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Nu-Derm Hydrate Facial Moisturizer
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1.7 fl. oz. for $48
Category:Skin Care > Moisturizers (Daytime and Nighttime) > Moisturizer without Sunscreen
Last Updated:12.31.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

This is a good, but not great, moisturizer for dry, sensitive skin. The fragrance-free formula contains a mix of proven emollients, including plant-based emollients that provide an antioxidant boost and deliver essential fatty acids to dry skin.

What would take this moisturizer from good to great is the inclusion of a cell-communicating ingredient or two and perhaps more skin-repairing ingredients like cholesterol, hyaluronic acid, or ceramides. Still, there's little to complain about here—this is among the more impressive moisturizers Obagi offers. Although you don't need to spend this much to get a good facial moisturizer, if you're intrigued by Obagi and have dry skin, Nu-Derm Hydrate Facial Moisturizer is recommended.

Pros:
  • Good mix of emollients, some of which have antioxidant ability.
  • Treats dry skin to essential fatty acids for smooth results.
  • Fragrance-free, and so suitable for sensitive skin.
Cons:
  • Would be better if it contained a cell-communicating ingredient, such as niacinamide, or a peptide and more antioxidants.
Claims

Obagi Hydrate provides all-day moisture protection and is suitable for all skin types. Contains Hydromanil, a multi-action agent derived from tara seed, known to gradually deliver moisture to the skin.

Ingredients

Water (Aqua), Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Saccharide Isomerate, Stearic Acid, Polysilicone-11, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Sterols, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Hydrolyzed Caesalpinia Spinosa Gum, Caesalpinia Spinosa Gum, Hydrolyzed Soybean Fiber, Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Caprylyl Glycol, Bisabolol, Allantoin, Tocopherol, Tetrahydrodiferuoylmethane, Panthenol, Carbomer, Hexylene Glycol, Sodium Hydroxide, Laureth-12, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol.

Brand Overview

Obagi At-A-Glance

Strengths:Selection of good water-soluble cleansers; some effective skin-lightening and tretinoin products.

Weaknesses: Expensive; some products available only via prescription, which can be inconvenient; disappointing anti-acne products; moisturizers should contain more state-of-the-art ingredients.

Obagi is a skincare line which got its start back in 1988, spearheaded by Beverly Hills-based dermatologist Dr. Zein Obagi, who has since left the brand. Choosing to focus on the skin issues that plague many aging adults (chiefly, skin discolorations from sun damage and other sources and wrinkles), Obagi offers a mixed bag of cosmetic and prescription products sold only through authorized physicians, plastic surgeons, and accredited medical spas. That exclusivity may increase this line's cache with consumers, but let me assure you that most of what's offered isn't all that exceptional—and what's available by prescription can be prescribed in other forms by any dermatologist, so you don't need to seek one that retails Obagi's products. The highlights of this line are actually the prescription products. Several options with 4% hydroquinone are available as well as two products with tretinoin. There is a significant amount of research demonstrating that 4% hydroquinone, especially when combined with tretinoin, has a high success rate for persons dealing with stubborn skin discolorations or the skin condition melasma (Sources: Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, March 2007, pages 36–39; Cutis, January 2005, pages 57–62, and March 2006, pages 177–184).

The skin-care products Obagi sells to support the prescription-only options are either standard or below-average formulas that are easily replaced by less expensive options from other lines. Beware: This is a line whose proponents are adamant about the products being used as a system, so expect pressure to purchase an entire routine rather than cherry-pick what you really need. Savvy shoppers will find some viable options from Obagi, including a very gentle, fragrance-free sunscreen for someone with sensitive skin.

For more information about Obagi, call (800) 636-7546 or visit www.obagi.com.

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05.16.2015
Excellent hydration. . .

After a brutal winter here in NJ, I went for a facial to get my skin hydrated again. This product was recommended by my aesthetician and it has worked wonders. Drenches your skin in moisture. I use it over retin A at night and under sunscreen during the day. Price point is a little high but you don't need to use a lot. Available online for 20% off. If your skin is craving moisture, you may want to try this.

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