For the last few years, my skin has been a challenge. I’ve been trying to combat and remedy nearly constant break outs, oily skin, dry, flaky patches, hyperpigmentation, uneven skin tone, and redness, irritation, and general sensitivities. While I’ve tried several different products, I haven’t found one, or a perfect combination of many that can eliminate my skin woes. Frustrated with a seemingly endless deluge of lotions, creams, gels, serums, scrubs, washes, cleansers and so on, I decided to go back to basics.
I stopped using nearly all of my skincare products save for Olay Daily Facials, which were pro at removing my makeup and leaving my face clean. The first item I needed was a moisturizer; just a simple, good ol’ fashioned moisturizer. At my friendly neighborhood drug store, I wandered the skincare aisles until happening upon exactly what I didn’t even know I was looking for: Simple Replenishing Rich Moisturizer.
Simple, the self-proclaimed Sensitive Skin Experts claim their Replenishing Rich Moisturizer is a perfect blend of beneficial ingredients and vitamin goodness, which leaves your skin replenished and nourished all day long. It contains pro-vitamin B5 to help restore, soften, and smooth; glycerin to hydrate and nourish; bisabolol to soothe and calm; and allantoin to help soften. It does not contain any perfumes, dyes, harsh irritants or animal derived ingredients. It’s also dermatologist tested, noncomedogenic, and hypoallergenic.
Ingredients: Water (Aqua, Eau), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, Polyglyceryl-3 Methylglucose Distearate, Stearyl Alcohol, Panthenol, Polyacrylamide, Stearic Acid, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Caprylyl Glycol, Laureth-7, Allantoin, Pentylene Glycol, Bisabolol, Disodium EDTA, Lactic Acid, Sodium Lactate, Serine, Sodium Hydroxide, Urea, Sorbitol, Sodium Chloride, Citric Acid, Methylisothiazolinone, Phenoxyethanol
Simple’s Hydrating Light Moisturizer is similarly marketed as leaving your skin hydrated and nourished all day long. However, the formula is a little different instead containing pro-vitamin B5 and vitamin E, a moisturizer that helps improve skin’s condition as well as glycerin and borage seed oil, another moisturizer.
Ingredients: Water (Aqua, Eau), Glycerin, Polyglyceryl-3 Methylglucose Distearate, Mineral Oil (Paraffinum Liquidum, Huile Minerale), Cetyl Palmitate, Dimethicone, Borago Officinalis Seed Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Panthenol, Cetyl Alcohol, Caprylyl Glycol, Carbomer, Potassium Hydroxide, Pentylene Glycol, Bisabolol, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Lactate, Lactic Acid, Mica, Serine, Urea, Sorbitol, Sodium Chloride, Allantoin, Citric Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Methylisothiazolinone
Simple Replenishing Rich Moisturizer is a creamy, refreshing, moisturizer that far exceeded my expectations. As the name promises, it’s rich and replenishing, but, to my surprise and joy, it absorbs readily into skin and doesn’t leave a greasy feeling! This product is wonderful. After using this product at night, my skin feels moisturized even the following morning. Often if a moisturizer doesn’t leave your skin feeling greasy, it vanishes, like you never applied anything – not so with this product. It has more of a serum texture, not fully opaque and not thick like a cream, but certainly rich. Since I started using it, I’ve hardly had to deal with any dryness or flakiness at all.
Simple Hydrating Light Moisturizer does what Simple claims it will do: it’s light, but hydrating. There isn’t a tremendous difference between this and the Replenishing Rich Moisturizer, but the difference is discernible. This light moisturizer formula is actually a bit thicker. I was hoping I could use this as a daytime moisturizer, which would require the addition of a sunscreen into my routine since this does not contain an SPF. Unfortunately, it contains mineral oil and since I have very sensitive, acne-prone skin, this is problematic. Mineral oil is a petroleum based product that can be bad for skin, can clog pores, and cause break outs. I’m surprised Simple uses it in any of their products since it’s usually a major no-no for sensitive skin. I noticed a definite increase in break-outs after adding this product as a daytime companion to the Rich Moisturizer.
I love the Rich Moisturizer! Love. Love. Love. It’s a basic, awesome moisturizer with a wonderful texture and a pleasant, barely there scent, Plus, at only $12.99, depending on where you shop, it won’t break the bank. However, I’m concerned about the presence of mineral oil in the Light Moisturizer, definitely will not repurchase, and will likely discontinue use now that I’ve tested and reviewed it.
What do you think about these products? Have you tried them? Do you avoid products that contain mineral oil? Let me know in the comments below!
~ Fairly Girly