Emulsion Hydra-Mat (Hydra-Mat Emulsion)

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$40 - 1.4 fl. oz.
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Category:
Skin Care > Moisturizers (Daytime and Nighttime) > Oil-Absorbing/Mattifying
Last Updated:
3/13/2013
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
No

A product that contains a plant oil as its third ingredient cannot possibly be mattifying, and this moisturizer is no exception! It has a lightweight lotion texture but its main ingredients are best suited for normal to slightly dry skin or for use on dry areas of combination skin.

In some ways, this moisturizer has a better formula than others from Embryolisse that tend to get more buzz. But the beneficial ingredients this contains aren’t impressive enough to make this product worth its price or worth choosing over lots of other moisturizers. It’s an okay option that comes close to being better than okay, but not by much. This contains fragrance, though seemingly not as much as other products from Embryolisse.

Pros:

  • Contains some good moisturizing ingredients for dry skin, yet the texture is lightweight.

Cons:

  • Expensive—for an overall average formula.
  • Cannot mattify skin—not with oil as the third ingredient!
  • Lacks absorbent ingredients needed to keep oily skin shine-free.

Ensures optimal moisturizing and a long lasting matt effect. It absorbs excessive sebum and reduces shininess. Skin is toned with Apricot Oil.

Water, Glycerin, Prunus Armeniaca Kernel Oil, Isononyl Isononanoate, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate, Sodium Acryloyldimethyl, Taurate Copolymer, Squalane, Butyrospermum Parkii Oil, Polymethylmetacrylate, Corn Starch Modified, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Carbomer, Tocopheryl Acetate, Isopentyldiol, Caprylyl Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Polysorbate-60, Allantoin, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Fragrance, EDTA, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Glyceryl Caprylate, Tropolone, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Hydroxide

This small, French-themed skin-care brand was created in the 1950s by a physician (his name was not provided by the company) who wanted to offer products to his patients. We suppose in that sense this line pre-dates the late 1990s boom of doctor-designed skin care, which is really its only claim to fame.

The main problem with Embryolisse products is how outdated the formulas are. These products may have been state-of-the-art in the 1950s, but several decades later we know much more about what skin needs to be healthy and act young. There is no question that skin care ingredient research from the 1950s compared to today is vastly different (to your skin's benefit)!

Embryolisse advertises their line's simplicity, and this line is simple. That can be a good thing for sensitive, reactive, skin (the fewer the ingredients in a given product, the less likely it is that someone with sensitive skin to react to that product). However, in terms of barrier repair technology, these products are far from modern. Where are the ceramides, cholesterol, essential fatty acids, and cell-communicating ingredients that research has shown repair and reinforce a healthy skin barrier? They're not here; instead, you get mostly standard cosmetic ingredients with fragrance—something sensitive, reactive skin never needs.

Last, none of these products contain "active" ingredients as claimed—at least not active in the sense of retinol, niacinamide, or other proven anti-aging ingredients. And although the company states that all their claims are "sincere" without "unrealistic promises" this isn't true across the board; indeed, several products carry claims that stretch the truth or are simply not possible--either due to the formula, or because cosmetic ingredients have limitations. In the end, despite the buzz you may have heard or seen on beauty blogs or You Tube, Embryolisse offers little of value for your skin and absolutely nothing you cannot find elsewhere for less money with (more often than not) better formulas.

For more information about Embryolisse, call (813) 814-9000 or visit www.embryolisseusa.com.

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