A lightweight, scent-free gel moisturizer designed for dry and sensitive skin types
There’s no beating around the bush here. When it comes to moisturizing my perennially parched complexion, I generally steer clear of products that deem themselves “lightweight” or “weightless.” Instead, I aim for thick, emollient creams that soften dry patches like it’s nobodies business. So when Simple Water Boost Hydrating Gel Cream landed on my desk and I was tasked with trying it out, I had my reservations. Truthfully, I didn’t expect it to do much at all for my skin, which tends to be more dehydrated than most due to a skin condition I was born with called Netherton Syndrome.
Nevertheless, the following morning, I dutifully pulled out the tube, squeezed a quarter-sized dollop into my palm, and began pressing the gel cream onto my skin after cleansing. To my surprise, it felt good — like really good. But for me, the real test would be how my skin felt an hour later, as well as throughout the day since often times these lightweight creams leave my skin feeling tight after just a few hours (sometimes minutes depending on how dry I am that day). But that was not the case. I was happy to find that the Simple Water Boost Hydrating Gel Cream left my skin feeling soothed and hydrated — not to mention flake-free — until dinnertime. By the time I got home, I could see some areas that were in desperate need of a second dose, but all in all, I was super pleased with the results.
Designed with sensitive skin types in mind, the gel formula contains plant extracts and minerals, which simultaneously soothe and hydrate skin that may be in a worse for wear state. It also contains lactic acid for an ultra-gentle exfoliation. What’s more: I must say, I love that all of Simple’s products are formulated without any harsh chemicals, artificial fragrances, colors, or parabens, which have been known to irritate reactive skin like mine.
The final verdict: Will I be making this gel-cream my new daily moisturizer? Probably not since my condition requires I need heavier hydrators most mornings. But I will save it for days when my skin is cooperating and could use a little weightless moisture underneath makeup. Until summer, I wait.
Try it for yourself in March 2018’s Allure Beauty Box.
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