturizer - reader reviewed
First off, I'm pleased that ReLuma gave their new moisturizer a different name. I hate when companies reformulate and it's not realized until the product seems a little off, or just doesn't quite perform the same as it did before. How many of us compare ingredients before repurchasing a much loved product to make sure the ingredients have remained the same? I wish all companies would rename their products after they've reformulated them. Renaming sends a clear message that a product has changed, and after comparing ReLuma's 2 moisturizers, I'd say quite a bit has changed.
For those who read my review of ReLuma's Skin Illuminating Anti-Aging Moisturizer and wished it contained more moisturizing ingredients, your wish has come true with the well named ReLuma Advanced Facial Moisturizer. Shea Butter, aloe and squalane give a big boost to the moisturizing benefits of Advanced Facial when compared to the moisture given by Skin Illuminating Moisturizer. Dimethicone has been added too, to seal in all this moisture and provide a protective barrier to guard against moisture loss. Another big improvement in Advanced Facial is the addition of antioxidants camellia sinensis extract (green tea) and citrus gradis extract (grapefruit). Skin Illuminating formula contains no antioxidants.
The preservative methylisothiazolinone has been tossed out and phenoxyethanol is used instead. Of these 2 evils I do prefer phenoxyethanol when used at 1% or less, and ReLuma tells us that the concentration in Advanced Facial is .07%.
Since I'm adding up the positives in a bottle of Advanced Facial, let's add 20 ml more moisturizer, too! You get considerably more moisturizer in a 50 ml bottle of Advanced Facial, compared to 30 ml in a bottle of Skin Illuminating.
Along with all of these positive changes ReLuma made to Advanced Facial, there's 10 changes that I'm not happy about. Those wonderful 10 amino acids that I admire in Skin Illuminating Moisturizer have been replaced in Advanced Facial with two expression line inhibiting peptides, acetyl hexapeptide-8 (Argireline) and pentapeptide-18. I can't say I see any results, even superficial ones from the use of these 2 peptides so, therefore, I really, really, wish ReLuma would have included those amino acids instead.
After 4 weeks of use, my skin's texture is soft and definitely well hydrated, but improved color is lacking with the use of Advanced Facial. This has me believing that the improved color I experienced with the aptly named Skin Illuminating Moisturizer was due to those amino acids, which are now missing.
Otherwise, I'm happily relieved to tell you that my skin has not revolted in break outs from all the additional moisture I've applied to it every morning. Advanced Facial gives my skin a dewy rather than a matte look after being applied. I personally prefer the matte finish of Skin Illuminating Moisturizer, but it's not a greasy oily look, just a dewy look which I'm not accustomed to favoring.
So, while I'll get more product, moisturizing, and antioxidants from the Advanced Facial Moisturizer, I still like ReLuma Skin Illuminating Anti-Aging Moisturizer better. Skins drier than mine, however, might prefer and need the Advanced Facial. I hope ReLuma will continue to sell the Skin Illuminating Moisturizer, but I think they could rename it ReLuma Perfect Moisturizer, if they'd put in the amino acids and replace phenoxyethanol with radish root!
Still believe, though, if you're using ReLuma's Serum ($135 in the TIA store), there's nothing better to top it with than one of ReLuma's 2 moisturizers!
TIA note: We will continue to sell the old version of ReLuma's moisturizer in the TIA shop!
Ingredients: Human Adipose Derived Stem Cell Conditioned Media, DI Water, Glycerin, Cetearyl Olivate/Sorbitant Olivate, Jojoba Oil, Sorbitant Olivate, Caprilic/Capric triglycerides, Polysorbate-20, Shea Butter, Aloe barbabensis Leaf Juice, Alpha-Tocopheryl Acetate, Dimethicone, Squalane, Phenoxyethanol, Xanthan Gum, Arabidopsis thaliana extract/Lecithin Citrus Gradis Extract, Camellia Sinensis extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Pentapeptide-18/Caprylyl Glycol, Co-Enzymes Q-10, CL. Panthenol, Allantoin