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Sweetsation Therapy has recently been garnering the high praises of the Truth in Aging community and the Sweetsation Q*Lumiere Organic Day Creme ($29) is another solid offering. This day moisturizer, with cucumber and CoQ10, is said to produce "glowing silky skin" and delivers on its promise.
The first thing one notices upon application of this cream is that the cucumber smell is unmistakable. The moisturizer smells intensely of cucumbers upon first application. I did not mind the fragrance too much (picture crushing cucumbers and putting your nose right up to them), though even I found it a bit a strong. Luckily, the smell eventually dissipates.
The cream comes with a large but responsive airless pump. I found that I rarely needed a full pump to cover my face. This is especially true given the fact the cream has a rather thick consistency and a little goes a long way. Despite its relative thickness, the cream spreads nicely, leaving your skin feeling well moisturized, silky, and a little glowing. Indeed, the cream leaves the subtlest sheen to your skin, likely due to the presence of a slew of natural oils such as sunflower oil, jojoba oil, and rose oil. As such, the cream is probably better suited for those with dry and normal skin types.
The formula is chockfull of other beneficial ingredients. The moisturizer is said to be rich in ellagic acid, which is an antioxidant found in certain berries and which protects against ultraviolet damage by blocking the production of matrix metalloproteinase enzymes that break down collagen. Watermelon, rich in vitamin C, also figures in the mix and helps prevent photo-aging. In the hydration department, spirulina, cucumber, and sea kelp help keep the skin moisturized. The silky feeling the cream leaves behind is no doubt in part due to the 18 types of silk amino acids found in the formula. As for the CoQ10 touted on the front of the bottle, this antioxidant has been documented to help prevent environmental damage and smooth fine lines. Rounding off this extensive cast of intriguing players is asiatic acid, sourced from reishi mushrooms and said to aid in the fading of sun spots and reduction of wrinkles. The same mushrooms are also said to contain kojic acid, which is also a skin brightener.
Over the course of a four-week trial, I found that the Q*Lumiere Organic Day Creme offered solid hydration and left my skin soft and glowing. Since I have combination skin, I usually do not gravitate towards heavier consistency day creams like this one, but I suspect that Q*Lumiere would be great for those with drier or normal skin types. Finally, despite the presence of skin brighteners in the formula, I did not notice any fading of hyperpigmentation spots. However, I did not necessarily expect to see visible results with a general day cream in such short an amount of time. I would more realistically turn to heavier-hitting, targeted solutions if that was a primary area of concern.
In sum, Sweetsation Therapy has delivered a solid cream sure to please those looking for a no-fuss moisturizer with effective hydration, a slight dewiness, and beneficial ingredients. The only thing not to like is the preservative phenoxyethanol; luckily it is quite far down the list of ingredients. The EWG database gives this product an overall low toxicity rating, which aligns with Sweetsation's marketing of this product as a "pregnancy-safe age defying treatment."
Ingredients in Sweetsation Q*Lumiere Organic Day Creme: Purified Water, Organic Barbadensis Leaf Juice (Aloe), Organic Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower Oil), Glyceryl Stearate, Kosher Vegetable Glycerin, Octyl Palmitate, Organic Cocos Nucifera (Coconut Oil), Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa Butter), Cetyl Alcohol, Potassium Stearate, Organic Beeswax, Organic Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber Distillate), Silk Protein Amino Acid Blend (Sodium L-Pyrrolidone Carboxylate, Sodium Lactate, L'Arginine, L-Aspartic Acid, L-Pyrrolidonecarboxylic Acid, Glycine, L-Alanine, L-Serine, L-Valine, L-Proline, L-threonine, L-Isoleucine, L-Histidine, L-Phenylalanine), Hyaluronic Acid, Calophyllum Tacamahaca (Tamanu) Seed Oil, Rosa Damascena (Rose) Essential Oil, Caviar Extract, Macrocystis Pyrifera (Kelp), Spirulina Maxima (Spirulina), Orgainc Ganoderma Lucidum (Kojic Acid/Reishi) Extract, Organic Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Seed Extract, Organic Avena Sativa (Oat) Extract, Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Extract, Pumila Mill (Apple) fruit extract, Psidium guajava (Guava) fruit extract, Citrullus lanatus (Watermelon) fruit extract, Rubus Ideaus (Raspberry) Seed Oil, Hippophae Rhamnoides (Sea Buckthorn Oil), Fragaria vesca (Strawberry) Fruit Extract, Prunus armeniaca (Apricot) fruit extract, Ananas Sativus (Pineapple) Fruit Extract, Organic Salix Alba (Willow Bark) Extract, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract, Morinda Citrifolia (Noni) Extract, Squalene, Organic Borago Officinalis (Borage) Seed Oil, Organic Linum Usitatissimum (Flax Seed Oil), Co Q10, Organic Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose Oil), Organic Rosa Canina (Rose Hips Oil), Panthenol (Vitamin B5), Allantoin, Organic Arnica Montana (Arnica), Organic Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Extract, Organic Calendula Officinalis (Calendula) Extract, Organic Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile) Essential Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Macadamia Integrifolia (Macadamia Nut Oil), Sodium Carbomer, Phenoxyethanol, EthylHexylGlycerin.