Tested on animals:Yes
Water Bank Moisture Cream has a rich texture and a silky feel well-suited for normal to dry skin, but will it strengthen skin's barrier and retain moisture as claimed? It comes close, but then dashes all hope with the inclusion of potentially irritating, wafting fragrance. This fragrance can contribute to the breakdown of the vital substances your skin needs to stay healthy and hydrated (see More Info for the full scoop), and is the chief reason we cannot rate this higher.
Otherwise, Water Bank Moisture Cream is loaded with proven emollients, skin-repairing ingredients, antioxidants, and water-binding agents (glycerin, propanediol, beta-glucan, meadowfoam seed oil, and squalene to name a few), but even then, the stability of the formula is compromised by the jar packaging (see More Info to find out why this type of packaging is generally one to avoid).
By the way, if you were lured in by the "Optimal Mineral Water" claims, see our debunking of that in the brand summary.
Instead of banking on this cream of false hopes, find state-of-the-art options backed by research on our list of Best Moisturizers!
- Contains emollients, skin-repairing ingredients, and antioxidants ideal for repairing dry skin.
- Contains fragrance, which can deplete skin of vital substances.
- Jar packaging allows the antioxidants to break down rapidly, reducing their anti-aging benefit.
Irritation from High Amounts of Fragrance: Daily use of products that contain a high amount of fragrance, whether the fragrant ingredients are synthetic or natural, causes chronic irritation that can damage healthy collagen production, lead to or worsen dryness, and impair your skin's ability to heal. Fragrance-free is the best way to go for all skin types (Food and Chemical Toxicology, 2008; and American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, 2003).
The sneaky part about irritation is that research has demonstrated that you don't always need to see it or feel it for your skin to suffer damage, and that damage may remain hidden for a long time (Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, 2008).
In fact, the effect of inflammation in the skin is cumulative, and repeated exposure to irritants contributes to a weakened skin barrier, slower healing (including of red marks from breakouts), and a dull, uneven complexion (Aging, 2012; and Chemical Immunology and Allergy, 2012).
Jar Packaging: The fact that it's packaged in a jar means the beneficial ingredients won't remain stable once it is opened. All plant extracts, almost all vitamins, antioxidants, and other state-of-the-art ingredients break down in the presence of air. Therefore, once a jar is opened and lets the air in, these important ingredients begin to deteriorate. Jars also are unsanitary because you're dipping your fingers into them with each use, adding bacteria that further deteriorate the beneficial ingredients.
The vast majority of ingredients that are most beneficial for your skin are not stable in the presence of light and air, which is exactly what happens when you take the lid off a jar (Pharmacology Review, 2013; and Journal of Biophotonics, 2010).
One of the critical factors in any anti-aging or skin-healing formula is the amount and variety of antioxidants, cell-communicating ingredients, and skin-repairing ingredients, and the more the better. These function in a variety of ways to reduce the effects of the constant environmental stresses your skin experiences (Dermatology Research and Practice, 2012; and The Journal of Pathology, 2007).
Antioxidants, cell-communicating ingredients, and skin-repairing ingredients not only can help prevent free-radical damage, but also, to a fairly impressive extent, help repair that damage. Surprisingly, almost all of these ingredients are just as vulnerable to sun exposure, pollution, and cigarette smoke as your skin (Pharmacognosy Review, 2013; and Journal of Biophotonics, 2010).
Once you open that jar you bought, you immediately compromise the stability of the anti-aging superstars it contains. (You can visualize their benefits disappearing like puffs of air each time you open up that lid!)