Skincare is practically my religion at this point. I have a meticulous routine and I'm constantly trying to find the next gem to add into my rotation. I like all things hydrated, glowy, and supple. So, you can imagine I'm a harsh critic when it comes to experimenting with moisturizer. My go-to, Dr. Barbara Sturm's Face Cream Rich ($230) is an example of, in my opinion, a five-star product. That said, I like to switch it up a bit for summer and rotate in a product that's lighter on the skin. I've recently discovered a less expensive face cream that works wonders. Enter: Care Skincare's Deep Moisture Fix Hydrating Water Cream ($35).
- Moisturizes skin
- Light on the skin
- Small container
Care Skincare's Deep Moisture Fix Hydrating Water Cream is an affordable hydrating cream that I can't recommend enough.
Deep Moisture Fix Hydrating Water Cream
Best for: All skin types
Uses: Moisturizes skin while firming, brightening, and rehydrating
Star Rating: 4.8/5
Potential allergens: None
Active ingredients: Hyaluronic acid, aloe vera
About the brand: Care creates straightforward and effective skincare products with simple ingredients.
The Feel: Lightweight
The brand was launched by a former Estée Lauder exec and offers just a few really great staple products. This one is particularly addicting. It feels like a mix between jelly and a fluffy cloud—if you can imagine—light, airy, but still deeply hydrating and cushiony on my skin. Then there's the dreamy texture—a light pink gel-cream hybrid that feels like a burst of cooling hydration upon application.
The Ingredients: Packs a punch
It's brimming with hyaluronic acid, aloe, vitamins C and E, as well as caffeine to deeply hydrate, brighten, protect, nourish, and firm your skin. That's a pretty potent cocktail of goodness, you know? The hyaluronic acid has this magical ability to retain moisture. In fact, according to one study, one gram of hyaluronic acid can hold up to six liters of water. Then vitamin C, a rockstar ingredient we all know and love for its antioxidant protection and brightening benefits, as well as aloe to soothe, and caffeine to firm. Your skin will thank you.
The Results: Visible and refreshing
I started using it at my desk, and then promptly took it home to use on the daily. I use it every morning (and whenever I feel like my skin needs a pick-me-up throughout the day). It's so refreshing. I like to cleanse with a balm, apply a cocktail of serums (usually vitamin C and hyaluronic acid, among others), and then give myself a nice facial massage using this product. As you do rub it in, you can visibly see your skin suck in the moisture and plump up.
As you do rub it in, you can visibly see your skin suck in the moisture and plump up.
Not only is this product a portion of the price of Dr. Barbara Sturm's Face Cream Rich (Dr. Barbara Sturm's products are worth the splurge but, still, it's a splurge), but Care Skincare's Deep Moisture Fix Hydrating Water Cream genuinely checks every box. It's multi-faceted as it can be used for a daily morning moisturizer, mid-day refresher, and also a hydrating mask. And for $35, don't think twice about purchasing this face cream.
Similar Products: You have options
Dr. Barbara Sturm's Face Cream Rich: This is my go-to—more expensive at $230—face cream that provides visible results. It's rich without being greasy, absorbs easily, and keeps my skin dewy all day. Plus, the formula incorporates purslane (a succulent herb packed with omega-3 fatty acids) to reduce redness and skullcap extract to stimulate natural collagen production.
Drunk Elephant B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum: Made with pineapple ceramide and pro-vitamin B5, this Drunk Elephant serum ($48) hydrates and illuminates all skin types.
Tula Skincare Hydrating Day & Night Cream: At $52, this is another cream that hydrates skin, but it also includes probiotics to help with any irritation.
Our Verdict: Worth it
It's amazing. I can't stop raving. That is all.
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